System on Chip

Qualcomm rumored to be preparing Adreno 400 GPU for CES 2014

As mobile devices get more powerful and use cases get more complicated, users start to expect more graphical sophistication not only in their games but also in fluid and responsive user interfaces as well. That is why Qualcomm, one of the leading system-on-chip manufacturers today, is continually working on improving its Adreno graphics chips, the fruits of which we may start seeing early next year.

Texas Instruments not backing away from mobile entirely

A couple days back, we heard that 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.

NVIDIA “Kai” hopes to bring quad-core for $200

The Tegra 3 is sitting on top of the Android performance world at the moment, but that doesn't mean that NVIDIA's going to rest on their laurels. Their new Kai strategy hopes to bring quad-core SoC's to the $199 price point or lower, a range typically reserved for "reader tablets" with low specs and even lower expectations. Kai isn't a chip or hardware (that we know of, anyway), it's Nvidia's name for their process of reducing the price of high-performance tablet components.

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.

Snapdragon manufacturing setbacks could delay major Android releases

The grudge match between Nvidia and Qualcomm was escalated at Mobile World Congress, where almost every single new Android device was running either a Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4 processor. Now news out of the supply chain indicates that Qualcomm's manufacturing partner for its 28nm chips has run into unexpected delays. If true, that could mean that large numbers of the Snapdragon S4 - the processor heart of phone like the HTC One S, The Panasonic ELUGA, and the LTE versions of the HTC One X, Asus Transformer Pad Infitinty 700 and Transformer Pad 300.

Qualcomm: no quad-core Snapdragon CPUs until Q4

All the news in the processor and system-on-a-chip space seems to be going to Nvidia these days, thanks to their four (and now five) core Tegra 3 architecture. In all the hustle and bustle, Qualcomm's Snapdragon gets forgotten - not that it's going anywhere. While almost ever major phone and tablet manufacturer has a Tegra 3 product slated for Mobile World Congress, they've usually got Snapdragons filling out the mid and lower ranks as well. It looks like that's going to be the status quo for a while: A Qualcomm product manager announced that the company would be focusing on its dual-core products until at least late 2012.
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