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Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Apple may have planted its flag on the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) can still be mindful of privacy, but Qualcomm is looking to unlock the same for Android with the new Snapdragon 845. The new system-on-chip (SoC), unveiled today, will help device and service-makers break their phones, apps, and other products away from their tether to the cloud. It also puts a renewed focus on security.

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This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its new super-chip, the Snapdragon 845, set to be found inside smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018. Renewing Qualcomm's focus on virtual and augmented reality, computational photography, video capture, mobile security, and more, the new system-on-chip (SoC) promises faster performance along with more efficient battery use and charging.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official for 2018

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official for 2018

Qualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 845, its latest mobile chipset. Set to appear in smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018, the new mobile platform will be at the heart of new AR and VR experiences, as well as promising Gigabit LTE connectivity and better power management.

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Pixel Visual Core: Google’s custom-made image processing chip

Pixel Visual Core: Google’s custom-made image processing chip

While Google’s Pixel phones have had very impressive scores on DxOMark’s benchmarks, it is perhaps even more impressive that they are able to accomplish that much for very little hardware. Much of the magic happens on the software side, with the use of algorithms and machine learning. Those, however, don’t just magically happen and incur a penalty on the phone’s processor. That is why Google made its own Pixel Visual Core system-on-chip specifically and only for image processing and machine learning related to that. And soon, even third party developers will have access to it.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 launches to tackle mid-range devices

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 launches to tackle mid-range devices

When we're talking about mobile processors, a lot of attention is paid to the high-end, like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835. The mid-range is just as important to many phone manufacturers, however, and Qualcomm wants its processors to feature in those devices as well. With that in mind, Qualcomm has launched its new Snapdragon 450 at Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

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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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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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Samsung first to use 10nm FinFET tech in SoC mass production

Samsung first to use 10nm FinFET tech in SoC mass production

Samsung has announced that it had begun mass production of SoC products built using 10nm FinFET technology. The move into mass production makes Samsung the first in the industry to begin using 10nm tech. Samsung was first to mass produce a FinFET application processor back in 2015.

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NVIDIA Xavier is an “AI supercomputer” brain for autonomous cars

NVIDIA Xavier is an “AI supercomputer” brain for autonomous cars

NVIDIA has rolled out its latest chipset for autonomous cars, an SoC dubbed Xavier that it says will not only make vehicles smarter but satisfy all-important safety regulations. The new system-on-chip is no mere processor, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang argued at Xavier's launch today, but in fact an "AI supercomputer" that could single-handedly replace NVIDIA's old system with a fraction of the power requirements.

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Intel acquiring Movidius – may be their “in” for Android over Qualcomm

Intel acquiring Movidius – may be their “in” for Android over Qualcomm

This week begins with an acquisition of Movidius by Intel, the sort of acquisition that might go unnoticed by the average user. What's important about this acquisition is Movidius' work with drone obstacle avoidance sensors for DJI, heat sensor technology with FLIR, deep learning with a variety of companies - and, perhaps most importantly, the brains (the chip) that makes Google's Project Tango possible. Now Intel has announced that they're acquiring Movidius, and big things are happening behind the scenes.

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With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

The next Android Wear watches could be smaller, faster, and a whole lot more connected, with Qualcomm announcing a big upgrade to one of its tiniest chipsets. Replacing the Snapdragon 400 that's found in the majority of Android Wear devices today, the new Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform is 30-percent smaller than its predecessor - important, when you need to design something sleek enough to fit comfortably and discretely on a wrist.

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