Qualcomm's shimmering light ...

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As an avid follower of developments in semiconductors, I've been especially impressed lately with Qualcomm. Not only does the new Snapdragon processor power the Google Nexus One, but the company recently began promoting their own brand like an Intel or even like a consumer display company such as LG. They showed off their interferometric modulation (IMOD) technology for color e-readers at CES this year. IMOD uses MEMS technology in a biomimetics application. This means it simulates behavior found in nature - like the way butterfly wings shimmer with reflective light. While the Mirasol was not a product per se, it was a proof of concept, a reference design to show manufacturers what is possible. Qualcomm's new dual-core 8X72 chip Smartphone processor will be capable of rendering 1080p HD, so be on the lookout for more HD video and 3D packed into the next generation handsets too!