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Most users delving into SoCs know about ARM core designs over the years. Initially we had single CPUs, then paired CPUs and then quad-core processors, using early ARM cores to help drive performance. In October 2011, ARM introduced big.Little – the ability to use two different ARM cores in the same design by typically pairing a two or four core high-performance cluster with a two or four core high-efficiency cluster design. From this we have offshoots, like MediaTek’s tri-cluster design, or just wide core mesh designs such as Cavium’s ThunderX. As the tide of progress washes against the shore, ARM is today announcing the next step on the sandy beach with DynamIQ. The underlying theme with DynamIQ is heterogeneous scalability. Those two words hide a...

Qualcomm Reports FY 2015 Q2 Results: Strong Q2 But Lower Forecast For 2015

Qualcomm released their Q2 financial results today, and they had another strong quarter. Revenues increased 8% from Q2 2014, coming in at $6.9 billion. On a GAAP basis, operating...

9 by Brett Howse on 4/22/2015

Imagination Launches New Low Power Wireless IP: Ensigma Whisper

Today Imagination is launching a new set of licensable wireless intellectual property (IP) called 'Ensigma Whisper' to complement its portfolio of other SoC IPs. This announcement gives Imagination a...

9 by Stephen Barrett on 4/15/2015

Braswell: MSI Launches Three Mini-ITX ECO Motherboards

The launch of Braswell, to replace Bay Trail-D, is going to slowly emerge over the next few months. We reported on the initial launch of SKUs as leaked, but...

17 by Ian Cutress on 4/8/2015

Intel Braswell Details Quietly Launched: Cherry Trail and Airmont on 14nm

The 14nm tri-gate for process from Intel has currently been seen in both Core M (Broadwell-Y) and Broadwell-U, with some discussions at Mobile World Congress regarding Atom x5 and...

30 by Ian Cutress on 3/31/2015

GIGABYTE Server Releases ARM Solutions using AppliedMicro and Annapurna Labs SoCs

As Johan points out in his deep dive of ARM in the server market, given a focused strategy new ARM solutions can offer the potential to disrupt some very...

16 by Ian Cutress on 3/24/2015

HSA Foundation Launches ‘HSA 1.0 Final’ – Architecture, Programmers Reference and Runtime Specifications

Heterogeneous compute has been on the tip of the tongue for many involved in integrating compute platforms, and despite talk and demos regarding hardware conforming to HSA provisional specifications...

26 by Ian Cutress on 3/16/2015

Intel Xeon D Launched: 14nm Broadwell SoC for Enterprise

It is very rare for Intel to come out and announce a new integrated platform. Today this comes in the form of Xeon D, best described as the meeting...

38 by Ian Cutress on 3/9/2015

MediaTek at MWC 2015: A72 In Silicon, Multi-Standard Wireless Charging & More

As part of our MWC coverage we had the pleasure to have a guided tour through MediaTek's booth to see what kind of new technologies the company has in...

34 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/8/2015

Intel at MWC 2015: SoFIA, Rockchip, Low Cost Integrated LTE, Atom Renaming and 14nm Cherry Trail

After day zero at Mobile World Congress already boasting some impressive releases, Intel tackles their platform on day one on several different fronts. As part of a pre-briefing, we...

37 by Ian Cutress on 3/2/2015

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 and Zeroth Platform

Today, Qualcomm is announcing the new Zeroth Platform, which is enabled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC. While Qualcomm is avoiding any real disclosure of the SoC at this point, we...

36 by Joshua Ho on 3/2/2015

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Sense ID Fingerprint Scanning

In addition to a new SoC, Qualcomm is announcing a new fingerprint sensing technology for Snapdragon-based devices. While most fingerprint sensors currently use high-resolution capacitive sensors, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID...

7 by Joshua Ho on 3/2/2015

Imagination Announces PowerVR G6020 GPU & PowerVR Series 5 Video Encoder

With Mobile World Congress 2015 now in full swing, Imagination Technologies is taking to the show today to announce a couple of new additions to the PowerVR family of...

2 by Ryan Smith on 3/2/2015

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge

In recent times, Samsung has seen the erosion of their dominance in the Android ecosystem. The reasons for why this is are many, but at least some of the...

206 by Joshua Ho on 3/1/2015

Intel at ISSCC 2015: Reaping the Benefits of 14nm and Going Beyond 10nm

As part of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference every year, Intel brings forward a number of presentations regarding its internal research. The theme this year at ISSCC is ‘Silicon...

55 by Ian Cutress on 2/22/2015

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...

119 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...

134 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

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