processors

Jeffries: iPhone 6 to bring quad-core chip in 2014

Jeffries: iPhone 6 to bring quad-core chip in 2014

This week Jeffries analyst Peter Misek has spoken up about the possibility of Apple releasing a 4.8-inch iPhone 6 inside 2013, suggesting manufacturing yield issues are to blame for holding the larger device up for another year. It was also suggested that Apple is planning to "re-architect iOS to utilize more cores" before the iPhone 6 is revealed, allowing iOS 6 to utilize a processor with more than 2 CPU cores (and 3 GPU cores) as the iPhone 5 works with at the moment with its A6 chip. By the time the iPhone 6 rolls around, Misek says Apple will be working with a 20nm process, the smallest Node Process used by the company thus far being the A6 with 32nm.

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Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2013 set for September with maximum developer potential

Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2013 set for September with maximum developer potential

This week the folks at Qualcomm have announced that their one and only developer conference Uplinq 2013 will this year be held between September 3rd and 5th, chock-full of mobile application and developer strategy goodness from start to finish. This event will once again be working with technical sessions, chats, demonstrations, and networking opportunities in massive amounts - and SlashGear will be there to cover the whole gamut! While registration isn't quite open yet, it will be extremely soon for those interested in jumping in on the future of mobile computing from the Qualcomm side of the universe.

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Intel set to build $4bn chip plant in Ireland, 14nm chips on the way

Intel set to build $4bn chip plant in Ireland, 14nm chips on the way

Intel is looking to set its sights on 14nm chips soon, but the company needs a new manufacturing plant in order to make it happen. Luckily, after several months of waiting, the country of Ireland has finally given Intel the go-ahead to build a $4 billion chip plant that will be home to 14nm chips in just a couple of years.

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Samsung and Apple one-brand manufacturing puts competition on notice

Samsung and Apple one-brand manufacturing puts competition on notice

This week it's been made clear - or perhaps just clearer than ever before - that a company able to manufacture its own device components is a company that will thrive. According to the readouts from Gartner showing 2012's top consumers in the semiconductor universe specifically, Samsung and Apple are out in front of the pack - by a significant margin. Semiconductors, mobile processors, and hardware from displays to memory cards are all a part of this puzzle, and as the two next entries on that list show with double-digit percentage drops show, it's not just Apple and Samsung that are floating upward here coming into 2013, it's mobile smart devices as a whole (and all their little bits and pieces).

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Samsung overtakes Apple as top chip customer globally

Samsung overtakes Apple as top chip customer globally

At this time last year, Apple claimed the top spot of the world's largest semiconductor customer, but it looks like they'll be handing the crown to someone else this year, specifically Samsung, who now holds the throne this time around. According to research firm Gartner, Samsung bought more chips than any other company in 2012.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: January 22nd, 2013

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: January 22nd, 2013

This morning we're getting in down and dirty with such a variety of technological breakthroughs your brain is going to flip. Start your mind-blowing off right with an announcement of the official Google Glass Explorer Edition coming to developers "in a couple of months." Next be sure to see Audi's own super strange Swarm lighting for their futuristic cars of tomorrow. Amazon has brought forth in-app purchases for all manner of software - Mac, PC, and web games included.

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Intel launches budget-friendly Ivy Bridge processors

Intel launches budget-friendly Ivy Bridge processors

Intel's Ivy Bridge processor architecture has been kicking it in public for almost a year now, but the new chips weren't very friendly towards the budget crowd. However, the company finally released new Ivy Bridge processors that cater towards the frugal bunch, including new Celeron, Pentium, and Core dual-core chips.

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Samsung 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip revealed with two sets of four cores

Samsung 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip revealed with two sets of four cores

CES 2013 has already brought some very exciting news about mobile processors, with NVIDIA revealing its Tegra 4 processor during its press conference earlier in the week. Not one to be outdone, Samsung today officially pulled the veil off its 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chip. Comprised of two sets of four cores, the Exynos 5 Octa is obviously geared toward keeping things moving fast and fluid, even when multiple applications are running on your mobile device.

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Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

With the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900, the company enters in the race for a real live hero phone for the whole world, here reminding us instantly of the other massive smartphone in this warring market - the Samsung Galaxy Note II. What we've got here is a real live fight for a dominant beast, a massive machine made to rule them all, starting with displays - and Lenovo takes the cake with resolution right out of the box. Samsung, on the other hand, has the physically larger display (though it is a bit less dense in its pixel distribution.)

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AMD announces Kabini, Kaveri, Richland, and Temash APUs at CES 2013

AMD announces Kabini, Kaveri, Richland, and Temash APUs at CES 2013

AMD held their press event here at CES 2013, and announced a slew of new accelerated processing units (APUs). And as typical fashion of any chipset maker, they were full of codenames. The company announced Kabini, Kaveri, Richland, and Temash APUs today, the first and the last being AMD's first true SoC APUs.

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Apple said to be working on “Project Azalea” to replace Samsung as chip maker

Apple said to be working on “Project Azalea” to replace Samsung as chip maker

Over the last few days, several states have been hinting that they're trying to attract a major semiconductor manufacturer to set up shop in the US, and some new details have just recently emerged. New York, California, Texas, and Oregon are all said to be competing to become home to a major chip maker that will have ties with Apple.

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Texas Instruments announces plans to lay off 1,700 workers

Texas Instruments announces plans to lay off 1,700 workers

It isn't exactly a secret that Texas Instruments has been struggling in the mobile space a bit lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that today the company announced it will soon be broadening its focus when it comes to its OMAP processors. We've heard about such a change before, but today Texas Instruments is giving us a better idea of what pros and cons this broader focus will have. While the company will be able to save a healthy amount of money by focusing less on the smartphone space, this unfortunately means that TI will be letting around 1,700 employees go.

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