Processor

NVIDIA Tegra 4 details leak, confirm A15 and 6x the power of Tegra 3

The upcoming next generation quad-core chipset from NVIDIA has apparently leaked in a set of slides today, confirming the Tegra 4 processor along with some mighty impressive specs. The leaked slide details the SoC as "Wayne" and shows a significant increase in graphics cores, USB 3.0 support, 28nm processor fabrication for more efficiency, and much much more. They're touting 6x the graphics performance of Tegra 3. Read on for the full details.

Intel to acquire NVIDIA according to crazy rumors

In what sounds like one of the crazier rumors we've heard in a long, long time, the folks from Intel might be preparing to acquire NVIDIA. The mobile processing market is really getting competitive as of late and this could give Intel the edge they so badly need. What's even crazier is the talk that Intel will make a switch at CEO and have NVIDIA's own take charge of the entire ship.

Samsung Exynos 5440 quad-core to be based on Cortex-A15 for Galaxy S4

Samsung's brand new Exynos 5250 dual-core processor powering the Nexus 10 tablet is the only production mobile processor currently based on the Cortex-A15. The chip is extremely fast, powerful, and efficient, and now we're hearing their upcoming quad-core powerhouse will be the same. Samsung's own Kernel Git page has confirmed their upcoming Exynos 5440 quad-core, although we had our suspicions already. A processor we're all hoping will be powering their upcoming Galaxy S4 smartphone.

ZTE Apache 8-core flagship smartphone coming next year

Whoa! If you thought quad-core smartphones were already overkill, then next year you'll surely be singing the same tune. The popular Chinese company ZTE apparently has plans to release their own flagship beast of a smartphone called the ZTE Apache. Complete with an impressive Cortex-A15 based 8-core processor. Yup, we said 8. More details after the break.

Samsung Exynos 5 Dual CPU detailed, set to dominate the competition

Last time we heard anything about Samsung's upcoming Exynos 5 mobile processors was back in November, but today they've detailed the all new dual-core 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 Dual chipset in the 5250. For those wondering why not quad-core, they have that too, but this is their newest chipset similar to Qualcomm's recent dual-core S4 in the Galaxy S III. Samsung's being very vocal about this new chipset, so lets take a look.

Intel roadmap leak shows Merrifield, LTE smartphones and more

This year Intel kicked off their major attempt into the smartphone market with the release of their Medfield Atom processor for smartphones. We've covered it plenty in the past and their first retail phone the Lava XOLO we got some hands-on with last week. While their first Android smartphone is decent, it's not up to par with the newer dual-core and quad-core processors we've been seeing. Their latest leaked roadmap however shows us their plans.

HTC looking to make its own low-end processors

Most phone manufacturers, or manufacturers of any consumer electronics, tend to farm out some of the more critical components of their devices. An excellent example is processors: currently HTC gets system-on-a-chip boards from Samsung and NVIDIA. But that may change soon, for some phones at least: ChinaTimes reports that HTC has partnered with fabless semiconductor company ST-Ericsson to create new chips for their low-end phones.

Huawei’s quad-core processor blasts to top spot in benchmarks

Huawei recently announced their brand new Ascend D Quad XL with their own in-house custom built quad-core processor. No Qualcomm or NVIDIA Tegra 3 is present in this device. They've been touting it as the "worlds fastest" and some recently leaked benchmarks might be showing just that. Check out these impressive results below from Nenamark and a few other tests where the new Huawei quad-core tops the charts.
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