Following up on the incredible success of smartphones, tablets, and other handheld-size mobile devices, device manufacturers have been toying with ideas on what comes next. A common theme across many of these ideas has been the Internet of Things concept, which sees microcontrollers and Internet connectivity embedded into increasingly small or otherwise unusual devices where network connectivity wasn’t present before. From a technology perspective this is an exercise in seeing what you can do with products and environments where everything is networked, and meanwhile from a market perspective this is about driving the next wave of market growth for chip and device manufacturers. But while the IoT concept seems simple on the surface – just put a chip in everything – what device makers have...

Intel Demonstrates Bay Trail-T Running Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2

Last month Intel took the covers off its next-generation Atom microarchitecture, codename Silvermont. The first consumer implementation of Silvermont will be Bay Trail, a quad-core SoC for tablets. At...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2013

Qualcomm Announces MSM8926 - Snapdragon 400 with Quad Core A7s and Cat 4 LTE

Quite a long time ago, Qualcomm announced MSM8x26, a midrange Snapdragon 400 class SoC built on a 28nm LP process consisting of four ARM Cortex A7 CPUs running at...

3 by Brian Klug on 6/3/2013

ARM Cortex A12: Between Cortex A9 and A15 in Power & Perf, Sampling in Late 2014

We’ve talked about the hole in ARM’s product lineup for quite a while now. The Cortex A9 is too slow to compete with the likes of Intel’s Atom and...

78 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2013

ARM Mali-T622 & V500 Video Block Complement Cortex A12

Alongside today's Cortex A12 announcement, ARM is also announcing two new IP blocks: the Mali-T622 GPU and the Mali V500 video encode/decode block. The Mali-T622 is a 2-core implementation of...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2013

The AMD Kabini Review: A4-5000 APU Tested

How does Kabini perform compared to existing hardware? Armed with a prototype laptop sporting AMD’s latest APU, we put it through an extensive suite of benchmarks and see what’s...

131 by Jarred Walton on 5/23/2013

Intel’s Silvermont Architecture Revealed: Getting Serious About Mobile

The most frustrating part about covering Intel’s journey into mobile over the past five years is just how long it’s taken to get here. The CPU cores used in...

174 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2013

The Great Equalizer 3: How Fast is Your Smartphone/Tablet in PC GPU Terms

For the past several days I've been playing around with Futuremark's new 3DMark for Android, as well as Kishonti's GL and DXBenchmark 2.7. All of these tests are scheduled...

123 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/4/2013

The Great Equalizer Part 2: Surface Pro vs. Android Devices in 3DMark

While we're still waiting for Windows RT and iOS versions of the latest 3DMark, there is one cross-platform comparison we can make: Ivy Bridge/Clover Trail to the Android devices...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2013

3DMark for Android: Performance Preview

As I mentioned in our coverage of GL/DXBenchmark 2.7, with the arrival of Windows RT/8 we'd finally see our first truly cross-platform benchmarks. Kishonti was first out of the...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 4/2/2013

The Great Equalizer: Apple, Android & Windows Tablet GPUs Compared using GL/DXBenchmark 2.7

For the past few years we have been lamenting the state of benchmarks for mobile platforms. The constant refrain from those who had been around long enough to remember...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2013

Apple TV 2013 (A1469) Short Review: Analysis of a New A5

The Apple TV is an incredibly relevant device today. It’s Apple’s attempt to augment the Netflixes and Hulu Pluses of the world with an on-demand cable TV alternative. Other...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/15/2013

Imagination Technologies Confirms PowerVR SGX 544 IP used in Exynos 5 Octa

ARM was being unusually coy when talking about the GPU IP used in Samsung's recently announced Exynos 5 Octa. We eventually found out why: unlike the Exynos 5 Dual...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

Intel's Clover Trail+: Dual-Core CPU and Graphics Unveiled at MWC 2013

We find ourselves at another Mobile World Congress, discussing another Intel Atom based smartphone SoC. While last year we were talking about faster and lower performing versions of the...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/25/2013

NVIDIA Tegra 4 Architecture Deep Dive, Plus Tegra 4i, Icera i500 & Phoenix Hands On

Ever since NVIDIA arrived on the SoC scene, it has done a great job of introducing its ultra mobile SoCs. Tegra 2 and 3 were both introduced with a...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 2/24/2013

Samsung Details Exynos 5 Octa Architecture & Power at ISSCC '13

At CES this year Samsung introduced the oddly named Exynos 5 Octa SoC, one of the first Cortex A15 SoCs to implement ARM's big.LITTLE architecture. Widely expected to be...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2013

Tegra 4 Shipment Date: Still Q2 2013

Last night NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, stated that shipments of its Tegra 4 SoC to customers would begin in Q2. A few outlets incorrectly assumed this meant Q2 of...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/14/2013

The Tegra 4 GPU, NVIDIA Claims Better Performance Than iPad 4

At CES last week, NVIDIA announced its Tegra 4 SoC featuring four ARM Cortex A15s running at up to 1.9GHz and a fifth Cortex A15 running at between 700...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2013

Intel Brings Core Down to 7W, Introduces a New Power Rating to Get There: Y-Series SKUs Demystified

For all of modern Intel history, it has specified a TDP rating for all of its silicon. The TDP rating is given at a specific max core temperature (Tj_MAX...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/14/2013

Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa: Powered by PowerVR SGX 544MP3, not ARM's Mali

At CES, Samsung announced its Exynos 5 Octa SoC featuring four ARM Cortex A7s and four ARM Cortex A15s. Unusually absent from the announcement was any mention of the...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 1/13/2013

Imagination Demonstrates PowerVR Series6 Rogue on LG's H13 SoC

I stopped by Imagination Technologies at CES 2013 and talked about their upcoming GPU IP blocks and a few recently announced SoCs, and one demo caught my eye running...

6 by Brian Klug on 1/12/2013

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