What are some of the hardest puzzles that you have played with in the past, especially during your younger days? I am quite sure that for many of us, it is the Rubik’s Cube that has confounded us for a fair number of years, until frustration reaches a level where we rearrange the colored stickers manually and consider it “solved”. Well, robots are pretty good at tasks such as the […]
We picked up on a rumor last month which claimed that Samsung might skip the 20nm manufacturing process and jump straight to the 14nm processor from the existing 28nm. The reason behind this decision was said to Samsung’s aim to make a “comeback” in the foundry business. Samsung is expected to launch its 14nm 64-bit Exynos 6 chip next year and according to a new Korea Herald report which quotes a […]
At ARM TechCon conference in Silicon Valley, ARM has announced its new T700 series of graphics processor (GPU) which is set to be its fastest to date for high-end smartphones, with the T760 spearheading the line-up. ARM also talked about a T720 model that is aimed for mid-range/low-end devices and reminds that MediaTek, LG and Rockchip have already signed up, just to cite a few. You can expect many variants […]
We might look at 3GHz ARM processors manufactured using the 20nm process by next year.
ARM’s big.LITTLE is a processor technology that you are going to hear a lot about as Samsung, Huawei and others promote their 8 to 10 (or 12!) cores chips used in smartphones, tablets and possibly Chromebooks.There is no doubt that marketing teams will crank up the rhetoric because you know, 8 is better than 4, which is better than 2… But these chips not always X-core in the way that most […]
ARM Holdings, the British company that is famous for its ARM architecture and computer processors, has co-created a new company called Trustonic. ARM owns 40 percent of the company while Gemalto, a Dutch security company, and German payment systems company Giesecke & Devrient own 30 percent each. Trustonic aims to be the “new standard security provider to address the increasing need for trust built into smart connected devices.” Key industry […]
Russian startup Elbrus Technologies announced today that they’ve developed an x86 emulator that runs on ARM systems. Your phone, tablet, and potential Windows RT system (like Surface) runs on ARM, so this emulator opens a door for massive amounts of legacy software to be run on modern computers. However, there’s a catch: the emulator apparently only offers 40% native ARM performance for x86 applications, and if you ever wanted to […]
A number of Android-powered mini-PCs have arrived in the market recently. These PCs feature the bare minimum hardware and are small and light, hence the name mini-PC. Many of these are powered up with ARM chipsets, specifically the AllWinner A10 ARM A8 chipset.Until now, most of these offerings feature up to 512 MB of RAM which is fairly adequate for a PC of this size. However, a new AllWinner A10-powered […]
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 requiring high speeds and low leakage power. Based on the tests conducted under various design conditions, the chip has attained the suitable speed range for mobile computing (1.5 GHz to 2.0 GHz) […]
Intel made its foray into the smartphone market today by launching the XOLO X900 Android smartphone powered by the Intel Medfield processor. While Intel has been known to put out processors for our desktop and laptop computers, we are curious as to see how they will fare in the mobile world, so what do you guys think about the possibility of Intel’s future processors powering Apple’s iOS devices?While we’re still […]
Windows 8 on ARM (WOA as Microsoft calls it) might end up as extremely appealing to folks who want to continue their Excel and PowerPoint experience even on a touchscreen tablet device. Of course, other Office apps will also be able to run on WOA, and this brings good news to those who want to make sure they always have an avenue to get their office work done, no matter […]
A handful of sources out there have reported that there are demos available which depict Windows 8 running on high-profile devices from key manufacturers, and a stable build of Windows 8 suitable for ARM architecture is expected to roll out next month – which frankly, is just a couple of days away. An industry insider informed CNET’s team that in “October of last year, it [Windows 8 on ARM] scared […]
Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform is expected to be both a desktop software and a mobile platform for tablet as well, and if Digitimes’ latest piece of rumor is to be believed, it seems that we can expect a variety of Windows 8 tablets that run on a variety of different processors from NVIDIA, Qualcomm and TI (Texas Instruments).
If you were hoping for ARM notebooks running Windows 8 next year, it looks like you’ll need to wait a little bit longer. The folks over at DigiTimes have recently reported that Windows 8 ARM notebooks will only make an official appearance at the end of 2012 and will start arriving on the market in June.If the sources turn out to be true, it looks like Intel will have more […]
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 of […]
HP is currently testing servers based on an ARM architecture, which is basically the same stuff that runs applications on your phones and tablets. The idea is that these little chips use much less power than traditional processors like those of Intel and AMD. Because they use less power, they also require less cooling – and when you know that energy consumption and cooling are among the biggest issues that […]
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.
ARM has just announced the Cortex A7, a small CPU core that is only 1/5 of the size of the popular Cortex A8 which was used in countless smartphone system on a chip (SoC). ARM says that its Cortex A7 processor provides better performance and uses less power when compared to the A8. Today, most phones are powered by one or more Cortex A9, and in the future, some designs […]
If the newly announced Amazon Kindle Fire’s price of $199 is still too expensive for your liking, a new tablet on the market dubbed the N5Zero could feature a price point that will satisfy those shopping on a budget.
If you have been following the news surrounding the wave of patent wars, you’re probably aware that just about every tech company is suing each other over patent infringements. Apple’s case against Samsung is probably the biggest headline considering that Apple has chased Samsung pretty much halfway around the world. HTC has also filed a lawsuit against Apple along with Motorola, and now it looks like another company has entered […]