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Apple A7 chip details may spill amid patent lawsuit

Apple A7 chip details may spill amid patent lawsuit

This week a seemingly run of the mill bit of patent litigation has lit up the Apple analyst boards as the company's A7 chip has been placed at the center of a rather public trial. It's not the idea that the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation could be on the winning side of this battle with Apple that's sparking chatter, but the possibilities inside proceedings that might be of major interest. It's during the defense itself that Apple "will likely be forced to reveal proprietary details about its A7 chip", says PFHub, details Apple certainly isn't going to want to be showing off to just anyone.

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Apple A7 chip tipped with Intel inside

Apple A7 chip tipped with Intel inside

With the pattern ringing true for some time now, it's not unbelievable in the slightest when one hears a tip of a so-called "A7" chip in Apple's future for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. What's slightly more questionable is the possibility that part of the production of this chip might be done by Intel. With word of Apple aiming to pull away from Samsung in their chip production across the board having been an unofficial understanding for quite a few months now, it seems that Intel might be aiming to grab a piece of the pie.

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Qualcomm announces ultra-low power NFC QCA1990 chip

Qualcomm announces ultra-low power NFC QCA1990 chip

Qualcomm Atheros has announced its new QCA1990, a low-power NFC chip that holds the title of being the smallest ultra-low system-on-a-chip currently available. This NFC chip is 50-percent the size of its competitors, and aims to solve the current criticism regarding the battery usage of NFC technology. Samples will begin going out in Q1 of 2013.

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Collapse of Moore’s Law ‘in about 10 years’

Collapse of Moore’s Law ‘in about 10 years’

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku this week has discussed in a short video why Moore's Law will collapse "in about 10 years or so." In this video presented by Big Think, the law created by Gordon E. Moore is not debunked, but is instead explained as having a limit - you can't keep getting smaller forever. Moore's Law says, for those of you unfamiliar, that the number of transistors placed (inexpensively) on an integrated circuit will double every two years. Since Moore's law was first established, it's pretty much been proven true - but it's all about to end: imagine that!

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Arm Flycatcher chips aim for “years” of battery time

Arm Flycatcher chips aim for “years” of battery time

The Arm Holdings group have revealed this week their newest bit of architecture for microcontrollers based on their "Flycatcher" design, noting that this new technology will, amongst other things, offer "years of life from a single battery-pack." This new architecture will have one third less energy draw than its predecessors, they only offered with 8 and 16-bit capabilities while Arm's newest chip is capable of 32-bit processing. These bits of futuristic technology built with Cortex -M0+ architecture will have chip-makers building microprocessors with fabulously advanced capabilities at the same time as requiring what they say is "ultra low power."

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