SoftBank has decided to open the week up with a major acquisition, spending a lot of money to acquire a chip manufacturer.
The Japanese company SoftBank, which also holds a majority stake in the U.S.-based Sprint and has its own mobile carrier in Japan, has acquired chip designer ARM Holdings for £24.3 billion, ... Read More »
Two years ago ARM announced their Cortex-A15 CPU architecture, and now we are finally seeing it appear in devices like the new Samsung Nexus 10. This week ARM announced their new Cortex-A50 processor series, which includes ARMs first low-power 64-bit implementations of the ARMv8 architecture. This latest generation of ... Read More »
Two years ago ARM Holdings announced their new architecture that would replace the Cortex-A9 CPU core found in most of today’s Android phones and tablets. Codenamed Project Eagle, the new Cortex-A15 CPU was dubbed an “Intel killer” since it was designed for a wide range of devices, including low-power servers, and boasted speeds up to ... Read More »
Several months ago it looked like Samsung would unveil their 2012 flagship products at Mobile World Congress, but then the Korean company decided to hold off. Now Samsung has said they will announce the successor to the Galaxy S II (and maybe the rumored Galaxy Tab 11.6) sometime in the first half of ... Read More »
Today chipmaker Marvell announced that their new Foresight Platform, powered by the Marvell Armada 1500 HD Media system-on-a-chip (SoC), has been designed into the next generation of Google TVs expected to debut at CES 2012. Google was widely expected to reveal the second generation of Google TV devices at last year’s CES, but ... Read More »
Could you imagine an Android device with 10x faster graphics and 70% longer battery life? It sounds like some kind of dream device we might see by 2013 or 2014, but recent comments from ARM suggest this could happen as early as next year.
Last week ARM announced the latest member of their ... Read More »
Curious about which processor will be used in the Samsung Galaxy S III? Rumors have suggested that Samsung was working on a quad-core 2.0 GHz processor. That sounds crazy, but there is a small chance it might actually come true.
Samsung already announced their upcoming dual-core 1.5 GHz Exynos 4212. This system-on-a-chip appears ... Read More »
How do you measure success in the mobile application processor business? NVIDIA recently revealed that their Tegra 2 processor accounts for 70% of the non-iPad tablet market, but it cost them $2 billion dollars to get there and Android tablets haven’t been exactly flying off the shelves yet (until recently).
Company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang ... Read More »
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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 »
Intel might be losing the mobile chip war, but they’re certainly not giving up. Today at Computex, the company showed off a Honeycomb tablet prototype powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Atom Z670 Oak Trail processor. The tablet, which is made by Compal, also has 1GB of RAM and a GPU based on the ... Read More »