FPGAs shrink for mobile devices

Xilinx has added to its line of Linux-friendly Spartan-3A FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). The addition includes models with non-volatile “3AN” DSPs (digital signal processors) for the first time, as well as lower-power models in smaller packaging aimed at “cost-sensitive” consumer electronics, communications, and networking designs.

Tiny Bluetooth access point runs Linux

Finland-based Bluegiga is shipping what it claims to be the smallest Bluetooth access point in the industry. Shipping with Linux development tools, the 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.2-inch Access Point 3201 (AP3201) connects Bluetooth devices with 3GSM/GPRS, Ethernet, WiFi, or a second Bluetooth network.

iTunes Unlimited: music subscription rumor returns

We’ve heard the rumors of an iTunes subscription service before, but they’ve never materialized. It doesn’t hurt that Steve Jobs has long been a vociferous opponent of rental music (paying one monthly fee for unlimited music downloads). When asked about it he recites his familiar mantra that “people want to own their music.” While I …

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Class action suit filed over Apple’s 3G speed claims

A class action suit has been filed by a Birmingham Alabama woman that accuses Apple of deceptive advertising in their claim that the 3G iPhone is “twice as fast” as the previous model. AppleInsider has more details. Always referring to the device as the “Defective iPhone 3G,” Smith and her legal team assert that e-mail, …

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