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SoC stands for ‘system on a chip’ or ‘system on chip’ which is a way to describe that a complete electronic system (like a computer) has been integrated on a single chip that includes processors, co-processors, memory, and all the associated data buses. To qualify as an SoC, all the sub-components must be cut from the same silicon die. To learn more about SoC, read SoC: The Force That Rules All Smartphones and Tablets


Apple Eyeing Move Away From Intel Processors to ARM for Mac

11/05/2012, When Apple moved to Intel processors back in 2005, it was a coming-out of sorts for the Mac OS X operating system. No longer forced to run on PowerPC processors built by Motorola and IBM, software availability bloomed, and the Mac platform became much...

iPhone 5 A6 chip probably has custom core design

09/16/2012, For all the noise that was made around the relative lack of novelty with the iPhone 5, it’s fair to say that most people will probably agree on the fact that it is a faster phone, and not in a small way. Without running proper benchmarks,...

TSMC’s 28nm-based ARM Cortex-A9 test chip goes beyond 3 GHz

05/04/2012, Today, TSMC, also known as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, announced that its very own 28nm ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor test chip reached 3.1 GHz. According to TSMC, the 28nm HPM process technology will address applications that are...

Samsung quad-core Exynos briefly presented at ISSCC

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...

Tegra 3 VSMP now called 4-PLUS-1

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...

Marvell Armada Chip Powers Google TV 2.0

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...

Samsung EXYNOS 4412 Quad-core coming, code check-in suggests

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....

ARM Mali-T658 10X Faster than Today’s ARM Mali 400MP GPU

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...

NVIDIA Tegra 3

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...

ARM Cortex A15, Alive

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...

Qualcomm Not Exclusive WP7 Chip (Duh)

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...

SnapDragon Gets New Naming Scheme

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...

Wolfson releases audio SoC for smartphones

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...