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Samsung Galaxy Alpha features an Exynos 5430, the world's first 20nm HKMG based chip


Yesterday we saw the announced, with a premium metal design and an unusually smaller 4.7 inch display. One interesting addition to the handset is the powerful Samsung Exynos 5430 octa-core processor. It just so happens that this chip is the world’s first 20nm high-k metal gate (HKMG) based chip on a smartphone.

This new, more precise 20nm process comes after years of running on chips made using the 28nm lithography. The benefits of this new manufacturing node include the possibility to crank up clock speeds a bit, and achieve a better thermal footprint.

Samsung's 20nm HKMG is a planar design, but the casting process now forms the gate as the last part of the transistor construction rather than the first, and this theoretically improves performance since gate characteristics are less affected by extreme temperatures in manufacturing. When it comes to the new Exynos 5430 system-on-a-chip, we do know that it is a big.LITTLE design using four Cortex A15 cores running at up to 1.8GHz, and four Cortex A7 cores running at up to 1.3GHz.

We cant wait to see how the Exynos 5430 performs in the real world with the Galaxy Alpha.


source - AnandTech

NVIDIA announces 64-bit "Denver" ARM chip for Android which rivals PC performance


NVIDIANVIDIA has announced its new 64-bit ARMv8 "Denver" SoC for Android, which is the successor to its Tegra K1 chip. The company is very confident of the chips abilities and claims that the "Denver" SoC offers the same performance found on some PCs.

"Denver" will be available in two pin-compatible versions, and both feature a new technology called Dynamic Code Optimization. This technology "optimizes frequently used software routines at runtime into dense, highly tuned microcode-equivalent routines. These are stored in a dedicated, 128MB main-memory-based optimization cache." This means that when you run certain apps, the optimized code is already ready and waiting. And the Dynamic Code Optimization will work on apps already written for the ARM platform, meaning no additional work for the developer.

NVIDIA has high hopes for the SoC, saying that it will "rival some mainstream PC-class CPUs at significantly reduced power consumption." With speed, power and less power use, "Denver" appears perfect to run games, create content and run powerful enterprise-centric apps on Android flavored devices.

NVIDIA introduces its 64-bit ARM v8 SoC for Android
NVIDIA introduces its 64-bit ARM v8 SoC for Android

source - NVIDIA

Qualcomm unveils 64-bit Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 processors


Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808Qualcomm, whose chips are available in most popular mobile devices, have revealed their next generation of mobile processors - the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. The new chips are two generations ahead of the Snapdragon 801, which was recently featured in handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.

Samsung announces Exynos 5422 Octa and Exynos 5260 Hexa processors, both supporting Quad HD displays


SamsungSamsung announced two new mobile processors at MWC 2014. The Samsung Exynos 5422 Octa and the Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa. Both support high-resolution displays, including Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) and WQXGA (2560 x 1600 pixels), making us wonder if a Quad-HD version of the Galaxy S5 may be introduced later this year.

The Samsung Exynos 5422 Octa is a high end processor with includes eight cores: four ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked at up to 2.1 GHz, and four smaller ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at up to 1.5 GHz. The 5422 uses 28nm technology, and comes with Samsung's optimized big.LITTLE HMP (Heterogeneous Multi-processing), being capable of delivering up to 34% higher performance than the company’s previous Exynos Octa processors. The Exynos 5422 will enter mass production this quarter

Samsung Exynos 5422 Octa

The Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa is the same SoC found inside the recently announced Galaxy Note 3 Neo. This chip offers six CPU cores: two 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 cores, and four 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 cores.
Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa


source - Samsung


Marvell Armada SoC announced with 64 bit ARM Cortex A53 processor with 5 mode LTE modem


Marvell Armada SoC announced with 64 bit ARM Cortex A53 processor with 5 mode LTE modemMarvell has announced its new Armada PXA 1928 chipset at the MWC on Tuesday. The SoC includes a quad-core, 1.5GHz Cortex A53-based CPU and a full HD-capable GC5000 GPU. The SoC also supports a number of connectivity options including LTE TDD/FDD, HSPA+, TD-HSPA+, and EDGE. It even supports VoLTE service.

Intel announces 64-bit Merrifield and Moorefield mobile processors, signs new agreements with Lenovo, Asus, Dell and Foxconn


IntelIt looks like Qualcomm wont be the only chipset maker to announce 64-bit mobile processors at the MWC. Intel has unveiled its own LTE-ready, 64-bit Atom processors.

The first new Intel CPU, Atom Z3480 (codenamed Merrifield), comes with two 2.13GHz cores, is based on Intel's 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, and uses a PowerVR Series 6 Graphics IP core from Imagination Technologies. According to Intel, the Z3480 Merrifield is the first Atom SoC to support the company’s new “Integrated Sensor Solution, which efficiently manages sensor data to keep applications smart and contextually aware even when the device is in a low-power state.” Merrifield-based devices (made by various companies) are expected to be released starting Q2 2014.

The second new Intel Atom processor that's made "for Android mobile devices" is codenamed Moorefield, has four cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz, and will include “an enhanced GPU and support for faster memory.” The Atom Moorefield will be released in the second half of 2014.

In addition to unveiling the two Atom processors, Intel announced that it signed new multi-year agreements with Lenovo, Asus, Dell and Foxconn. Asus and Lenovo will launch both smartphones and tablets based on Atom processors this year. Dell will introduce Android and Windows tablets, while Foxconn is releasing only tablets running Android.
"We have a strong history of working with Intel to bring compelling, computing experiences to market with products like our K900 smartphone, Yoga line of multimode laptops, MIIX 2 and ThinkPad 8 tablets. We look forward to an even stronger future together - delivering exciting mobile experiences from stylish smartphones to high-performance tablets with Intel inside," declared Peter Hortensius, chief technology officer, Lenovo.
We are expecting Samsung to join the 64-bit bandwagon, too, possibly with its Exynos Infinity chip that may be announced later today.


sourceIntel

Qualcomm announces new 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 and quad-core Snapdragon 610


Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 615 and Snapdragon 610Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, which has eight 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 cores. It will be joined by the Snapdragon 610 quad-core processor, which is also 64-bit capable.

Both new SoCs include Adreno 405 GPUs, and come with LTE Cat 4 support, while also integrating “critical 3G technologies, including HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps), CDMA, and TD-SCDMA.”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 announced - 45% faster image processing, in devices by April


Qualcomm Snapdragon 801Qualcomm has just announced its new Snapdragon 801 chipset, which sits between last year's top processor, the Snapdragon 800 and the yet unreleased Snapdragon 805.

Nvidia Tegra K1 announced with 192-core Kepler GPU, set for H1 2014 release


Nvidia Tegra K1Nvidia has officially unveiled its new Tegra K1 mobile processor which comes with an impressive 192-core Kepler GPU. The Nvidia Tegra K1 will first come in a combination of that new Kepler graphics chip and a quad-core Cortex A15 (plus one shadow A15 core) in the first half of 2014.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 announced with Adreno 420 graphics


Qualcomm Snapdragon 805Qualcomm has just announced its newest fastest chipset, the Snapdragon 805, which leaps ahead of the current Snapdragon 800 and is bound to be a name to be reckoned with in the year ahead.

NVidia announces Tegra 4i and Tegra 5 processors


NVidiaNVidia has announced the upcoming availability of its latest mobile SoCs, the Tegra 4i and Tegra 5. The processors themselves will be available in the first quarter of 2014, and devices powered by them will probably be available no later than the second quarter of the year.

The budget Tegra 4i is part Tegra 3, part Tegra 4 system chip, which will be used in mid-range devices. Unlike its bigger sibling (Tegra 4), the Tegra 4i comes with an LTE-Advanced modem on board, but sports fewer GPU cores compared to the Tegra 4. However, the 4i is more power-efficient due to its updated version of the quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU in comparison with the more powerful Cortex-A15, which is used in Tegra 4.

NVidia Tegra 4i

Nvidia Tegra 5, a.k.a. Logan, will not come with LTE modem inside. Nevertheless, the Icera i500 LTE modem, which Nvidia provides with the Tegra 4i, is certified and suitable for the Tegra 5 as well. The Tegra 5 will allegedly have one of the fastest GPUs around – the 192-core GPU Kepler, and will be a direct rival to Qualcomm's Adreno 400, which is also expected to be unveiled next year. Interestingly, Jen-Hsun Huang also admitted that customers will be delighted by the manufacturer that will produce these first Tegra 4i and Tegra 5 devices.


source - GSMArena

Intel announces "Quark" processors for wearable devices


Intel may have fallen behind in the mobile market, which is currently dominated by ARM processors, but they have been slowly pushing their way back into our mobile devices. In response to the new wearable device boom Intel has unveiled its new line of "Quark" processors, which it plans to be used on smart watches and other wearables.

The Quark processors are going to be incredibly small, and powerefficient. According to Intel, they will be one-fifth the size of the smallest Atom processor, and it will use one-tenth of the power. 

Intel CEO Brian Kraznich has the following to say about the use of the Quark processor:
Smartphones and tablets are not the end-state. The next wave of computing is still being defined. Wearable computers and sophisticated sensors and robotics are only some of the initial applications.
Intel will have samples of the new chip ready for the fourth quarter this year, but we shouldn't expect to see Quark in wide use until next year. The first run of the chips will likely find their way into "embedded" technologies.


source: WSJ

MediaTek announces first true octa-core processor


MediaTek announces first true octa-core processorMediaTek has announced the world's first true octa core processor. Unlike the Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core processor, which only uses four active cores at a time, MediaTek's processor runs all eight cores at the same time. This results in smoother gaming, web browsing and video playback along with improved battery performance. MediaTek also claims that the eight cores can be used without overheating

[Android app] Snapdragon BatteryGuru


Snapdragon BatteryGuru for AndroidSnapdragon BatteryGuru is an Android app by Qualcomm which helps improve your battery life on devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. The app is currently in beta stage and is designed to help manage the connection that various apps have with the Internet. Once you install the app it will learn how your apps interact with the Internet and will use what it learns to make your apps within 2 – 4 days.

You can download the app directly on your device through the Google Play Store or by using the link which follows:

LG Optimus G2 will feature octo-core Odin chip


LG LogoLast year LG stated that they would be building mobile processors in house for their smartphones. This report has been confirmed over the weekend by a Korean publication which cites an unnamed LG official as its source.

The first home brewed processor from LG is reportedly going to be using in the upcoming LG Optimus G2 and is codenamed Odin. The new handset will reportedly be on sale in time for the 2013 holiday season.

Odin is said to resemble Samsung’s  design, and will use eight cores – four Cortex A15 and four Cortex A7. It will be designed using an ARM big.LITTLE architecture aimed at providing superior performance and power consumption.

LG Electronics is going to mass-produce the Odin processors by using finer 28-nanometer level processing, applying high-k metal gate (HKMG) technology. The processors will be used in LG’s next flagship Optimus smartphone ― the Optimus GII ― which will probably be unveiled in this fall’s IFA trade fair. Odin is a major god in Norse mythology and the ruler of Asgard. LG Electronics hopes to make big impact on the global mobile application market...

The LG official also stated that the TSMC will undertake the process of manufacture the processors as the company doesn't have its own chip-manufacturing facilities like Samsung.


sourceKorea Times

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa demonstrated on a reference board


Samsung LogoThe  offers four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores using the ARM big.LITTLE architecture, aimed at achieving the best power consumption and consumption ratio. The following video demo shows how the Exynos 5 Octa handles general tasks on a reference board which was on display at the ongoing MWC.

The demonstrations explains how the various cores take over various tasks to achieve the performance while saving power for the user along with the graphics abilities of the processor.




sourcePhoneArena

Intel announces dual-core Atom, and plans for future quad-core processors


Intel announces dual-core Atom processorIntel looks to be continuing on track to make a name for themselves as smartphone chip manufacturers. The company has announced their line of dual-core Atom (Clover Trail+)  processors. They are built using the 32nm architecture and known as the 2.0 GHz Z2580, the 1.6 GHz Z2560 and the 1.2GHz Z2520. Intel promises industry leaving performance with their hyper-threading technology and battery life which will match current high end devices. The company plans to transition to 22nm Atom SoCs late this year.

Samsung Galaxy S IV boot screen leaks; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 inside


Recent speculations have been suggesting that Samsung will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip instead of their own  in their upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV. This report has been further confirmed by a new source who also has cited overheating as the reason that the manufacturer chose to Qualcomm’s chip instead of their own.

Possible boot screen of the Samsung Galaxy S IV
Devices like the HTC One and the LG Optimus G Pro already feature 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processors. But the Galaxy S IV is expected to run a slightly faster 1.9GHz clock speed. Additionally the device is expected to arrive in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants and have 2GB of RAM. The source also claims that the Galaxy S IV will have 140.1 x 71.8 x 7.7mm dimensions and that it will weight 138 grams.

Additionally the device is not expected to feature the rounded edges from the Samsung Galaxy S III and instead is expected to have a more squared off design. This design is in line with the leaked photos of cases. The source has also claimed that the device will be available in black or white and will have aluminium sides with a plastic back.

Samsung is also expected to choose Full-HD SoLux Display which is probably based on LCD 3 like the HTC One. Samsung is reported to have problems manufacturing full HD AMOLED displays, which has let them to choose LCD panels instead.

The report has also shared a photo which claims to show the boot screen of the upcoming Galaxy S IV.

To sum things up the Samsung Galaxy S IV will feature a 4.99 inch FHD SoLux display, up to 64GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel camera, a removable battery and will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM.


sourceSamMobile | DailyMobile

Samsung Galaxy S IV may use Qualcomm processor instead of Exynos


A new report claims that Samsung may be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset on their upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV instead of the  processor. The reasoning behind this is the thermal envelope and the power consumption of the company’s home brewn processor.

There have been previous rumors suggesting that Samsung may choose to use both Qualcomm’s and their own Exynos processors on different versions of their upcoming flagship, but it looks like the company may settle on using the Snapdragon chip instead. The Snapdragon processors are hard to beat when it comes to system on a chip performance and due to its radio which covers most of the world’s networks.

The HTC One is a great example with its 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip on board and Samsung will want their offering to closely compete and if not beat its competitors in order to make a name for itself in 2013. The Samsung GT-I9505/SHV-E300S/SHV-300L/SCH-I545 which has leaked with a 1.9GHz Qualcomm processor with four Krait cores could very well turn out to be the Galaxy S IV in its final form.

The processors are more than capable of running any task or app without slowing down and if this rumor boards true, Qualcomm will also benefit greatly from Samsung using its chips on their flagship, which promises to sell in the millions.



source – PhoneArena

Toshiba is expected to be the first to release an NVidia Tegra 4 device, other hesitant to follow


NVidia LogoWith Qualcomm having secured a strong position in the ARM processor market and big manufacturers like Samsung building their own chips, NVIdia has been finding a hard time finding support for their Tegra 4 chip. However Toshiba is looking to be one manufacturer who plans to embrace the chip on its tablets.

The NVidia Tegra 4 chip was first unveiled at the CES 2013 and faces hard time ahead despite offering several improvements over its predecessor. Even companies like Asus and Acer who have previously used Tegra 3 on their tablets, don’t seem to be considering Tegra 4 as an option for their future tablets. The situation seems worse in the smartphone market which is dominated by Qualcomm.

NVidia is even reportedly considering reducing their price on the Tegra 3 platform further in hopes of making it a more viable option for affordable entry-level solutions.

Will the support from Toshiba give other manufacturers a push toward using the Tegra 4 processor on their own devices? Or will NVidia have to look at other options to get their Tegra platform to more devices?


sourceDigiTimes

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