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ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 preparing phones for AI invasion

ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 preparing phones for AI invasion

Almost exactly a year ago, ARM Holdings announced the Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU that had their sights on empowering mobile and embedded devices to take on the computing trend of that time. Namely, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. This year, the trends have shifted a bit and ARM is shifting appropriately as well. Launching the Cortex-A75, as well as the Cortex-A55 and Mali-G72 GPU, ARM aims to equip small-form computers with all the processing power they need to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to everything from smartphones to your car dashboard.

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Apple ‘Neural Engine’ AI processor tipped in development

Apple ‘Neural Engine’ AI processor tipped in development

Apple is developing a chip called 'Neural Engine' that will be dedicated to artificial intelligence tasks, according to new sources. This AI processor will handle things like speech recognition, facial recognition, and other 'advanced capabilities' for Apple products. Artificial intelligence tasks will reportedly be handled by this new dedicated chip rather than the device's primary processor, helping with battery life and more.

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New Samsung division wants to put its chip in all your devices

New Samsung division wants to put its chip in all your devices

To the surprise of no one, Samsung has just created a new division within it silicon business that will focus on contract chip manufacturers for companies outside of Samsung. While it was probably a long time coming, the move couldn't have come at a worse time for Qualcomm, who is now beset by lawsuits from all sides. With Qualcomm begins to show cracks in its armor, Samsung seems to be getting ready to snatch up whatever piece of the pie Qualcomm might drop.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 660 promise high-end features for all

Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 660 promise high-end features for all

In the past, it was usually dirt simple to differentiate between different smartphone tiers based on what features they had or didn't have. Thanks to the affordability of technologies and components, however, those lines are starting to blur. Qualcomm's latest announcement almost erases those lines. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 and 660 are its latest "mid-range" processors, taking over from the 626 and 653, respectively. But to downplay them just because of that label would be a mistake, as these processors empower with mid-range devices with high-end features.

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You can now buy an AMD Ryzen 5 for your desktop

You can now buy an AMD Ryzen 5 for your desktop

AMD fans and gamers and streamers thirsting for something new can finally quench their processor thirst. Making good on its promise last month, AMD is finally making its more affordable Ryzen 5 processors available for purchase for desktop owners. Built on the same Zen architecture that AMD has been singing about since December last year, the Ryzen 5 line offers a more affordable alternative to the monstrous Ryzen 7 flagships, but with the matching "more efficient" power management.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 benchmarks produced mixed results

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 benchmarks produced mixed results

Newer doesn't always mean better. Qualcomm learned that the hard way with the Snapdragon 810, its first new 64-bit processor/platform, notorious for its heat problems. And it might be reminded of that again, though thankfully to a less dangerous degree, with the Snapdragon 835. LG downplayed the advantages of the chip over the Snapdragon 821 it chose for the LG G6, and it seems there was actual basis for that. AnandTech was given some exclusive time to benchmark the Snapdragon 835 and, while there were clear improvements, the processor exhibited some rather mixed performance results compared to both its predecessors as well as its peers.

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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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