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Qualcomm Zeroth Processors official: mimicking human brain computing

Qualcomm Zeroth Processors official: mimicking human brain computing

The team responsible for bringing on next-generation innovation to Qualcomm have initiated an oddity by the name of Qualcomm Zeroth. These processor units are "brain-inspired computing" made real, pushing the limits of what it means for a bit of hardware to anticipate your needs and share our perception of the world naturally. Qualcomm's Research and Development teams have been working on architecture here that they say "breaks the traditional mold" my mimicking the human brain and nervous system.

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Qualcomm’s Apple 64-bit “marketing gimmick” comment retracted

Qualcomm’s Apple 64-bit “marketing gimmick” comment retracted

Back on the 2nd of October, a bit of buzz was generated at the hands of Qualcomm senior vice president and chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher with regard to Apple's 64-bit A7 chip. He suggested at the time that "there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7," going on to say that this implementation was a "marketing gimmick." Today Qualcomm has stepped forward to correct Chandrasekher's suggestion that "there's zero benefit a consumer gets from that."

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iPhone 5s A7 chip made by Samsung while NXP nabs the M7

iPhone 5s A7 chip made by Samsung while NXP nabs the M7

As the iPhone 5s hits the public, the innards begin to be torn down in turn by the likes of parts groups and repair shops the world over. Today the folks at Chipworks and ifixit have confirmed a set of hardware manufacturers that are, indeed, behind Apple's next-generation processor architecture. What they've discovered thus far is two key companies: Samsung made the A7 chip while the M7 motion coprocessor was made by NXP.

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Android 64-bit support already baked in: just add hardware

Android 64-bit support already baked in: just add hardware

Supposing you were more than excited about the announcement by Apple this past week that their next-generation Apple A7 chip and iOS 7 brought on 64-bit support for processing, it may come as a shock that Android already has such capabilities. In fact, because Android is based on Linux, it's had the ability to work with 64-bit processing for a long, long time. Word straight Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin suggests that there isn't even any "special development process" that has to be done for Android to handle 64-bit processing power - it just works.

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Apple M7 Motion coprocessor to “continuously” measure data

Apple M7 Motion coprocessor to “continuously” measure data

With the introduction of the iPhone 5S this week Apple showed off the new A7 chip, this chip ready to work side-by-side with a new piece of processing architecture called the M7 Motion coprocessor. This piece of technology is set to sit first in the iPhone 5S and eventually spread to other Apple devices, continuously measuring motion data on its own to save the rest of the device hard-earned energy. You'll have processing of accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass data inside this piece of technology, enabling health and fitness applications galore.

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Intel smartphone and tablet chip roadmap leaks: Bay Trail-T the star for Android

Intel smartphone and tablet chip roadmap leaks: Bay Trail-T the star for Android

It would appear that the folks at Intel are not giving up - by any means - on their ventures into the smartphone and tablet universe as a roadmap of processor architecture leaks today. This selection of next-generation hardware will be used in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Android 4.2 devices, leaving Windows RT in the dust (not that Intel was all that excited about the platform in the first place, as it were). It all begins with a suggestion from Digitimes, Taiwan-based newspaper sources speaking up on two new tablet platforms Cherry Trail and Willow Trail, both of which will come in with 14nm processes.

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Motorola X8 computing system detailed with combo of processors and firmware

Motorola X8 computing system detailed with combo of processors and firmware

Motorola unveiled its X8 computing system earlier this month alongside the announcement of its new line of DROID handsets. Although the new system wasn't discussed in too much detail, we learned that it harbored 8 cores consisting of a dual-core offering from Qualcomm, a quad-core processor, a single core nature language processor, and a single contextual processor. Now one of Motorola's executives has spoken up, dishing more info on the hardware.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 coming to “virtually every global OEM” in the coming months

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 coming to “virtually every global OEM” in the coming months

This week SlashGear had the opportunity to have a chat with Murthy Renduchintala, EVP of Qualcomm Technologies, about the company's most recent earnings report and the launch of their next big-name processor: Snapdragon 800. This smartphone processor is part of the next level, one of a family of processors introduced earlier this year and deployed on a number of hero devices for companies like HTC and Samsung with the Snapdragon 600. Now it's time for the 800 to shine.

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