While the stylus-centric abilities NVIDIA is showing off this week at Computex were, up until now, only really available with devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note, here the Tegra 4 aims to make line width a GPU thought process. With the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung's specialized S-Pen made - and makes - it possible to write with pressure-sensitive real-time line widths, making digital artwork enter a new age on the hand-held smartphone and tablet. NVIDIA's Tegra 4 processor aims to execute a similar set of features, only this time making the processor itself sit at the heart, making it all manufacturer-agnostic.
Intel has shown off its new chips for tablets, smartphones, and LTE-enabled devices, with Silvermont, Bay Trail-T, and Merrifield all revealed at Computex 2013 today. Merrifield, due to show up in Intel-powered smartphones from early 2014, is the company's next-gen smartphone platform, a 22nm Atom SoC that was, for today's show, wrapped up in a new touchscreen reference design.
The team at MAINGEAR have this week let it be known that they'll be offering 4th generation Intel Core i7 "Haswell" processors in both desktop and laptop machines. Bringing this technology to the SHIFT, F1131, Potenza, and Vybe on the desktop end of the spectrum and the Nomad 15 and Nomad 17 in laptops, MAINGEAR is making it clear that they intend to remain on the cutting edge in custom gaming rigs. Intel's 4th generation Core "Haswell" processors will be appearing first on the 4th of this month at Computex.
Though the code-named "Haswell" generation of Intel Core processors has been finding itself the subject of reports and detail talks from the company that makes it for many, many months, it's today that the 4th generation of Intel processors gets its official ushering in to the public. This June 4th - that's just a couple days away - marks the point at which Intel suggests it's time to upgrade the innards of the generation of "2-in-1" computing: that's convertible computers - flipping screens, removable displays, and everything in-between.
With the Samsung GALAXY S 4 in consumer hands internationally, fully stocked with Exynos OctaCore processors, so too has a new Chromebook been tipped with the same technology. While the big.LITTLE ARM processor architecture suggested for this next-generation machine has been implemented on the GALAXY S 4 (the international edition, that is) for a split between obvious "big" and "little" tasks, its usage in Chrome may be a bit less obvious. This device could very well be introduced at the June event teased by Samsung as well.
This week the hardware manufacturer MediaTek has shown the MT6572, a system-on-chip they suggest will be the first to bring both a dual-core CPU and "4-in-1" technology. What that means is that this particular dual-core processor will be working with integrated Wifi, FM radio, GPS, and Bluetooth, the final product aimed not at the top-tier smartphones as previous multi-core mobile processors have been, but at the entry segment of the market. This means that inexpensive smart devices - not just subsidized models - will have multi-core power for users everyday lives.
ARM has teamed up with Sonics Inc. in order to make their future SoCs much more battery friendly. By licensing Sonics's patent portfolio of over 138 properties, including the property to use Sonics's Dark Silicon techniques, ARM will be able to develop chips that will be able to offer a big improvement in power savings without sacrificing either performance or efficiency.
QUALCOMM has certainly been successful with its existing Snapdragon 600 platform. The Snapdragon 600 showed up in a number of high-end smartphones and other devices including the GALAXY S 4, HTC One, and a number of other devices. That Snapdragon 600 success doesn't mean QUALCOMM isn't looking ahead to its next generation high-end SoC.
With the AMD Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip, AMD will first be working with a single-chip solution that'll employ both AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics and their "Jaguar" CPU architecture at once. This announcement of AMD's SOC design marks the company's rumored significant push beyond the PC industry for intelligent devices of all kinds.