Processor

MediaTek launches MT6753 chipset with ‘WorldMode’ LTE

MediaTek, makers of chipsets that are usually found in the more affordable smartphone products, is taking 4G connectivity and giving it to more people with the new MT6753 chipset. The plan is to make 4G LTE more affordable, and this might just be the chipset to seal the deal – with products who will pack this new chipset in their innards already lined up for the second half of 2015.

LG rumored as planning to enter the high-end processor market

It is rumors like these that give fuel to the whispers that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 just might not be up to scratch. Word is out that LG is not giving up on being a player in the processor industry, even after the high-profile failure of its second effort, the NUCLUN processor for the LG G3 Screen. It seems set on a new high-end processor, even as it has seemingly committed to Qualcomm for its 2015 flagship offerings.

Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, industry-first 14nm FinFET processor

For a number of years, Samsung has been relying on its 20nm chip production process, giving them the current batch of high-performance Exynos processors they are using today. But with industry competitor Qualcomm still gaining the upper hand in terms of performance and name recall, Samsung is pushing forward with a new 14nm (read: smaller, less power consumption) SoC made through its patented FinFET process – the Exynos 7 Octa processor.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 hands-on: one cool dragon

With MWC 2015 comes new smartphones and devices, but part of the discussion will most likely revolve around the technology powering these. And perhaps there won't be a hotter topic than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. Not yet out in the market, except for the LG G Flex 2, the chip is already mired in controversy left and right. Does the dragon deliver all its promises without the problems that are rumored to hound it? We fly to Qualcomm's San Diego office to get a first-hand look, and the results are quite spectacular and, frankly, unsurprising.

Qualcomm enlists OEM support for Snapdragon 810

The growth of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip has not at all been smooth sailing – the run up of the new SoC has been plagued with performance and overheating issues. But Qualcomm has now enlisted the help of a number of major OEMs to give their stamp of approval for the new processor. In light of this, we expect consumers to still be wary, as Qualcomm has really not approached the issues head on.

Qualcomm loses “large customer”, could be Samsung

It's only January but Qualcomm is already done with the quarter of fiscal 2015. The company was proud to announce a strong quarter with record quarterly revenues. The numbers look good despite facing patent infringement lawsuits by NVIDIA the previous quarter. However, the chip maker is said to be lowering its revenue outlook for the semiconductor business and EPS expectations for the 2nd half of fiscal year. Why do that when the first quarter achieved record revenues?

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 taking some heat

Pardon the pun in the title, will you? The Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's new standard flagship chip and arguably one of 2015’s hottest commodities, is the Android industry's answer for catching up with Apple on the 64-bit issue, as well as better performance via octa-core processing. This early, though, the Snapdragon 810 seems to be taking heat from gadget manufacturers and critics for all the wrong reasons.

NVIDIA Tegra X1 kicks off CES 2015 with 64-bit mobile superchip

Although underestimated and unappreciated, NVIDIA's Tegra K1 wow'ed many because of its gaming and graphics chops. If you're one of those who have drooled over the chip, found particularly inside of NVIDIA's own SHIELD Portable and Tablet gaming devices, then the company's newest chip unveiled here at CES 2015 might pretty much flood your floor. Utilizing the latest Maxwell GPU architecture, the new Tegra X1 boasts of the what's what of mobile chips, including an 8-core setup and a 64-bit architecture that might give Apple's A8X or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 a run for their money.

LG Odin SoC resurfaces in leaked specs for LG F490L Liger

There's a saying that goes "if at first you don't succeed, try and try until you die". Or something like that. LG has long been rumored to have its own mobile processor in the works, but that has yet to become reality. But if this latest leak of a hitherto unknown LG smartphone, the LG-F480L or "Liger", is to be believed, then the LG Odin will soon materialize. But it will not be the LG Odin as we know, or have heard, it to be, but an LG NUCLUN instead.
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