Clearwire, Time Warner Cable and Sprint announced a significant expansion of their 4G WiMAX network in the New York City Area.
At this year’s GSMA MWC (GSM Association Mobile World Congress 2011) held at the Fira de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Intel Corp exhibited a mosaic of momentous live technology demonstrations at their Hall 8 pavilion. Inside the pavilion there were several booths including Intel’s “Better Connected” booth which featured WiMAX and LTE demonstrations.
That’s right! Samsung sent out an exciting save-the-date, ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, coming up in February. They’re planning on making a dramatic announcement, possibly introducing the newest line of Galaxy S products, February 13, at MWC. Displayed on www.samsungunpacked.com, a mysteriously fuzzy doodle carries the words “evolution is fate,” adjoining a pic from last year’s release of the Galaxy S smartphone.
The big February 13 announcement has the blogosphere roaring with rumors and theories as to what we can expect next month. Some point to the word “evolution” as a reference to LTE, or Long Term Evolution, hoping for a LTE 4G-worthy device.
In possibly related news, yesterday a sketch was released of a just-FCC-approved device, largely assumed to be the new Samsung Vibrant 4G. The model number, SGH-T959V, almost identically mimics that of the original Vibrant – SGH-T959. It also runs on AWS frequencies, owned by T-Mobile (the purveyor of Samsung’s Vibrant) furthering confidence that this device has been appropriately identified.
Will these two independent bulletins converge? Samsung’s offering an official teaser on February 1st, but we won’t know anything for sure until MWC. Just keep your fingers crossed!… Read the rest
Within the eye-popping Intel Pavilion at CES 2011 (Central Hall), Intel had one particular kiosk titled: “Laptop Gaming with 4G.” Using a Sandy Bridge-based Toshiba Satellite laptop, Intel revealed how the 2nd Generation(codenamed “Sandy Bridge” with quad-cores/Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 in conjunction with the embedded Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250) flawlessly executed the on-line/multi-player game called “Need for Speed” with smooth 3D rendering and no jitters. Clearwire installed an indoor WiMAX network infrastructure allowing for broadband connectivity via Toshiba’s embedded Intel 6250 PCI Express Mini card. Intel made history once again at CES 2011, with the unveiling of the Sandy Bridge processor family.
Its awe-inspiring features include:
1) A single monolithic die includes the processor graphics core alongside two – four cores and up to 8 MB shared L3 cache (25 clocks) on a new ring bus which is shared with the integrated graphics core – with L3 running at full core-clock speed.
2) The memory controller and a single X16 PCI-E 2.0 are embedded into the core as well – like prior designs.
3) Sandy Bridge is connected to the peripheral control hub (PCH) via a single 20Gb/s Direct Media Interface connection.
4) AES-NI instructions provide the encryption/decryption acceleration with the addition of Intel’s Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) – hence, improving floating-point performance for media- rich applications.
5) GPU-accelerated encoding (Quick Sync Video, etc.) which makes on-line games like “Need for Speed” possible for mainstream gamers and even extreme gamers.
6) Turbo Boost 2.0 (with all the cores being pushed) – making a single threaded game like “Need for Speed” performance possible.
In addition to “Need for Speed,” attendees had an opportunity to play ”Marvel Super Hero Squad Online” for the first time using a Sandy Bridge-based Lenovo T420 Thinkpad laptop with an embedded Sierra Wireless LTE PCI Express Mini Card connected to the commercial Las Vegas Verizon LTE network . For the first time in history, Intel demonstrated an Intel-Inside laptop with LTE 4G internet connectivity.