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Roughly a year and a half ago, NVIDIA opened up a patent infringement case against Samsung and Qualcomm, claiming that the various GPUs used by the two firms violated various NVIDIA patents. In response, Samsung opened up their own counter-suit, claiming that NVIIDA and its partners were violating Samsung patents. Since then, things have not progressed well for NVIDIA, with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling that Samsung’s GPUs don’t infringe on NVIDIA’s patents, while also ruling that NVIDIA’s GPUs did infringe on Samsung’s patents. Now with the final ruling on Samsung’s counter-suit originally scheduled for today, NVIDIA has announced that they have buried the hatchet with Samsung, ending all litigation between the companies. In their announcement, NVIDIA notes that both companies have ended...

Qualcomm Announces New SoC Lineup, Modem Branding

Qualcomm today announced 4 new additions to its Snapdragon 400 and 600 lineup of SoCs, along with a reshuffle and rebranding of their modem lineup. Let's begin with the...

40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/18/2015

Samsung Announces 14nm FinFET for Exynos 7

While we've known about the existence of the Exynos 7420 for a while now, we didn't really know what to expect until recently. Today, it seems that Samsung is...

111 by Joshua Ho on 2/16/2015

Understanding Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810: Performance Preview

While we can dance around the issue, it’s impossible to have any real discussion about Snapdragon 810 without addressing the flurry of rumors that have surrounded this SoC. There...

118 by Joshua Ho & Andrei Frumusanu on 2/12/2015

ARM A53/A57/T760 investigated - Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Exynos Review

It's been a few months since Josh had the opportunity to review the Note 4. The defining characteristic is that this was the variant with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 SoC...

132 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ryan Smith on 2/10/2015

Imagination Creator CI20 Now Shipping With Spec Bump & Kodi Support

Imagination has sent along word that the Creator CI20 we covered in some detail late last year is now shipping to North America and Europe. For those unfamiliar with...

20 by Stephen Barrett on 2/3/2015

Raspberry Pi 2 Available: ARMv7 and Windows 10

The original Raspberry Pi, launched three year ago this month, has been very successful. Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton noted recently that over 4.5 million Pis have been sold...

52 by Stephen Barrett on 2/2/2015

AMD’s Carrizo not on the Desktop? Depends What You Define as Desktop

We reported on AMD’s next iteration of their Bulldozer architecture, code named Excavator, during the press release regarding their next processor line up called Carrizo. At the time, the...

34 by Ian Cutress on 1/13/2015

Intel Shipping 14nm Cherry Trail

Also on the list of Intel announcements today is that Cherry Trail, the next generation Atom architecture, is shipping to customers. For end-users, this means a realistic time frame...

22 by Ian Cutress on 1/5/2015

NVIDIA Tegra X1 Preview & Architecture Analysis

In the past few years, we’ve seen NVIDIA shift their mobile strategy dramatically with time. With Tegra 2 and 3, we saw multiple design wins in the smartphone space...

193 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 1/5/2015

Imagination Launches Creator CI20 Development Board

Last week Imagination launched the Creator CI20 development board. This device is quite interesting because of the combination of architecture, features, developer support, form factor, and pricing. It also...

27 by Stephen Barrett on 12/8/2014

Intel Plans Merger Of Mobile And PC Divisions

According to a report this evening from the Wall Street Journal, in an email sent to employees by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel has announced plans to merge their...

34 by Brett Howse on 11/18/2014

Ingenic Launches Newton2: MIPS based IoT and Wearables Solution

The wearables and IoT market are moving very quickly, and only seven months after announcing their Newton platform, Ingenic is following up with Newton2. This pace reminds me of...

2 by Stephen Barrett on 11/12/2014

Apple A8X’s GPU - GXA6850, Even Better Than I Thought

Working on analyzing various Apple SoCs over the years has become a process of delightful frustration. Apple’s SoC development is consistently on the cutting edge, so it’s always great...

114 by Ryan Smith on 11/11/2014

ARM Announces Mali 800 Series GPUs - T860, T830, & T820

Due to a lack of total vertical integration and heavy focus on IP licensing, one of the more interesting aspects of the SoC development pipeline is that we get...

28 by Ryan Smith on 10/27/2014

ARM Announces Mali-V550 Video Processor & Mali-DP550 Display Processor

As part of ARM’s fall refresh of their Mali graphics product lineup, today ARM is announcing refreshes and new products in a number of product segments. All told ARM...

7 by Ryan Smith on 10/27/2014

ARM Announces “mbed” IoT Device Platform

Following up on the incredible success of smartphones, tablets, and other handheld-size mobile devices, device manufacturers have been toying with ideas on what comes next. A common theme across...

15 by Ryan Smith on 10/1/2014

HP, AppliedMicro and TI Bring New ARM Servers to Retail

Yesterday HP announced retail availability of two ARM based servers, the ProLiant m400 and m800. Each are offered in a server cartridge as part of the Moonshot System. A...

34 by Stephen Barrett on 9/30/2014

Chipworks Disassembles Apple's A8 SoC: GX6450, 4MB L3 Cache & More

One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple’s annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple’s newest SoC. ...

65 by Ryan Smith on 9/23/2014

MediaTek Labs and LinkIt Platform Launch Targeting IoT and Wearables

Companies such as Motorola, Apple, Nest, and Fitbit have been targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables market with devices for the past several years. However, if the...

7 by Stephen Barrett on 9/22/2014

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