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Qualcomm Neural Processing Units to mimic human brains for your phone

Qualcomm Neural Processing Units to mimic human brains for your phone

Qualcomm is readying a new kind of artificial brain chip, dubbed neural processing units (NPUs), modeling human cognition and opening the door to phones, computers, and robots that could be taught in the same ways that children learn. The first NPUs are likely to go into production by 2014, CTO Matt Grob confirmed at the MIT Technology Review EmTech conference, with Qualcomm in talks with companies about using the specialist chips for artificial vision, more efficient and contextually-aware smartphones and tablets, and even potentially brain implants.

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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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64-bit Apple A7 processor is a “marketing gimmick” says QUALCOMM exec

64-bit Apple A7 processor is a “marketing gimmick” says QUALCOMM exec

When Apple unveiled its new iPhone 5S it excitedly grabbed the distinction of using the first 64-bit processor in a smartphone. It didn't take long for Samsung to step up and say that it would be using 64-bit processors and some of its future devices. Samsung hasn't offered any further details on when it might begin using 64-bit processors, but according to a QUALCOMM executive there may not be any real benefit to using them now.

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Galaxy Note 3 not the only one free of “benchmark shenanigans” accusations [UPDATE]

Galaxy Note 3 not the only one free of “benchmark shenanigans” accusations [UPDATE]

As the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 appears on US-shores we've seen talk of not quite on-the-level benchmark boosting by the likes of what, at first, would seem to be the manufacturer of the smartphone. This report originates with Ars Technica where they suggest that the smoking gun is the fact that this smartphone brings up four full-powered CPU cores whenever it's asked to open any one of several big-name benchmarking apps. What we've found is that this situation is not - by any means - limited to Samsung's hardware.

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Kindle Fire HD 2 specifications and photos appear well before release event

Kindle Fire HD 2 specifications and photos appear well before release event

The next-generation Kindle Fire HD has appeared today in both a set of photos and with a reminder that Amazon wont be letting this unit slip under the radar with high-end specifications. This unit will be popping up with a 7-inch display, a resolution at 1920 x 1200, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor under the hood. There's also a Kindle Fire HD 2 8.9 coming your way with a 2560 x 1600 pixel display and a camera on its back as well.

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Formula E taps Qualcomm Halo for multi-year electric vehicle racing partnership

Formula E taps Qualcomm Halo for multi-year electric vehicle racing partnership

This week it's been announced that the high-powered Formula racing circuit known as the FIA Formula E Championship will be working with Qualcomm as their official charging technology provider. This racing series is one made unique by featuring only Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. Qualcomm's part in this will be providing their own Halo Electric Vehicle Charging technology to the pits for all vehicles in the circuit to utilize.

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