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In a bombshell of a press release issued this morning, Imagination has announced that Apple has informed their long-time GPU partner that they will be winding down their use of Imagination’s IP. Specifically, Apple expects that they will no longer be using Imagination’s IP in 15 to 24 months. Furthermore the GPU design that replaces Imagination’s designs will be, according to Imagination, “a separate, independent graphics design.” In other words, Apple is developing their own GPU, and when that is ready, they will be dropping Imagination’s GPU designs entirely. This alone would be big news, however the story doesn’t stop there. As Apple’s long-time GPU partner and the provider for the basis of all of Apple’s SoCs going back to the very first iPhone, Imagination...

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...

532 by Ryan Smith & Joshua Ho 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

Marvell Announces First MoChi Architecture Modules: SoCs Go To Pieces

Much has been written over the last few years on the significant cost issues semiconductor companies are and will be facing over the coming years. While newer manufacturing nodes...

7 by Ryan Smith on 10/6/2015

Google’s Chromecast 2 is Powered By Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Mini Plus - Dual-Core Cortex-A7

When Google originally announced the second-generation Chromecast last week, in typical Google fashion they focused on features and uses over specifications. Given the capabilities of the new product we...

18 by Ryan Smith on 10/5/2015

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...

156 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

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212

Today, Qualcomm launched a set of new SoCs, namely the Snapdragon 616, 412, and 212. These are updates to the Snapdragon 615, 410, and 210 respectively. If you were to...

22 by Joshua Ho on 8/10/2015

Qualcomm Announces Major Workforce Restructuring With Q3 FY 2015 Results

At one point, it seemed like Qualcomm would become the ARM equivalent to Intel in the x86 space. Their Snapdragon processors, equipped with industry leading cellular technology, powered a...

36 by Brett Howse on 7/22/2015

European Union Opens Up Antitrust Investigation Into Qualcomm

Word comes out of Europe this morning that the European Union’s executive body, the European Commission, will be opening up an anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm. The Commission has investigated Qualcomm...

22 by Ryan Smith on 7/16/2015

Comparing Snapdragon 810 v2 and v2.1: More Memory Bandwidth, Higher Clocks

Around a few weeks before the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, I was digging through kernel source to understand Snapdragon 810 and some other Qualcomm SoCs. We...

84 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2015

MediaTek announces Helio P10 Mainstream SoC

MediaTek started promoting its new Helio branding for SoCs back at MWC this year, and we had the please to cover the the new Helio X20 announcement just a...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/1/2015

Spot the CPU: Russian Baikal-T1 SoC Goes MIPS

If you keep your ear to the ground with the technology press, you can’t help but notice a few news stories hitting the ground when it comes to Russia...

26 by Ian Cutress on 5/27/2015

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