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iPhone 13 price may be first hit in chip sea change

iPhone 13 price may be first hit in chip sea change

Chipmaker TSMC reportedly notified partners they'll be raising prices for hardware this year. As has been the case with several major hardware manufacturers over the past year, price hikes are coming to chipmakers in a significant way. The biggest client of the chipmaker TSMC is Apple, and the first product that'll likely see a change in cost is the iPhone 13.

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Google reportedly picked an old Android friend to build Pixel 6’s Tensor

Google reportedly picked an old Android friend to build Pixel 6’s Tensor

Google may have designed its own Pixel 6 chip for the upcoming Android flagship, but the company has reportedly turned to a familiar name to actually produce the new Tensor SoC. Announced yesterday, alongside a preview of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google Tensor is the company's first homegrown design for a smartphone processor as it takes a leaf out of Apple's playbook.

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Google Tensor is a strike for independence

Google Tensor is a strike for independence

Google may have given us the first official glimpse of the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but it's the Google Tensor chipset inside the upcoming Android 12 phones that's arguably more exciting. The company's first homegrown SoC, or system-on-chip, for smartphones, it sees Google take a long-rumored step down a path Apple has already followed.

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Report claims TSMC plans to build a new US factory

Report claims TSMC plans to build a new US factory

The chip shortage has impacted manufacturing operations all around the world. Industries that have been particularly impacted include US-based technology and automotive manufacturers. Automakers, including Ford and others, have been forced to produce vehicles missing critical microprocessors due to the shortage. This has left automakers unable to ship many vehicles and has impacted sales.

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Google Whitechapel in-house chip for Pixel phones: Things to know

Google Whitechapel in-house chip for Pixel phones: Things to know

Last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a statement that the company is investing a huge chunk into hardware and that it had a perfect roadmap for 2021. This triggered a row of speculations as tech pundits predicted Google to be venturing into the SoC space, developing its own chips for the Pixel and Chromebooks of the future.

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Pixel 6 will reportedly debut Google’s Apple-inspired Whitechapel chip

Pixel 6 will reportedly debut Google’s Apple-inspired Whitechapel chip

Google's new Pixel phone is expected to switch to a homegrown processor chip known as Whitechapel, sources claim, as what's expected to be the Pixel 6 takes a page out of Apple's successful iPhone strategy playbook. So far, Google's phones have followed the same hardware approach as most Android devices, using chipsets from Qualcomm's Snapdragon series.

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Snapdragon 780G 5G gives Qualcomm a midrange Android heavyweight

Snapdragon 780G 5G gives Qualcomm a midrange Android heavyweight

Qualcomm has revealed the latest chipset in its 7 Series, with the new Snapdragon 780G 5G Mobile Platform promising to cherry-pick some of the best tech from the more expensive Snapdragon 888 flagship. Expected to arrive in new Android phones sometime from Q2 2021, the Snapdragon 780G marks a number of "firsts" for the series, and looks likely to continue the trend of midrange devices to be arguably more exciting than their most expensive brethren.

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President Biden to take steps to ease semiconductor shortage in the US

President Biden to take steps to ease semiconductor shortage in the US

Currently, there's a global shortage of semiconductors used in many industries that has seen some major industries in the US grind to a halt. The semiconductor shortage has particularly hit automakers in America hard, causing several major companies to cease production. The Biden administration has promised to make aggressive moves to address the global semiconductor shortage.

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Raspberry Pi Pico released: microcontroller launches RP2040 chip

Raspberry Pi Pico released: microcontroller launches RP2040 chip

Today the first Raspberry Pi microcontroller was released for approximately $4 USD. This device is the Raspberry Pi Pico, built on RP2040, a "brand-new chip" developed at Raspberry Pi. This device bridges the gap between the still relatively heavyweight computation handled by the Raspberry Pi proper, and the computing that should be handled by a much lower power microcontroller. Today Raspberry Pi began rolling forth into the microcontroller universe.

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Snapdragon 870 5G gives OnePlus, Moto & more a cheaper flagship chip

Snapdragon 870 5G gives OnePlus, Moto & more a cheaper flagship chip

Qualcomm has revealed its newest mobile chipset, with the Snapdragon 870 5G slotting in just below the most potent Snapdragon 888 as the company expands its flagship series. Successor to the Snapdragon 865 Plus, it will give Android phone-makers another option in the price/performance balance, with manufacturers like Motorola, OnePlus, OPPO, and Xiaomi already onboard.

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These Apple chip experts set up their own company – Qualcomm just bought it

These Apple chip experts set up their own company – Qualcomm just bought it

Three star chip designers from Apple and Google formed a company called NUVIA in late 2019. They aimed to create silicon processing chips that'd eventually take on the likes of Intel and AMD, and raised a whole bunch of money in Series A and B funding and became a force to be reckoned with in a relatively short amount of time. Today, Qualcomm announced that they'll be acquiring NUVIA for $1.4 billion USD.

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Snapdragon 888 benchmarks are out – Here’s the problem with them

Snapdragon 888 benchmarks are out – Here’s the problem with them

The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's flagship chipset for Android smartphones in 2021, and the stakes have arguably never been higher. On the one hand, Apple is flexing its chip-design chops, and while Qualcomm modems may be in its current hardware, that's not going to be the case forever. Meanwhile, Qualcomm's Android SoC rivals aren't standing still.

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