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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 600 quad-core mobile processors head off 2013

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 600 quad-core mobile processors head off 2013

Today the folks at Qualcomm have outlined their next generation in mobile processing for premium and high-end smart devices galore, starting with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and aiming for a double-whammy with the Snapdragon 600 too. These processors not only take what the Snapdragon SoCs of the past have done and make with the amplification, they also introduce new technology for connectivity, performance, and location services.

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NVIDIA GeForce Experience revealed for universal instant game optimization

NVIDIA GeForce Experience revealed for universal instant game optimization

This week at CES 2013 Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and Co-founder of NVIDIA stepped on stage to reveal GeForce Experience, a new technology environment made to instantly optimize your gaming experience. He began back when the world changed via mobile, starting with the iPod "a thousand songs in your pocket". Interestingly, Huang's talk went through the course of 10 years in a few minutes of mobile history, landing on streaming as the key technology for today.

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Xbox 720 processor production tipped with launch window in tow

Xbox 720 processor production tipped with launch window in tow

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.

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Apple in 28nm A6X trial run with TSMC as Samsung faces chip contract loss

Apple in 28nm A6X trial run with TSMC as Samsung faces chip contract loss

Apple's attempts to extricate itself from reliance on Samsung components continue, with titters from Taiwan that TSMC will begin trial production of the Apple A6X chip (found in the latest iPad with Retina) ahead of a bid for the next-gen A7 contract. The test will kick off in Q1 2013, The China Times reports, with TSMC producing a new, 28nm version of the existing 32nm A6X that Samsung has been producing for the full-sized iPad 4th-gen; the smaller chip, which will likely be more power efficient as well, will debut in a new iPad 5th-gen and iPad mini 2.

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TSMC hunting US fab site: Makes weak “it’s not for Apple” denial

TSMC hunting US fab site: Makes weak “it’s not for Apple” denial

Chip producer TSMC, perhaps best known for snapping at Samsung's heels in wanting to be Apple's key SoC supplier, is hunting a US location for a new wafer fab plant, though the CEO insists it has nothing to do with Apple. "The US is one of the places under consideration," chairman and chief executive Morris Chang said, the Taipei Times reports, "but this has nothing to do with Apple." However, there has been speculation that TSMC is the fab partner for the rumored Project Azalea which Apple intends to use to replace Samsung.

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Intel to acquire NVIDIA in wild rumor with Jen-Hsun at helm

Intel to acquire NVIDIA in wild rumor with Jen-Hsun at helm

It appears that one of the crazier of rumors we've heard for a while has fired up in the processor business with NVIDIA being acquired by Intel with a CEO switch-up placing none other than NVIDIA's current head in charge of it all. The folks at Bright Side of news have a bit of an unsubstantiated set of claims here that we're going to go ahead and report on just as much for its possible validity as for the entertainment value it provides you, the reader, as the possibility of these two titans teaming up is not exactly on the top of our "yes, that will happen" lists for 2013.

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Audi teams with Texas Instruments for Jacinto 5 processor integration

Audi teams with Texas Instruments for Jacinto 5 processor integration

The first car manufacturer to work with the Texas Instruments Jacinto 5 automotive infotainment processor has been announced today as being Audi with no less than their MIB High system. This collaboration will have on its mind power, real-time signal processing, and flexibility, all the while working with integrate a "rich collection" of automotive connectivity options and peripherals galore.

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LG’s own-design H13 Smart TV chip debuts fabless silicon ambitions

LG’s own-design H13 Smart TV chip debuts fabless silicon ambitions

LG plans to follow in Samsung's footsteps by designing its own ARM processors, execs from the company have confirmed, with the first example - the LG H13 - set to debut in a Smart TV at CES 2013 next month. The H13 has been designed by LG but will be built for the company by TSMC, The Korea Times reports, a 28nm chip expected to use ARM's Cortex A15 architecture as Samsung adopted in the Exynos 5250 and used in the Nexus 10 tablet.

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