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MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G wants to level up mid-range phones

MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G wants to level up mid-range phones

Qualcomm, as always, focuses heavily on the high-end, premium market where it's able to make the most profits from each unit sold. It does also have chips that cater to lower tiers but that is also where MediaTek's processors are better known. That even applies to the young 5G market where MediaTek's Dimensity brand is trying to establish a foothold before Qualcomm can stake a claim. Its latest attempt is the Dimensity 900 5G which flaunts Dual 5G support as one of its special features.

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IBM 2nm chips envision phones with four-day battery life

IBM 2nm chips envision phones with four-day battery life

There is only so much you can cram inside a smartphone without sacrificing other things like phone size, internal space, thermal emission, and battery life. One solution is to shrink those components while maintaining or even improving their performance and efficiency. That is often the case with semiconductors, particularly the processors that power phones, laptops, and computers, and IBM's first 2nm chip, also the world's first 2nm chip, promises to do exactly that and then some.

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YouTube custom chip transcodes videos, supports AV1 codec

YouTube custom chip transcodes videos, supports AV1 codec

You have to hand it to Google. It has made using YouTube on both ends an almost magical and painless experience. A YouTuber uploads a single video with nary a care in the world and everyone on the Internet will be able to watch that video in different formats, sizes, and resolutions on different devices. Of course, that magic is made possible only because of the work Google has put behind the scenes. That apparently includes a custom processor whose only job is to process videos uploaded to YouTube which, soon, will also use a relatively young codec that's being pushed as the codec for today's video streaming needs.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series APUs arrive, but there’s a catch

AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series APUs arrive, but there’s a catch

AMD has announced its Ryzen 5000 G-Series desktop processors that feature built-in graphics, though you can't get ahold of one quite yet. Featuring 7nm processor core tech, the new hardware lineup is first being made available to OEMs with plans to open availability to the consumer level later this year.

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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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Arm v9 sets its sights on AI and specialized computing

Arm v9 sets its sights on AI and specialized computing

Some people, especially those keeping tabs on the tech world, might be more familiar with chips under names like Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos, Huawei HiSilicon Kirin, or the newest kid on the block, Apple Silicon M1. Underlying all those, however, is the Arm (formerly ARM) computing architecture, a.k.a. CPU instruction set, that practically runs all of the world's mobile phones, many embedded computers like those in IoT and networking products, and quite a few supercomputers. The latest Arm version, Armv8 (ARMv8), has been around for nearly a decade but now the company has announced its successor that, thanks to recent trends in the market, is putting a bigger focus on security, AI, and what it calls specialized computing.

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MediaTek beat Qualcomm as 2020’s biggest smartphone chipset vendor

MediaTek beat Qualcomm as 2020’s biggest smartphone chipset vendor

Almost mirroring the old Intel and AMD rivalry, Qualcomm and MediaTek have traditionally been at it since the smartphone market exploded years ago. MediaTek was regarded as having more affordable options, though often with inferior performance. To its credit, it has been improving both in performance and features and it seems that its investments have finally paid off now that it has wrested the mobile chipset market crown from Qualcomm, at least in 2020.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra to feature custom chip, new battery tech

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra to feature custom chip, new battery tech

Xiaomi already launched the Mi 11 last month but, in typical Xiaomi fashion, it isn't done releasing new phones bearing that name. The Mi 11 Ultra, which is expected to be announced on Monday, may very well be its biggest gamble in this half of the year and not just because of its specs. According to sources, the ultra-high-end phone will bear a few new firsts for the smartphone market, including Xiaomi's first in-house processor.

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Xiaomi phones might get a price hike due to chip shortage

Xiaomi phones might get a price hike due to chip shortage

Despite their absence in the US market, Xiaomi's phones, including those from its Redmi sub-brand, have been popular and notorious for their dirt-cheap prices despite near-flagship features. Those prices have indeed risen over the years along with other smartphones but Mi and Redmi phones have remained considerably cheaper than their peers. That might not last long, though, and not simply because of the rise in component prices but especially because of the global shortage in chip supplies.

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Intel wants to build ARM chips for Apple, third-parties

Intel wants to build ARM chips for Apple, third-parties

ARM has always been bad news for Intel, no matter how makes the silicon. With Qualcomm, Intel barely left a mark in the consumer mobile market. With Apple's new Silicon, its dominance in the desktop market, at least on Macs, is now being threatened. While it still holds onto its x86/x64 computing architecture, it seems that Intel has devised a strategy that will let it also profit from this ARM invasion, particularly by making the ARM-based chips that Apple and other customers need.

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Galaxy Note 21 might not happen due to chip supply issues

Galaxy Note 21 might not happen due to chip supply issues

From consoles to graphics cards to cars, there seems to be a growing sense of dread at the semiconductor situation around the world. Thanks to various factors, including the current pandemic and the winter storm in the US, the demand for products using chips has started to outnumber the ability of manufacturers to supply them. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone market isn't immune to that problem and it may hit the Samsung flagship that is always expected to be canceled year after year.

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