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    After Apple took the stage to announce the iPhone 5s last year, the market was left in a bit of a panic. Its latest A7 chipset, made of a 1.3GHz dual-core Cyclone CPU and quad-core PowerVR G6430 GPU, had something no other smartphone chip came with at the time: 64-bit architecture. Thanks to this 64-bit computing, Apple's iPhone 5s is able to "crunch numbers more efficiently", thanks to extra registers, explains The Verge's Aaron Souppouris. This difference is especially helpful for things like encoding and decoding video, says Souppouris. The true usefulness of 64-bit in smartphones, ...

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    We live in a day and age where electronic devices are an integral part of our daily routine. What's inside them that gives them the power to do so many amazing things? On today's episode of Pocketnow Power User we're going to talk about the brain that powers your device: the CPU. The Central Processing Unit, or CPU for short, has been around for quite some time, but has changed significantly over the years. Traditionally the CPU has been the "traffic-cop", the component that handles and routes all the commands flowing through the system to the place where they need to go. It's backed up by ...

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    Pebble and other small companies are already major players in the wearables niche. Google is prepping for an imminent launch of watches powered by Android Wear. Even Samsung has its Gear lineup. Through all this, Apple has been conspicuously absent. We've suspected for some time now that Apple is getting ready to enter the smartwatch game. Now, thanks to some leaked information, we're starting to piece together a timeline for availability, but more importantly, we could be seeing a shift away from Printed Circuit Boards to a System in Package approach. PCBs and SoCs Printed circuit boards ...

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    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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    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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    Inside every smartphone is a processor, but unlike your desktop or laptop computer, it's not a single, discreet chip. Instead, smartphones employ something called a "system on a chip", or SoC for short. Over the years these chips have gotten smaller, faster, and have incorporated more features and functionality. This time around it's the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm that's caught our eye. Snapdragon 800 Processors are designed to deliver amazingly fast apps, stunning graphics, all without sacrificing battery life. If that sounds like every other SoC before it, you're right. In every ...

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    Intel makes processors for all kinds of notebook, desktop, workstation, and server computers. They make excellent products that power the world -- well, the world outside your pocket anyway. Intel's chips are conspicuously few and far between when it comes to smartphones and tablets. That's something they hope to change with their new Silvermont SoC. Silvermont is the code-name for an upcoming line of chips from Intel. According to their documents, chips based on the Silvermont architecture will run up to three times as fast as their current models, handle up to eight cores, and some ...

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    At the core of every smartphone, phablet, tablet, computer, or piece of electronic equipment is a processor. Processors aren't as simple as a single chip anymore. The processor inside mobile devices today is what's called a "System on a chip", or SoC for short. This SoC includes a lot of "processors". Some handle video, some handle traditional "CPU" tasks. Others take care of your cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth radios. Still more process audio, and others monitor and handle the vast array of sensors that are tucked away snugly inside modern phones and tablets. Each SoC has its advantages ...

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    Single-core processors are going the way of the dinosaur, and dual-core processors are all around us, but today's powerhouses run quad-core. Some chips even throw in a low-powered fifth-core just for good measure. Just days ago NVIDIA announced the Tegra 4, which outclassed everything else, hands down. That victory was short-lived as Qualcomm introduced us to their new Snapdragon 800. Both new product offerings come in quad-core (or fifth-core) configurations. Not to be left out, Stephen Woo (the president of Samsung's System LSI division) dropped a bomb on the SoC world shortly ...

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    NVIDIA has long been one of my favorite chip-making companies. Back in the PC days they were always leap-frogging ATI to see who could make the best video card on the market. NVIDIA has since moved into more than just graphics and has a fairly impressive presence in mobile technology, specifically SoCs. The best NVIDIA SoC on the market today is their Tegra 3. Unfortunately, it's starting to show its age. Not to worry, at this year's CES, NVIDIA announced the Tegra 4! Not unlike the Tegra 3, inside the Tegra 4 is a quad-core CPU with an extra "low-power core" to help extend battery life. ...

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    Snapdragon is one of the most successful and vastly popular mobile SoCs and is brought to us by Qualcomm. Something we don't often consider is that the Snapdragon is based on ARM's designs. To see where Snapdragon is headed, we first need to look at the ARM roadmap. ARM is the company that many of today's mobile SoCs are based upon. Some are ARMv5, some are ARMv7a-compatible. Others are something entirely different. Notice that I said "based upon". One might think that an SoC based on ARMv5 technology is old and slow. Not necessarily. Since ARMv5 has been around for a while there's been a ...

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    Single-core versus dual-core used to be the big debate. As expected, we saw a fairly substantial jump in day-to-day activities when we went from one to two cores. People thought we'd see the same kinds of improvements going from dual-core to quad-core -- though we really haven't. Some have argued that we haven't seen a similar performance bump because Android isn't optimized for quad-core processors. I'm sure there's some truth to that, however, it looks like SoC architecture -- rather than the number of cores -- is more important to overall performance than just cramming a couple ...

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