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Today Qualcomm announced a new entry into its “upper mid-range” line-up of SoCs: The Snapdragon 712. The announcement is quite surprising, as it seems the chip might possibly simply be a higher bin variant of the Snapdragon 710: Qualcomm Snapdragon Upper Mid-Range SoCs SoC Snapdragon 710 Snapdragon 712 Snapdragon 675 CPU 2x Kryo 360 (CA75) @ 2.2GHz 6x Kryo 360 (CA55) @ 1.7GHz 2x Kryo 360 (CA75) @ 2.3GHz 6x Kryo 360 (CA55) @ 1.7GHz 2x Kryo 460 (CA76) @ 2.0GHz 256KB L2 6x Kryo 460 (CA55) @ 1.7GHz 64KB L2 GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 616 +10% Adreno 612 DSP Hexagon 685 ISP/ Camera Spectra 250 ISP 32MP single / 20MP dual Spectra 250 ISP triple-camera support Memory 2x 16-bit @ 1866MHz LPDDR4X 14.9GB/s 1MB system cache Integrated Modem Snapdragon X15 LTE (Category 15/13) DL = 800Mbps 3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM UL = 150Mbps 2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM Snapdragon X12 LTE (Category 12/13) DL = 600Mbps 3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM UL = 150Mbps 2x20MHz CA, 64-QAM Encode/ Decode 2160p30, 1080p120 H.264 & H.265 Mfc. Process 10nm LPP 11nm LPP On paper, the only...

Arm Delivers on Cortex A76 Promises: What it Means for 2019 Devices

In the grand scheme of things, it hasn’t been all that long since we first covered Arm’s announcement of the new Cortex A76 CPU microarchitecture. The new CPU IP...

98 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/20/2018

Samsung Announces 8nm Exynos 9820 With Tri-Group CPU Design

Early this morning Korea time, Samsung LSI announced their newest generation flagship SoC, the Exynos 9820. The Exynos 9820 succeeds this year’s Exynos 9810, which we’ve covered extensively both in...

36 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/14/2018

Imagination Launches PowerVR Automotive Initiative, 8XT-A GPU IP

The automotive industry is changing rapidly these days thanks to the influx of computing poweer, and it will continue to consume considerably more CPU and GPU horsepower in the...

5 by Anton Shilov on 11/13/2018

ChipRebel Releases Kirin 980 Die Shot: Cortex A76's & Mali G76 in View

When new flagship silicon chips are released, one thing that I always eagerly await is somebody publishing a die shot of said design. Over the past few years this...

27 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/7/2018

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 675 - 11nm Mid-Range Cortex A76-Based

Today we’re seeing a very interesting announcement from Qualcomm: The new Snapdragon 675 chipset is a direct successor to the current generation Snapdragon 670 which was only announced back...

38 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/22/2018

Arm TechCon 2018 Keynote Live Blog (Starts at 1pm ET)

We're here at the San Jose Convention Center for Arm's annual developer conference and tech showcase, TechCon. Arm of course needs no introduction, and while the company is an...

0 by Ryan Smith on 10/16/2018

Apple iPhone XS Review Addendum: Small Core and NN Performance

Last week we published our iPhone XS and XS Max review, in which went into great depth into the various aspects of the phones, especially into the section regarding...

33 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/12/2018

Intel Launches "Vision Accelerator Design" Products, Based On Movidius Accelerators & Arria FPGAs

Intel on Wednesday introduced a new series of computer vision accelerators powered by a combination of Movidius chips and Arria FPGAs. Dubbed the Vision Accelerator Design series, the new...

4 by Anton Shilov on 10/10/2018

Arm Unveils Arm Safety Ready Initiative, Cortex-A76AE Processor

The market of automobiles is changing. Modern cars use more electronics than ever and adoption of electronic components in general and processors in particular is not going to slow...

27 by Anton Shilov on 9/26/2018

TechInsights Publishes Apple A12 Die Shot: Our Take

As is custom by now every year, we look forward to TechInsights teardown of the latest new mobile SoCs. This time around we’re delighted to see a new die...

36 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/25/2018

A Quick Look at the Subor Z+ Console/PC Hybrid: A Custom AMD SoC Called FireFlight

One of the most interesting things in August (there were a lot) was that a company in China invested the best part of 400 million RMB / $60 million...

40 by Ian Cutress on 9/19/2018

Cadence Announces The Tensilica DNA 100 IP: Bigger Artificial Intelligence

Cadence is an industry player we don’t mention nearly enough as much as we should - they make a lot of IP and specialises in accelerator blocks which augment...

10 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/19/2018

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform for Smartwatches

Qualcomm this week introduced its new platform designed for smartwatches based on Google’s Wear OS. The long anticipated Snapdragon Wear 3100 packs four general-purpose processing cores as well a...

43 by Anton Shilov on 9/14/2018

AMD Updates its 25x20 Goal: Progress in a Generation

Last year we published an article detailing AMD’s progress on its self-set 25x20 goal for its processors: 25x more energy efficiency of its chips by the year 2020. In...

47 by Ian Cutress on 9/5/2018

Huawei & Honor's Recent Benchmarking Behaviour: A Cheating Headache

Does anyone remember our articles regarding unscrupulous benchmark behavior back in 2013? At the time we called the industry out on the fact that most vendors were increasing thermal...

82 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ian Cutress on 9/4/2018

Huawei To Launch the Mate 20 with Kirin 980 on October 16th

Just a small note to detail one of Huawei’s announcements today: alongside the Kirin 980 announcement, Richard Yu, Huawei’s CEO, stated that their next generation flagship device, the Mate...

6 by Ian Cutress on 8/31/2018

HiSilicon Announces The Kirin 980: First A76, G76 on 7nm

This year at IFA, instead of suddenly finding the new silicon on the show floor, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu announced this year’s new Kirin 980 during the company’s keynote...

119 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/31/2018

IFA 2018: Huawei Kirin 980 Keynote Live Blog

Our big keynote of the IFA 2018 show is from Huawei, with CEO Richard Yu set to take the stage and detail the newest Kirin 980 chipset for us...

1 by Ian Cutress on 8/31/2018

Huawei To Announce Kirin 980 Today at IFA

In the smartphone wars, the chip inside powering the devices is becoming ever more important. Raw performance plus accelerators are pushing the boundaries of what we used to think...

11 by Ian Cutress on 8/31/2018

Qualcomm Begins Sampling of 7nm Next-Gen SoC

Today Qualcomm is announcing that it has begun sampling its next generation Snapdragon SoC. The announcement is unusual as in the past we’ve never really had sampling announcements from...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/22/2018

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