ARM Mali G71 Graphics Processor Revealed

At Computex 2016, The ARM Mali line of graphics processors (GPU) is getting a new addition in the high-end. With the Mali G71, ARM introduced a new premium GPU design that can is scalable enough to power handset to laptops In 2011, ~50M chips featured a Mali GPU. This number rose to ~750M units in 2015. Interestingly, 75% of them are used in televisions, 50% in tablets and 40% in […]


ARM Cortex A73 CPU Core To Power 2017 Mobiles

Alongside its Mali G71 GPU design, ARM is also introducing the ARM Cortex A73, a new CPU core design to be used for premium SoC designs in 2017. At the core of this new design is the continuous drive to obtain higher performance per Watt, and a higher absolute peak performance.


Movidius Fathom: A USB Stick A.I Supercomputer

Movidius has just launched the Fathom Neural Compute Stick, a computer dedicated to using Deep Learning training on ultra-mobile, low-power, platforms such as drones other embedded applications where every milliwatt of power, and every gram of weight, counts.


NVIDIA’s Tesla P100 Aims To Dominate A.I Datacenters

In 2012, NVIDIA started to make promising inroads in Cloud computing environments, thanks to its Kepler architecture. Fast forward to April 2016, more developers are using GPUs for non-graphics purposes than ever, 2015 was a corner year for A.I, with computers winning at the game of go for the first time, and today NVIDIA announces the Tesla P100 chip based on the NVIDIA Pascal architecture.


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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Speed & Features

As we head towards Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016, the onslaught of smartphone designs using Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 SoC (processor) is going to hit. Now is a good time to refresh your mind about what this chip is about, and how it is compared to its predecessors. CPU, GPU and memory bandwidth are the main performance factors to observe.


Snapdragon 820 Will Reach Qualcomm’s Partners In H2 2015

Qualcomm said that Snapdragon 820, the company’s next high-end processor (or SoC) would start “sampling” in the second half of this year (H2 2015). “Sampling” means that the first processors will be produced in limited quantity for engineering purposes. This is how OEMs can start verifying that the chip integration to their product works as planned, and software verification can take place. In general functionality is the first priority, then […]


NVIDIA Tegra X1 Benchmarks: Unmatched Performance

As it is customary for NVIDIA at this time of the year, it has announced a new mobile SoC called Tegra X1. While the announcement was not a surprise in itself, the performance of Tegra X1 was stunningly high and shows that NVIDIA remains one of the few players that is able to sustain a “Moore’s Law Cubed” rate of performance increase. The X1 name comes from the underlying graphics […]


Myriad 2, Movidius’ Next-Gen Vision Processor

Earlier this year, Movidius came out with Myriad-1, its first “Vision Processing Unit”. It was adopted by Google for its Project Tango initiative, which has generated a lot of interest worldwide. Today, Movidius announces Myriad-2, its next-generation VPU, which is set to hit the market in products next year.


MediaTek MT6795 8-Core Processor For Mobiles

MediaTek has launched the MT6795, their new high-powered offering for smartphone makers around the world. Has you may have heard before, MediaTek has been pushing 8-core processors very aggressively, to the point that other chip makers felt compelled to match this number. Of course, more cores aren’t always better, but there are instances where MediaTek thinks it can show the difference. This is one of those moments where we need […]


Project Skybridge Is AMD’s Breakout Moment

Earlier today, AMD introduced Project Skybridge, a game-changing framework that will allow the AMD ecosystem to use X86 or ARM based chips without redesigning the rest of the system. To make this happen, AMD will create powerful ARM-based chips that are pin-compatible with their X86 chips. This means that PC or Server makers can choose which processor platform suits their needs best, without having to worry about changing the motherboard […]


Snapdragon 610, 615: Up To Octo-Core Snapdragon

At Mobile world Congress 2014, Qualcomm is introducing two new system on chip (SoC): the Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615, that are designed to capture the “Super” mid-range Android phone market, which is a category that is rising very quickly thanks to the acceleration of LTE adoption worldwide. They come in addition to the Snapdragon 410 (announced in December) which is aimed at the lower-tier of that market. 64bit + […]


What is The Snapdragon 801 Processor?

If you are following the mobile news today (and it looks like you are…), you will see that a number of new devices are being released with a Snapdragon 801 chip. At first, I was wondering if they were referring to the rumored Snapdragon 810, but after asking around, we got confirmation that it is indeed Snapdragon 801. Right now there is not much public technical information going around but […]


Mediatek MT6732 Processor For The Mid-Range Market

Mediatek has just announced the Mediatek MT6732 system-on-chip (SoC), which comes with quad-core cluster of ARM A53 64-bit CPUs, a Mali-T760 GPU and in integrated LTE modem. Mediatek aims at getting market share in what it calls the “Super-mid” market, which it defines by “premium features at mainstream prices”. In 2014, this has become a priority for most chipmakers that I have met with, from Broadcom, to Qualcomm and NVIDIA.


Movidius Myriad 1 Vision Processor Powers Google’s Tango

As you may have seen Google is working on a cool project called Tango which allows smartphones and tablets (and possibly Google Glass down the road) to not only see, but understand your environment. This is made possible by computer vision techniques not unlike what is used in Kinect 2 today. To make that possible at a scale and power consumption that is compatible with the battery capacity of a […]