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  • Project Shield’s inauspicious origins and rapid prototyping detailed by NVIDIA

    Project Sheild origins detailed 'NVIDIA had everything it needed to build a new kind of gaming device all along'

    We got our first look at Project Shield — the NVIDIA-built gaming handheld — during CES 2013, where the company surprised everyone with the previously unheard of device. It’s essentially the marriage of an Xbox 360-style GamePad to a 5-inch screen, all powered by NVIDIA’s brand new Tegra 4 mobile CPU. But the device’s origins aren’t quite as glamorous as its form, even in prototype stage. The first prototype, assembled in early 2012, was little more than a game controller fastened to a smartphone with wood,” reads NVIDIA’s boldly worded blog post detailing the history of Project Shield. That initial prototype saw heavy iteration across 2012, eventually culminating in the device unveiled last month.

    However, just 10 days prior, the device was still locked away in NVIDIA’s Silicon Valley development offices, shrouded in secrecy. Even the models we eventually tried out were what NVIDIA reps repeatedly referred to as, “a project, not a product.” To take the device from prototype to production, NVIDIA’s modeling assembly on work its lead engineers did by hand just before CES. “Over the holiday break, NVIDIA’s engineers took over a small piece of floor space at a Silicon Valley contract manufacturer to assemble the units that would be shown off at CES,” the piece says. Of course, NVIDIA’s engineers won’t be hand-building the “tens of thousands more units” that arrive later this year — a team of “quick-turn manufacturing specialists” at NVIDIA is handling that. We assume the former group will be catching up on much needed sleep.

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    Source: NVIDIA

  • Qualcomm Q1 2013 earnings: $1.91 billion in profit on revenues of $6 billion

    The folks in San Diego are making it rain once again, as Qualcomm has just announced its earnings for the quarter with $6 billion in revenues, which represents a 29 percent year-over-year increase and a new record for the firm. It seems the company’s Snapdragon chips are everywhere you look these days, and it should come as no surprise that Qualcomm also hauled in a profit of $1.91 billion, which is a 36 percent hike over the previous year. Seeing that the company is so well off, it’s also announced a cash dividend payment of $428 million that will go back to shareholders, along with stock repurchases in the amount of $250 million. In case you were wondering, Qualcomm managed to push 182 million of its SoC’s out the door during Q1, which represents a 17 percent year-over-year increase. With the Snapdragon 800 due by mid-year, we’ve a feeling that it’ll keep raining in San Diego for some time — even if the nice weather says otherwise.

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    Source: Qualcomm Q1 2013 Earnings (PDF)

  • The Engadget Podcast is live tonight at 5PM!

    RIM? RIM. RIM RIM RIM, RIM RIM RIM RIM. RIM RIM. Some other stuff happened this week, too, but let’s be honestly, we’re going all RIM all the time. If you’ve been playing a BlackBerry-based Engadget Podcast drinking game, you’re going to sit this one RIM. Out, sorry, we meant to say out. Oh, and it looks like we’ll never say “RIM” again. So there’s that.

    Update: Sorry, guys, looks like our chat client is having some issues. We’re gonna have to rely on the comments for now…


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