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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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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is its first premium one-chip solution

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is its first premium one-chip solution

About two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled its next generation system-on-chip or SoC, the Exynos 8 Octa. Now it is revealing what will be the first member of that new family, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. This processor brings together all the latest in the silicon industry, including a 14 nm FinFET process as well as combining both application processor and a powerful new cellular LTE modem in a single chip. This new flagship processor is expected to power the Korean OEM's Galaxy S7 smartphone, due to be revealed by February next year.

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Huawei’s new Kirin 950 gets an unbelievable 83,000 on AnTuTu

Huawei’s new Kirin 950 gets an unbelievable 83,000 on AnTuTu

Huawei has just unveiled its new high-end processor, the Kirin 950, and it is already boasting quite a few firsts and bests. While some of those might not exactly be new to our ears, Huawei's Kirin chips aren't exactly as mainstream as, say, a Snapdragon, an Exynos, or even a MediaTek. If Huawei manages to deliver on all the promises of this chip without the expected side effects, it could very well have a formidable competitor that could further push the Chinese OEM into the international mobile market.

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Intel wants its LTE modem to be in the next iPhone

Intel wants its LTE modem to be in the next iPhone

Intel is not a name you'd immediately associate with a smartphone. Although the Intel-powered ASUS ZenFone 2 managed to garner a few accolades even in performance, it is still just one in an ocean filled with devices running on the competing ARM CPU architecture. Still trying its luck in that smartphone market, insider sources claim that the chip maker is trying a slightly different strategy. It is said to have allocated 1,000 people into making its high-end LTE modem something that Apple won't be able to ignore for its 2016 iPhone model.

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More Samsung Mongoose (Exynos M1) SoC benchmarks hit the web

More Samsung Mongoose (Exynos M1) SoC benchmarks hit the web

It's increasingly hard for Samsung to keep data about its upcoming products from leaking onto the internet ahead of the official unveil. The latest leak from Samsung is claimed to be some new benchmarks of its upcoming SoC called Mongoose. Mongoose is said to be a new Exynos processor using a new CPU architecture.

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