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With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

The next Android Wear watches could be smaller, faster, and a whole lot more connected, with Qualcomm announcing a big upgrade to one of its tiniest chipsets. Replacing the Snapdragon 400 that's found in the majority of Android Wear devices today, the new Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform is 30-percent smaller than its predecessor - important, when you need to design something sleek enough to fit comfortably and discretely on a wrist.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 GFX benchmarked against Tegra, Apple

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 GFX benchmarked against Tegra, Apple

A lot is hinging on the Snapdragon 820 this year. After a dismal, almost embarrassing outcome for the Snapdragon 810 last year, the newest chip is the salvation that the mobile chip maker Qualcomm desperately needs. Interestingly, even rival Samsung is betting on it, because its 14 nm FinFET process was used in making the latest Snapdragon. That only means that the performance of this processor will be put under a microscope, which has already begun with this GFXBench sighting which pits the chip against the likes of NVIDIA's Tegra X1 and, of course, Apple's A9.

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Google tipped to endorse Qualcomm’s server chips over Intel

Google tipped to endorse Qualcomm’s server chips over Intel

Intel's server business, which is currently its strongest business, might soon be shaken up. And not directly by a rival chip maker. Instead, it will be Google's expected endorsement next week that could spell trouble for Intel. According to insider sources, Google, who is considered to be the world's biggest buyer of server processors, will be publicly singing of Qualcomm's server chips at an investor event next week. Qualcomm, who already poses a threat to Intel because of its dominance in the mobile market, could soon be eating a huge chunk of Intel's server pie as well.

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Intel 6th gen Core vPro adds multifactor authentication to speed

Intel 6th gen Core vPro adds multifactor authentication to speed

Intel is mighty proud of its new generation Skylake Core I processors, and perhaps it has every right to be. But as much as the 6th gen Core i3, i5, and i7 will be the throbbing heart of a new breed of computers, a large, and possibly more lucrative market, remained without its benefits. Until now, that is. Intel has just announced the Core i7 vPro generation, which marries its 6th gen Skylake chips with its vPro brand of features that focuses on putting the silicon to work for businesses and the enterprise.

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AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

AMD calls out Intel, BAPco for benchmark cheating

Once upon a time, benchmarks have been the favorite "authority" when choosing products. But thanks to a scandal that rocked the mobile world a few years ago and, more recently, the automobile industry, the objectivity and infallibility of such tests are now being put into question. Taking advantage of recent hurts, AMD is once again pointing the finger Intel, as well as the BAPco benchmarking consortium, for unrealistic, misleading, and almost mythical benchmark results that unsuprisingly put Intel ahead of AMD in terms of CPU performance.

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AMD starts shipping “Seattle” ARM server chips

AMD starts shipping “Seattle” ARM server chips

AMD is best known for its rivalry with Intel in processors, almost all of which are based on the x86 and x64 CPU architecture. But as early as 2012, the chip maker publicly revealed how it was playing around with ARM chips to use in its line of processors for servers. The time for playing is apparently over, as AMD has started shipping the A1100, the first of its ARM-based Opteron A series designed for data centers. And its purpose is no secret either: to undermine Intel's reign in the server market.

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What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is arguably the most hotly-anticipated Android phone of 2016, but the heart of the chip could well be the bigger story. Samsung's flagship is expected to offer the company's own version of a 3D Touch-style pressure sensitive display along with choice of 5.2- and 5.7-inch panels, but it's the processor keeping the phone running that has been prompting speculation.

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Samsung 14nm LPP process used on Exynos 8 Octa, Snapdragon 820

Samsung 14nm LPP process used on Exynos 8 Octa, Snapdragon 820

Samsung has just revealed more details about its newest top of the line processor, the Exynos 8 Octa. The chip already has the distinction of being the OEM's first integrated one-chip solution. Now Samsung is braging about the manufacturing technology behind the chip. To be specific, the new 14 nanometer FinFET Low Power Plus (LPP) process it uses promises even greater savings in energy without gimping on processing power. Interestingly, Samsung also took the opportunity to publicly confirm that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 indeed uses this Samsung process.

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Intel has new chips with some odd model numbers

Intel has new chips with some odd model numbers

Intel is just in the middle of its regular processor release cadence but that doesn't mean it won't be launching some new chips in between. It has, in fact, added a total of 8 new processors, not only for its new 6th gen Skylake family but even for the previous line of Broadwell chips. Intel even has two new ultra-low voltage Celeron processors. The list, however, is populated by six chips whose model numbers are either rare or, in one case, has never been seen before.

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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is its first premium one-chip solution

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is its first premium one-chip solution

About two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled its next generation system-on-chip or SoC, the Exynos 8 Octa. Now it is revealing what will be the first member of that new family, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. This processor brings together all the latest in the silicon industry, including a 14 nm FinFET process as well as combining both application processor and a powerful new cellular LTE modem in a single chip. This new flagship processor is expected to power the Korean OEM's Galaxy S7 smartphone, due to be revealed by February next year.

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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa: first integrated chip, first custom cores

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa: first integrated chip, first custom cores

Now we know one of the new things that the Galaxy S7 could be boasting about next year. That is, if you lavish attention to intricate tech details such as these. Samsung has just announced the Exynos 8890, its first chip in the new Exynos 8 Octa series. It also happens to be a first in many things, like its first 14 nm FinFET process chip, it's first integrated CP and modem chip, and its first custom core design chip. Of course, given its flagship status, we expect to see it in Samsung's upcoming flagship as well.

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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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