Processor

Snapdragon S4 system on a chip shows huge performance increase

When it comes to ARM-based processors and the speed demons who use them, Nvidia has captured nearly all the buzz at the moments with its quad-core Tegra 3 platform. But Qualcomm isn't resting on its laurels: the chipmaker is showing off the latest and greatest in its Snapdragon line, the S4. When Anandtech tested out the new chip inside a Quualcomm developer device, they concluded that it was "the absolute smoothest we’ve ever seen Ice Cream Sandwich run" - high praise indeed, considering how some users of ICS have complained about its performance on current-generation hardware. A device equipped with a 1.5Ghz dual-core S4 in a 28nm configuration blew past the competition in controlled tests.

Intel gives us a better glimpse at its Android prototype

No, this amazingly sleek phone doesn't exist - yet. It is a prototype that may never surface for the public's use, but nevertheless it is sporting an Intel chip and Android OS. Finally, Intel intends to make a comeback in 2012 by incorporating their technology into both tablets and smartphones. Technology Review was able to test out both of the prototypes, and they state we should see them officially within the first half of 2012.

Will TI be the chipmaker of choice for Android Ice Cream Sandwich?

There have already been many announcements coming out of Computex 2011 so far this week. We have seen some cool demos of the powerful upcoming Kal-El platform running very cool looking upcoming games at the show. While NVIDIA is showing off its wares, we have yet to hear anything from TI. A new rumor is surfacing that TI might well be the preferred chipmaker for the next version of Android beyond Honeycomb called Ice Cream Sandwich.

NVIDIA KAL-EL Quad-Core Processor on Track for 2011

And yes, Nexus 3 is going to exist. Are they going to intersect? That's what the Android forums are abuzz with, but as the NVIDIA Q1 2011 gives not even a clue about such a thing, I'm going to go ahead and call fluff. I've got a very informed exclusive quote from an industry official below on the matter, and that should clear everything up for everyone. Meanwhile this news that KAL-EL will be coming out this year isn't exactly new either since all the way back at the initial announcement during Mobile World Congress 2011 a within-the-year timeframe was the plan.

ZiiLABS unveils new ZMS-40 and ZMS-20 processors

Last December I mentioned that ZiiLABS had a new Android tablet that fans could pick up for about $250. The tablet was a modest offering that didn't exactly burn up the market. ZiiLABS has now announced a new platform for Android tablets that is constructed around its new processor offerings with a dual core and quad-core part with lots of other features that will make them interesting to the tablet fans out there. The new processors are called the ZMS-20 and ZMS-40.

How Intel’s New 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors will Blast Android into Outer Space

Are you familiar with Moore's Law? It's a trend described by Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel, noting that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. What's that got to do with Android? It's quite simple - bigger processing power in the same size package. Today Intel has announced its 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors, processing technology that they say will bring 50% power reduction at constant performance (that means better battery life) and 37% performance increase at low voltage - a better job for less!
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