Due to a lack of total vertical integration and heavy focus on IP licensing, one of the more interesting aspects of the SoC development pipeline is that we get to see the architectures and chips developed and announced in a very decoupled fashion. As opposed to the PC industry where there is heavy vertical integration and architectures are usually announced close to (if not at the same time as) the first silicon and even the first finished products, in the SoC space we will frequently see the complete development cadence in public – architectures, chips, and finally finished products. This has its own ups and downs, and while it means we’ll potentially hear about a new architecture long before it’s available in a product...

NVIDIA Announces Jetson TK1 Dev Board; Adds Erista To Tegra Roadmap

Continuing our coverage of NVIDIA’s 2014 GPU Technology Conference, today we’re looking at NVIDIA’s Tegra-related announcements. As Tegra is primarily a consumer facing product, especially the pre-K1 parts, NVIDIA...

33 by Ryan Smith on 3/27/2014

Imagination Announces PowerVR Wizard GPU Family: Rogue Learns Ray Tracing

Taking place this week in San Francisco is 2014 Game Developers Conference. Though not necessarily a hardware show, in years past we have seen gaming-related product announcements in both...

45 by Ryan Smith on 3/18/2014

The Difference Between Snapdragon 800 and 801: Clearing up Confusion

A couple of weeks ago at MWC, Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 801 which was positioned as a speed bump for the next wave of flagship smartphones. Qualcomm touted a...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/10/2014

AMD AM1 Platform Announced: Socketed Kabini

From the Consumer Electronics Show at the turn of the year, images were coming out of motherboards supporting the FS1b socket. This socket was a pin-grid-array, rather than...

38 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

Bay Trail-D from ASUS: The J1800I-C

We previously reported on Bay Trail-D motherboards coming from ECS, GIGABYTE and Biostar, but today it is ASUS’ turn to add in a SKU to the mix. The...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2014

Samsung's Exynos 5422 & The Ideal big.LITTLE: Exynos 5 Hexa (5260)

Samsung announced two new mobile SoCs at MWC today. The first is an update to the Exynos 5 Octa with the new Exynos 5422. The 5422 is a mild...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2014

The AnandTech Mobile Show - MWC 2014 Edition

Earlier this morning (Barcelona time) Brian and I sat down in front of a camera and recapped some of the major news at MWC. We talked about the new...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2014

Intel Talks Atom Z3460/Z3480 (Merrifield), Z3560/Z3580 (Moorefield) and LTE at MWC 2014

For the past couple of years Intel has used MWC as an opportunity to update us on its mobile plans. This year is no different as Intel officially launches...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Imagination's PowerVR GX6650: Competition for Mobile Kepler

Ryan touched on this in his excellent deep dive on Imagination's PowerVR Series 6XT GPU architecture earlier today, but I wanted to specifically call out the new high-end from...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Imagination's PowerVR Rogue Architecture Explored

In what should prove to be an extremely eventful and important day for our coverage and understanding of SoC GPUs, Imagination chosen to share more details about the inner...

95 by Ryan Smith on 2/24/2014

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC): The New 32-bit Flagship Until 805

As Qualcomm continues to move its SoCs to 64-bit ARMv8 based cores, there's still demand for high-performance 32-bit solutions today. We're still some months away from Snapdragon 805 showing...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

Snapdragon 610 & 615: Qualcomm Continues Down its 64-bit Warpath with 4/8-core Cortex A53 Designs

The unexpected arrival of Apple's first 64-bit ARMv8 core (codename: Cyclone) at the end of last year forced a transition to 64-bit sooner than expected. Silicon vendors keep telling...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

ZTE Announces Use of Qualcomm CMOS PA as March Towards RF360 Continues

Today at MWC Qualcomm announced ZTE will be the first smartphone customer to ship with Qualcomm's CMOS Power Amplifier, a part of its RF360 front end solution. This is...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

ARM Cortex A17: An Evolved Cortex A12 for the Mainstream in 2015

ARM has been doing a good job figuring out its PR strategy as of late. In the span of a couple of years we went from very little outward...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/11/2014

10W Bay Trail-D Coming To Market from GIGABYTE and Biostar

News on the grapevine is filtering down for Bay Trail-D. We have had the 20W Avoton server equivalent processor in our offices for a little while now, but...

55 by Ian Cutress on 2/4/2014

Socketed Kabini Processors Rumored For March

We saw some socketed Kabini motherboards at CES this year from MSI, and Chinese VR-Zone has published some interesting numbers regarding processors that are predicted to be on sale...

7 by Ian Cutress on 1/29/2014

Qualcomm Demos Snapdragon 805 & 802 at CES 2014

I don't know of any other mobile SoC vendor (outside of Apple) that has been able to deliver frequent, consistent architecture and product updates as well as Qualcomm. Its...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2014

AnandTech Mobile Show at CES 2014 Video Live Now

Earlier this week, Brian and I sat down at recapped some of the recent mobile announcements at CES, as well as other things we'd been working on over the...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/13/2014

NVIDIA Tegra K1 Preview & Architecture Analysis

NVIDIA has taken to using CES as its platform for launching members of its Tegra mobile SoC family. This year was no different as it shifted branding a bit...

87 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/6/2014

NVIDIA Reveals First Details about Project Denver CPU Core

During its CES press conference, NVIDIA revealed its new Tegra K1 SoC will be available in two versions. One version will ship with four ARM Cortex A15s, while the...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/6/2014

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