Samsung Introduces Faster Exynos CPU, Better Camera Sensors

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Samsung had introduced two new chips that will make smartphones even better. The company had introduced a faster version of its ARM-based dual-core Exynos processor, which is one of the stand-out features of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S II smartphone, along with a better camera sensor that can capture better stills and videos. The new Exynos […]

NVIDIA’s Quad-Core Kal-el ARM CPU Comes with Fifth Core

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In newly released white papers for its quad-core CPU, NVIDIA has detailed that its Kal-el ARM-based mobile architecture will come with 4 standard cores and a fifth core that will help its chipsets achieve power when needed while being energy efficient in basic use. The fifth core, called a companion core, will be used when […]

Intel Promises Medfield Atom Android Tablet in 2012, Reveals Some Details

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At the booth on the show floor of the IDF 2011 conference, I had spoken to several Intel representatives about the company’s efforts to break into the Android market. Intel reps had revealed a couple interesting tidbits about the chip-maker’s relationship with Google, its efforts with Honeycomb and smartphones, and plans for Medfield Atom-based Android […]

IDF: Intel Keeps Atom-Powered Samsung Windows 8 Tab Behind Glass

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Intel had used its IDF conference in San Francisco, which was held at the same time as Microsoft’s Build conference in Southern California, to show off to attendees the potential of Intel hardware. In Southern California, Microsoft had given attendees at Build a taste of what Windows 8 would look and feel like utilizing the […]

IDF: Autonomous Arachnoid Bot is Printed Via 3D and Learns to Walk Via Atom CPU

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Intel researchers were showing off the capabilities of the company’s Atom processor inside a new robot project that they were developing. The project takes the form of a robot arachnid, similar in concept to Sony’s robot dog named Aibo of yore, where the creature would be autonomous–meaning no remote control through user input. Rather, utilizing […]

Smartphone Manufacturers, Carriers Form Coalition to Reduce Qualcomm’s Dominance

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Chip-maker Qualcomm, which has enjoyed dominance in the mobile industry thanks to its early investments in 2G/3G/4G wireless networking, SoC development, mobile processor work, and graphics on mobile architectures, is now attracting unwanted attention upon itself by a coalition of smartphone manufacturers and carriers. Led by Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, a coalition that includes Fujitsu, […]

NVIDIA: Quad-Core Tablets by Christmas, Smartphone Next Year

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Though NVIDIA had boldly promised in the past that we’ll begin to see tablets with quad-core processors–the Kal-el variety that’s been demoed before–this fall, the company says that there has been delays and devices won’t hit shelves until around Christmas. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang cites that manufacturers of the Android tablets are taking as much time as […]

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 CPUs Will Help Smartphones Replace Game Consoles

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We’ve already begun seeing the cannibalization of dedicated game consoles–like the Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PlayStation–thanks to the emergence of cheap games on mobile smartphones and tablets that are readily available for consumption by the casual gaming. However, as mobile hardware becomes more powerful, Qualcomm predicts that new smartphones and tablets running its forthcoming Snapdragon […]

Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon Branding Urges Power Users to Choose S4 Chips

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Following Nokia‘s move to simplify its smartphone line, Qualcomm may be doing the same in trying to simplify the branding behind its various mobile Snapdragon processors to allow customers to easily discern between a high-end and an entry-level smartphone with its chipset. The new branding convention will be S1, S2, S3, and S4 where S1 […]

August Launch of Verizon Galaxy S II May Lack 4G LTE

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Based on Motorola’s conference call, Droid-Life is deducing that if the Sasmung-made Galaxy S II is launched in August, that device would lack 4G LTE. The reasoning behind this is due to Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha stating that the Droid Bionic launching in September would be the first phone in the world to feature both […]

Qualcomm to Ship Next-Generation 28 nm Snapdragon CPUs This Year

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In the arms race of ARM-based processor, Qualcomm is increasing its research and development budget modestly and will be deploy its next-generation dual-core Snapdragon ARM-based chipset this year to manufacturers. The new chipsets will be based on a smaller 28 nm design, which would promise speed improvements while reducing the power consumption compared to today’s […]

Overheating A5 Chips Force Apple to Delay iPhone 5 Launch?

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In a new round of unverified and speculated rumors, Apple is said to be delaying the launch of the iPhone 5 due to overheating problems experienced on the company’s faulty dual-core mobile A5 chipset. Instead, the rumor posits that Apple will launch a minor refresh to the iPhone 4 known as the iPhone 4S in […]

Why Is HTC Buying S3 Graphics?

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HTC has announced that it is acquiring S3 graphics from VIA Technologies and WTI for $300 million. Though HTC has focused its business on making smartphones and user interface and apps to differentiate itself from rivals in the past, the move could propel HTC into the chip business where HTC may not have to rely […]

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Coming with Tegra 2 CPU, Not Exynos?

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According to the latest FCC filing, the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is Samsung’s most popular smartphone to date and still not yet available in the U.S., may be getting a brain swap. Rather than launching with the company’s own Exynos processor, the Galaxy S II, model GT-i9103, which comes with AT&T-compatible 3G/4G bands, was […]

Next-Gen Apple A6 ARM Processor to Use PowerVR Series 6 ‘Rogue’ GPU?

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Apple, a major investor in Imagination Technologies, may be a licensee for the company’s next-generation PowerVR Series 6 graphics engine, codenamed Rogue. Though Imagination Technologies have revealed that ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments, and MediaTek are three licensees of the GPU, it also revealed that there are three licensees that ‘are yet to be announced’ for its […]