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|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.
|June 3, 2014||Andes Adds Configurability
Like Tensilica and others, Andes now offers its customers the ability to add custom instructions and logic to its licensable CPUs, delivering big performance and power-efficiency improvements.
|May 27, 2014||CMOS Moves to the RF Front End
By combining devices built in more-analog-friendly CMOS processes with the advanced digital capabilities of mobile processors, engineers are finding ways to reduce costs while increasing the flexibility of mobile devices.
|May 20, 2014||Intel Doubles Down on NFC
Intel continues to expand its mobile-connectivity portfolio, paying $19 million to acquire an NFC design team, products, and technology from Inside Secure, an early leader in that field.
|May 20, 2014||Millimeter Wave Seeks Best Home
Qualcomm's reported $300 million offer to acquire Wilocity underscores the excitement surrounding IEEE 802.11ad. The 60GHz millimeter-wave standard now has applications in serial links and small-cell backhaul, as well as high-throughput wireless LANs.
|May 13, 2014||QuickLogic Powers Down Sensor Hub
QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S1 enables low-power monitoring of sensors. The company also supplies the FFEAT development tool for simple conversion of sensor algorithms to its FPGA hardware.
|May 6, 2014||Actions Drops Vivante for Imagination
The Actions ATM-7029B integrates the PowerVR SGX540 GPU instead of Vivante's GC1000, boosting Imagination's prospects in the low-end tablet market.
|May 6, 2014||Ceva Targets Wearables
Ceva's new TeakLite-4 Version 2 improves power efficiency and code density. SoC designers can license this DSP, along with the vendor’s Bluetooth IP and software stack, for low-power wearable devices.
|April 29, 2014||Vendors Tussle Over Multiuser Wi-Fi
Qualcomm's next wave of 802.11ac products will include multiuser MIMO to improve network throughput, but in the meantime, Broadcom is using an extra radio chip to provide similar benefits.
|April 15, 2014||Qualcomm Tips Cortex-A57 Plans
The Snapdragon 810 will include four Cortex-A57 CPUs and four Cortex-A53 CPUs, a high-performance multimedia subsystem, and a leading-edge LTE baseband with three-carrier aggregation.
|April 15, 2014||Spreadtrum Goes Bottom Fishing
Spreadtrum is refreshing the bottom of its line of single-core smartphone processors, replacing the Cortex-A5 CPU with a faster Cortex-A7 and integrating Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
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