Google IO 2016 Coverage

Xiaomi to take a shot at processor market with Rifle chip

According to sources in Korea, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi plans to reveal a new initiative to start producing their own mobile device processor chips. A component partner of Xiaomi indicates the processor is named “Rifle” and will be revealed at a company event scheduled to take place in May, likely the launch of the Xiaomi Max and Mi Band 2 on May 10th. The development of an in-house chip by Xiaomi is consistent with a rumor we first heard in late 2015. With the initial launch of a Rifle processor, Xiaomi is believed to be focusing on the budget phone market, so don’t expect to see a Xiaomi chip in any flagship devices any time soon. Read more

Google adds new Sensor Hub chip to Nexus devices


During the announcement of the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P that took place earlier today, Google shared a new technology they have added to their new smartphones. Called the Sensor Hub, this is a new low-power chip added to the devices in order to handle some secondary processing and help preserve battery life by keeping the main processor idle. The Sensor Hub chip connects to the various sensors included in the devices and monitors them for input. An example might be when you start running with the phone in your pocket or detecting when a user picks the phone up from off of a table. In the latter case, the device could go ahead and display notifications. Read more

MediaTek announces new processor for Android Wear smartwatches

mediatek_logo_orangeMediaTek has announced a new mobile processor specifically for Google’s Android Wear lineup. The MT206 SoC was designed so manufacturers could use an efficient, small, and affordable processor in their wearable devices.

The MT206 includes a 1.2 GHz dual-core A7 processor, a Mali-400 GPU, and supports up to qHD screen resolutions. It also connects with most of the standard connectivity options you’re used to, including Bluetooth and wireless networks. The biggest selling point for manufacturers with the MT206 is the small size of the SoC. It has 41.5% few components and less power draw than other chips, so it’s cheaper and more efficient to use, especially since it’s designed specifically for Android Wear. Read more

MediaTek’s new high-end octa-core processor allows for super slow motion playback


MediaTek’s MT6795 processor, which will be available by the end of the year, is a ‘true’ octa-core solution with LTE and 2K (1600 x 2500 pixel resolution) display support.

It’s a 64-bit chip, which is a break from MediaTek’s usual target market — the company has focused on mid-range devices in the past, and this chip is certainly catered to the higher end phones. It runs at up to 2.2 GHz and has dual-channel LPDDR3 memory up to 933 MHz.

The chip will let you play back 480 FPS 1080p full HD videos at 1/16 the original speed, at 30 FPS. You’ll also be able to record and playback 4K Ultra HD videos while using less power.

The high-end chips’s launch  comes alongside the MT6752 for mid-range phones and the MT67932 for entry-level phones. Hit the break for the full press release from MediaTek and a video of the chip in action.

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LG finally ends rumors and confirms its own mobile processor is in the works


It has been rumored for months now that LG is planning on producing its very own mobile processing chip dubbed as “Odin.” Today LG has finally came forth to end those rumors and confirmed that those reports are indeed true and that they are working with TSMC to make it happen. The SoC will feature LG’s very own ARM-based design with rumors having it at four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.7GHz with the GPU being a PowerVR Series 6.

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ARM’s Cortex-A17 processor will make midrange smartphones and tablets much faster


Mid-range smartphones and tablets have been just that- midrange – due to their hardware bringing them down as a sacrifice for a lower price. ARM’s Cortex-A17 processor looks to change that. The 28nm A17 comes with big.LITTLE (the same architecture used in Samsung’s latest octa-core Exynos chips) support, and promises a 60 percent boost in performance over the previous Cortex-A9. It’s also paired with a Mali-T720 GPU, which offers OpenGL ES 3.0 support and has plenty of optimizations for low-end Android devices.

The Cortex-A17 is designed for use not only for  mobile devices in the midrange market, but also Smart TVs and Over-the-Top devices. There’s no release date specified just yet, but ARM says we should expect the A17 in 2015. Check out the official press release from ARM after the break.

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Samsung to expand processor market share by shipping more Exynos tablets in 2014


It’s no secret that Samsung takes pride in its in-house Exynos ARM processors, but outside of Samsung’s own devices, the Exynos division hasn’t seen much market growth. In fact, last year Exynos chips saw pretty slow growth, mostly due to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPUs being the de facto standard in Android devices, including many of Samsung’s own models.

However, last month Samsung’s Exynos processors saw a 10% sales increase compared to last year, which is likely because many of Samsung’s newer phone models this year will debut with Exynos processors over Snapdragon processors, including the Galaxy Note Neo. On top of that, Samsung is reportedly working on several new tablets that will also use Exynos processors, which is something we’ve seen in the Note Pro line of tablets. The LTE models use Qualcomm processors, but all of the other tablets in the family exclusively use Samsung’s own CPUs. Further down the line, Samsung of course has a 64-bit version of their Exynos chip planned. Read more