TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition Review: Math in Color!

The new TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition isn't the first color-screen graphing calculator. It isn't even TI's first color graphing calculator, a distinction claimed by the TI-Nspire CX and its sibling the TI-Nspire CX CAS. However, the TI-84+CSE, as we're abbreviating it, is a major milestone in the 17-year-old TI-83 and… » 2/21/13 10:00am 2/21/13 10:00am

Why You'll Be Seeing TI's OMAP Chipset in More Cars and Fewer…

Texas Instrument's OMAP4 mobile chipset is quite good. In fact, you'll be seeing it in the Kindle Fire HD. But despite the technical proficiency of that piece of silicon, the company has bigger plans for its technology than just tablets and smartphones: it wants to be in cars. » 9/26/12 11:16am 9/26/12 11:16am

Jetboil Sumo Ti and Sol Cooking System Lightning Review

The last camping stove I owned was a 15-pound '70s-era Coleman behemoth that took longer to light than actually cook a meal on. So to now use the 1.5-pound Sol cooking system and the Sumo Ti mug is nothing short of magical. » 9/20/11 4:30pm 9/20/11 4:30pm

A Web Browser For Your...Graphing Calculator?

Did anyone ever use a graphing calculator to actually, like, calculate graphs? All I remember is playing Tetris and some Drugwars game. Kids these days have something crazier: Gossamer. It's a web browser for graphing calculators. » 7/25/11 11:32am 7/25/11 11:32am

The Next-Gen Phones and Tablets Powered by TI's Multi-core OMAP5 Chips…

TI's current-generation OMAP4 processors are already hardcore: They're what's behind simultaneous 1080p-playing, Quake-raging BlackBerry PlayBook. But TI's next-gen OMAP5 chips are on a whole 'nother level of crazy. Multi-core chips built on ARM's fastest Cortex A15 processors—that ramp up to 2GHz each with another… » 2/07/11 2:56pm 2/07/11 2:56pm

Consistency Counts For Something

In 1996, you could get a Palm Pilot 1000 with a 16MHz processor, 128KB storage, and a 100-name address book for $300. Times sure have changed! Like, what about a TI graphing calculator? » 7/19/10 9:40am 7/19/10 9:40am

nHD DLP Pico: Pico Projectos Shrink to Phone-Worthy Sizes

If you've seen one of those tiny pico projectors, chances are, Texas Instruments' DLP tech is inside. And their latest version, the mHD DLP Pico, may be the first to squeeze into a cellphone that's not humiliating to use. » 2/15/10 8:01am 2/15/10 8:01am

TI's OMAP4 Chipset Promises Insane Performance and 145 Hours Battery…

TI's new dual-core OMAP4 mobile chipset, the sequel to the OMAP3 series that powers the Droid and Palm Pre (among others), claims crazy performance: Three independent displays running 1080p video, for example, and an estimated 145-hour battery life for audio. » 2/02/10 10:00pm 2/02/10 10:00pm

Highly Hackable TI Watch Used To Wirelessly Unlock Doors

Often when I reach for the keys in my pocket, I wonder why the hell we still use them. This dude is ahead of the curve though—he can open his doors by simply tapping his TI eZ430-Chronos watch. » 1/21/10 5:00pm 1/21/10 5:00pm

Texas Instruments Applies Its WVGA Resolution DLP Pico Projector to…

Because of its super-compact size, DLP Pico projectors are ideal to cram into all kinds of gadgets. Texas Instruments is doing just that by applying it's new Pico WVGA resolution chipset into everything from cellphones to digital cameras. » 1/06/10 2:56pm 1/06/10 2:56pm

Google Chrome OS Partners: PC and Chip-Makers, but Not Dell, Sony, or…

Google released a partial list of their Chrome OS partners, and it includes most of the big boys you'd expect, from all sectors of the computing world, from full-featured PCs to netbooks to handhelds, plus Adobe for some Flash support. » 7/08/09 8:24pm 7/08/09 8:24pm

Archos Event Invitation Unsubtly Hints at Rumored Android MID

On its own, it's a stretch: the invite is green and vaguely Android-y, and there's a faint rectangular device in the background, therefore Archos must be working on an Android MID! Right? Well, they are. » 5/18/09 5:24am 5/18/09 5:24am

Samsung MBP200 Pico Projector Has a Mini Screen Stand

The Samsung MBP200 has a limited 480x320 res, but has a built-in media player, LCD screen and includes a tiny stand that can turn a piece of paper into a screen. A baby screen! » 1/07/09 7:28pm 1/07/09 7:28pm

The Microchip Turns 50 Today, Here's the Original

50 years ago today, Texas Instrument's Jack Kilby demonstrated the first working integrated circuit, or microchip. It's a crude conglomeration of just five components, but it was also proof that a circuit could be miniaturized by housing all of its components on one piece of semiconductor material, allowing all these… » 9/12/08 10:40am 9/12/08 10:40am

TI Builds Pico Projector Into BlackBerry Curve

Texas Instruments has expressed its intention to build its LED Pico tech into mobile devices before, but this is the first well-implemented example to be properly demonstrated. Crunchgear got a brief go on the Frankenberry, and it looks like it works just fine. While the small clip doesn't totally assuage our fears… » 7/02/08 9:39pm 7/02/08 9:39pm

TI Intros Industry First Lamp-Free DLP Projector

Hot on the heels of the Optoma pico-projector that uses a TI chipset, TI itself has announced the "industry's first home-theater lamp-free projector." It uses a PhlatLight LED illumination source instead, and a Brilliantcolor chipset to give a 1080p display. This makes it capable of a 50% bigger color gamut than… » 6/19/08 6:59am 6/19/08 6:59am

Optoma To Launch "World's First" Pico Projector in 2008

Optoma is winning the race to build the world's first pico-projector, the near-mythical mini projector that can throw up a display much larger than the source device's—think iPods, digital cameras and smartphones—screen. Optoma's pico will use the DLP chipset, support composite video quality and run on Li-ion… » 6/18/08 9:08am 6/18/08 9:08am

Fruit-Powered Chip Promo Vid Shows Why Geeks Don't do PR

Being of a scientific persuasion myself, I couldn't help but chortle at this promotional video for the TI MSP430 Ultra Low Power microcontroller unit. Sure, the neat little device sucks really low current and is used in a wide range of gizmos like smoke detectors and the recent amazing Audeo voiceless translator. We… » 5/21/08 7:40am 5/21/08 7:40am

Mitsubishi 80-Inch MegaView Best Bet for Battlestar Bridge

How well equipped is your command center? Mitsubishi is currently trying to woo customers to its 80-inch 1400x1050-pixel VS-80PH40U "MegaView Wall" display. My guess is that Mitsu may see it as the last market for DLP rear-projection sets, now that everyone is pulling out. Though Mitsu isn't talking prices yet, the… » 3/19/08 1:00pm 3/19/08 1:00pm