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SlashGear 101: The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Processor

SlashGear 101: The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Processor

When you're getting to know the 8 CPU cores of the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC, you'll first want to understand that they absolutely do not work the same way as multi-core mobile processors have in the past. While the Exynos 5 Octa does have 8 CPU cores, they're never being used all at once. Instead you've got 2 distinct pairs of 4 CPU cores, four of them "big", the other four "LITTLE". The Exynos 5 Octa SoC works with what's called big.LITTLE architecture, this term coming from the British processor company ARM.

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Panic cracks open Lightning Digital AV Adapter, makes unexpected discovery

Panic cracks open Lightning Digital AV Adapter, makes unexpected discovery

Over at Panic, a mystery developed as the folks there attempted to do a little bit of video capture via "various iOS device." Apple's digital Lightning AV adapter for the iPad mini and the iPhone 5 is supposed to be capable of full 1080p, but when utilizing the device, they discovered its maximum resolution was only 1600x900. In light of this incongruity, they put on their sleuthing hats and began searching for the answer.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4i detailed: quad-core with wide market appeal

NVIDIA Tegra 4i detailed: quad-core with wide market appeal

With NVIDIA's reveal of the Tegra 4 System-on-Chip we saw the next generation of processing power with the ability to work with a separate piece of architecture for 4G LTE connectivity - with the Tegra 4i, NVIDIA integrates it all onto one single-chip solution. What you'll see here is a smaller footprint made for smartphones on the mass market with a whole lot of next-generation power, but on such a level as you'll find on the Tegra 4. Tegra 4i is NVIDIA's way of pushing the latest and greatest in Tegra processing power to smartphones in a big way.

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Samsung 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip revealed with two sets of four cores

Samsung 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip revealed with two sets of four cores

CES 2013 has already brought some very exciting news about mobile processors, with NVIDIA revealing its Tegra 4 processor during its press conference earlier in the week. Not one to be outdone, Samsung today officially pulled the veil off its 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip. Comprised of two sets of four cores, the Exynos 5 Octa is obviously geared toward keeping things moving fast and fluid, even when multiple applications are running on your mobile device.

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DIYer building custom ARM-based laptop, may launch Kickstarter campaign

DIYer building custom ARM-based laptop, may launch Kickstarter campaign

Custom-building desktop computers is nothing new nowadays, but custom-building laptops is a different story. Because of the complex parts and how they're assembled, building a laptop yourself isn't for the faint of heart, and most people don't have access to the necessary resources anyway, but virtuoso hardware hacker and DIYer Andrew "Bunnie" Huang is setting out to build his own open-source, ARM-based laptop himself.

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Intel: Seriously, our tiny mobile chips are almost here

Intel: Seriously, our tiny mobile chips are almost here

Intel has reiterated it is on track to deliver 22nm SoCs next year, as the company attempts to close the gap between it and ARM-adopting rivals like Qualcomm and NVIDIA. "Intel's 22nm SoC [System-on-Chip] technology will be ready for high volume manufacturing in 2013" the chip company said in San Francisco this week, Reuters reports, though the company is yet to pin down production plans to any more specific a timescale.

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LG’s own-design H13 Smart TV chip debuts fabless silicon ambitions

LG’s own-design H13 Smart TV chip debuts fabless silicon ambitions

LG plans to follow in Samsung's footsteps by designing its own ARM processors, execs from the company have confirmed, with the first example - the LG H13 - set to debut in a Smart TV at CES 2013 next month. The H13 has been designed by LG but will be built for the company by TSMC, The Korea Times reports, a 28nm chip expected to use ARM's Cortex A15 architecture as Samsung adopted in the Exynos 5250 and used in the Nexus 10 tablet.

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Intel plans to make Ivy Bridge chips more power miserly

Intel plans to make Ivy Bridge chips more power miserly

One of the biggest downsides to having an Intel processor inside of a mobile device compared to having an ARM processor is been power consumption. Intel processors traditionally use more power than competing products leading to shorter battery life for the devices using Intel processors. However, Intel is aiming to change that with the goal of reducing the power consumption on its Ivy Bridge processors.

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Samsung 8-core big.LITTLE chip due 2013 (but don’t expect it in the GS4)

Samsung 8-core big.LITTLE chip due 2013 (but don’t expect it in the GS4)

Samsung is readying an 8-core processor using ARM's big.LITTLE architecture for a reveal on February 19, it's confirmed, pairing half powerful and half frugal cores for capable and long-lasting phones and tablets. The unnamed chip will be shown off at the International Solid State Circuits conference [pdf link] next year, a 28nm SoC which combines a pair of quadcore clusters: the first, for power, running at 1.8GHz with Cortex A15 cores, and the second, for efficiency, running at 1.2GHz with Cortex A7 cores.

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