The teardown of the iPhone 5s has officially gotten microscopic. With the team at chipworks making it their mission to get down and dirty with the heartiest Apple chip on the market today, the iPhone 5s has joined the ranks of the devices that our current teardown culture has seen fit to take apart down to the tiniest of details. Tearing the top off the processor as you'd see it first when you pop off the back of the iPhone 5s (not recommended, by the way,) a new conglomeration is revealed.
It's been rumored for a while now that Apple's been planning on moving away from Samsung for chipset manufacturing, and will instead make a deal with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). However, reports are rolling in that the move has finally happened, and the next chip that is on Apple's list will not involve Samsung.
Samsung announced its new flagship GALAXY S 4 last night in New York City in full broadway style, and just today we confirmed that the new device runs Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 600 chipset in the US, while other regions will be getting Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa processor, which the company will be putting into production starting sometime in Q2 2013.
This afternoon we've not only seen none other than Major Nelson give a detail-less update on when the Xbox 720 would be revealed (with a countdown meter aiming at E3 2013), we've got a real live tip on chip production. This tip comes from the folks at SemiAccurate, a blog whose name playfully dismisses the fact that they're not always right with their own tips. The information they've got keeps with the possibility that the Xbox 720 will be revealed this year by noting chip production (processors, that is) as officially "taped out" for the console's innards.
Over the last few days, several states have been hinting that they're trying to attract a major semiconductor manufacturer to set up shop in the US, and some new details have just recently emerged. New York, California, Texas, and Oregon are all said to be competing to become home to a major chip maker that will have ties with Apple.
Being able to recharge your smartphone or other device without having to fiddle with wires is very convenient. There are a number of wireless charging accessories on the market today for all manner of smartphones and other devices. Typically, these accessories include a case and a charging pad that allows the battery inside the smartphone to be charged simply by placing it on the charging pad.
Qualcomm has delivered its financial report for Q4 2012, and things are looking pretty good across the board. Revenues in Q4 settled at $4.87 billion, which is up 18% year-over-year and 5% sequentially. That certainly isn't bad, but the company's operating income was stagnant year-over-year and actually down 11% sequentially, coming in at $1.24 billion.
AMD has revealed the latest in its FX Series of processors: the Piledriver Vishera chips. Aimed at computer users with demanding hardware needs, the new series comes in 4, 6, and 8-core variants with a "default" speed of 4GHz. The chips feature a variety of enhancements and improvements over previous offerings.
Last year, AMD announced that it would cut 10% of its workers by the end of 2012's first quarter. Now, 11 months later, it seems Advanced Micro Devices is about to announce a workforce reduction of up to 30%. This news comes after AMD's annoucement on Monday that it expected sales to decrease approximately 10% from the last quarter.