Mobile NVIDIA Tegra K1 Outperforms Intel’s PC-Class Haswell Graphics

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NVIDIA stunned the mobile world last week at the Consumer Electronics Show by announcing its 192-core Tegra K1 mobile processor that’s based on ARM Holdings’ ARM Cortex A15 architecture coupled with Keplar graphics designed for mobile computing. Just how good is the NVIDIA Tegra K1? For starters, it won the Gotta Be Mobile Best of CES […]

Intel’s Silvermont Atom Processors Promise Double CPU, GPU Performance

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Intel has been aggressively updating its mobile Atom architecture for processors as it hopes to shift the landscape of mobile devices from ARM Holdings’ reference chip designs to its own x86 platform. With the new Silvermont platform for its Atom processor series, Intel is promising notebooks, tablets, and smartphones to be fast, efficient, and power-friendly. […]

New Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 800 ARM Processors Bring 75% More Awesomeness

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Qualcomm took to stage at the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce a lineup of Snapdragon processors consisting of the Snapdragon 600 and Snapradragon 800 ARM-based CPUs. These chips deliver improved processing and graphics handling capabilities compared to the current top of the line quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPUs. According to Qualcomm, these chips are now being […]

Benchmark Confirms Dual-Core Exynos 5 CPU on Nexus 10 Tablet

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It’s been rumored that the Nexus 10 tablet will be coming alongside the debut of Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie and the LG Nexus 4 smartphone, and now we know that the Samsung-made Nexus 10 will debut with a new dual-core Exynos 5 CPU. The tablet along with LG’s smartphone and Google’s Android 4.2 OS […]

NVIDIA’s Quad-Core Tegra 3 CPU Will Work With 4G LTE Modems

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NVIDIA has confirmed that its quad-core Tegra 3 CPU is compatible with separate 4G LTE modems. At this time, the current implementation of the Tegra 3 applications processor combines a quad-core CPU along with a GeForce graphics engine, but does not have an integrated modem within the same chip. According to NVIDIA, partner Fujitsu will […]

With S3 Graphics Under Its Belt, Will HTC Roll Out Custom ARM Processors?

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HTC confirmed that it is intent on completing its acquisition of graphics company S3. After stating its intention to purchase S3 for $300 million for the company’s 270 patents to thwart Apple’s claims with, the S3 patent claims against Apple were dismissed forcing HTC to re-evaluate its investment. However, HTC general counsel Grace Lei confirmed […]

Samsung, Google to Partner Again for Next-Generation Nexus Device?

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Sasmung and Google now have two devices together–the Samsung Nexus S, which is the second-generation Nexus product, and the Galaxy Nexys, which is the third and most recent Nexus smartphone on Google’s lineup–and a leaked Git repository suggests that the two companies will be once again partnering for a third device in the future. At […]

Qualcomm’s Exclusivity Coming to an End with HTC?

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After revealing disappointing financial figures for its Winter quarter, HTC revealed a couple interesting tidbits in its recent earnings call. The first being the creation of a ‘cross-disciplinary’ Studio group that will report directly to the CEO to create new and compelling products. The second of which is that the company is now more open […]

ARM Mali-T658 Octo-Core Graphics Promises Console Quality Performance

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Following NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 announcement with a quad-core ARM-based CPU and the company’s own GeForce-based 12-core graphics engine, ARM has released specs for its updated Mali graphics unit. The ARM Mali graphics engine, model T400, is the graphics used in Samsung’s Exynos processor and is deployed on the South Korean smartphone-maker’s Galaxy S II smartphone, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

TI Announces Multi-Core ARM OMAP 4 Chipset for Windows, Android Tablets

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In addition to Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon coming early 2012 and NVIDIA demoing Kal-El running Windows 8, Texas Instruments’ multi-core chipset will be competitive with its rivals’ quad-core offerings using a hybrid architecture that will lead to better energy efficiency and lower power consumption. The TI OMAP4470 chip is expected to land in the first half […]

Adobe Leans on Qualcomm for Flash Optimization on Snapdragon

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Adobe had announced at the San Diego, California Qualcomm-hosted Uplinq conference that it has partnered together with the chip-maker to bring better Flash optimizations to devices running on the Snapdragon chipsets. Those optimizations will be found mostly on mid-tier and high-end Android smartphones, such as those from HTC, Sony Ericsson, LG, and others. These optimizations […]

Qualcomm: Quad-Core Snapdragon Coming Early 2012

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While Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs was being coy about the exact timing of the release of company’s quad-core ARM-based CPU at the Qualcomm Uplinq conference, the company managed to release some details about its next-generation Snapdragon CPUs at Computex in Taiwan in relation to the new Windows 8 announcement. According to Qualcomm, we’ll begin […]