SoC

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 the new-fangled A12’s CPU performance. However I wanted to dig a bit deeper into CPU performance than I had time for in the initial review, which I'm finally able to get around to now. The A12’s small cores were especially something I wanted to have in the article, as Apple's small cores haven't been very well investigated to date. As it’s still an important topic, I’m posting that part here as a pipeline as well as integrating it as an additional page in the review: The A12 Tempest µarch: A Fierce Small Core Apple had first introduced...

TSMC Starts to Build Fab 18: 5 nm, Volume Production in Early 2020

TSMC last week held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Fab 18 phase 1 production facility. The fab will produce chips using TSMC’s 5 nm process starting from early 2020...

26 by Anton Shilov on 1/31/2018

Solving the Automotive Bandwidth Problem: Aquantia Partners with NVIDIA for 10GbE

One of the lesser known topics around fully autonomous vehicles is one of transporting data around. There are usually two options: transport raw image and sensor data with super...

24 by Ian Cutress on 1/29/2018

HiSilicon Kirin 970 - Android SoC Power & Performance Overview

The Kirin 970 is HiSilicon’s new SoC flagship for this year and powers the Huawei’s flagship devices for this generation. We’ll have a closer look at the SoC capabilities...

116 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/22/2018

Meizu Announces M6s with Exynos 7872

Today Meizu launched the new M6s, successor to last year’s M5s. The new M6s brings significant upgrades for the entry-level smartphone as it upgrades the SoC, screen and camera. The...

25 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/17/2018

Ambarella at CES 2018: Announcing CV1 and CV22 SoCs with CVflow CNN engines

At CES 2018 in Las Vegas we had the pleasure to attend Ambarella’s booth tour demonstrating the newest products in camera SoC solutions. Ambarella to date is most widely...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/15/2018

Samsung Announces New 9810 SoC: DynamiQ & 3rd Gen CPU

After teasing the Exynos 9810 in CES related press material back in early November as well as having early announcement about the new modem capabilities last summer we now...

43 by Brett Howse & Andrei Frumusanu on 1/3/2018

Intel Launches New Pentium Silver and Celeron Atom Processors: Gemini Lake is Here

Intel on Monday introduced its next-generation Pentium Silver and Celeron platform and processors. These processors are under the codename 'Gemini Lake' and are focused on low-power platforms for inexpensive...

54 by Anton Shilov on 12/12/2017

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform: Tocks Next-Gen CPU Cores, GPU, AI, & More

Today as part of its media event, Qualcomm finally announced the much expected Snapdragon 845, successor to last year's very successful Snapdragon 835. The Snapdragon 845 is a large...

145 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/6/2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit: Day One Live Blog (6:30pm UTC)

This week, in Hawaii, Qualcomm is holding its annual Snapdragon Tech event. This year we're expecting to hear news on the latest Snapdragon 800-series SoC, movements in Qualcomm's 5G...

28 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 12/5/2017

MediaTek Reveals MT2621 SoC for IoT: Arm7 MCU, Integrated GPRS/NB-IoT Modem

MediaTek this week announced a new SoC designed for ultra-low-power autonomous IoT applications such as wearables, security sensors, and similar devices. The MT2621 SoC integrates basic computational capabilities...

3 by Anton Shilov on 11/30/2017

Intel to Update Xeon D in Early 2018, with Skylake-SP Cores

One of the interesting sub-announcements to come out of Intel’s EPYC benchmark numbers was a slide on the ‘momentum’ of Intel’s new Xeon Scalable Platform using Skylake-SP cores. Alongside...

8 by Ian Cutress on 11/29/2017

Colorful Announces a Bay Trail Mining Motherboard with 8+1 PCIe Slots

This week Colorful has introduced a uniquely designed motherboard, created specifically for the professional miner. One of the first things most will notice is this doesn’t look like most...

31 by Joe Shields on 11/10/2017

Qualcomm Launches 48-core Centriq for $1995: Arm Servers for Cloud Native Applications

Following on from the SoC disclosure at Hot Chips, Qualcomm has this week announced the formal launch of its new Centriq 2400 family of Arm-based SoCs for cloud applications...

37 by Ian Cutress on 11/10/2017

IoT Company Discloses Upcoming Gemini Lake SKUs: Two Pentiums, Four Celerons

A maker of embedded systems has published details regarding pricing of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise licenses in Q4 2017 and has also disclosed the model numbers of Intel’s upcoming...

9 by Anton Shilov on 11/3/2017

Arm Announces New Mali-D71 Display Processor and IP Blocks

Today, Arm is announcing their Mali-D71 display processor and two closely-related IP blocks, CoreLink MMU-600 and Assertive Display 5, angling for 4K VR and HDR implementations on mobile displays...

13 by Nate Oh on 10/31/2017

Samsung’s 8LPP Process Technology Qualified, Ready for Production

Samsung this week announced that its 8LPP fabrication process, which it formally introduced earlier this year, had passed qualification tests. The manufacturing technology will be used to produce advanced...

35 by Anton Shilov on 10/19/2017

Taiwan Fines Qualcomm $773 Million for Antitrust Violations

Qualcomm’s global legal issues continue, as the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) fined the company roughly $773 million (NT$23.4 billion) for illegal licensing and chip pricing practices. This development...

10 by Nate Oh on 10/12/2017

NVIDIA Gives Xavier Status Update & Announces TensorRT 3 at GTC China 2017 Keynote

Earlier today at a keynote presentation for their GPU Technology Conference (GTC) China 2017, NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang disclosed a few updated details of the upcoming Xavier ARM SoC...

11 by Nate Oh on 9/26/2017

Imagination Technologies to Be Acquired by Canyon Bridge for £550M; MIPS Sold to Tallwood VC

Late this evening Imagination Technologies has announced that they have finally agreed to a buy-out offer. After making noise last month as a potential suitor, Canyon Bridge has announced...

62 by Ryan Smith on 9/22/2017

Imagination Joins the AI Party, Announces PowerVR Series 2NX Neural Network Accelerator

In conjunction with today’s PowerVR Series 9XE and Series 9XM announcement, Imagination is revealing a new series of PowerVR-branded hardware IP blocks: the Series 2NX neural network accelerator (NNA)...

19 by Nate Oh on 9/21/2017

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