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At this point it probably isn’t a secret that tablet sales have leveled off, and in some cases they have declined. Pretty much anywhere you care to look you’ll see evidence that the tablet market just isn’t as strong as it once was. It’s undeniable that touch-only tablets have utility, but it seems that the broader market has been rather lukewarm about tablets. I suspect at least part of the problem here is that the rise of the phablet has supplanted small tablets. Large tablets are nice to have, but almost feel like a luxury good when they’re about as portable as an ultrabook. While a compact laptop can’t easily be used while standing, or any number of other situations where a tablet is...

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Performance Preview: Meet Kryo

I don’t think there’s any way to sugarcoat this, but 2015 has not been a particularly great year for Qualcomm in the high-end SoC business. The company remains a...

143 by Ryan Smith & Andrei Frumusanu on 12/10/2015

Correcting Apple's A9 SoC L3 Cache Size: A 4MB Victim Cache

Along with today’s analysis of Chipworks’ A9X die shot, I’m also going to use this time to revisit Apple’s A9 SoC. Based on some new information from Chipworks and...

14 by Ryan Smith on 11/30/2015

More on Apple’s A9X SoC: 147mm2@TSMC, 12 GPU Cores, No L3 Cache

Over the Thanksgiving break the intrepid crew over at Chipworks sent over their initial teardown information for Apple’s A9X SoC. The heart of the recently launched iPad Pro, the...

120 by Ryan Smith on 11/30/2015

Samsung Announces Exynos 8890 with Cat.12/13 Modem and Custom CPU

In an unexpected and surprise annoucement, Samsung today revealed its new generation flagship SoC - the Exynos 8. The Exynos 8890 to be more specific, is the successor to...

56 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/12/2015

NVIDIA Announces Jetson TX1 - A Tegra X1 Module & Development Kit

Although NVIDIA’s original plans for Tegra haven’t quite panned out as NVIDIA wanted to – at this point even tablet wins are few and far between – the company...

32 by Ryan Smith on 11/10/2015

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Experience: HMP Kryo and Demos

While the Snapdragon 820 has had a number of announcements about various aspects of the SoC, some details have been mostly left to the imagination. Today, Qualcomm held an...

26 by Joshua Ho on 11/10/2015

Imagination Announces New P6600, M6200, M6250 Warrior CPUs

Today Imagination launches three new MIPS processor IPs: One in the performance category of Warrior CPUs, the P6600 and two embedded M-class core, the M6200 and M6250. Warrior P6600 Starting off...

15 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/10/2015

HiSilicon Announces New Kirin 950 SoC

Today in Beijing, HiSilicon held an extensive media briefing on their brand new flagship SoC - the Kirin 950. The new chipset is a very large leap for the...

41 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/5/2015

The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

To be perfectly honest, this past year has been remarkably boring in the mobile segment. For whatever reason, phones have either stood still or regressed when it comes to...

531 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 11/2/2015

Analyzing Apple's Statement on TSMC and Samsung A9 SoCs

Since we first learned that the A9 SoC in Apple’s iPhone 6s lineup is dual sourced - that is that it's being made by two different vendors with two...

147 by Ryan Smith & Joshua Ho on 10/9/2015

Apple’s A9 SoC Is Dual Sourced From Samsung & TSMC

Picking up from our conversation this morning on Apple’s A9 SoC, the crew over at Chipworks has been working hard over the weekend to decap A9 and their first...

99 by Ryan Smith on 9/28/2015

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Preliminary Results

At this point the iPhone release cycle is pretty well understood. One year, Apple releases the design refresh that changes the external design significantly while generally focusing on evolving...

185 by Joshua Ho on 9/28/2015

Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 3.0: Intelligent Voltage Control

One of the other features that was announced for multiple Snapdragon SoCs at the 3G/LTE Summit in Hong Kong was Quick Charge 3.0, which will be supported on the...

27 by Joshua Ho on 9/15/2015

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 430, 617 SoCs: Incremental Updates

While the Snapdragon 820 is most likely to capture public attention as a halo product, Qualcomm has also been working on updating their mid-range SoCs. The first update announced...

40 by Joshua Ho on 9/15/2015

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 Modem Configuration: X12 LTE

At Qualcomm’s 3G/LTE Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm released some details about the modem that will be integrated into their Snapdragon 820 SoC. On the LTE side, Qualcomm is...

14 by Joshua Ho on 9/15/2015

Apple Announces the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Today, Apple announced their refresh of the iPhone 6 lineup, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. For those that are unfamiliar with Apple’s “s” refreshes, these are years...

61 by Joshua Ho on 9/9/2015

Qualcomm Announces Kryo CPU Details: Quad Core 2.2 GHz, 14nm FinFET

Today, Qualcomm announced a number of details in the Snapdragon 820, specifically about their Kryo CPU. Given that the Snapdragon 810 was a somewhat standard 4x Cortex-A57/4x Cortex-A53, it...

60 by Joshua Ho on 9/2/2015

The Mobile CPU Core-Count Debate: Analyzing The Real World

Over the last 5 years the mobile space has seen a dramatic change in terms of performance of smartphone and tablet SoCs. The industry has seen a move from...

155 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/1/2015

Qualcomm Details Hexagon 680 DSP in Snapdragon 820: Accelerated Imaging

Although we tend not to focus too much on the tertiary aspects of a SoC, they are often important to enabling many aspects of the user experience. DSPs are...

39 by Joshua Ho on 8/24/2015

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