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Today Broadcom took the lead by announcing two new Wifi combo chip solutions meant for the smartphone and tablet market. The BCM4359 is a high-end 2x2 MIMO solution for high-performance smartphones, while the BCM43455 is an updated 1x1 MIMO 802.11ac for mass market phones. Taking a closer look at the BCM4359, we see several innovative new features, the most characterizing one being the inclusion for the first time of Real Simultaneous Dual Band (RSDB). RSDB enables the chip to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This is achieved by doubling up on the baseband processors on the combo chip. Broadcom uses ARM Cortex R4 as the processing units of the IC, and the 4359 uses two of them. What this enables is a...

Microsoft at MWC 2015: Lumia 640 and 640 XL Announced, 4K 120Hz Surface Hub Demoed

Mobile World Congress is in full swing today and Microsoft woke the press up early to discuss new features coming to their smartphone and tablet space. Top of the...

31 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu yesterday

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 and Zeroth Platform

Today, Qualcomm is announcing the new Zeroth Platform, which is enabled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC. While Qualcomm is avoiding any real disclosure of the SoC at this point, we...

31 by Joshua Ho yesterday

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Sense ID Fingerprint Scanning

In addition to a new SoC, Qualcomm is announcing a new fingerprint sensing technology for Snapdragon-based devices. While most fingerprint sensors currently use high-resolution capacitive sensors, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID...

6 by Joshua Ho yesterday

Audience Announces NUE N100 Multisensor Processor

While Audience is traditionally focused on voice products, today they’re attempting to make their first moves into combined voice recognition and sensor hub products that leverage sensor fusion and...

1 by Joshua Ho yesterday

Sony Announces the Xperia Z4 Tablet

Although much of the focus on Sony's work in the mobile space is on their smartphones, they have been a player in the tablet segment of the market for...

26 by Brandon Chester yesterday

SanDisk Announces iNAND 7132: SLC/TLC Hybrid eMMC

In general, storage performance has been an area that is only discussed when it becomes a bottleneck. There was very little focus on storage performance in general before devices...

11 by Joshua Ho yesterday

Sony Announces the Xperia M4 Aqua

Today Sony has announced a new mid-range device for their line of Xperia smartphones. In the past weeks we've seen the launch of the Xperia E4, and Xperia E4g...

7 by Brandon Chester yesterday

Samsung Announces the Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge

In recent times, Samsung has seen the erosion of their dominance in the Android ecosystem. The reasons for why this is are many, but at least some of the...

151 by Joshua Ho yesterday

Samsung Unpacked: MWC 2015 Live Blog

Here we are at Samsung Unpacked at MWC 2015. Ian on Photos, Andrei on text. Everyone is getting seated, seems to be almost 5000 people here

41 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu yesterday

HTC Launches One M9: Hands-On

Around the end of 2012, HTC was in dire straits. The HTC One X, S, and V were supposed to be a big change in HTC’s product lineup, and...

43 by Joshua Ho 2 days ago

Samsung Announces 128GB UFS Storage For Smartphones

We've first heard about plans to adopt UFS (Universal Flash Storage) with the announcements of Toshiba and Qualcomm reported over a year ago. While the promised late 2014 schedule...

31 by Andrei Frumusanu 5 days ago

Motorola Announces Moto E (2015): Cortex-A53 + LTE For $149

Today Motorola has announced the launch and immediate availability of the 2015 version of the Moto E, the latest member of the company’s line of low-end smartphones. The 2015 edition...

28 by Andrei Frumusanu 5 days ago

Pebble Announces the Pebble Time

The original Pebble watch was arguably the first device in what is now a rapidly growing smartwatch segment of the wearables market. Since its release, the software of the...

17 by Brandon Chester 6 days ago

Google Acquires Softcard and Partners with US Carriers On Mobile Payments

Today Google has acquired the technology and IP behind Softcard. Softcard is a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to support NFC based mobile payments in the United...

18 by Brandon Chester on 2/23/2015

Samsung Acquires Mobile Payment Company LoopPay

Today the US based mobile payment company LoopPay announced that they have been acquired by Samsung Electronics America. LoopPay is a unique example of a payment company that is building...

34 by Brandon Chester on 2/18/2015

Qualcomm Announces New SoC Lineup, Modem Branding

Qualcomm today announced 4 new additions to its Snapdragon 400 and 600 lineup of SoCs, along with a reshuffle and rebranding of their modem lineup. Let's begin with the...

40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/18/2015

Samsung Introduces The First eMMC 5.1 Based Flash Memory

Today Samsung revealed what they claim are the first flash memory chips based on the eMMC 5.1 standard which was just approved by JEDEC, the group that oversees the...

41 by Brandon Chester on 2/17/2015

Samsung Announces 14nm FinFET for Exynos 7

While we've known about the existence of the Exynos 7420 for a while now, we didn't really know what to expect until recently. Today, it seems that Samsung is...

110 by Joshua Ho on 2/16/2015

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