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Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm has revamped its midrange with a trio of new Snapdragon processors, borrowing some 820 abilities for more affordable smartphones. The Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425 may be cheaper than the flagship Snapdragon 820 but they do offer a number of its headline features, including LTE carrier aggregation support, Qualcomm's Hexagon DSP audio processing, and WiFI 802.11ac MU-MIMO.

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ARM outs 4K-capable Mali-DP650 mobile graphics chip

ARM outs 4K-capable Mali-DP650 mobile graphics chip

Has the 4K trend really reached the mobile industry? Well, yes and no, depending on what you mean. It might still be a while before something like the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium becomes commonplace, but dealing with 4K content, especially videos, is going to become more regular. That is why ARM is announcing early a new mobile graphics chip, the Mali-DP650, that is designed from the get go to handle 4K content, not only on a device's screen itself but streaming to an external display as well.

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Samsung kicks off HBM2 DRAM production (and it’s a big deal)

Samsung kicks off HBM2 DRAM production (and it’s a big deal)

Get ready for the next wave of graphics, machine learning, and parallel computing performance, as Samsung kicks off production of HBM2 DRAM. The new chips, each packing 4GB, use the second-generation High Bandwidth Memory interface and can run as much as seven times the speed of current DRAM.

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Razer Blade Stealth and Core hands-on

Razer Blade Stealth and Core hands-on

Since the launch of the original Blade, Razer has been working hard to change the way that we look at portable PC gaming. While the previous versions have made strides in that department, this year at CES, the company has finally bridged the gap between laptop and desktop.

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Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

Razer Core release: full-size GPU for your gaming notebook

With the Razer Core, the age of the overpowered gaming notebook can begin. Razer has revealed a device here that essentially contains a full-sized graphics card for your notebook, connecting that device to this one with a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable. This single cable supplies both data and power, connecting - for example - the also-newly-revealed Razer Blade Stealth gaming notebook to the graphics power of a full-sized NVIDIA or AMD GPU. This device is also essentially plug-and-play, able to allow you to swap cards with a single screw.

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NVIDIA Drive PX 2 revealed [Video Demo with Drive CX]

NVIDIA Drive PX 2 revealed [Video Demo with Drive CX]

NVIDIA reveals that their plans at CES 2016 are to reveal the full gamut on smart vehicle computing, starting with NVIDIA Drive PX 2. This is the next edition of the NVIDIA Drive PX in-car computer the company revealed last year. This device is a liquid-cooled version of the machine, this time coming with 12 CPU cores, a Pascal GPU, and the power of 150 MacBook Pros - that's what they say. That's what we'll see implemented over the next year and beyond.

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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 details Snapdragon 820: Phones, drones and VR

Qualcomm details Snapdragon 820: Phones, drones and VR

There's a lot riding on the Snapdragon 820; it's fair to say Qualcomm hasn't had the home-run success with the Snapdragon 810 that it might have hoped for. Questions about the chipset's heat output, not to mention some high-profile defections from flagship device makers like Samsung, cast a shadow over the 810's roll-out.

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NVIDIA drivers land in Fallout 4’s tree of optimizations

NVIDIA drivers land in Fallout 4’s tree of optimizations

Launch day for Fallout 4 includes the release of NVIDIA's newest Game Ready driver, ready to pump the quality up to the tippety top of all your computer's abilities. Users will - of course - need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU, the Game Ready driver itself, and GeForce Experience more than likely. Using the GeForce Experience, users will be able to tap into optimal settings for their unique setup with a couple of taps of a couple of buttons - far easier than going in to the game's settings and setting everything up yourself.

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Microsoft’s clever hot-swap Surface Book graphics now cheaper

Microsoft’s clever hot-swap Surface Book graphics now cheaper

Ford may have popularized "any color you want as long as it's black," but Microsoft is taking a far more flexible approach to Surface Book sales. Though shipments of the convertible notebook-tablet hybrid aren't expected to begin until Monday, the company has quietly added a new configuration seemingly targeted at those with more ambitious graphical demands but a tighter budget.

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ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

Despite the growing popularity of wearables, smartwatches, and IoT devices, few of the hardware inside them are specifically designed with those form factors in mind. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 used in many smartwatches, for example, is running on half its cores to maintain the balance between performance and power drain. ARM Holdings, designer of the popular computing architecture, is changing that status quo by releasing the Mali-470, a new graphics core that has been designed to address the needs of tomorrow's smartwatches and the Internet of Things.

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NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA’s patent case against Samsung and Qualcomm stumbles

NVIDIA's hopes to tie up Samsung and Qualcomm in an expensive sales ban over mobile graphics chips has hit a roadblock. The company had sought an injunction from the United States International Trade Commission, alleging that rival chipmakers were infringing on its graphics patents with silicon found inside - among others - the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.

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