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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

This week we're taking a closer look at how the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) processor works as it exists first on the MDP8690, the newest Mobile Development Platform that the manufacturer has released for developers to fully experience the S4 chip in its Krait configuration. This version of the S4 chip, code-named Krait, is an ARMv7-A compatible CPU architecture and is made for TCMC's 28nm process, and inside the MSM9860 you'll find two of these cores running at up to 1.5 GHz along with Adreno 225 graphics, Qualcomm's new baseband, and improved ISP - it's all ramped up, basically. This device we're testing the Snapdragon S4 out on is not a consumer product, instead it's a device which accurately shows the power of the S4 chip exclusively.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) gets early benchmarks

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) gets early benchmarks

The newest Snapdragon processor is bringing its A-game to the tablet with the Mobile Development Platform smartphone MDP8660, and the benchmarks are in. This device represents the first hardware preview of the S4 processor made by Qualcomm and is in full working order in a reference platform design not unlike the other development devices we've seen from Qualcomm in the past. What we're looking at here mostly is the processor itself, PCmag comparing it to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 and the TI OMAP 4, Anandtech comparing it to the previous model Qualcomm MDP with a dual-core Scorpion processor instead.

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Samsung teases Exynos quad-core mobile chips ahead of MWC

Samsung teases Exynos quad-core mobile chips ahead of MWC

Among several new mobile chips we'll be seeing at Mobile World Congress next week, will be Samsung's new Exynos chips. The company teased the first samples at the ISSCC event this week and is expected to showcase two of these next-gen processors at MWC. Although one of the models still uses quad ARM Cortex-A9s, it's built on an improved 32nm process, which should mean both faster speed and longer battery life.

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TI OMAP 5 blows past quadcore Tegra 3

TI OMAP 5 blows past quadcore Tegra 3

Texas Instruments recently released a new demo video showing off the performance of its upcoming OMAP 5 processor, pitting it against a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that's presumably a hit at the Tegra 3. Quipping that "sometimes less really is more," TI proceeded to show how its dual ARM Cortex-A15 smoked the quadcore rival.

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Qualcomm fifth generation Gobi chip revealed and detailed

Qualcomm fifth generation Gobi chip revealed and detailed

The chipmakers at Qualcomm have today let loose information on their fifth generation of Gobi reference platforms, complete with support for high-speed networks like LTE. Compatibility with HSPA+ and EV-DO are included along with future-leaning TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, LTE on FDD and TDD networks along with GPS capabilities. This will allows devices rolling with such a chip to connect to faster LTE networks while within range of one and fall back to 3G networks worldwide when the faster speeds are not available. This chipset is made for Windows 8, Android, x86 systems and Qualcomm's very own SoC's, the dual and quad-cored Snapdragons of tomorrow.

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Intel confirms Motorola as smartphone launch partner

Intel confirms Motorola as smartphone launch partner

This week the Intel Corporation have named two launch partners for their Medfield mobile device chip, one of them being Motorola - this fact previously only a rumor. They've also reconfirmed that the Lenovo device we saw back at CES 2012, Racer A, will be part of their initial launch. Intel has been quite vocal on its intent to take on the already saturated market which includes such titans as Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Apple, with strong design roots in Austin, Texas.

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iPad 3 Apple A5X chipset reportedly leaked

iPad 3 Apple A5X chipset reportedly leaked

The iPad 3's logic board bearing its new Apple A5X processor has leaked, if Chinese tipsters are to be believed, the latest component from the hotly-anticipated third generation tablet to break cover. Although previous speculation had centered on Apple using an A6 chip in the new iPad, the photo shared at forum WeiPhone suggests a more evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade is intended. Yesterday, another iPad 3 component leak indicated the new model would have an 8-megapixel camera and slightly different styling.

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NVIDIA MWC 2012 invite teases world’s first quad-core phone

NVIDIA MWC 2012 invite teases world’s first quad-core phone

As the 2012 edition of Mobile World Congress quickly approaches, NVIDIA sends its invite to a series of events, the ultimate subject being their quad-core Tegra 3 processor sitting on a smartphone! This reveal will end up being the first time we've seen a quad-core System on Chip working on a device smaller than a tablet, and in true classic fashion, will mark one year exactly since we first laid eyes on the original announcement of Tegra 3, then code-named Project Kal-El. Superman has since landed on the Asus Transformer Prime and will soon find its way onto several other tablets, also perhaps being released at this same set of events.

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AMD reveals 2012-2013 roadmap, tablet APUs and 28nm chips en route

AMD reveals 2012-2013 roadmap, tablet APUs and 28nm chips en route

During AMD's 2012 financial analyst event today, the chip maker revealed its roadmap that promises a slew of next-gen chips to come in 2012 and 2013. The company is ready to dive into tablets with its first tablet-ready chip to arrive this year. It also plans to release next-gen accelerated processing units or APUs built on its most advanced 28-nm process by 2013.

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Qualcomm reports record Q1 fiscal results

Qualcomm reports record Q1 fiscal results

Manufacturer of all things wireless: products, technologies, and services, Qualcomm, have announced their first quarter earnings, Q1 being for them a season ending on December 25, 2011. "This quarter," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, has been "another record quarter with revenues, earnings and MSM shipments reaching all-time highs." They can praise the Snapdragon for that, and a fully integrated experience on mobile devices and a future full of smart televisions galore - let's talk about how!

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