Chipset

MediaTek’s new octa-core SoC is LTE capable, and heavy on specs

If you’ve been waiting patiently for octa-core, it won’t be long now. MediaTek has announced their latest offering, the MT6595. Though not the first octa-core processor we’ve seen on a device, it’s likely the one with the most attractive feature set. If they can keep ahead of the looming Qualcomm threat, MediaTek octa-core chipsets just might find their way onto more handsets.

Intel bringing 64-bit chipsets to Android in Q2 2014, CEO claims

In a conference call with analysts, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had some good news. According to him — and we’d like to think he’d know — 64-bit Intel chips are coming to Android. While we’ve known that 64-bit was coming since various iOS devices launched with the technology last Fall, but Krzanich says the Android variety will be available this year.

AMD looks to take on Intel and others in the Android space

Now that mobile is clearly the future and with Qualcomm and NVIDIA doing well in the space, AMD looks to take on the competition (and Intel) by ending their exclusive Windows presence. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has long stuck to Microsoft's Windows OS, as well as graphics cards, but we're now hearing the company aims to take on Android and Chrome OS.

Qualcomm revenue tops $19 billion in 2012, $4.9bn in Q4 as smartphones surge

Today the folks from Qualcomm have posted some annual and quarterly earning reports that were quite impressive. Not only did they release their Q4 financial results, but also their entire 2012 fiscal year -- which is up 28% year-over-year actually. Head on past the break for more details on Qualcomm's earnings, and how smartphone and Snapdragon sales have them staying at the top.

Kal-El NVIDIA Chipset Benchmarked Against Core2Duo and Tegra 2

Unless you've been living in an opaque bubble for the past few days, you'll be completely aware that NVIDIA held a meeting in which they revealed a roadmap into their future, all the way to 2014 where their chipsets will be somewhere around 100x more powerful than they are now. But what about now, you ask? What would happen if they released their newly announced "Kal-El" quadcore right this moment and set it up against the other sets available today? Funny you should ask.

NVIDIA Reveals Project “Kal-El” Quad Core Super Chip – A Future of Astronomical Speed

Let me preface this by noting that we've got a roadmap of NVIDIA's future plans for speed and chipsets. Each one of these potential markers along the line from 2010 all the way down to 2014 is code-named after a superhero. Take care to remember that these are code-names and are NOT final names for the chips, nor are they in any way affiliated with Marvel or DC comics. That said, let it be known that NVIDIA revealed to our good friend Ben Bajarin some tasty tips such as the speeds NVIDIA hopes to deliver with future versions of their chipsets, starting at TEGRA 2 and working its way up to STARK. The first brand new chipset, Kal-El, is said to be delivering performance at 5X what it TEGRA 2 does today.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor V3 coming

As our smartphones get smarter, we are continuing to need faster and faster processors to power our devices. However, the main problem with a faster processor is the power draw that comes along with it. Being a somewhat common problem, Qualcomm has developed it's popular Snapdragon processor bringing in super fast speeds with minimal battery drain and now they're adding to its success bringing in a new Snapdragon.