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Although we tend not to focus too much on the tertiary aspects of a SoC, they are often important to enabling many aspects of the user experience. DSPs are important for a number of unique applications such as voice processing, audio processing, and other input processing applications. Before we get into the meat of the article though it's important to note that the above image is not a die shot or an actual block diagram, but is very roughly approximating the relative size of each component in the SoC. Today at Hot Chips, Qualcomm elected to reveal a number of details about their Hexagon 680 DSP, which will ship in the Snapdragon 820. Those that have followed our coverage regarding the Snapdragon 820 ISP features...

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...

26 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...

6 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...

88 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

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

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