One of the more enjoyable rituals with Apple’s annual iPhone launch is the decapping, deconstruction, and photographing of the processor die at the heart of Apple’s newest SoC. While we can learn a lot about the SoC from software, for some things there’s just no replacement for looking at the hardware itself and counting the functional blocks present. And this year, as in past years, the honor of being the first to tear apart the SoC goes to Chipworks. For determining the layout of A8, Chipworks reached out to us to solicit our input on their die shot, and after some rounds of going back and forth we believe we’ve come to a solid determination of some of A8’s features and how it has...

Samsung Announces A15/Mali-T604 Based Exynos 5 Dual

Yesterday Samsung officially announced what we all knew was coming: the Exynos 5 Dual. Due to start shipping sometime between the end of the year and early next year...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/10/2012

NVIDIA Q2 FY13 Earnings Report: $1.04B Revenue, Tegra Sales Recover

I don't normally comment on earning's calls, but this is something I've been talking a lot about in meetings offline so I decided to write up a short post...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/10/2012

ARM Announces 8-core 2nd Gen Mali-T600 GPUs

In our discrete GPU reviews for the desktop we've often noticed the tradeoff between graphics and compute performance in GPU architectures. Generally speaking, when a GPU is designed for...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/6/2012

Anand Chandrasekher Joins Qualcomm

Qualcomm has been on a hiring roll lately. Not only did it scoop up AMD's Eric Demers, but today Qualcomm announced that Anand Chandrasekher would be joining as CMO...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/6/2012

GLBenchmark 2.5 Performance on iOS and Android Devices

Earlier today we published our first results using GLBenchmark 2.5, the long awaited update to one of our most frequently used mobile GPU benchmarks. In our first article we...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/31/2012

GLBenchmark 2.5 Performance on Modern Android Smartphones & Tablets

For quite a while now, GLBenchmark has been a regular test in our smartphone, tablet, and SoC reviews. As GPU performance has steadily increased, GLbenchmark 2.1.x started hitting vsync...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/31/2012

Qualcomm's Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064/Adreno 320) Performance Preview

If you've been following our SoC related coverage, you'll probably have come across our coverage of Qualcomm's upcoming SoCs in their Mobile Development Platforms (MDPs). It's an interesting way...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 7/24/2012

Windows Phone 8 Adds support for Multi Core SoCs, Higher Resolutions, microSD, and NFC

We're at the Windows Phone 8 summit, where Microsoft just made support for a bunch of new WP8 features official. The rumors were true, and the platform is moving...

5 by Brian Klug on 6/20/2012

TI Joins the Windows RT Demo Fray

Not one for being left out, TI had a demo of Windows RT running on its OMAP 4470 reference tablet. Microsoft instructed its partners not to show off anything...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/8/2012

Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Running Windows RT

Last night we saw NVIDIA running Windows 8 RT via ASUS' Tablet 600, and today we got a glimpse of Qualcomm doing the same. Qualcomm's reference tablet features an...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Running Windows RT

Last night we saw NVIDIA running Windows 8 RT via ASUS' Tablet 600, and today we got a glimpse of Qualcomm doing the same. Qualcomm's reference tablet features an...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

Samsung Galaxy S III Performance Preview: It's Fast

Earlier today Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S III, at the heart of which is Samsung's new Exynos 4 Quad SoC. Fortunately we got a ton of hands on time...

94 by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/3/2012

Exynos 4 Quad 1.4 GHz 32nm HKMG Announced for Next Galaxy Smartphone

Just a week before its Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 event where it will announce "the next galaxy smartphone," Samsung has officially announced what SoC will be inside. The answer...

44 by Brian Klug on 4/25/2012

NVIDIA Plots Mobile SoC GPU Performance, Surpassing Xbox 360 by 2014

Qualcomm was the first to tell us that it expects to offer console level GPU performance in the not too distant future, generally hinting that its Adreno 3xx GPUs...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/19/2012

Apple's iPad 2,4 also uses 32nm A5 S5L8942 SoC

Through Chipworks, we recently learned that Apple's revised A5 SoC (S5L8942) is built on a 32nm Samsung HKMG process. While its presence in the Apple TV (3rd generation) which...

28 by Brian Klug on 4/11/2012

Apple TV A5 SoC is 32nm, Harvested dual-core A5

The 3rd generation Apple TV ships with what Apple tells us is a single-core A5 SoC. After delayering the chip to the transistor gate layer in the new Apple...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/11/2012

The Apple iPad Review (2012)

It has a display resolution that dwarfs most high-end desktop displays. The panel also puts a real emphasis on quality, not just resolution. For a computing device targeted squarely...

233 by Vivek Gowri & Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2012

Apple TV 3 (2012) Short Review - 1080p and better WiFi

The iPad (3) took front row during the recent launch extravaganza, however Apple also refreshed their Apple TV with a new model sporting a single core A5 SoC and...

35 by Brian Klug on 3/21/2012

Apple's A5X Floorplan

Apple's A5X SoC Today has been pretty exciting. Not only did we confirm the die size of Apple's A5X SoC (162.94mm^2) but we also found out that it's still built...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/16/2012

Apple A5X Die Size Measured: 162.94mm^2, Samsung 45nm LP Confirmed

Contrary to what we thought yesterday based on visual estimation of the A5X die, Chipworks has (presumably) measured the actual die itself: 162.94mm^2. While the A5 was big, this...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/16/2012

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