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 Tegra K1 SoC with Optional Denver CPU Cores

At its CES press conference, NVIDIA finally revealed the marketing name for Project Logan - NVIDIA's latest mobile SoC: Tegra K1. NVIDIA hasn't said much about the architectural details...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2014

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 410 Based on 64-bit ARM Cortex A53

ARM told us to expect some of the first 64-bit ARMv8 based SoCs to ship in 2014, and it looks like we're seeing just that. Today Qualcomm is officially...

95 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/9/2013

Thecus N2560: Intel's EvanSport NAS Platform Review

NAS units targeting home consumers have traditionally been underpowered in terms of hardware as well as firmware features. Low power, reduced cost and media-centric features are primary requirements in...

75 by Ganesh T S on 11/25/2013

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805: 2.5GHz, 128-bit Memory Interface, D3D11-class Graphics & More

Qualcomm has had an incredible year. It wasn’t too long ago that I was complaining about Qualcomm’s release cadence, the lull between Scorpion and Krait allowed competitors like NVIDIA...

105 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

ECS Reveals Bay Trail-D Mini-ITX Line

With Intel's Bay Trail platform and Silvermont Atom cores in the news for tablets, we have spotted their use in mini-ITX platforms as far pack as Computex 2013 where...

41 by Ian Cutress on 10/23/2013

Intel Announces Galileo: Quark Based Arduino Compatible Developer Board

At this year’s IDF Intel announced its third major microarchitecture family: Quark. Before Quark we had Core at the high-end and Atom for smartphones/tablets/cheap PCs. Quark adds a third...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/3/2013

Chipworks Provides First Apple A7 Die Shot

Hot on the heels of their Samsung 28nm confirmation, Chipworks just sent over the first die shot of a delayered Apple A7. An annotated version is following early next...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2013

Chipworks Confirms Apple's A7 is Built On Samsung's 28nm HK+MG Process

Chipworks is in the process of delayering Apple's A7, but they just confirmed what we mentioned in our iPhone 5s review: Apple's A7 is built at Samsung using their...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2013

ASUS Introduces T100: Bay Trail based 2-in-1 Tablet

ASUS CEO Jerry Shen just pre-announced the ASUS T100, a Bay Trail 2-in-1 tablet (dockable) with up to 11 hours of battery life. Think Transformer goes Intel. I believe...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2013

The Bay Trail Preview: Intel Atom Z3770 Tested

Earlier this year Intel unveiled Silvermont, its first true architectural update to Atom since its introduction in 2008. I won’t rehash Silvermont’s architecture here, but it’s designed to be...

190 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 9/11/2013

Intel 14nm Progress Update: Broadwell & Airmont On Schedule

Continuing our IDF 2013 keynote coverage, Intel is also using this morning’s keynote to announce progress updates on previously announced 14nm products. Intel’s plans here remain unchanged, with Intel...

36 by Ryan Smith on 9/10/2013

Intel Announces “Quark” SoC Family: Tiny SoCs For Tiny Devices

Kicking off today is the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, Intel’s annual gathering of developers, press, and techies. Among the many sessions scheduled over the rest of the week we’re...

26 by Ryan Smith on 9/10/2013

Apple Announces A7, World's First 64-bit Smartphone SoC

Apple just announced the iPhones 5S featuring the A7 SoC, which is the world's first consumer ARM based SoC with 64-bit support. We're likely talking about an updated version...

89 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2013

Understanding Panel Self Refresh

Earlier today Brian spent some time with the G2, LG's 5.2-inch flagship smartphone based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) SoC. I'd recommend reading his excellent piece in order...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/7/2013

IBM Offers POWER Technology for Licensing, Forms OpenPOWER Consortium

The CPU wars are far from over, but the battlegrounds have shifted of late. Where once we looked primarily at the high-end processing options, today we tend to cover...

32 by Jarred Walton on 8/7/2013

NVIDIA Shield Review: At the Crossroads of PC and Mobile Gaming

NVIDIA is doing something different with Tegra 4, very different. To bring up its silicon, each vendor usually makes a reference design phone and tablet with a selection of...

135 by Brian Klug on 7/31/2013

NVIDIA Demonstrates Logan SoC: < 1W Kepler, Shipping in 1H 2014, More Energy Efficient than A6X?

Ever since its arrival in the ultra mobile space, NVIDIA hasn't really flexed its GPU muscle. The Tegra GPUs we've seen thus far have been ok at best, and...

141 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/24/2013

Samsung Updates Exynos 5 Octa (5420), Switches Back to ARM GPU

In the first part of our series on ARM, we mentioned that with every major microprocess design ARM tries to choose 3 licensees to get early access to technology...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/22/2013

The ARM Diaries, Part 2: Understanding the Cortex A12

A couple of weeks ago I began this series on ARM with a discussion of the company’s unique business model. In covering semiconductor companies we’ve come across many that...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/17/2013

The ARM Diaries, Part 1: How ARM’s Business Model Works

We’ve had well over a decade of Intel sharing its beliefs with us, but this is ARM’s first attempt at doing the same. What will follow over the next...

65 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/28/2013

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