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.
Samsung may have announced the 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip back in January during CES, however it wasn't until today that we got word of when they would actually begin production. Samsung has said the processor should be in mass-production beginning in the second quarter of the year. This of course ties in nicely with the recent GALAXY S 4 announcement.
NVIDIA finally announced the much anticipated successor to their popular Tegra 3 quad-core processor. That being their new and improved Cortex-A15 quad-core Tegra 4 superchip. Today however NVIDIA has just announced another quad-core processor for the Tegra family. It's called the Tegra 4i and is geared for the mass smartphone market with integrated 4G LTE.
CES 2013, and NVIDIA is using the show to make quite a few major announcements. After letting us know what it's been doing in the PC gaming space, NVIDIA pulled the veil off the long-rumored Tegra 4 mobile processor. Yes, we all knew it was going to be announced, but boy does it feel great to finally have official confirmation.
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.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 line of processors has proven to be incredibly popular, so it isn't much of a surprise that the company has added two new CPUs to the Snapdragon S4 family. Announced today, the MSM8226 and the MSM8626 are bound for China, and offer a number of features that we have a feeling manufacturers will pay attention to. Those manufacturers will have a little bit of a wait ahead of them, though, as these new processors aren't scheduled to launch until Q2 2013.
has announced that Sony is taking a look at MediaTek for some low-cost devices.
Samsung and Apple currently waging a patent battle across the globe, it's easy to understand that the business deals between the two companies are a little shaky at the moment. Apple has been slowly trying to replace Samsung as a supplier of its parts for iDevices, but now Samsung is fighting back. A new report from MarketWatch claims that Samsung is charging Apple a 20% premium for its mobile processor chips these days.
announced that its NovaThor ModAp platform is used to power the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. The Mini is a smaller, more affordable version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III. The NovaThor ModAp platform is designed for compact devices, which seems quite suitable for the smaller version of the S III. The reason the NovaThor ModAp platform functions well on smaller devices is that it implements modem and application processor on a single die. This allows the device to create power with solid efficiency without taking up extra space. ST-Ericsson has had its processors featured in a few other devices, but they have not received nearly the attention of companies like Qualcomm, who is are known for making the ultra high-end processors. For whatever reason Samsung choose not to announce the processor creator when they announced the other specs of the device. They were quick to announce that it had a 1.0 GHz dual-core STE U8420 processor, but they did not credit ST-Ericsson. They also announced that the phone has 1GB of RAM, 8 and 16GB storage options, and a 1,500 mAh battery. Final pricing and release information on the Galaxy S III Mini is still spotty. UK retailers have posted various prices, but nothing official has come out yet. Prices for other regions and release dates have not been announced of late, but at least we are learning a little more about the device. As always, we will keep you posted with latest on the Galaxy S III Mini as it happens. [timeline]
Texas Instruments was going to move away from the smartphone and tablet markets. Many thought that the company would halt production on its OMAP 5 chipsets as it looked to break into other markets like the automotive, industrial, and robotics industries. Today Texas Instruments clarified Wednesday's reports, saying that it plans to remain a competitor in the mobile space.