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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...

The x86 Power Myth Busted: In-Depth Clover Trail Power Analysis

The untold story of Intel's desktop (and notebook) CPU dominance after 2006 has nothing to do with novel new approaches to chip design or spending billions on keeping its...

163 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/24/2012

The Clover Trail (Atom Z2760) Review: Acer's W510 Tested

Microsoft’s Windows 8/RT launch has been a bit choppier than expected. I remember hearing rumors that the OS release could slip into next year, but it seems that the...

102 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/20/2012

ARCHOS GamePad Introduced: 7" Gaming Tablet with Hardware Controls

Sometimes it's easier to take risks, if you aren't moving quite so many units. ARCHOS, long a player in media playback devices has spent a few years exploring Android...

24 by Jason Inofuentes on 12/6/2012

iPad 4 (Late 2012) Review

For years, almost a decade in fact, we've been asking for higher quality displays in notebooks. With most of our pleas left ignored for the value notebook segment, smartphone...

113 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/6/2012

Hands on with the Analogix SlimPort microUSB to HDMI and VGA adapters

In my Nexus 4 review, I noted that the device was the first shipping handset to include support for SlimPort via an Analogix ANX7808 SlimPort transmitter. When I wrote...

32 by Brian Klug on 12/5/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 12

Today's podcast covers two major topics: the rumored BGA-only version of Intel's Broadwell (2014/2015) CPU and Qualcomm's disclosures at its recent analyst day. The Broadwell BGA topic spawned a...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/3/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 11

We're back! Brian and I recorded this one just after the holidays last week. Despite there not being a lot going on release wise, we had a bunch to...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/29/2012

Microsoft Announces Surface Pro Pricing and Availability: 17W IVB Starting at $899 in January 2013

Last month I reviewed Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, and came away generally impressed. The form factor and attention to detail were both much better than expected from Microsoft. The...

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/29/2012

Nexus 4 Includes Support for LTE on Band 4 (AWS)

I noted in my review of the LG/Google Nexus 4 that the device included hardware necessary for LTE on at least some of its bands, namely bands 1 (2100...

46 by Brian Klug on 11/23/2012

Patriot Gauntlet Node/320 Review: Wireless Storage for Tablets

One side effect of the current march towards ultramobility is the nearly complete abandonment of expandable/upgradeable local storage. No modern smartphone or tablet allows for upgradeable internal storage, and...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 11/22/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 10

We've made it to 10 episodes of the AnandTech Podcast! As promised, this week's episode is a bit more PC focused as we discuss the future of AMD. Intel's...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/21/2012

iPad mini Review

Over the last two months, Apple has updated almost all of its core product lines, with the addition of a 13” model to the Retina MacBook Pro line and...

140 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Vivek Gowri on 11/20/2012

Qualcomm Begins Sampling MDM9x25 - Category 4 LTE, 3GPP Release 10

During an earnings conference call earlier this week, Qualcomm announced that it had begun sampling MDM9x25 to customers. MDM9x25 is Qualcomm's its third generation multimode 28nm baseband, the successor...

14 by Brian Klug on 11/18/2012

Android 4.2 Hits AOSP, Broadcom Replaces NXP with NCI Stack for NFC

Yesterday source code for Android 4.2 was pushed to AOSP (Android Open Source Project), paving the way for other developers to begin building their own Android images and looking...

13 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2012

HTC Droid DNA Hands-On

Today’s HTC Droid DNA announcement brings a few big advancements over the HTC One X that never made it to Verizon's line-up. We'll start our hands-on discussion with the...

55 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/13/2012

Google Nexus 4 Review - Google's new Flagship

The Nexus One was a groundbreaking device. It was the defining moment that Google got serious about making both a real consumer electronic, and pitting the Android platform against...

189 by Brian Klug on 11/13/2012

The HTC Droid DNA Announced: 5-inch, 1080p, S4 Pro

You've seen the leaks, but now it's real. HTC and Verizon have just announced the Droid DNA, a 5-inch behemoth sporting an incredible 1080p Super LCD3 display. Powering those...

31 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/13/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 9

This past month has been insane thanks to many of our travel schedules. With things finally settling down I was able to get together with Brian and Vivek to...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/7/2012

iPad 4 GPU Performance Analyzed: PowerVR SGX 554MP4 Under the Hood

As always, our good friends over at Kishonti managed to have the first GPU performance results for the new 4th generation iPad. Although the new iPad retains its 2048...

114 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2012

Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 Performance Preview

Earlier this week Google announced two new flagship Nexus devices: the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet. We received review samples of both earlier this week, and...

244 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 11/2/2012

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