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Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect to Build Custom Chips for Future Pixel Devices

Google is serious about its Pixel flagships, and what better way to let everyone know than hiring the key chip architect away from one of your biggest competitors? Google is doing exactly that with the recent hiring of now ex-Apple employee, Manu Gulati, as reported by Variety.com. Mr. Manu Gulati is known for spearheading Apple's own...

It’s Now Possible to Boot Android on i.MX6 Platforms Without Proprietary Blobs

In order to make Android boot on most hardware platforms, developers usually have to mix open-source code with proprietary files. These so-called blobs are distributed by vendors to support some platform-specific features. Robert Foss from Collabora reported that is now possible to boot Android on i.MX6 platforms without the use of proprietary blobs at all. Support for buffer modifiers has...

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 660 And Snapdragon 630 — Two Upper Mid-Tier SoCs

Qualcomm has just unveiled two new mobile platforms: the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630. These two new SoCs are designed to be used in upper mid-range devices but still provide flagship-tier performance with improved connectivity and faster charging. Back in November, Qualcomm announced its most powerful SoC yet - the Snapdragon 835. This chipset introduced Quick Charge...

Analyzing the SoC Market and the Relative Standing of Each Processor

In the ever-changing landscape of mobile technology, many processors have risen and fallen. From the birth of HiSilicons’s lauded Kirin series, to the coming of age of Samsung’s Exynos chips, and even the death of Texas Instruments’ OMAP chipsets, we’ve watched in excitement, horror, and – yes – sometimes even disgust, as our hopes and...

Report: Xiaomi to Release its Own ‘Pinecone’ SoC Within the next Month

It is no secret that the Chinese smartphone market has started to stagnate in terms of growth. Slowing demand, increasing costs, and relentless competition makes it all the more difficult for Chinese domestic OEMs to survive with razor thin profit margins. Xiaomi's story resonates with this general trend. The company was leading China in smartphones sold...

A Look at What Has Changed from the Snapdragon 820 to the Snapdragon 821 in the Google Pixel Phones

We reached out to Qualcomm to get a better look at the Snapdragon 821 processor that is making an appearance in the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the Xiaomi Mi 5s, and the LeEco Le Pro 3. With the Snapdragon 821 in the Pixel phones running at the same clock speed as the regular...

Introducing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427: Qualcomm Announces Successors to Popular Mid-Range SoCs

It has been a good year for Qualcomm so far -- the Snapdragon 65x series has garnered rave reviews for providing stellar performance in the mid-range market segment, and the Snapdragon 820 has received an improved critical reception over the Snapdragon 810. To build on the successful year, Qualcomm has announced the successors to some of its popular...

Samsung Starts Mass Production of SoCs With 10nm FinFET Technology

Samsung has announced today that the company has started mass production of 10nm FinFET based System-on-Chips. The South Korean OEM claims that their SoC is the first one produced with such technology. In comparison to its 14 nm predecessor, Samsung’s new 10nm FinFET process (10LPE) adopts an advanced 3D transistor structure with additional enhancements in both...

Xiaomi Rumored to Feature Its Own SoC in “Meri”

China's biggest OEM -- Xiaomi, is rumored to use their own in-house SoC in its upcoming phone models. In-house chips will reportedly be used in lower-priced devices in the last two-quarters of 2017, which sound like good testing platforms for the OEM before it moves on to higher performance devices. This move is not entirely unexpected, as...

Samsung Begins Mass-Producing the Exynos 7 Dual 7270 SoC for Wearables

Samsung has just announced mass production of their first wearable SoC that is built upon the company's 14nm FinFET process technology. The company has been expanding their 14nm technology since it was introduced back in 2015, and now they are bringing it to all sorts of wearables. This also marks the first in its class to offer full...

Team M.A.D. Brings Android 6.0.1 and Full GPL Kernel for Jiayu-Mediatek Devices

Well, this is one of those rare occasions then, as a couple of MediaTek devices have received their GPL-mandated kernel code release. These devices are from the Jiayu S3 family: the Jiayu S3 (MT6752) and the Jiayu S3 Plus (MT6753). If this is the first time you've heard of the company, you wouldn't be alone...

Robert Hallock: GPUOpen is AMD’s Long-Term Open Source Strategy

Last week AMD completed a major step in its initiative to open things up to the public under GPUOpen -- a collection of tools for graphics, high performance compute and heterogeneous computing - as open source under the MIT license model. So when a company does something out of the ordinary, especially one with a large indirect influence in...
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