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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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Intel: Seriously, our tiny mobile chips are almost here

Intel: Seriously, our tiny mobile chips are almost here

Intel has reiterated it is on track to deliver 22nm SoCs next year, as the company attempts to close the gap between it and ARM-adopting rivals like Qualcomm and NVIDIA. "Intel's 22nm SoC [System-on-Chip] technology will be ready for high volume manufacturing in 2013" the chip company said in San Francisco this week, Reuters reports, though the company is yet to pin down production plans to any more specific a timescale.

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LG’s own-design H13 Smart TV chip debuts fabless silicon ambitions

LG’s own-design H13 Smart TV chip debuts fabless silicon ambitions

LG plans to follow in Samsung's footsteps by designing its own ARM processors, execs from the company have confirmed, with the first example - the LG H13 - set to debut in a Smart TV at CES 2013 next month. The H13 has been designed by LG but will be built for the company by TSMC, The Korea Times reports, a 28nm chip expected to use ARM's Cortex A15 architecture as Samsung adopted in the Exynos 5250 and used in the Nexus 10 tablet.

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Apple CPU demand might be too much for TSMC to handle

Apple CPU demand might be too much for TSMC to handle

We've been hearing that Apple is looking to replace Samsung as the main manufacturer of the CPUs found in its iDevices, and it seems that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company (TSMC) will be the one to eventually take the reins. We're learning today that this could be both good and bad for TSMC - good, obviously, because Apple sells a lot of iPhones and iPads and would therefore need to buy a lot of CPUs. This could be bad for the same reason, though, considering that TSMC is going to need to dedicate a lot of its time and energy just to get Apple the components it needs.

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Apple A6X revealed: New flagship chip

Apple A6X revealed: New flagship chip

Apple has unveiled its latest mobile chipset, the Apple A6X, replacing the already-capable A6 in the third-gen iPad, and doubling performance compared to the A5X along the way. The new chipset, a custom SoC using ARM cores, delivers not only that 2x CPU grunt but doubled graphics performance too. It's the new chipset at the heart of the 4th-generation iPad.

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