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    As if Samsung had enough to tamp down with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, we now hear of trade secret subterfuge from within the chaebol's ranks. According to a report from Korean broadcaster SBS, one executive Lee was arrested by police, warranted for accusations of stealing and selling documents about some advanced semiconductor technologies to Chinese firms. Those papers related to details about the 14nm technology being used in the Exynos 8890 and a 10nm die being used for the processor that's to be in the Galaxy S8 — perhaps the Exynos 8895. Samsung is suing Lee while the investigation ...

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    Popular Weibo tech analyst Bing Yuzhou isn't afraid to toss around silicon and yap about it like the rest of their kind. AnTuTu here, HiSilicon over there, CPU, GPU, multi-thread, multi-core... just a whole bunch of numbers get put out there. But since we're in Galaxy S8 territory and looking towards what a rumored Exynos 8895 might have, we find ourselves without any evidence at this point, so take this news lightly. Bing posted that the 8895 has a top speed potential of 3.0GHz and can score a 2,301 in an unnamed single-thread test (maybe Geekbench) and 7,019 in a multi-thread test. The ...

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    Samsung's Exynos chipsets currently use GPUs based on ARM's reference design, the Mali-T series. But that blueprint could change as early as next year, if talks with NVIDIA or AMD work out for a intellectual property licensing deal. That's the word according to SamMobile at this stage, with NVIDIA rumored to be a likelier choice at this point with its Pascal heterogeneous system architecture. AMD, however, has its Polaris HSA that will be working on the PlayStation 4 Pro (announced the same day as the iPhone 7) when it gets released in November. An Exynos product with HSA could come ...

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    If anyone is looking to use the Samsung Exynos 7570 chipset in the near future, they won't need to buy separate modems to work out all of the wireless connections to the phone. That's because all of the radios needed for LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM and GLONASS (for GPS) communications are embedded onto the chip. That said, you're not going to see this chip in top-end phones. The four Cortex-A53 cores are built in a 14nm FinFET fabrication, but the processor itself can only essentially put out images up to 1366 x 768, record and playback full HD video and process up to 13-megapixel camera ...

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    It seems that Intel has quickly become a darling with analysts seeking its involvement with Apple. This as there's an expected date of reckoning between it and one of Infiinite Loop's silicon goliaths. The chipset producer, one that recently began work on designs from ARM after proving unsuccessful with its own, is said to be pursuing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's job providing Apple with its A-series mobile applications processors inside its iPhones and iPads. According to experts to the Nikkei Asian Review, this challenge could happen in the next two or three years. Prior ...

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    Intel might be off of its own struggling horses for mobile. With 10nm ARM-based chips on the way, LG will be happy to buy up some of the legacy chipmaker's new products soon. But Tawian Semiconductor Manufacturing Company could be facing some competition if Intel's chipsets are proven to be good enough and catch Apple's eye. Analysts are pointing to Intel getting a share of the modem orders for the upcoming iPhone as a good indicator that if the company can bring a good ARM SoC to play, Apple may hire it to make its chips — slightly different than ARM's designs. Intel still has catching ...

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    Update: We have corrected our spelling of the "Broxton" chipset. Pocketnow regrets the error. Intel has also released a statement clarifying that the "Broxton platform for phones and tablets (emphasis ours) is cancelled" while Cherry Trail-based and Apollo Lake-based processors will continue to be developed to serve smartphone and convertible tablet OEMs. The discontinued SoFIA 3G/3GR will continue to get support. The only phone of recent we've reviewed that had an Intel Atom processor inside was the ZenFone 2 from ASUS. It was a well-run phone thanks to the chipset, but the Atom didn't ...

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    Like the Galaxy S6? Like the Note 5? How about the S7 edge? Is it running as smooth as you'd like? Chances are that an Exynos system on a chip makes that happen. That chipset? Yep, it's made by Samsung. Samsung's been expanding its semiconductor production aggressively with mid-range and top-end products for vendors to use. While Taiwanese competitor TSMC does have an upper edge in serving the lucrative Apple, the chaebol has been making ground elsewhere — including silicon giant Qualcomm, producing its Snapdragon 820 processors. Executives from the unit have been at the company's San ...

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    Silicon powerhouse it is, Qualcomm actually had to fend off a decline in revenue this quarter — this despite a decently performing Snapdragon 820 chipset and some popular mid-range SoCs in the 600-series. Revenues for the quarter ending March 27 came up to $5.6 billion, a 19 percent decline year-over-year. It was able to score an 11 percent gain in net income, up to $1.2 billion, but only thanks to a sale of wireless spectrum in the UK that netted the company more than $380 million — the earnings statement recognizes $200 million of that sale. Chip shipments dropped 19 percent to 189 ...

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    The Huawei P9 has had a full day to stand out on its own. You might still be intrigued about those two Leica cameras and how they perform. But it's about time that the phone got compared with its kindred on a different scale of performance. In this case, we're talking about a bucket of benchmarks. As GSMArena has put down, we're picking up on some unimpressively good performance. Unimpressive in that we didn't see much change between the Kirin 955 featured on the Huawei P9 and the Kirin 950 that was on the Huawei Mate 8. The major clock speed change between the two octa-core chipsets ...

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    While Qualcomm prefers to take a step back from the processor arms race, Taiwan's MediaTek is taking two steps forward. It not only announced that the first smartphones with its tri-cluster, deca-core Helio X20 chipset are almost ready to go, but another Chinese hardware partner is set to take up an even more advanced SoC that the chipmaker didn't even announce. MediaTek took to a stage in Shenzhen to address media on where the Helio X20 is going and, after a long road from its introduction last year, it's going to appear in products starting next month. PhoneArena and other outlets ...

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    MediaTek is still a strong believer in a full-bore approach to applications processing. Its new Helio P20 chipset, just debuted at MWC, shows that belief off. Still, for a spec sheet that yells of big numbers, the company has put a restraint on what this silicon can power — think "badass mid-range phone," if you can. The P20 uses the Cortex-A53 for all eight cores, clockable up to 2.3GHz. It has three RAM bays — two for LPDDR4X at 1.6GHz, one LPDDR3 at 933MHz. A newer Mali T-880 GPU gets into the mix here, clocked at 900MHz. The chipset's LTE modem is said to offer Category 6 speeds ...

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    We've been hearing from investors and supposed "people in the know," but we may be able to get more solid reporting from a news outlet. The Electronic Times of Korea is sourcing Samsung insiders in reporting that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the sole provider of what we think to be the A10 processor for use in Apple's iPhone 7. TSMC will be using a 10nm process to build the chipset. It seems both manufacturers had sent samples to Apple back in July and it seems that the TSMC was the one that got the order in the end. The two shared the order for the A9 processors last ...

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    Processing efficiency gets more efficient all the time, thanks to research, development and plenty of both. Samsung's big into the chipsets — sometimes to the deficiency of its own social and corporate welfare policies — and its 14nm FinFET fabrication is currently in use for its own major Exynos 8 Octa SoC and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. We've reported back in October that Qualcomm was looking into a 10nm fabrication from Samsung for use on its Snapdragon 830 chipset. Another tipster, this one to SamMobile, goes along with that train of thought and says that the fab will be implemented ...

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    Back in the early days of computers (well, the "earlier days"), it wasn't too difficult to determine how fast they were - relatively speaking. Processors and bus speeds were measured in MHz and RAM was measured in MB. An increase to any of those vital components meant your computer got a speed bump over those with smaller numbers. Sometime later, right around the 3GHz mark, we hit a wall. However, RAM and bus speeds kept increasing, and the number of cores inside CPUs started going up. That's when things started getting confusing. We used to be able to say that a system built around a ...

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    Winter is coming and all we can worry about is too much heat. The ghost of Qualcomm may or may not have to do with this Samsung development, though you try disseminating those Snapdragon 810 heat tests and putting that together with Samsung's decision to go in-house for its chipsets this year. As best we know it, Samsung is supposed to be manufacturing half of its Galaxy S7 units with its latest Exynos product while the other half, by supply necessity, is going with the Snapdragon 820. Reports (from what we could tell, likely from Taiwanese parts manufacturers' stock performance reports) ...

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    After the so-called "Chipgate" debacle that drew doubt from spec-obsessed people, Apple hopes to avoid taking another bit of effort to even think about addressing such a performance disparity. Apple ordered its A9 processors from two sources — Samsung and Taiwan-based TSMC — and we're now expecting it to ask only one to produce its A10 processors. We've heard it said before and now an international financial firm is claiming that TSMC will be the sole producer of the A10 system-on-a-chip that is expected to appear on the iPhone 7 next year. For what it's worth to you, yes, the ...

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    If you decide to get a Samsung Galaxy S7 next year, you'll have to deal with what our friends with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus had to earlier on this season. Samsung is said to only have production capacity for so many Exynos 8890 chipsets that it will only appear on half of all S7 units. The other half will get the Snapdragon 820. We've the former get benchmarked on GeekBench with some pretty outstanding results. But the Exynos 8890 has very little to stand on with a recent result from a Chinese test. The comparable Kirin 950 put up an average score of 65,179 while the Exynos 7420 ...

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    Qualcomm introduced a cold, calculating move on the chipset scene with its quad-core Snapdragon 820. Over the course of a year or so, we've seen semiconductors jack up processor core counts because obviously, the more cores, the better the processing, right? From four to six to eight and even ten, it seemed like a cheerleader's chant for the wrong men and women. During its press blitz for the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm made clear its intentions to keep going forward on minimizing the number of cores it would use in complex, high-power chipsets. With apps currently not taking full advantage ...

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    Long ago, when Google was a rising star giving "everything" away for free, Apple was busy revolutionizing the mobile industry with the iPhone. Google fought back, not by creating the "Google Phone", but by acquiring the Android operating system, spinning up a consortium of carriers, OEMs, and technology providers, and rolling out a massive initiative that has finally surpassed Apple in number of handsets in use. That strategy, and the momentum behind it, has one flaw that self-professed pundits continue to proclaim: Android fragmentation. Android Fragmentation There are really two types ...

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    Silicon is what powers the steel and screen of our smartphones. Every year, while not as exciting as the smartphone schedule, there's always a flood of new chips that get assigned to the devices of the future. It's a lucrative business and the drama can get pretty dirty sometimes. LG has been on its own in its NUCLUN system-on-a-chip efforts, but the struggling smartphone manufacturer seems to want some helping hands. Enter an agreement with Intel as the two have plans for a new mobile processing system. We're not sure if the two are working more in the Nuclun's territory or if LG might ...

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    Unless they're made by Apple, when you think about smartphones and tablets, chances are they've got a Qualcomm Snapdragon powering them. Generally speaking, when we rank devices they typically fall into one of those three categories: entry-level, entry level, midrange, and high-end. Oddly enough, Qualcomm's SoCs are also segmented by device class, but Qualcomm opted for four tiers (rather than three), this can make it a little confusing to tell which category a device falls into - such is the case with the Snapdragon 6xx family. According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 6xx processors are ...

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    When it comes to mobile processor technology, Qualcomm has enjoyed a dominance over the space. Its Snapdragon processors at the heart of a lion’s share of mobile devices in the past couple of years, and indeed, at the heart of the mobile technology revolution. But as they say, "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown". Qualcomm’s vice-like grip on the large share of the smartphone pie is being called into question. They have been feeling the heat, and the devices powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor have been feeling the heat as well, quite literally. It seems like the rigors of ...

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    You probably don't know this about me, and forgive me if it's TMI. Back in my college days I was recovering from an illness that caused short-term memory loss. My coping mechanism was writing everything down. Since analog notes are hard to search through, I turned to the digital world to get help me find whatever information I was looking for. One of my all time favorite devices at the time was the HP Jornada - which got me through a few years in college. It was durable, quick, and helped organize my life. This little device held my schedule in its calendar app, my personal and college ...

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    Snapdragon, MediaTek, Exynos, and A8 are  SoCs - systems on a chip - that might be powering your smartphone or tablet right now. All of these processors follow the RISC style of computer chip technology, unlike CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computing) chips which are typically based around the x86 or x64 platform and power most desktop and laptop computers these days. RISC chips feature a reduced instruction set and have been stereotypically "underpowered" compared to their CISC counterparts, and therefore limited to mobile applications. With the increase in capabilities and popularity ...

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