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ARM’s new DynamIQ tech puts cores at the service of AI

ARM’s new DynamIQ tech puts cores at the service of AI

Although in existence for decades, artificial intelligence and machine learning have only recently hit mainstream, becoming the hottest thing in the tech industry. But for all the capabilities and ambitions of AI and ML, they are practically limited by the computing power that runs those algorithms and data processing tasks. In other words, advancement in AI requires not just more powerful but also more efficient computing processors. Which is why ARM Holdings is announcing the next evolution of its ARM chip design which it calls DynamIQ.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

With all the focus on the high-end, premium smartphones, it’s almost too easy to take for granted that not everyone in the world needs or can even afford such devices. In some markets, smartphones are still a luxury. At the same time, however, Internet access is fast becoming a staple of modern life, even in those markets where non-smart “feature” phones are still more common than smart ones. To give them a fighting chance, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 205 platform, not processor, that brings LTE Category 4 capabilities to feature phones.

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AMD Ryzen 5 launching next month to cater to the masses

AMD Ryzen 5 launching next month to cater to the masses

AMD has always been Intel’s biggest rival in the PC market though, depending on where you stand, you might think that AMD has lost that battle recently. With the announcement of its new Zen-based Ryzen line of processors, however, AMD is pushing back hard. The first line of the series, the Ryzen 7, was squarely aimed at hard-core gamers and professionals. The Ryzen 5 line, on the other hand, is targeting the mainstream, bringing the same key features of the Zen architecture, but with lower clock speeds and a matching lower price tag.

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Low 10nm processor yields could delay high-end smartphone

Low 10nm processor yields could delay high-end smartphone

Newer doesn’t always mean better, especially when it actually makes things worse. For all the benefits that the new 10 nm FinFET manufacturing process has for making silicon, it could put a dent in the schedule of smartphone makers in the long run. Sources are now reporting that the yields for 10 nm chips are lower than expected and it is causing smartphone manufacturers to delay shipments of their smartphones to late in the second quarter, perhaps even later.

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Samsung secretly had an Exynos-powered VR headset at MWC 2017

Samsung secretly had an Exynos-powered VR headset at MWC 2017

Although it already has its Gear VR platform, co-developed with Oculus, Samsung may have more ambitious plans for its virtual reality push. Behind closed doors at MWC 2017, Samsung was reportedly giving select partners a demonstration of prototype VR headsets, ones that don’t need a smartphone or a PC to function. These standalone headsets, instead, carried their own processing power and at the heart of that is Samsung’s brand new Exynos 9 chip.

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Xiaomi reveals Surge S1 SoC alongside Redmi 4X, Mi 5c

Xiaomi reveals Surge S1 SoC alongside Redmi 4X, Mi 5c

As promised, Xiaomi unveiled at MWC 2017 its first in-house application processor or SoC, the Surge S1, along side the first smartphone to be powered by it, the Xiaomi Mi 5c. It will probably be a while before we see it in action in the real world, but, for now, we have to take Xiaomi at its word. Amusingly, it has also announced the Redmi 4X that is powered by a different processor that Xiaomi is painting to be inferior to its Surge S1.

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Samsung Exynos 9 8895 brings 5CA, vision processing to mobile

Samsung Exynos 9 8895 brings 5CA, vision processing to mobile

New Samsung flagship smartphones are usually preceded by a new Samsung processor. Just because the Galaxy S8 is being delayed doesn’t mean the manufacturer also has to delay its new Exynos. Perhaps months before it lands on any consumer product, Samsung is revealing the Exynos 9 Series, specifically the Exynos 8895 application processor, its first to be built on the latest 10 nm FinFET process. And while the chip in itself is already interesting from a computing standpoint, it also hints at the features that we can expect in the coming Galaxy S8.

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Xiaomi “Pinecone” SoC to be fully revealed at MWC 2017

Xiaomi “Pinecone” SoC to be fully revealed at MWC 2017

Xiaomi was once seen as one of the fastest growing smartphone company in China and its popularity has reached even the US, even while its smartphones have not. Of late, some might have gotten the impression that Xiaomi has slowed down its formerly aggressive push in the market, perhaps brought about by spreading itself too thin too fast. At MWC 2017 next week, however, it will show that it’s still very much in the game by revealing an ambitious thrust to puts its own system-on-chip, currently named “Pinecone”, at the heart of its mobile devices.

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Xiaomi smartphone chip plans could see Qualcomm face-off

Xiaomi smartphone chip plans could see Qualcomm face-off

Xiaomi may have surged rapidly into the public eye (and all that without - officially - a phone on sale in the US) but its next ambitions are even bigger: ousting Qualcomm from its devices. The Chinese company - which has everything from smartphones through smart TVs, and portable batteries to smart home gadgets in its line-up - is notorious for its loyal and vocal fans and aggressive pricing. Now, Xioami is reportedly turning to silicon.

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MediaTek Helio P25 brings dual camera support to mid-range

MediaTek Helio P25 brings dual camera support to mid-range

Dual cameras are the big thing in smartphones these days, to the point that even less expensive, less premium smartphones are starting to flaunt such digital photography features. But simply having two main cameras doesn't exactly mean the rest of the phone is well-equipped to handle the task. That is why MediaTek is launching its new Helio P25 mobile processor to specifically address that need among more "power efficient" smartphones.

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Intel’s Cannon Lake joins Qualcomm in the year of 10nm

Intel’s Cannon Lake joins Qualcomm in the year of 10nm

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed this week that the company will be releasing their newest architecture "Cannon Lake" within the next year. This isn't exactly the most specific launch window, but it does place the next generation of i-series notebooks inside the next 12 months. Better battery life, less power consumption, less heat, and better performance are on the way with Cannon Lake, Intel's first 10nm architecture.

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New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

New 7th gen Intel Cores put the focus on performance, gaming

If you thought that Intel was done with its Kaby Lake generation of Core processors, then its CES 2017 announcement just proved you wrong. Then again, it’s not surprising either. The first batch of 7th gen “Kaby Lake” Intel Core CPUs it announced back in August were part of its Y-series, focused primarily on detachables and PCs on a stick. Now it is putting its 14 nm processors into full swing with U, H, and S series that aim for more powerful PCs, especially gaming ones.

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