SoC

Following the success of their Helio P and X series SoCs, MediaTek this morning is announcing a third SoC family to complement the existing pats: the Helio A series. Aimed at what MediaTek is calling the “mid-market”, the new “Advanced” series of SoCs is meant to address phones in the $100+ range, which would put it in competition with the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 series. Kicking off the Helio A series family in turn is the A22, essentially MediaTek’s cheaper downmarket counterpart to the previously announced P22. MediaTek is of course no stranger to the entry-level market, the “mid-market”, or whatever else it may be called. While flagship phones and their equally flagship SoCs get most of the attention, it’s the entry-level market where...

AppliedMicro's X-Gene 3 SoC Begins Sampling: A Step in ARM's 2017 Server Ambitions

There has been a lot of recent movement in the ARM Server SoC space, with three major players. The third player, AppliedMicro, has been acquired by MACOM. MACOM has...

24 by Johan De Gelas on 3/15/2017

HiSilicon Kirin 960: A Closer Look at Performance and Power

HiSilicon looks to build on the Kirin 950’s success by adopting ARM’s latest A73 CPU cores and Mali-G71 GPU for the Kirin 960. Still manufactured on a 16nm FinFET...

86 by Matt Humrick on 3/14/2017

Imagination Announces PowerVR Furian GPU Architecture: The Next Generation of PowerVR

Taking place today is Imagination Technologies’ annual tech summit in Santa Clara, California. The company’s annual summit is always a venue for major Imagination news, and this year that’s...

19 by Ryan Smith on 3/8/2017

NVIDIA Announces Jetson TX2: Parker Comes To NVIDIA’s Embedded System Kit

For a few years now, NVIDIA has been offering their line of Jetson embedded system kits. Originally launched using Tegra K1 in 2014, the first Jetson was designed to...

59 by Ryan Smith on 3/7/2017

AMD Prepares 32-Core Naples CPUs for 1P and 2P Servers: Coming in Q2

For users keeping track of AMD’s rollout of its new Zen microarchitecture, stage one was the launch of Ryzen, its new desktop-oriented product line last week. Stage three is...

91 by Ian Cutress on 3/7/2017

MediaTek Announces Helio X30 Availability: 10 CPU Cores On 10nm

MediaTek first unveiled the Helio X30—its next-generation high-end SoC—last fall, but today at Mobile World Congress the Taiwanese company announced its commercial availability. The Helio X30 is entering mass...

56 by Matt Humrick on 2/27/2017

Intel Announces Xeon D-1500 Network Series SoCs with QuickAssist, Four 10 GbE Ports

Intel’s Xeon D SoCs and supporting platforms for storage, web hosting and networking applications seem to be getting traction with actual hardware manufacturers as well as end users. This...

12 by Anton Shilov on 2/26/2017

Samsung Announces Exynos 8895 SoC: 10nm, Mali G71MP20, & LPDDR4x

Even though Mobile World Congress doesn’t kick off for another few days, Samsung isn’t wasting any time in getting started. This morning the company is announcing their latest generation...

25 by Ryan Smith on 2/23/2017

Mediatek Announces the P25: A Faster P20 with Support for Dual Camera

With all the smartphone-based talk about the leading edge of the industry focusing on upcoming 10nm chips, it might be easy to forget that the majority of smartphones sold...

13 by Ian Cutress on 2/8/2017

Semi-Critical Intel Atom C2000 SoC Flaw Discovered, Hardware Fix Required

Last week, Paul Alcorn over at Tom’s Hardware picked up on an interesting statement made by Intel in their Q4 2016 earnings call. The company, whose Data Center...

40 by Ryan Smith on 2/8/2017

United States FTC Charges Qualcomm with Antitrust Violations over Cellular Modem Patents & Technology

Qualcomm’s legal problems are growing. This afternoon the United States Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Qualcomm for possible anti-trust issues since 2014, has moved on to the...

39 by Ryan Smith on 1/17/2017

Qualcomm CES 2017 Liveblog

We're here at CES for our first liveblog of the week, Qualcomm's annual CES presentation.

10 by Ryan Smith & Matt Humrick on 1/3/2017

South Korea Fines Qualcomm $865 Million for Anti-Trust Violations

Word comes out of South Korea today that the country’s antitrust regulatory authority, the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), has ruled against Qualcomm in an ongoing antitrust investigation and...

18 by Ryan Smith on 12/28/2016

MediaTek Adds the Helio X23 and X27 to Its Deca-Core SoC Family

MediaTek added two additional products to its premiere deca-core SoC family today. The Helio X23 and X27 join the previously released Helio X20 and X25, adding additional performance levels...

17 by Matt Humrick on 12/1/2016

ARM Announces Mali-G51 Mainstream GPU, Mali-V-61 Video Processing Block

These days ARM and its customers are in the midst of a major evolution in GPU design. Back in May the company announced their new Bifrost GPU architecture, a...

22 by Ryan Smith on 10/31/2016

Intel Announces Atom E3900 Series - Goldmont for the Internet of Things & More

Kicking off a busy day for the Internet of Things market, Intel this morning is announcing the Atom E3900 series. Based upon the company’s latest generation Goldmont Atom CPU...

19 by Ryan Smith on 10/25/2016

Nintendo Announces Switch Portable Gaming Console - Powered by NVIDIA Tegra

Earlier today Nintendo took the wraps off of their next generation console, Switch. Formerly known by the codename NX, the Switch is the successor to both Nintendo’s portable DS...

110 by Ryan Smith on 10/20/2016

Huawei announces the HiSilicon Kirin 960: 4xA73 + 4xA53, G71MP8, CDMA

Last year we had the opportunity to attend HiSilicon's launch event of the Kirin 950. The 950 SoC was the first to employ ARM's Cortex A72 in a smartphone...

43 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 10/19/2016

Gen-Z Consortium Formed: Developing a New Memory Interconnect

Anyone tasked with handling the way data is moved around a processor deserves praise. It takes time, dedication and skill to design something that not only works appropriately and...

15 by Ian Cutress on 10/12/2016

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