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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...

This is Huge: Intel Enters Strategic Agreement with Chinese SoC Maker Rockchip

Intel's march into the ultra mobile space has been a frustrating one. Architecturally Intel has the chops to play in the market, but its execution has been met with...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/27/2014

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

NVIDIA Q1 FY2015 Financial Results

This afternoon NVIDIA announced their quarterly earnings for Q1 2015. Overall GAAP revenue came in at $1.1B, up 16% year over year and down 4% sequentially. Gross margin was...

68 by Brett Howse on 5/8/2014

ARM Expects ~1B Entry Level Smartphones in 2018, $20 Smartphones Coming This Year

When we first started covering mobile, nearly every silicon vendor I spoke with issued the same statement: eventually, all phones are smartphones. Continued scaling on process technology, combined continued...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

ARM's Impact on the Chip Market: 100M China-Designed SoCs Shipped in 2013

At its second ever Tech Day, ARM shared a pretty interesting slide about its impact on the mobile SoC market. ARM's business model allows for pretty much anyone to...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

ARM Shares Updated Cortex A53/A57 Performance Expectations

With the first Cortex A53 based SoCs due to ship in the coming months, and Cortex A57 based designs to follow early next year, ARM gave us a quick...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

AMD is also working on a new 64-bit x86 Core

Jim Keller joined Mark Papermaster on stage at AMD's Core Innovation Update press conference and added a few more details to AMD's K12 announcement. Keller stressed AMD's expertise in...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Announces K12 Core: Custom 64-bit ARM Design in 2016

In 2015 AMD will launch project SkyBridge, a pair of pin-compatible ARM and x86 based SoCs. Leveraging next generation Puma+ x86 cores or ARM's Cortex A57 cores, these SoCs...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Announces Project SkyBridge: Pin-Compatible ARM and x86 SoCs in 2015, Android Support

This morning AMD decided to provide an update on its CPU core/SoC roadmap, particularly as it pertains to the ARM side of the business. AMD already committed to releasing...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Beema/Mullins Architecture & Performance Preview

When AMD launched its Kabini and Temash APUs last year it delivered a compelling cost/performance story, but its power story wasn’t all that impressive. Despite being built out of...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/29/2014

The Desktop Kabini Review Part 1: AMD Athlon 5350 (AM1) Tested

Last month AMD announced their Socketed AM1 Kabini platform to focus on the low-end desktop market where low cost, low power and upgradability are important factors for system integrators...

125 by Ian Cutress on 4/9/2014

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...

100 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/7/2014

ARM Partners Ship 50 Billion Chips Since 1991 - Where Did They Go?

A few weeks ago ARM celebrated its partners shipping over 10 billion ARM based chips in 2013. As ARM makes a royalty on every IP license shipped, it was...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2014

Apple's Cyclone Microarchitecture Detailed

The most challenging part of last year's iPhone 5s review was piecing together details about Apple's A7 without any internal Apple assistance. I had less than a week to...

182 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2014

NVIDIA Announces Jetson TK1 Dev Board; Adds Erista To Tegra Roadmap

Continuing our coverage of NVIDIA’s 2014 GPU Technology Conference, today we’re looking at NVIDIA’s Tegra-related announcements. As Tegra is primarily a consumer facing product, especially the pre-K1 parts, NVIDIA...

33 by Ryan Smith on 3/27/2014

Imagination Announces PowerVR Wizard GPU Family: Rogue Learns Ray Tracing

Taking place this week in San Francisco is 2014 Game Developers Conference. Though not necessarily a hardware show, in years past we have seen gaming-related product announcements in both...

45 by Ryan Smith on 3/18/2014

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...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/10/2014

AMD AM1 Platform Announced: Socketed Kabini

From the Consumer Electronics Show at the turn of the year, images were coming out of motherboards supporting the FS1b socket. This socket was a pin-grid-array, rather than...

38 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

Bay Trail-D from ASUS: The J1800I-C

We previously reported on Bay Trail-D motherboards coming from ECS, GIGABYTE and Biostar, but today it is ASUS’ turn to add in a SKU to the mix. The...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

Samsung's Exynos 5422 & The Ideal big.LITTLE: Exynos 5 Hexa (5260)

Samsung announced two new mobile SoCs at MWC today. The first is an update to the Exynos 5 Octa with the new Exynos 5422. The 5422 is a mild...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2014

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