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ARM and TSMC ink 64-bit deal to oust Intel from businesses

ARM and TSMC ink 64-bit deal to oust Intel from businesses

ARM and TSMC have inked a deal for the next-generation of 64-bit processors, paving the way for phones, tablets, notebooks and even servers which outclass x86 chips on performance and efficiency. The deal, which builds on an existing multi-year agreement between ARM and TSMC on 20nm production, will see ARM optimize its ARMv8 architecture and Artisan IP with TSMC's FinFET process technology, slashing the time it takes to bring new, advanced chips to market.

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OMAP 5 Android development platform hands-on

OMAP 5 Android development platform hands-on

This week we've gotten the opportunity to see in a very basic way how powerful the next generation of Texas Instruments device processors will be. Graphics are the name of the game here, Texas Instruments' Curt Moore showing off how an OMAP 5-toting developer platform tablet works with Android - which, incidentally, is running a bit of software called SBP Shell 3D (see our hands-on with the Viewsonic Viewphone 4S smartphone to see more SPB action). This software displays an array of homescreens all at once, allowing you access to each as they spin on a carousel: prime real-estate for showing off graphics power on OMAP 5 architecture.

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Windows RT Texas Instruments development platform tablet hands-on

Windows RT Texas Instruments development platform tablet hands-on

This week we got the opportunity to take a peek at Texas Instruments' effort in the Windows 8 space with their development platform tablet. This device is made for developers to get a handle on how their OMAP 4470 processor (that's still OMAP4, not quite OMAP5 yet) works with Windows RT. After having been in development for over a year in direct collaboration with Microsoft, Texas Instruments is finally ready to show off its excellence here!

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Qualcomm continues Windows Phone dominance with Apollo

Qualcomm continues Windows Phone dominance with Apollo

This week the folks at Qualcomm have confirmed that they'll be working with manufacturers across the board to put their own Snapdragon processor line in to Windows Phone 8 Apollo devices. Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 lineup had been completely covered by Qualcomm chips thus far, and an announcement that they will continue to do so should be seen as a good sign for the company's future worth for Microsoft.

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Qualcomm expands Snapdragon S4 line

Qualcomm expands Snapdragon S4 line

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 is certainly proving to be popular, and has now made the jump to televisions, tablets, and Windows 8 PCs in addition to smartphones. We’re used to seeing the dual-core 1.5Ghz chip in the this year’s range of high-end phones, but Qualcomm will be extending the line to include additional dual-core variants plus quad-core chips.

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Qualcomm Uplinq 2012 registration open: Join us June 27 and 28!

Qualcomm Uplinq 2012 registration open: Join us June 27 and 28!

It's that time of the year again, time for Qualcomm to invite developers of all kinds to their yearly main event: Uplinq 2012! This year's event is sure to have many fabulous presentations from great speakers bringing not just big ideas to the developer world, but presentations of next-level Snapdragon technology and more from Qualcomm as well. We'll be at these events bringing you everything you need to know on the future of Qualcomm as the event unfolds - and what's more, we're inviting you to join us!

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iPhone 5 hardware tipped to include Samsung processor

iPhone 5 hardware tipped to include Samsung processor

It appears today that Samsung is indeed inside the next iPhone if a leaked Beta version of iOS 6 is to be believed. This version of Apple's mobile operating system is being run by the folks at 9to5mac who also note that they've got the software running on an iPhone today, it showing off Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0 and signs of an ARM S5L8950X processor from Samsung. This basic confirmation that Samsung is in the next Apple mobile device takes rumors that Apple was moving away from Samsung parts in their devices and puts the processor portion, at least, to rest as a falsehood.

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NVIDIA describes four pillars of Kepler GPU power

NVIDIA describes four pillars of Kepler GPU power

This week NVIDIA demonstrated the power of their Kepler GPU in its future iterations in an investor call covering both desktop and mobile computing. The three different elements that focus the power of NVIDIA's Kepler GPU were listed as SMX, Hyper-Q, and Dynamic Parallelism, each of these explained in brief, and two relatively new products were reintroduced: Tesla K10 and Tesla K20, the first available now, the second available in the forth quarter of 2012.

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NVIDIA shows massive Tegra 3 launch growth

NVIDIA shows massive Tegra 3 launch growth

In an investor call this week with NVIDIA we're finding that there are more than a few surprises to be found in the mobile world - Android, gaming, Icera for LTE, and Tegra 3 included. NVIDIA Grey announced with Tegra 3 and Icera i500 chips combining in the next year to create devices that not only work with great processing speed, but amazing data speed as well with 4G LTE. NVIDIA let it be known that units being sold in the millions in 2012 was less than 200m, with 2013 already hitting 300m, then twice that again by 2015.

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