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Five good reasons to be excited for Snapdragon 820

Five good reasons to be excited for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm's finalized the Snapdragon 820 hardware, the software is ready, and now we just need to see devices. Turns out, though, that there's more than running your favorite apps and getting you online to the newest chipset in Qualcomm's line-up; in fact, there are plenty of value-adds that might just give devices an edge over the ubiquitous iPhone and other handsets.

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Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Is it finally the time for wireless docks to come of age? Qualcomm believes so, with the first 802.11ad WiGig docks based on the company's technology potentially going on sale before the year is out. The chipmaker showed off its newest WiGig tech alongside the Snapdragon 820 in New York City today, baking a tri-wireless chipset into a compact desktop router that could turn a smartphone into a desktop replacement.

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Apple responds to iPhone 6s A9 chip supply controversy

Apple responds to iPhone 6s A9 chip supply controversy

This afternoon Apple responded to concern that the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were different, and that therefor the experience might be better on one or the other. Apple suggests that every chip they ship "meets Apple's highest standards for providing incredible performance and deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, or model." In short - despite the differences between the two chips, both called A9, Apple is comfortable with the decisions they've made.

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Core M chipset found in new MacBook benchmarked

Core M chipset found in new MacBook benchmarked

Apple’s new MacBook is a svelte piece of modern art. An engineering feat, the slim computer is a glimpse into the future of design. It might not be a look into the future of computing, though. Benchmark results of the Broadwell Core M processor found in the latest MacBook are less than impressive. According to the final results, the Core M processor is actually less powerful than what’s currently in Apple’s MacBook Air. While benchmark results are never conclusive or concrete, it’s at least a look at what you can expect from the MacBook.

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Qualcomm moves from LTE-A to LTE-U for unlicensed spectrum

Qualcomm moves from LTE-A to LTE-U for unlicensed spectrum

Our Internet connections are getting crowded. With more and more people using the Internet, some on more than just one or two devices, networks are getting overloaded and over burdened. That problem is a bigger one for mobile carriers because their bandwidths are limited to a certain spectrum that they pay for. Qualcomm is trying to alleviate that problem just a bit by introducing a new chipset that will allow users and carriers to ride on what is known as the unlicensed spectrum of the Internet.

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Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, an octa-core 14nm SoC

Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, an octa-core 14nm SoC

Wondering how powerful the Galaxy S6 might be? So are we. If we can safely assume that Samsung will put their next generation Exynos SoC in their latest flagship device, then we’ve probably just received details on how much we can toss at the Galaxy S6. This morning, Samsung announced their latest SoC, still dubbed Exynos 7, but called an Exynos 7 Octa. The octa-core processor is the first featuring a 14nm FinFET manufacturing standard, which will be introduced to other Samsung SoCs throughout 2015.

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New ARM chips offer more power, native 4K support

New ARM chips offer more power, native 4K support

To better serve us well into the future of mobile, ARM is announcing new chipsets that will likely be found in handsets for years to come. The new ARM Cortex A72 is a “50X increase in CPU performance”, while the CoreLink CCI-500 allows higher bandwidth and increased efficiency. ARM’s new Mali T880 GPU promises “console-quality” games via mobile devices. ARM also says big-name chipset manufacturers like HiSilicon, Rockchip, and MediaTek have already signed on to include the A72 in their SoCs.

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Report: Samsung, TSMC will share iPhone 6S’ A9 chipset duties

Report: Samsung, TSMC will share iPhone 6S’ A9 chipset duties

Next year, Apple is expected to produce iterative updates to their existing hardware lineup. In these new devices, Apple will also bring a new chipset, as they’re wont to do. While Samsung was previously mentioned as being a big part of the process, producing the incoming A9 chipset, it seems they may have been outclassed. A new report out of Taiwan notes that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be awarded the bulk of Apple’s A9 business, leaving Samsung playing second fiddle.

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Samsung making A9 chipset for new iPhone in Austin, Texas

Samsung making A9 chipset for new iPhone in Austin, Texas

Apple has begun the manufacturing work for their next flagship, likely the iPhone 6S if their historical naming scheme holds up. That phone is set to receive an A9 chipset, which will likely come with a bunch of neat graphs about how much more powerful it is than everything else before it. The Economic Times of Korea is reporting that production of that SoC has begun, but not by Apple. The A9 chipset powering your next iPhone will be Samsung, insiders say.

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Samsung and Apple tipped friendly on chips

Samsung and Apple tipped friendly on chips

This week a tip has come in from Korea that Apple may well have made up and shaken hands with Samsung for future chip production. This would be a multi-billion-dollar deal as it would remove TSMC from the equation, pushing Samsung back into the limelight for Apple device innards. Samsung has been a chipmaker for Apple before, but they had a bit of a falling out over the past several years. The chip chop talk goes back to 2012 and springs forward to the Apple iPhone 6 chip - not made by Samsung.

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