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|September 2, 2014||Samsung First With 20nm Processor
The Exynos 5430 and 5433 are the first application processors in 20nm, providing power and performance advantages over 28nm products. Samsung also announced its first LTE-Advanced modem chip.
|August 26, 2014||MEMS Integration Drives Applications
MEMS sensors are becoming more integrated with each generation, reducing cost and enabling new uses in mobile devices.
|August 19, 2014||Allwinner A33: Four Cores, Four Bucks
Allwinner is selling a four-core processor for four bucks, targeting low-cost, commodity Android tablets.
|August 19, 2014||Nvidia’s First CPU Is a Winner
Nvidia's 64-bit Denver CPU uses dynamic instruction translation to outperform other mobile processors while offering full ARMv8 compatibility. It will appear in Tegra K1-64 later this year.
|August 19, 2014||Who Killed Broadcom’s Baseband Biz?
Although Broadcom positioned its withdrawal from the cellular-baseband market as a fiscally prudent decision, the move was triggered several months earlier by another company.
|August 12, 2014||Wearables Give New Life to Old GPUs
Imagination has tweaked its older-generation PowerVR Series5 GPUs to produce the new Series5XE, a family of tiny graphics cores targeting low-power applications in wearable devices.
|August 5, 2014||MT6795 Improves Visual Experience
As people watch more video on their smartphones, MediaTek wants to make these devices more like high-end televisions by adding new video features to its processors.
|July 29, 2014||LTE Unlicensed Rocks the Boat
A controversial proposal to extend LTE into unlicensed spectrum offers performance benefits, but initial coexistence features may not adequately protect Wi-Fi users.
|July 29, 2014||New Foundries Vying for 20nm Wafers
The 20nm node promises to be an inflection point, offering two new foundry options and incurring a host of new technical challenges, such as the need for double patterning.
|July 29, 2014||ST Sensor Hub Sleeps Soundly
STMicroelectronics' new 32-bit microcontroller combines signal-processing and sensor-hub control functions for applications such as voice-command recognition and multiple-input pedestrian geolocation.
|July 15, 2014||ARM and Linaro Boost v8 Design
ARM's new Juno is a hardware/software-development platform for designing application processors that integrate ARMv8 CPUs. It includes a test chip that boots to 64-bit Android or Linux
|July 8, 2014||HiSilicon Pushes LTE-A, Octa-Core
Huawei's house brand has delivered the industry's first mobile processor to integrate 300Mbps LTE-Advanced: the Kirin 920.
|July 8, 2014||LPDDR4 Doubles Power Efficiency
The next generation of mobile memory doubles bandwidth at similar power but requires changes to the system design. Future alternatives include WIO2 and more radical approaches.
|July 1, 2014||LTE-Advanced Gets CoMPed
3GPP Release 11 extends LTE with a number of features that emphasize performance and network efficiency, including carrier aggregation and coordinated multipoint (CoMP) transmission.
|June 24, 2014||MediaTek Readies for 4K Race
The new quad-core MT8127 and dual-core MT8117 tablet processors are MediaTek’s first devices to implement an H.265 video decoder in hardware.
|June 24, 2014||MediaTek Targets Every Thing
The highly integrated MT2502 targets smartwatches that sell for less than $30. MediaTek also rolled out two IoT processors with integrated Wi-Fi: the MT7681 and the MT7688.
|June 24, 2014||SlimPort Links USB and 4K Video
The new SlimPort Pro chipsets from Analogix enable 4K displays for smartphones without incurring royalty fees.
|June 17, 2014||Intel Cuts Tablet Deal With Rockchip
Intel will collaborate with Rockchip, a leading vendor of ARM-based tablet processors, to create a quad-core x86 tablet processor that both companies will sell.
|June 17, 2014||Rockchip Steps Up Its Game
The RK3288 is the first production device to integrate Cortex-A17 CPUs. Rockchip hopes the new application processor will help it move up to high-end tablets.
|June 10, 2014||Wireless Charging Resonates
Broadcom has shipped a wireless-power receiver chip for multiple standards, but the battle between the Powermat, Qi, and Rezence standards is just starting to heat up.
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