Articles about Processors

MediaTek Kompanio 1300T Processor for 5G Chromebooks
MediaTek has its hands on a good chunk of the Chromebook laptop market, thanks to the efficiency of its processors. Still, it is about to take things to the next level by helping OEMs add affordable 5G to more computers.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G Aims To Boost Premium Phones
Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 778G 5G, a new mobile computing platform that will complement its existing offering in the premium market, possibly at a -very slightly- lower price tier. This new processor is manufactured using a 6nm semiconductor process, whereas the 780G 5G is a 5nm chip.

MediaTek Dimensity 900 Processor Launched
MediaTek is expanding its 5G smartphone platform with the addition of the Dimensity 900 SoC (processor), the successor of the Dimensity 820, and presumably occupying the same market segment in the mid-range.Like the Dimensity 1100 and 1200, It is manufactured using a 6nm semiconductor process at TSMC but features a CPU and GPU configuration that is less expensive, and therefore more affordable. For instance, the maximum CPU frequency is 2.4GHz […]

Space Cowboys @ Intel: Legendary Chip Designer Comes Out of Retirement
Intel got very exciting for investors earlier this month when it announced that it managed to woo Pat Gelsinger to take on the position of CEO starting next month.Gelsinger has, in turn, managed to convince legendary chip designer Glenn Hilton to come out of retirement to work on a new CPU project. The news traveled fast going through Sina.com (in Chinese), but I spotted Ian Cutress’s article in English.If you’re […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 For Premium Handsets
The Snapdragon 870 just made an entrance into the smartphone market, and as you can expect from the name, it is slightly better than the Snapdragon 865+, which was itself a bit faster than Snapdragon 865.We’ve covered the Snapdragon 865 feature set along with its benchmarking performance, and this new Snapdragon 870 is functionally identical, so nothing new there.Looking at the specifications, the most evident difference is a higher CPU […]

MediaTek Dimensity 1100 and 1200 Processors Launched
MediaTek has been a quiet supplier of processors (SoC) for a massive number of smart devices, including smart speakers from the biggest brands. With the launch of these new Dimensity 1100 and 1200 chips, you can expect to hear more about MediaTek in upcoming smartphone reviews.MediaTek’s come back to high-powered smartphone SoC was already well underway with the Dimensity 1000C as it was by LG for the T-Mobile LG Velvet, […]

Snapdragon 888 Speed: Benchmarks Looking Great
Every time Qualcomm launched a new high-end mobile processor, the next question on everyone’s lips is: “what’s the performance like”?Some performance metrics were disclosed during the Snapdragon Summit keynote, but now Qualcomm has released actual benchmarking numbers, most likely run on development devices called MDP.Keep in mind that the purpose of the MDP device is not to optimize performance. It is to allow developers to get a head start with […]

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888: Everything You Need To Know
On the second day of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit, we finally had a “deep dive” Keynote that exposes many more details about the new Snapdragon 888 platform architecture that features several “first” in key industry areas.

NVIDIA Reaches Computing Superpower StatusEditor's Pick
It’s official: NVIDIA will acquire ARM from Softbank for $40B in a stock and cash deal that is the largest semiconductor deal I’ve heard of in that industry.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Benchmarks: Looking GreatEditor's Pick
We had the opportunity to get our hands on a Snapdragon 865 development phone (MDP), and of course, we ran benchmarks.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: All You Need To KnowEditor's Pick
During last week’s Snapdragon Summit held in Hawaii, Qualcomm presented its new Snapdragon 865 in detail. This gives us high visibility on what’s going to happen at the high-end of the smartphone market for 2020, and here are the key takeaways for those who will be looking for a new phone next year.

Snapdragon 865 Gets 144Hz Gaming, Performance BoostEditor's Pick
This Snapdragon 865 gaming overview deserves to have a standalone article because we’re going to refer to this page in future smartphone coverage. The number of updates since Snapdragon 855 is rather substantial and will have a significant impact on mobile gaming.

Snapdragon 865 Camera Features For Top Phones In 2020Editor's Pick
On the second day of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit, much more technical details have been revealed, and we now have a good picture of what the next-generation high-end phones will be capable of, especially when it comes to photography.

Snapdragon 865 and 765 Announced Along With New Xiaomi and Oppo Phones
It’s that time of the year, and Qualcomm is once again hosting a large group of media and influencers, including Ubergizmo, at the Snapdragon Summit, held in Maui.On the first conference day, Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon SoC platforms that will serve the 2020 5G markets globally. At the same time, OEM partners Xiaomi and Oppo came on stage to announce new handsets.

HiSilicon Kirin 990: A 5G Powerhouse
HiSilicon has launched its new high-end mobile processor (or SoC) known as the Kirin 990 at IFA in Berlin.

Snapdragon 855 New Security Certification Opens Door To Multi-eSIM Phones
At MWC Shanghai, Qualcomm has announced that its flagship Snapdragon 855 processor’s SPU unit (Security Processing Unit) has received an EAL-4+ certification (more info) from the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI), a German independent security audit entity.

Powerful MediaTek Processor Integrates 5G Support
At Computex 2019, MediaTek has announced that its upcoming 5G SoC (system-on-chip, or processor) integrates a 5G modem to deliver 5G in a more cost-efficient way than what’s on the market today, namely Qualcomm’s X55 modem, usually coupled with its Snapdragon 855 processor.

Intel Gen8 vPro CPUs Focus On Laptop Security and Performance
In the consumer space, CPU platforms are mostly about performance/price ratios, but enterprises have a different view of where value is, and that includes security.

Snapdragon 730G: Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features For The MassesEditor's Pick
At its “A.I Day” conference in San Francisco, Qualcomm has announced a few new Snapdragon processors, with the Snapdragon 730G, Snapdragon 730 and Snapdragon 665 as new additions to the Snapdragon platform.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Benchmarks: Pedal To The MetalEditor's Pick
During CES 2019, we had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with some Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 reference handsets (often called MDP) to run benchmarks. The MDPs are built for development purposes but are quite representative of what a complete smartphone experience and environment would be, including thermals/cooling.