02/24/2012, You probably have seen this coming, but Samsung has provided an early peek at its quad-core Exynos SoC (processor) during the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The quad-core Exynos is codenamed 4412 (1.5GHz) and dual-core version is Exynos 5250 (weird numbering scheme, right?). Internally, the Exynos features four ARM Cortex A9 cores and a number of co-processors. Beyond the raw muscles, the chips are manufactured using a smaller silicon process […]
02/22/2012, If you’ve been following NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip, you probably know that it features 5 cores: 4 powerful cores and one “companion” core that is optimized for low-power states (media playback, stand by…). This is called variable symmetric multiprocessing (VSMP), but NVIDIA has decided to name it 4-PLUS-1, probably to make it friendlier to the general public.
01/05/2012, While Google is promoting the software aspect of Google TV 2.0, the Marvell Armada 1500 HD is the hardware that has been selected by to power Google TV 2.0 at CES. Although Google TV made its debuts on the Intel X86 architecture, Google has decided to open its options to ARM-based architecture that it knows very well from the smartphone and tablet worlds. Chip providers like Marvell bring tremendous multimedia […]
11/21/2011, The next-gen Samsung Exynos 4412 has been announced as a dual-core chip back in September, but a recent code check-in description from Samsung suggests that a quad-core version of the chip is coming. ” This patch adds Samsung EXYNOS4412 SoC support. The EXYNOS4412 integrates a ARM Cortex A9 quad-core.” the description from Changhwan Youn and Kukjin Kim (both work for Samsung) says.
11/10/2011, GPU launch season is open! NVIDIA has just revealed its Tegra 3 system on a chip (SoC), which comes equipped with a graphics processor that is theoretically 3X faster than Tegra 2. Today, ARM announces its Mali-T658 GPU, a new design that ARM says is 10X faster than today’s ARM Mali 400MP which can be found in the original Samsung Galaxy S2 Exynos chip. To give you a rough idea […]
11/09/2011, NVIDIA showed us a Tegra 3 early silicon during Mobile World Congress 2011. Back then, it was codenamed “Kal-El” (the real name of Superman) and the demonstration we saw was hinting to cool products by “late 2011″. Fast forward nine month in the future, and Tegra 3 is embedded in the most anticipated Android tablet of 2011: the ASUS Transformer Prime, and the rumor mill already mentions an HTC Edge, powered by […]
10/26/2011, This video (courtesy of ARMdevices.net) shows an ARM Cortex 15MP reference design chip running a build of Android. A reference design chip is built just to test (and prove) that the chip design works as advertised. ARM will then sell this design to silicon vendors, who will build the final processors used in smartphones and tablet. For more information about systems on a chip, head to our SoC post.
08/24/2011, NVIDIA is launching TegraZone.com, the new central location for the public to learn about the best games and apps that run on the Tegra hardware platform (don’t miss our Tegra 2 overview). The site is not an app store, but you can probably think of it as a community site where users and prospect users can conveniently see everything that’s new in the Tegra universe.
08/05/2011, The fact that Qualcomm is not the exclusive system on a chip (or SoC / processor) is making the headlines today, for some reason. Although Qualcomm has always said that (factually) it was the only player available on Windows Phone 7 (WP7), I’m pretty sure that I heard Qualcomm’s CEO Paul Jacobs say that this was not an “exclusive” in the sense that Microsoft could not use another hardware partner. […]
08/03/2011, Those who have an interest for the systems on a chip (or SoCs) that power smartphones and tablets know what Qualcomm’s SnapDragon is. However, keeping track of the differences between the SnapDragon MSM8655T and MSM8560 may require a bit more memory, or research. Actually, even people working at Qualcomm have to pause for a couple of seconds to get things straight in their mind sometime. Qualcomm intends to change this […]
07/21/2011, For those unfamiliar with the company Wolfson, they are a company that designs audio chips which can be found in high-end handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II. Now they have announced that they are going to release an audio system-on-chip called the WM5100.
07/05/2011, According to an article from Electronista, it seems that the next-gen processors from Qualcomm, Krait-era Snapdragons, with the MSM8960 are being prepared for a release later this year. According to the article, it would feature dual cores that are capable of hitting 1.7GHz in terms of speed, while offering support for dual-channel 500MHz memory. Not only that, LTE 4G and 21Mbps HSPA+ for 3G connectivity would be supported as well, […]
06/27/2011, After Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung for allegedly copying the look and feel of its iOS devices dropped earlier this year, one wonders if the relationship between the two companies has suffered as a result. And judging by the latest rumors floating around online, it looks like it has. According to the latest rumors online, Apple will be producing its next generation system on a chip (dubbed A6) through the Taiwan […]