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Intel buys iPhone baseband chipmaker Infineon for $1.4 Billion

August 30th, 2010 No comments

Well, it seems like the rumors are true: chipmaking giant Intel has just announced that they are buying Infineon for $1.4 billion, the company that makes the baseband chips inside many of the hottest smartphones on the market, including the iPhone.

This is a big deal. Intel’s got a lock on the conventional computing market, but their line-up of chips suitable for smartphones and tablets — the obvious future of computing — has been extraordinarily weak, threatening to leave Intel behind. By purchasing Infineon’s Wireless Solutions Business, Intel has just gone from being a rather insignificant player in the mobile chips market to a major powerhouse.

It doesn’t stop there. One thing that the Intel press release makes clear is that Intel plans to accelerate the growth of 4G LTE technology through this deal. In other words, Intel’s going to put its oomph to making 3G a thing of the past.

The acquisition won’t be completed until the first quarter of next year, so for now, we’ll have to wonder what the future of Intel-branded smartphones will look like… but if it finally leads to an iPhone LTE, this can’t be described as anything besides a win for consumers.

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Digital Cowboy announces Xtreamer Pro NAS / media streamer

August 30th, 2010 No comments


Your media streamer options aren’t exactly limited these days, but if you’re looking for one that will also double as a NAS (and prefer to get your gear from Japan), you might want to consider Digital Cowboy’s latest addition to its Movie Cowboy line: the Xtreamer Pro. This one packs the same dual 3.5-inch hard drives as the company’s previous DC-MCNAS1 model (not included), but adds an HDMI port to directly connect to your TV, and what appears to be a whole new interface to let you access the wide variety of media the device supports. No word on any plans for a release over here, but you can look for this one to be available in Japan next month for ¥22,000, or about $260.

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