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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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LG reveals NUCLUN chip, G3 Screen spotted in leaked photos

LG reveals NUCLUN chip, G3 Screen spotted in leaked photos

As if on cue, LG has finally acknowledged that it has indeed been working on a mobile processor of its own. And it isn't called Odin anymore. Opting for a stranger name instead, LG has announced the LG NUCLUN. This octa-core ARM chip sports the usual mix of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 cores, but it does bring one very appealing feature to the table right from the get go. This NUCLUN chip boasts of support for LTE-A Cat. 6 networks, advertised to be three times faster than 4G LTE.

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Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, 20nm 64-bit Cortex-A57/A53

Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, 20nm 64-bit Cortex-A57/A53

Samsung has an announcement, but unfortunately it isn't related to the rain of lollipops over the Internet. Or rather, it can be taken as indirectly related to Android 5.0 Lollipop too. The Korean electronics giant has just announced the newest member of its Exynos SoC family with a substantial jump in model number. The Exynos 7 Octa, with four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, is one of the very few to be made using a 20 nm process. Curiously, Samsung isn't even mentioning the fact that this is a 64-bit chip.

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iPhone 6 A8 processor not made by Samsung

iPhone 6 A8 processor not made by Samsung

All the nasty back and forth between Apple and Samsung — this was probably bound to be the result. After a long run of providing processors to Apple for the iPhone, Samsung has been replaced. Further teardown results show that Apple has a new manufacturing partner for the A8.

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Apple A8 chip detailed: 64-bit 2nd gen

Apple A8 chip detailed: 64-bit 2nd gen

This morning Apple revealed the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the chip that’ll be bringing them intelligence. You’ll find the Apple A8 Chip inside both of these machines - that’ll be 64-big second-generation processing power. That’ll be brought to you on a super tiny 20-nanometer process, too.

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Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors revealed

Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors revealed

Intel has taken the wraps off of its latest flagship performance processors, the Extreme line, formerly known as Haswell-E. The trio of chips - the Core i7-5820K, Core i7-5930K, and Core i7-5960X - and the new Intel X99 Express chipset that launches alongside them target gaming and multimedia systems, with up to eight cores and clock speeds as high as 3.9GHz.

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Snapdragon 615: Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core race horse

Snapdragon 615: Qualcomm’s 64-bit octa-core race horse

Qualcomm has traditionally been seen as a mountain, mighty yet unmoving. The hype first around octa-core processors and then 64-bit CPUs have not spurred it into a frenzy like its competitors have. Now, however, the giant has woken up and is ready to unleash the Snapdragon 615, expected to stir up the SoC market with its 64-bit octa-core goodness.

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Samsung Exynos 5430 promises more power at not extra cost

Samsung Exynos 5430 promises more power at not extra cost

Samsung may have just unveiled its "fashion-sensible" Galaxy Alpha smartphone, but working behind the scenes is a new Eynos processor to deliver unmatched power to the next generation of Samsung devices. But even if the new Exynos 5430 manages to outperform most of the leading mobile processors in the market, it still manages to draw less power than its own predecessors, thanks to the use of a new manufacturing process.

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NVIDIA details Tegra K1 “Denver”: Tomorrow’s Android superchip

NVIDIA details Tegra K1 “Denver”: Tomorrow’s Android superchip

NVIDIA's first Tegra K1 has been making waves today in the Acer Chromebook 13, but now it's the turn of its arguably even more interesting "Project Denver" sibling to take the spotlight. Based on NVIDIA's own 64-bit dualcores, Tegra K1 "Denver" will be the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android, and the chip firm says it's already working on an Android L build to suit.

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The biggest upgrade in Intel’s smallest chips is almost here

The biggest upgrade in Intel’s smallest chips is almost here

The chip family Intel believes will give it the edge in future ultraportables, tablets, and 2-in-1 hybrids, not to mention the Internet of Things, will show up in systems by the holidays, as 14nm production kicks off. Intel Core M, codenamed Broadwell, will be the first chip to use the new production process, which promises better battery life but less heat.

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IBM SyNAPSE: The neuron-inspired future of computing

IBM SyNAPSE: The neuron-inspired future of computing

A computer chip that thinks like a neuron in the human brain and sips a fraction of the power of traditional processors could finally open the door to cognitive computing, IBM researchers claim today. Dubbed IBM SyNAPSE, the groundbreaking chip squeezes a million "programmable neurons" and 256 million "programmable synapses" into something the size of a postage stamp, but which could one day allow for advanced digital versions of human senses.

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Meet the chip that wants to make your smartphone an SLR

Meet the chip that wants to make your smartphone an SLR

Mobile chips don't necessarily need to get faster, they just need to get smarter, at least that's what video processing specialist Movidius believes, and it's launching a highly-focused vision processor, Myriad 2, to prove it. The follow-up to the original Myriad 1 co-processor - found inside Google's Project Tango 3D-scanning tablet - Myriad 2 promises a 20x boost in performance at computational photography, such as real-time mapping, 360-degree panoramic video, and more, all with the eventual goal of making the cameras we carry as clever as human vision. I caught up with Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane to find out why you might want Myriad 2 inside your next smartphone or wearable.

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