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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...

MediaTek Launches Helio A Series SoCs, Starting With Helio A22

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...

10 by Ryan Smith on 7/17/2018

An AnandTech Exclusive: The Jim Keller Interview

You asked for it, and we were able to get 30 minutes with the big man himself. Jim Keller falls into the rockstar category of engineers: lots of ideas...

129 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2018

Marvell Completes Acquisition of Cavium, Gets CPU, Networking & Security Assets

Marvell on Friday announced that it had completed its takeover of Cavium. The combined company will have a broad portfolio of IP and patents that promise to enable the...

15 by Anton Shilov on 7/9/2018

Arm and Samsung Extend Artisan POP IP Collaboration to 7LPP and 5LPE Nodes

Arm and Samsung Foundry this week announced plans to extend their collaboration to 7LPP and 5LPE process technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Arm will offer Samsung Foundry...

14 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2018

Qualcomm’s Server Team Loses VP of Technology, Centriq Future Unknown

Normally we don’t particularly comment on these sorts of transitions at big companies unless they are C-level (CEO, CTO), however the narrative surrounding Qualcomm’s Centriq product line is still...

34 by Ian Cutress on 7/6/2018

MIPS Acquired by AI Hardware Vendor Wave Computing

After a year-long on-and-on search for a suitor, MIPS has finally found its partner. Today the company has announced that it’s being acquired by Wave Computing, an AI startup...

9 by Ryan Smith on 6/15/2018

USB-IF and Fast Charging: New Standard Logo with Wattage Listed

When discussing industry standards, the sexy ones are involved around performance: if you can breathe PCIe 4.0 or PCIe 5.0 into a sentence, people start listening. One of the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2018

Imagination Announces First PowerVR Series2NX Neural Network Accelerator Cores: AX2185 and AX2145

Since Imagination’s original announcement of the PowerVR Series2NX Neural Network Accelerator (NNA) last fall, the machine learning and AI “hype train” has not paused in the slightest. For the...

4 by Nate Oh on 6/8/2018

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 850: A Second Generation For Windows

Qualcomm’s big value-add to the laptop space last year, alongside running Windows on the company’s smartphone-focused Arm processors, was both battery life and mobile connectivity, promising performance, 20+ hours...

36 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2018

ARM Announces Mali-V76 Video Processor: Planning For the 8K Video Future

Alongside today’s 76-series CPU and GPU announcements from Arm, the company also has one last product announcement for the day. Joining Arm’s video processor family is a new encode/decode...

8 by Ryan Smith on 5/31/2018

Arm's Cortex-A76 CPU Unveiled: Taking Aim at the Top for 7nm

Another year, another TechDay from Arm. Over the last several years Arm’s event has come as clockwork in the May timeframe and has every time unveiled the newest flagship...

122 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/31/2018

Arm Announces Mali-G76 GPU: Scaling up Bifrost

It’s been two years since Arm announced their first “next-generation” GPU architecture based on Bifrost and alongside with it its first implementation the G71. Following its release in the...

25 by Ryan Smith & Andrei Frumusanu on 5/31/2018

Qualcomm Announces XR1 Platform: Dedicated SoC for VR/XR Headsets, Coming Late 2018

For the better part of the past few years now, Qualcomm has been making a serious and concentrated effort to establish themselves as the dominant player in the mobile...

19 by Ryan Smith on 5/29/2018

Assessing Cavium's ThunderX2: The Arm Server Dream Realized At Last

A little less than 2 years ago, we investigated the first Arm server SoC that had a chance to compete with midrange Xeon E5s: the Cavium ThunderX. The SoC...

98 by Johan De Gelas on 5/23/2018

MIPS Announces I7200 32-bit CPU With New nanoMIPS ISA

MIPS has been a common name in the computing industry for over 3 decades now, and nowdays it has been able to carve itself a relevant niche in mobile...

16 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/1/2018

CPU Design Guru Jim Keller Joins Intel; Completes CPU Grand Tour

For long-time AnandTech readers, Jim Keller is a name many are familiar with. The prolific microarchitectural engineer has been involved in a number of high-profile CPU & SoC projects...

71 by Ryan Smith on 4/26/2018

Intel Lists New Atom Core: Tremont to Come After Goldmont Plus

Intel has recently updated its developer documentation for instruction set extensions, and in the process has disclosed information on both new instructions for and the codename of its next-generation...

55 by Anton Shilov on 4/23/2018

Cadence Announces Tensilica Vision Q6 DSP

Today’s announcement comes from Cadence, and we see the unveiling of a new DSP IP called the new Tensilica Vision Q6. The Q6 succeeds the Vision P6 which as...

20 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/11/2018

Improving The Exynos 9810 Galaxy S9: Part 1

Last week we published our Galaxy S9 and S9+ review. Based on earlier announcements, we had large expectations from the Exynos 9810 as it promised to be the first...

64 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/4/2018

NVIDIA ARM SoC Roadmap Updated: After Xavier Comes Orin

As part of this week’s GTC 2018 keynote address, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang quickly touched upon the future of NVIDIA’s ARM SoC lineup. While the company no longer publicly...

43 by Ryan Smith on 3/29/2018

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