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MediaTek releases the MT6589, world’s first quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC

MediaTek releases the MT6589, world’s first quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC

MediaTek has launched the world's first quad-core Cortex-A7 system-on-chip, the MT6589. The SoC is low power and is likewise the first HSPA+ platform offering Dual SIM/Dual Active support. As such, it is aimed at Android tablets and smartphones universally, providing a simplified and cheap option "for any market worldwide."

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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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Broadcom’s new GPS chip offers 10X performance, half the power consumption

Broadcom’s new GPS chip offers 10X performance, half the power consumption

Broadcom today announced a new GPS chip for smartphones that promises to deliver 10 times the performance for faster, more accurate position computation, while reducing power consumption by 50 percent. And being built on a 40nm process, the chip is 44 percent smaller making it perfect for new smartphones that are increasingly tight on space.

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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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IBM Holey Optochip is first to 1 trillion bits of information per second

IBM Holey Optochip is first to 1 trillion bits of information per second

IBM scientists have created a prototype optical chipset that they called the Holey Optochip. The chip is the first parallel optical transceiver to hit one terabit of information per second. IBM says that's like downloading 500 high-definition movies in a single second. The Optochip is eight times faster than the parallel optical components we have today.

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Intel launches Xeon E5-2600 server chips for cloud computing

Intel launches Xeon E5-2600 server chips for cloud computing

Intel has launched its Xeon E5-2600 server chips, which are designed to tackle web-based cloud computing. This market is estimated to have an annual growth of 33 percent through 2015 thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, for accessing the internet or otherwise requiring internet connectivity for cloud-based services.

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AMD reveals 2012-2013 roadmap, tablet APUs and 28nm chips en route

AMD reveals 2012-2013 roadmap, tablet APUs and 28nm chips en route

During AMD's 2012 financial analyst event today, the chip maker revealed its roadmap that promises a slew of next-gen chips to come in 2012 and 2013. The company is ready to dive into tablets with its first tablet-ready chip to arrive this year. It also plans to release next-gen accelerated processing units or APUs built on its most advanced 28-nm process by 2013.

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Qualcomm reports record Q1 fiscal results

Qualcomm reports record Q1 fiscal results

Manufacturer of all things wireless: products, technologies, and services, Qualcomm, have announced their first quarter earnings, Q1 being for them a season ending on December 25, 2011. "This quarter," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, has been "another record quarter with revenues, earnings and MSM shipments reaching all-time highs." They can praise the Snapdragon for that, and a fully integrated experience on mobile devices and a future full of smart televisions galore - let's talk about how!

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ZiiLabs unveils their 100-core ZMS-40 chip for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

ZiiLabs unveils their 100-core ZMS-40 chip for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Do you remember when owning a dual-core device actually meant something? Well that time is approaching its end, because ZiiLabs recently unveiled a processor with - get this - 100 cores. Yeah, the ASUS Transformer Prime touts a quad-core Kal-El processor, but ZiiLabs is really changing the game.

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Google celebrates chip-father Robert Noyce with new doodle

Google celebrates chip-father Robert Noyce with new doodle

Google has revealed a new chip-themed homepage doodle that celebrates the birthday of Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel and widely known as one of the brains behind the microchip. Noyce - who would have turned 84 today - passed away in 1990 at the age of 62. Nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley" the physics doctor created Intel with Gordon E. Moore in 1968.

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MIT’s computer chip mimics the human brain

MIT’s computer chip mimics the human brain

Researchers at MIT have unveiled a computer chip that mimics the human brain. Its purpose will be for studying how the brain's neurons respond and adapt to new information, a phenomenon known as plasticity. This process is believed to underscore many human brain functions such as learning and memory.

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