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This year’s Galaxy S10 has been in a bit of an odd situation: Although Samsung continued to dual-source its SoCs, using both its own Exynos 9820 SoC as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, the phone found itself in the unusual situation of pitting 8nm silicon against 7nm silicon from TSMC. So although the new Exynos 9820 did fairly well in testing and improved a lot over the Exynos 9810, the chip seemingly still had disadvantages against the competition when it came to power efficiency, likely linked to its process technology disadvantages. On top of the power efficiency disadvantages, the chip also had a notable die area disadvantage versus the Snapdragon, coming in at 127mm² versus the smaller 73mm² competition. Samsung’s 7nm EUV process node was...

Sizing Up The 5G Modem Market: Qualcomm, Intel, Huawei, Samsung, UniSOC, and Mediatek

It will be very difficult to look at mobile connectivity news in 2019 and not see buzzwords like ‘5G’ being used everywhere. Everyone wants to talk big about 5G...

56 by Ian Cutress on 3/5/2019

Pictured: Intel and Qualcomm to offer 5G Modules for M.2 Slots

Last week we reported on Fibocom, an Intel partner, had announced a new M.2 module featuring the Intel XMM8160 5G modem to be used in CPEs as well as...

21 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2019

Qualcomm Launches the QCA6390 Chipset: 1.8 Gbps Wi-Fi 6 Ready with BlueTooth 5.1

With the upcoming ratification of the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard expected in August, a number of companies are gearing up with Wi-Fi 6 ‘ready’ routers and end-points to get...

8 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2019

Xilinx Announce New RFSoCs for 5G, Covering Sub-6 GHz and mmWave

More often than not, embedded wireless equipment, the infrastructure that powers it, and the systems that test the deployed hardware don’t just use off-the-shelf parts. As with 4G and...

6 by Ian Cutress on 2/21/2019

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 712: A Higher Bin 710

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...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/7/2019

Intel Considers $11 Billion Fab in Israel

Late last year Intel announced massive plans to increase its global chip production capacities by upgrading, expanding, and equipping four of its fabs. As it turns out, the company...

37 by Anton Shilov on 1/29/2019

BIOSTAR Goes Carrizo: A10N-8800E Mini-ITX Motherboard with Integrated FX-8800P

BIOSTAR has just introduced a mini-ITX motherboard with a built-in mobile processor, called the A10N-8800E. This Carrizo chipset based model uses an AMD FX-8800P quad-core processor, integrated Radeon R7...

14 by Gavin Bonshor on 1/24/2019

Intel Discontinues Quark SoCs and Microcontrollers

Intel has announced that it will discontinue all of its Quark-series SoCs microcontrollers. Intel’s partners will have to make their final orders for the chips this summer, whereas the...

27 by Anton Shilov on 1/22/2019

The Snapdragon 855 Performance Preview: Setting the Stage for Flagship Android 2019

As we get ever closer to the releases of various Android vendor’s newest generation devices, Qualcomm continues its tradition of showcasing the performance of its newest generation SoC ahead...

136 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/15/2019

Investigating NVIDIA's Jetson AGX: A Look at Xavier and Its Carmel Cores

Today’s piece is a bit of an unusual review; NVIDIA’s new Jetson AGX embedded system kit isn’t really a device platform we’re expecting the average reader to think about...

49 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/4/2019

AnandTech Year In Review 2018: Flagship Mobile

As we’re drawing to a close of the calendar year, it is time to look back and revisit what 2018 has brought to the mobile space. Unlike the PC...

66 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/28/2018

Intel to Expand Production Capacities at Multiple Fabs

Intel this week reiterated plans to expand its production capacities in a bid to more quickly respond to increased demand. In the coming years the company intends to increase...

24 by Anton Shilov on 12/19/2018

Arm Announces Cortex-A65AE for Automotive: First SMT CPU Core

Back in September, Arm had announced the new Cortex A76AE CPU with focus on automotive applications. Today, Arm adds to its portfolio by formally announcing a next gen processor...

8 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/18/2018

MediaTek Announces New Premium Helio P90 SoC

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about MediaTek – the Helio P60 was the last release in the more visible “premium” range that the company now focuses on...

17 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/13/2018

Snapdragon 855: 802.11ax-Ready / Wi-Fi 6 Demonstrations

While the headline features of the new Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform might be the 5G connectivity, or the Cat 24 LTE modem, or the new CPU/GPU combination, further down...

15 by Ian Cutress on 12/11/2018

The Verizon and AT&T 5G Setups at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit

My inbox has been awash with emails regarding 5G ‘firsts’ this past year. Every time a company seems to demonstrate the smallest new ‘first’, such as mmWave through an...

3 by Ian Cutress on 12/10/2018

Qualcomm Tech Summit, Day 3: Snapdragon 8cx, the New ACPC SoC

For the final day of Qualcomm’s 3rd Annual Tech Summit, the focus is on its Always Connected PC (ACPC) platform. This is Qualcomm’s attempt to bring mobile processors to...

43 by Ian Cutress on 12/6/2018

Spotted: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Wafer on 7nm

Alongside the announcement of the new 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor for the company’s line of next generation premium tier Always Connected PCs, in the demo room today we...

15 by Ian Cutress on 12/6/2018

Snapdragon 855 Power Consumption Demo, But

One of the interesting demos for the newly announced Snapdragon 855 SoC here at Qualcomm’s Tech Summit was to do with power. In a dedicated area, Qualcomm had set...

17 by Ian Cutress on 12/6/2018

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Pre-Dive: Going Into Detail on 2019's Flagship Android SoC

Following today’s early-on coverage of the Day 2 coverage of Qualcomm’s Tech Summit event in Maui, Hawaii, we recap the major story of the day: The new Snapdragon 855...

47 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/5/2018

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