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Qualcomm fifth generation Gobi chip revealed and detailed

Qualcomm fifth generation Gobi chip revealed and detailed

The chipmakers at Qualcomm have today let loose information on their fifth generation of Gobi reference platforms, complete with support for high-speed networks like LTE. Compatibility with HSPA+ and EV-DO are included along with future-leaning TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, LTE on FDD and TDD networks along with GPS capabilities. This will allows devices rolling with such a chip to connect to faster LTE networks while within range of one and fall back to 3G networks worldwide when the faster speeds are not available. This chipset is made for Windows 8, Android, x86 systems and Qualcomm's very own SoC's, the dual and quad-cored Snapdragons of tomorrow.

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TI previews OMAP 4470 graphics: 50% improvement over 4460

TI previews OMAP 4470 graphics: 50% improvement over 4460

Texas Instruments' new TI OMAP 4470 series system-on-a-chip was revealed earlier, but they gave SlashGear a special look at the new series at CES. Thanks to various improvements in the architecture and efficiency of its chips, the ARM system has some impressive gain in performance, especially in the gaming sector. Advancements are quite impressive: on one benchmark, the new series showed double the framerate in a 3D environment demo.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 3rd-gen S4 dual-cores revealed

Qualcomm Snapdragon 3rd-gen S4 dual-cores revealed

Qualcomm has announced to new parts that are slipping into its S4 Snapdragon range. The new parts are the MSM8625 and the MSM8225. Both of the chipsets are dual-core units that operate at up to 1GHz and use the Adreno 203 GPU. The also both pack a 3G modem inside. They are designed to be software compatible with the MSM7x27A and MSM7x25A.

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Fujitsu and Suvolta reveal ultra low voltage RAM

Fujitsu and Suvolta reveal ultra low voltage RAM

Fujitsu and SuVolta have partnered up to develop a new transistor technology that would cut chip power consumption in half without compromising performance. With this technology, SRAM chips could operate at ultra-low voltages of 0.4V, which is less than half of power consumption levels in chips today.

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iPhone, iPad may finally get LTE next year thanks to Qualcomm

iPhone, iPad may finally get LTE next year thanks to Qualcomm

Apple's iPhones and iPads may finally be getting 4G LTE support next year thanks to Qualcomm's latest mobile device modem (MDM) chips. Qualcomm announced its new Gobi 4000 platform along with its second generation MDM 9x00 series chips that integrate LTE and 3G support while offering improved power efficiency, which is one of the key factors in Apple's resistance to adapting 4G LTE for its iPhones and iPads.

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AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud

AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud

The world's second largest PC chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced today that it will be cutting 10 percent of its workforce by the end of Q1 2012. That amounts to about 1,200 to 1,400 workers to be let go from its global workforce. The weak computer market has forced AMD to refine its cost structure and to consider investing in lower power, emerging markets and the cloud.

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ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 chip architecture

ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 chip architecture

ARM announced today its very first 64-bit microprocessor architecture called the ARMv8. This new chip architecture will help ARM expand beyond mobile devices, putting it in more direct competition with Intel and AMD in the PC and server space. The company's current 32-bit ARMv7 chip architecture and the lack of enterprise software support have hindered its efforts so far.

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Intel Ivy Bridge to support 4K resolution

Intel Ivy Bridge to support 4K resolution

The highest resolution that is supported on the typical computer today is 2560 x 1600. This is the resolution that is handled by some 30-inch monitors on the market today. Intel has announced that its coming Ivy Bridge chipset will support even higher resolutions with up to 4096 x 2304. That would mean that the chipset supports higher than 1080p resolution.

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Qualcomm confirms 2.5GHz quad-core chips in 2012

Qualcomm confirms 2.5GHz quad-core chips in 2012

During the Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul, the chip maker confirmed plans to launch 2.5GHz quad-core SoCs in 2012. The company will be using its next-gen Krait architecture for these chips that boast almost double the speed of what's currently available on the market. The new details confirm what was leaked in Qualcomm's roadmap.

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Intel Cedar Trail netbooks to miss holiday season

Intel Cedar Trail netbooks to miss holiday season

Intel's Cedar Trail processors for netbooks were originally aiming for a September launch that was pushed back to November, and now it looks like the platform will be delayed once again. Intel has revealed that Cedar Trail netbooks are still en route for 2011 but won't be available in time for the holiday season, which means the new launch date is now in December.

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Android partners with Intel for new Medfield-based tablets, smartphones

Android partners with Intel for new Medfield-based tablets, smartphones

Google and Intel announced a new partnership today at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that will make future Android releases optimized for Intel chips in addition to the current de facto ARM-based chips. Android smartphone and tablet prototypes were even shown off during the event, running on Intel Atom chips.

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Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E chip upgrade may ship November 15

Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E chip upgrade may ship November 15

Intel's mid-cycle Sandy Bridge-E processors may ship sometime in November, according to a leak from DonanimHaber. The initial batch will be Core i7 processors along with X79 chipsets and possibly Xeon E5 processors. They have a launch window between November 14 and 27, but DonanimHaber expects the exact date to be November 15.

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