Introduction A few years ago, it seemed a new System-On-Chip (SoC) design using an ARM-based architecture would pop up every other week. While competition can be great, with so many of the designs offering similar core features and the need to provide support for the products, over time the major players in the ARM SoC market have shifted and consolidated (e.g. Texas Instruments has exited the Application Processor space). There are still plenty of companies that ship SoCs, but some of these are lower end offerings that can't really compete except on price, leaving us with a few major players. Depending on whom you wish to include/exclude, there are anywhere from four to eight SoC manufacturers still in the game, with three of them mostly catering...

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 550 Ti: Coming Up Short At $150

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79 by Ryan Smith on 3/15/2011

ASUS G73SW + SNB: Third Time’s the Charm?

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57 by Jarred Walton on 3/4/2011

AVADirect's Clevo P170HM with GeForce GTX 485M: High-End You've Been Waiting For

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28 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/28/2011

NVIDIA Announces CUDA 4.0

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45 by Ryan Smith on 2/28/2011

Motorola Xoom Review: The First Honeycomb Tablet Arrives

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112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/23/2011

Samsung's Tegra 2 Superphone: The GT-I9103

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29 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/16/2011

NVIDIA's Project Kal-El: Quad-Core A9s Coming to Smartphones/Tablets This Year

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77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/15/2011

Samsung Intros NVIDIA Tegra 2 based Galaxy Tab 10.1 & New Superphone, Galaxy S II Debuts

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19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2011

The Motorola Atrix 4G Preview

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to join a bunch of NVIDIA employees for dinner. Among those at the table were Michael Toksvig and Tony Tamasi...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2011

LG Optimus 2X & NVIDIA Tegra 2 Review: The First Dual-Core Smartphone

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75 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/7/2011

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti: Upsetting The $250 Market

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88 by Ryan Smith on 1/25/2011

Intel Settles With NVIDIA: More Money, Fewer Problems, No x86

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29 by Ryan Smith on 1/10/2011

Updated: The License Agreement: Intel to Pay NVIDIA $1.5 Billion

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32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

CES 2011: Motorola Xoom & NVIDIA Tegra 2: The Honeycomb Platform

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8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

Anand Goes Hands On with Motorola's Atrix 4G Webtop

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63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2011

Hands On With Motorola's Tegra 2 Devices: Atrix 4G, Droid Bionic, XOOM Tablet

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21 by Manveer Wasson on 1/6/2011

NVIDIA's Project Denver: NV Designed, High Performance ARM Core: Updated!

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49 by Brian Klug on 1/5/2011

NVIDIA GeForce 500M: Refreshing the 400M

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29 by Jarred Walton on 1/5/2011

NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Take Two: More Architectural Details and Design Wins

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21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2011

CyberPowerPC's Gamer Xtreme 4000: Now with Sandy Bridge

Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture is upon us, and with it a freshly minted gaming PC courtesy of CyberPowerPC: the Gamer Xtreme 4000. If you read Anand's preview of...

42 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/4/2011

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