Posts tagged with: qualcomm
  • by | January 9, 2014 1:30 PM

    NVIDIAs newest SoC, the Tegra K1, made waves at CES 2014 when it was announced to have 192 cores! Alas, they're graphics cores, not processor cores. Another chip maker has some news out of CES as well! What does Qualcomm has in store for us in 2014? What cool new things can its chips do? Here's all you need to know about Qualcomm's newest Snapdragons: the 410, 602A, 802, and 805. Here's a hint: TVs, cars, and 64-bit are on their way! Smart Cars Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 600 powers some of this year's older phones, such as the HTC One. However, since the 600 isn't the highest-end ...

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  • by | December 31, 2013 1:01 PM

    When Motorola's Moto X first launched, I remember not being too enthusiastic about the phone's “Touchless Control” feature – the ability that, among other things, let the user interact with the handset using voice commands even when the phone was in standby mode. I think a lot of my objection at the time was formed around a knee-jerk reaction to what seemed to me (at least on first glance) a pretty unsavory idea: that of your phone perpetually monitoring what you say. But in the months that have followed, I've found myself softening to Touchless Control – especially because I'm ...

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  • by | December 17, 2013 2:44 AM

    A Qualcomm employee might, or might not have said the following, as reported by HubSpot: "The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut. Not just us, but everyone, really. We were slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared. It’s not that big a performance difference right now, since most current software won’t benefit. But in Spinal Tap terms it’s like, 32 more, and now everyone wants it". There's an entire story at Qualcomm referring to the Apple A7 chip. An executive initially called the chipset a marketing gimmick with zero benefits; the executive was later reassigned, and the company ...

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  • by | December 10, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Android 4.4.2 update that just reached Nexus devices, and why it's important. We then go through some of the issues that are haunting Lumia customers due to a bug in the Nokia Camera app. Qualcomm follows the news as its new Snapdragon 410 processor was just announced with 64-bit architecture. We then talk about our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and our chance to win a nomination for a Stitcher award. We end today's show talking about the Google Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3, aside from the new and white Google Nexus 7. All this ...

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  • by | December 10, 2013 8:44 AM

    We all remember the Qualcomm executive calling Apple's A7 64-bit chip a gimmick, after which he was reassigned. Gimmick or not, the company that just recently announced its Snapdragon 805 SoC is now announcing the Snapdragon 410, "the first of many 64-bit capable processors as Qualcomm Technologies helps lead the transition of the mobile ecosystem to 64-bit processing", as described by Jeff Lorbeck, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm Technologies, China. The Snapdragon 410 also has integrated 4G LTE World Mode, as well as the Adreno 306 GPU for 1080p video ...

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  • by | November 27, 2013 1:36 PM

    The latest and greatest in mobile processors available today is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. Able to run four cores at 2.3Ghz, process multiple high-definition streams at once, and leap tall buildings in a single bound, the 800 is the processor that you want in your phone today -- regardless of who makes it or what operating system it runs. Curiously, with high-end flagships just starting to arrive with this super-powerhouse of a processor inside, we started to hear rumblings that Qualcomm may have been working on an update to the Snapdragon 800 processor. It turns out that the rumors ...

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  • by | November 25, 2013 3:28 PM

    Last week, we saw Qualcomm take off its SoC-maker hat for a moment and try on the role of accessory manufacturer, announcing the coming availability of its Toq smartwatch. While the $350 Toq is certainly more expensive than almost all of its smartwatch competition, it offers something the others don't: a display using advanced interferometric tech to form its image, letting it save enough power to make always-on operation a reality. We were told to expect the watch to go up for sale in one more week, on December 2, but it looks like Qualcomm couldn't help but let things loose a little ...

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  • by | November 20, 2013 9:34 AM

    The Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 800 processor is the one to beat today, and it powers top phones, delivering fast performance, fluid user experience, and all of the features that make us smile when ready the specs and playing with gadgets powered by it. However, Qualcomm just made it the second best SoC out there, after the company announced the successor, the Snapdragon 805 SoC. The Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor consists of four Krait 450 cores clocked as high as 2.5GHz each; 25.6 GB/second is the transfer rate at which it communicates with the memory, and the CPU is helped by an ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's new update to the Windows Phone search app that many have waited for the longest time. We later talk about Android, some leaks to its source code, and some possible updates that include RAW photo support, along with a new API. Qualcomm follows the news as the company has just released a smartwatch that's being dubbed the Toq. Apple follows the news as the company has just released iOS 7.1 beta to developers. We end today's show talking about the iPad mini With Retina Display, some complaints about its color reproduction, and what to ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 8:20 AM

    Smartwaches, whether you like them or not, are the next big thing, and everyone apparently wants to be in the game. Qualcomm announced today that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, will make the Toq smartwatch available on December 2, which coincides with Cyber Monday. The Toq smartwatch offers Android smartphone compatibility and features Qualcomm's own Mirasol display technology. Aside from the "always-on" display, the gadget also features Qualcomm WiPower LE technology which enables "a hassle-free, true "drop and go" wireless charging experience", as well as stereo ...

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  • by | November 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    There are still a few months left to go in the year, but it already feels safe to say that we've had a pretty decent showing of SoCs this year. While NVIDIA failed to attract much attention with its Tegra 4, Qualcomm has absolutely been knocking the ball out of the park, and you'll find Snapdragon chips at the heart of most of this year's hottest handsets. That's spelled great things for currently available models, but where do we go from here? As we look forward to 2014 and the chip announcements that will come with it, we're hearing a little about what Qualcomm's been working on – ...

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  • by | October 31, 2013 7:34 AM

    Just so we're all on the same page, a System on a Chip (SoC) is an integrated circuit which combines all the core components of an electronic system into a single chip. Depending on its use, it might include digital, analog, and mixed-signal processing, and typically includes various radio-frequency functionality. Blah blah blah. It's the chip that powers your phone or tablet. Got it? Good, let's get into the really interesting stuff! SoCs are made by manufacturers including (but certainly not limited to) Intel, Texas Instruments, Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and more. Today's industry ...

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  • by | October 26, 2013 1:10 AM

    “I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There’s zero benefit a consumer gets from that”, said Qualcomm’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher, with regards to the new Apple A7 chip running on 64 bits inside the iPhone 5S. There are split opinions out there concerning the chip itself, but it looks like Qualcomm reassigned Chandrasekher. A week after this statement the company said publicly that "the comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate"; after all, Qualcomm itself will be shortly moving ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Qualcomm's new enhancements to come to the Snapdragon 800 processor. We then talk about HTC, and the company's plans to build a smartwatch that is not a gimmick. Google follows as their purchase of Flexycore spells positive speed enhancements for Android in the future. Nokia is next as we get details on the new Lumia 1520, Lumia 1320 and Lumia 2520 that were announced. We end today's show talking about Apple's new iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display. All this and more after the break. Stories: - New Snapdragon 800 flavor in the works? ...

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  • by | October 21, 2013 3:47 PM

    If you're looking to make a top-of-the-line smartphone, when it comes to your choice for the silicon that should power your handset, it's hard to beat Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. This year has proven the 800 to be wildly more popular than NVIDIA's Tegra 4, and even Samsung, with its own Exynos line of chips to rely upon, continues to turn to Qualcomm for a large fraction of its models. But even with the 800 powering this season's flagships, we're already looking to what's next; who's going to come out with the SoC to best even the 800? As we wait for that answer, it looks like Qualcomm may ...

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