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AMD’s new Carrizo APU aims to improve battery life in modern laptops

AMD’s new Carrizo APU aims to improve battery life in modern laptops

At the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan, AMD just announced its 6th generation A-Series APU chip, dubbed "Carrizo." The new processor is a key part of AMD's new effort to move away from being featured in budget-line PCs and notebooks, and instead gain interest from mainstream notebooks and two-in-one form factors. To do this, Carrizo's main feature will be an extended battery life, in addition to improved gaming and graphics performances.

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Apple Watch S1 SoC teardown shows custom processor

Apple Watch S1 SoC teardown shows custom processor

The beloved iFixit has already torn the Apple Watch apart, but those teardowns are meant to gauge repairability, not get gritty with the details on specs. While we might glean a thing or two from them, the overall aim is to let us know how much of a pain in the wallet it’s going to be when we bust our tech up. After that teardown, we’re now getting a better look at what makes the Apple Watch actually tick, and guess what — it really is pretty groundbreaking.

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Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung’s profit slide saved by chip, display business

Samsung just released its financial performance for the first quarter of the year and, good news for Sammy and its fans, it has beat the rather negative analyst expectations. But it might be too soon to rejoice. While the Korean consumer electronics giant did seemingly beat the odds, it's smartphone business, believed to be the culprit for Samsung's decline, isn't looking any better. Instead, the company has its chips and LCD displays to thank for greeting 2015 with more of a bang instead of a flop.

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Samsung may be back in business with Apple for A9 SoC

Samsung may be back in business with Apple for A9 SoC

You may not know who made the SoC powering your iPhone, and that’s by design. Apple doesn’t readily discuss specs because they just don’t consider them to be important; your experience is what matters. We love talking chipsets, though, so the latest news on Apple’s A9 SoC set for the iPhone 6S piqued our interest. Next time you buy an iPhone, it might be powered by Samsung, who is reportedly receiving Apple’s full order for their next-gen SoC, which is believed to debut in their next iPhone.

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Intel charges at mobile again with new Atom x3, x5, x7 chips

Intel charges at mobile again with new Atom x3, x5, x7 chips

You have to hand it to Intel. It just doesn't let go of a dream. Despite not being able to make a big enough dent in the smartphone market, it is still soldiering on, revising its strategy again and again. While many of us thought (or hoped) that the chip maker would just focus on wearables, it's taking another stab at smartphones, phablets, and tablets. This time with a new line of mobile chips under the names of the Atom x3, Atom x5, and Atom x7.

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Qualcomm hints HTC One M9 will have Snapdragon 810 SoC

Qualcomm hints HTC One M9 will have Snapdragon 810 SoC

It’s been quite the day for HTC. Not directly, but their incoming One M9 got a heavy grinding courtesy of the leak/rumor mill. A few videos, which have seen their source delete his or her online profile altogether, gave us a ton of info about the device and its set of features. Now, we get something a little more official regarding the HTC One M9 — this time courtesy of Qualcomm. Via Twitter and Vine, Qualcomm is hinting the new HTC flagship will have a Snapdragon 810 SoC.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

This week the folks at Qualcomm have introduced a number of new processors for high volume tiers of smartphones. They've started off with two families: Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400. From there, you'll find units like the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 618 coming out, ready to "redefine the 600 tier with significantly higher levels of performance with integrated 64-bit ARM Cortex A-72 CPUs and new X8 LTE modems." There's also a new octa-core CPU for the 400 tier - so its looking like even the "lowest end" of the smartphone universe is coming up powerful!

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Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, an octa-core 14nm SoC

Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, an octa-core 14nm SoC

Wondering how powerful the Galaxy S6 might be? So are we. If we can safely assume that Samsung will put their next generation Exynos SoC in their latest flagship device, then we’ve probably just received details on how much we can toss at the Galaxy S6. This morning, Samsung announced their latest SoC, still dubbed Exynos 7, but called an Exynos 7 Octa. The octa-core processor is the first featuring a 14nm FinFET manufacturing standard, which will be introduced to other Samsung SoCs throughout 2015.

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Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

The pace of mobile chip development is relentless, something Qualcomm knows better than most with its new Snapdragon 810. Announced nearly a year ago, yet only set to show up in commercial phones and tablets in the coming months, the new Snapdragon arrives at a challenging time in mobile: raw performance simply isn't enough to win customers any more. So, it was with expectations broader than for just another fast chip that I sat down in Qualcomm's San Diego offices, the new Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) tablet and phone in front of me. After the cut, yes, there are benchmarks, but pure potency isn't all that you should care about.

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Apple again believed to be going with Samsung for A9 SoC

Apple again believed to be going with Samsung for A9 SoC

Reducing reliance on one of their largest competitors seems difficult for Apple. According to a new report, Apple will turn to Samsung for production of their A9 SoC. Why would Apple go with Samsung again after having them split time with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for their current A8 SoCs? It seems Samsung’s edge in manufacturing process is what’s turning the tides. At 14nm (nanometers, so really small), the Samsung chipsets are less power consumptive, more powerful, and likely have a longer lifespan.

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