Introduction A few years ago, it seemed a new System-On-Chip (SoC) design using an ARM-based architecture would pop up every other week. While competition can be great, with so many of the designs offering similar core features and the need to provide support for the products, over time the major players in the ARM SoC market have shifted and consolidated (e.g. Texas Instruments has exited the Application Processor space). There are still plenty of companies that ship SoCs, but some of these are lower end offerings that can't really compete except on price, leaving us with a few major players. Depending on whom you wish to include/exclude, there are anywhere from four to eight SoC manufacturers still in the game, with three of them mostly catering...

Galaxy S5 LTE-A: Battery Life, Performance

While I was planning on doing a full review for the GS5 LTE-A, it turns out that there’s relatively little that changes between the original Galaxy S5 and this...

31 by Joshua Ho on 8/5/2014

Inside the First Android Wear Devices: LG G Watch & Samsung Gear Live Teardown

Last week at IO, Google gave attendees a choice of one of two Android Wear devices to take home and get experience with the platform. Although I personally opted...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/30/2014

Google I/O: Qualcomm Celebrates Launch of Adreno 420 GPU for Android Gaming

With Google’s annual I/O developers’ conference taking place this week, this should end up being a busy week for Android news. The conference itself doesn’t officially start until Wednesday...

64 by Ryan Smith on 6/23/2014

Qualcomm Atheros Launches FSM90xx SoCs for LTE Neighborhood & SMB Small Cells

Today, Qualcomm Atheros is announcing a new line of SoCs targeted at residential deployments, along with small and medium business. The FSM90xx line is similar in purpose to the...

0 by Joshua Ho on 6/11/2014

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Performance Preview

Last year Qualcomm announced a new tier in its high end SoC roadmap with the Snapdragon 805. Priced somewhat above the current Snapdragon 800/801, the 805 would be the...

148 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/21/2014

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808/810: 20nm High-End 64-bit SoCs with LTE Category 6/7 Support in 2015

Today Qualcomm is rounding out its 64-bit family with the Snapdragon 808 and 810. Like the previous 64-bit announcements (Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615), the 808 and 810 leverage...

97 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/7/2014

Qualcomm Announces MU-MIMO 802.11ac Family: Increasing the Efficiency of 802.11ac Networks

At the beginning of 2012 Broadcom announced its first 802.11ac chipsets under the banner of 5G (5th generation) WiFi. Since then we've seen the latest high end notebooks adopt...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/3/2014

The Difference Between Snapdragon 800 and 801: Clearing up Confusion

A couple of weeks ago at MWC, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 801 which was positioned as a speed bump for the next wave of flagship smartphones. Qualcomm touted a...

29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/10/2014

My First Mobile World Congress: Round Up and Impressions

The decision to send four editors to MWC this year meant that Anand, Brian, Joshua and I were thrust deep in the heart of Barcelona for the best part...

3 by Ian Cutress on 3/7/2014

ZTE Announces Use of Qualcomm CMOS PA as March Towards RF360 Continues

Today at MWC Qualcomm announced ZTE will be the first smartphone customer to ship with Qualcomm's CMOS Power Amplifier, a part of its RF360 front end solution. This is...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC): The New 32-bit Flagship Until 805

As Qualcomm continues to move its SoCs to 64-bit ARMv8 based cores, there's still demand for high-performance 32-bit solutions today. We're still some months away from Snapdragon 805 showing...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Snapdragon 610 & 615: Qualcomm Continues Down its 64-bit Warpath with 4/8-core Cortex A53 Designs

The unexpected arrival of Apple's first 64-bit ARMv8 core (codename: Cyclone) at the end of last year forced a transition to 64-bit sooner than expected. Silicon vendors keep telling...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Toshiba and Qualcomm Set to Introduce UFS 2.0 Solutions in 2014

Since they first started showing up on the market, most smartphones and tablets have used eMMC flash storage. While in some ways similar to the NAND flash used in...

8 by Jarred Walton on 1/14/2014

Qualcomm Demos Snapdragon 805 & 802 at CES 2014

I don't know of any other mobile SoC vendor (outside of Apple) that has been able to deliver frequent, consistent architecture and product updates as well as Qualcomm. Its...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2014

Lenovo: Yoga, Miix 2, and ThinkPad Tablets; Vibe Z and K900 Smartphones

Moving along in our Lenovo coverage, there were a couple of smartphones as well as quite a few tablets on display. The Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 promise up...

11 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2014

Qualcomm CES 2014 Live Blog

We're seated at Qualcomm's CES 2014 press conference, which is getting underway shortly at noon PT. Stay tuned for our live coverage.

16 by Brian Klug & Jarred Walton on 1/6/2014

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 410 Based on 64-bit ARM Cortex A53

ARM told us to expect some of the first 64-bit ARMv8 based SoCs to ship in 2014, and it looks like we're seeing just that. Today Qualcomm is officially...

95 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/9/2013

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805: 2.5GHz, 128-bit Memory Interface, D3D11-class Graphics & More

Qualcomm has had an incredible year. It wasn’t too long ago that I was complaining about Qualcomm’s release cadence, the lull between Scorpion and Krait allowed competitors like NVIDIA...

105 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

Qualcomm Announces Fourth Gen Cat 6 LTE Modem – MDM9x35

In addition to the IPQ8064 news this morning, Qualcomm released a host of other product announcements we're working our way through. Among them is news of its fourth generation...

16 by Brian Klug on 11/20/2013

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