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NVIDIA want Tegra 2 to be performance Android option; challenge Snapdragon & Apple A4

NVIDIA want Tegra 2 to be performance Android option; challenge Snapdragon & Apple A4

NVIDIA are looking to take on Qualcomm in the Android arena, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang positioning the company's second-gen Tegra chipset as a more multimedia- and performance-focused alternative for high-end devices.  Huang complimented Qualcomm and TI's mobile chipsets, describing them as "wonderful application processors", but went on to say that "our differentiation and our contribution to the space is where multimedia, high resolution snappy graphics [are] really necessary."  He also highlighted Tegra's possibilities for larger-scale, iPad rivalling Android tablets, such as Notion Ink's Adam.

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Apple A4 chip dissected by Chipworks: Cortex A8 in package “sandwich”

Apple A4 chip dissected by Chipworks: Cortex A8 in package “sandwich”

iFixit's iPad teardown turned up the expected huge battery and dinky circuit boards, but of course our prime interest has been in the custom Apple A4 processor that keeps the iPad whipping along.  While we know it's ARM based, Apple have been unduly coy in spilling any other information about the 1GHz chipset; iFixit decided to send the die over to Chipworks, who specialise in taking a more forensic look at silicon.

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iPad Apple A4 SoC a single Cortex A8 chip?

iPad Apple A4 SoC a single Cortex A8 chip?

Just what's lurking inside Apple's iPad?  We know the company have developed their own SoC, the Apple A4, but so far there's plenty of mystery around what exactly that chipset entails.  Over at ArsTechnica they reckon it's a single 1GHz Cortex A8 core and a PowerVR SGX GPU (the latter quietly confirmed last week) based on information from multiple sources.  In fact, they go on to suggest, the magic of the Apple A4 SoC is not what it brings to the table, but what it leaves out.

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Apple sued by VIA over A4, A5 processor patents

Apple sued by VIA over A4, A5 processor patents

Apple has been sued by Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technologies for allegedly infringing on patents related to the microprocessors used in its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The complaint was filed through a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware yesterday and involves three US patents.

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Apple iPod Touch Features Retina Display and A4 Processor

Apple iPod Touch Features Retina Display and A4 Processor

And sure enough, the iPod Touch just got the refresh it so aptly deserved. And while all of the other iPods may have gotten their own improvements, it's the iPod Touch that's getting the best new features. Now that the iPhone 4 is out, there was plenty of speculation regarding the iPod Touch: would it get the same features? Yes, yes it will. And, now it's official.

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Apple Buys Up Intrinsity, Doesn’t Clear up A4 Processor Speculation

Apple Buys Up Intrinsity, Doesn’t Clear up A4 Processor Speculation

So, if Apple isn't buying ARM, where are they going to spend all that money? Apparently to "people familiar with the deal," it looks like Apple has taken the steps necessary to buy chip maker Intrinsity. There had been grumblings about the acquisition earlier in the month, when Intrinsity employees changed over their LinkedIn employee status to reflect a more Cupertino-based company, and further supported by their website doing down. But, now if the New York Times is to be believed, the deal is done.

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Apple iPad A4 CPU detailed

Apple iPad A4 CPU detailed

There was so much information offered yesterday when the iPad was unveiled by Apple that it was a bit overwhelming. One of the key items of the iPad that didn’t get as much talk time on stage as some of the other features was the Apple A4 processor. The one thing that Apple was specific on was that the processor was its own silicon.

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