Consumers hoping to get their hands on a new Android phone powered by a Qualcomm S4 SoC (system on a chip) this spring may have to wait a few extra weeks. Reports are coming in that TSMC, the manufacturer of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip, abruptly stopped production of all their 28nm chips three weeks ago ... Read More »
Earlier this month we reported that the Asus Padfone would be one of the first devices to feature Qualcomm’s new 28nm Snapdragon S4 processor and today some information from GLBenchmark seems to confirm that. The guys from Netbookitalia.it spotted a benchmark result for the Padfone that reveals the Snapdragon ... Read More »
Today Qualcomm announced the expansion of their upcoming Snapdragon S4 platform to cover all tiers of smartphones and tablets. New chipsets to join the S4 family include MSM8660A, MSM8260A, MSM8630, MSM8230, MSM8627, MSM8227, APQ8060A and APQ8030. This is in addition to the previously announced MSM8960, MSM8930 and APQ8064. The press release was light on ... Read More »
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We have been waiting in awe for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as well as some other devices that will blow our minds. Next year is going to be quite an exciting one for the Android world, though. As always, technology does not stop evolving, and today’s devices will look like nothing compared to what ... Read More »
Most consumers could care less which processor is inside their phone, but to the early adopters it’s often seen as the most important hardware specification of any upcoming device. When we survey the first half of 2012, the two most compelling parts will be NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4. Both promise ... Read More »
What will become the best mobile processor next year? After NVIDIA and Qualcomm just briefed us on their next-generation offerings, Texas Instruments felt the need to remind us that OMAP5 is coming in the second half of next year. Not many details have changed since we first learned about OMAP5 back ... Read More »
Pop quiz. Would you rather have a dual-core or quad-core processor inside your next Android device? Common sense might lead you to believe that more cores are better, but it’s actually a lot more complex than that.
Last week Qualcomm invited me to their headquarters for a briefing on their upcoming Krait architecture and I got ... Read More »
Qualcomm put on the gas, Krait sampled ahead of schedule, first commercial 28nm device this calendar year
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Qualcomm tried to clear up any confusion about the launch of their new processor micro-architecture, code-named Krait, on today’s Q3 2011 earnings call. “We sampled the Snapdragon MSM8960 ahead of schedule this quarter,” said Steven Mollenkopf, Qualcomm’s Executive ... Read More »
Today Texas Instruments announced their new OMAP5 platform, which they think till transform the concept of mobile because it “creates disruptive mobile experiences akin to Henry Ford’s transformative automobile advancements.” The 28nm OMAP5 platform features over a dozen specialized cores, but the ones we care about are the two Cortex-A15 MPcores which offer speeds ... Read More »