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AMD grabs ex-Apple and Qualcomm mobile chip specialists

AMD grabs ex-Apple and Qualcomm mobile chip specialists

AMD has snatched two mobile processor specialists from Qualcomm and Apple, bolstering its footprint in low-power chip design as it attempts to expand from the desktop and notebook markets. Wayne Mertsky, formerly of Apple's A-series chip division, and Charles Matar, previously one of Qualcomm's embedded chip experts, have joined AMD's ranks, the company confirmed to Reuters, but exactly what they'll do at their new employer is still the stuff of speculation.

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Huawei tips 8-core processor and new P-series phone for MWC 2013

Huawei tips 8-core processor and new P-series phone for MWC 2013

This week the folks at Huawei have revealed - or teased, really - a new phone that'll be coming out to the public at Mobile World Congress 2013. This event is next month while the tip here comes from CES and an interview with Engadget where the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group Richard Yu made it plain that not only will Huawei be bringing a new next-generation super-thin P-series 2 smartphone to the market with a reveal at Mobile World Congress 2013 (next month - we'll be there), they'll also be bringing their very own octa-core (that's 8 CPU cores, mind you) processor to the market in the second half of the year.

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Samsung 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip revealed with two sets of four cores

Samsung 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip revealed with two sets of four cores

CES 2013 has already brought some very exciting news about mobile processors, with NVIDIA revealing its Tegra 4 processor during its press conference earlier in the week. Not one to be outdone, Samsung today officially pulled the veil off its 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip. Comprised of two sets of four cores, the Exynos 5 Octa is obviously geared toward keeping things moving fast and fluid, even when multiple applications are running on your mobile device.

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Qualcomm EVP Murthy Renduchintala waxes futuristic in the Personal Media Hub

Qualcomm EVP Murthy Renduchintala waxes futuristic in the Personal Media Hub

This week we got the opportunity to have a chat with Qualcomm's EVP Murthy Renduchintala who made it clear that the company's future isn't just in making high-efficiency next-level processing power SoCs, but to make the smartphone (or smart device) the center of your world definitively. Speaking about how as Qualcomm aims to keep the entire mobile processor experience both high efficiency and high power, Renduchintala made the case for the company's foresight for a world where it's no longer a case-by-case basis in which you share and interact with the media you associate with, it's more of a management situation. You won't even think about it all, you'll just do it.

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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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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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Samsung $3.6bn Texas plant boost approved: iPhone & iPad to benefit

Samsung $3.6bn Texas plant boost approved: iPhone & iPad to benefit

Samsung has reportedly finalized its deal to expand its chip production facility in Texas, pumping $3.9bn into the US plant widely believed to manufacture mobile processors for Apple, among other components. News of the investment plans broke back in August, and according to Reuters, Samsung has now completed its talks with the state government in Texas to finalize the details and give the project the green light.

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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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