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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...

NVIDIA Pauses Self-Driving Vehicle Testing; Confirms DRIVE Wasn’t In Last Week’s Uber Collision

While not announced as part of this week’s GTC keynote, during the keynote itself word got out via Reuters that the company had suspended their active testing of their...

14 by Ryan Smith on 3/29/2018

Intel’s Last Atom in Smartphones: A 2018 Benchmark

Intel's push into smartphones over the last 10 years has been well documented, as well as the subsequent downfall after its Broxton smartphone SoCs were cancelled in April 2016...

56 by Ian Cutress on 3/28/2018

Samsung Exynos 7 9610: Mid-Range With Big Cores

Samsung last week introduced its new Exynos SoC designed for mainstream late 2018/early 2019 smartphones. The Exynos 7 9610 is outfitted with high-performance general-purpose cores, an advanced GPU, a...

8 by Anton Shilov on 3/27/2018

Arm Launches New Mali G52, G31 GPUs, New Display And Video IP

Today Arm announces a new Mali Multimedia Suite of products consisting of GPU, display processor and video processor IPs targeting the mainstream and low-end. The announcement comes at a...

4 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/6/2018

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 700 Series Platform: Carving Out A Niche for Sub-Premium

As part of their Mobile World Congress 2018 presentation this morning, Qualcomm is ever so slightly taking the wraps off of a new tier of Snapdragon platform SoCs. Dubbed...

40 by Ryan Smith on 2/27/2018

The Future of Silicon: An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Gary Patton, CTO of GlobalFoundries

In our recent trip to GlobalFoundries Fab 8, its leading edge facility, we managed to spend some time with the C-level executive that controls the future of this part...

39 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2018

Google Announces Cloud TPU v2 Beta Availability for Google Cloud Platform

This week, Google announced Cloud TPU beta availability on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), accessible through their Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service. Using the second generation of Google’s tensor processing units...

7 by Nate Oh on 2/15/2018

The Snapdragon 845 Performance Preview: Setting the Stage for Flagship Android 2018

In what has become an annual tradition for Qualcomm, the company has once again opened the doors of their San Diego headquarters to the press to take a preview...

140 by Ryan Smith & Andrei Frumusanu on 2/12/2018

Living On The Edge: Intel Launches Xeon D-2100 Series SoCs

For certain groups of users, Intel’s Xeon D product line has been a boon in performance per watt metrics. The goal of offering a fully integrated enterprise-class chip, with...

22 by Ian Cutress on 2/7/2018

Skylake-D Creeps Out on Intel’s Price List

News about the next update on Intel’s Xeon-D line has been thin. For over a year now, we were expecting to hear what plans were in store for one...

28 by Ian Cutress on 2/1/2018

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...

27 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...

25 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...

57 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

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