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

Hands On With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Pen


As if your life wasn’t digital enough with tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, digital credit cards, pedometers, car starters etc, Qualcomm wants to corner another small market in the industry, which of late, appears to be Samsung’s turf. At CES 2014 the company has put  on display their new Snapdragon Digital Pen for those not wanting to give up their pad and paper. We first saw this a few days ago however, our own Editor in Chief Rob Nazarian was on site to get a hands-on demo personally from Qualcomm. It’s easy writing on paper but what’s difficult is organizing those notes and then finding them later once you’re done.

Now you can have your cake and eat it. The pen uses high frequency ultrasound waves using at least five built in speakers as part of the new Snapdragon 805 CPU. With it, you can write on any flat surface such as a pad or notebook and all will be instantly transcribed on the tablet for safe keeping. In addition, Qualcomm also hinted at the fact they’re working on a second prototype that’s a little smaller and could be integrated with future devices. As of now, the device will be sold separately. Check out the hands on video below and don’t forget to head here for the rest of our CES 2014 coverage.    Read more

NVIDIA announces Tegra K1, first 192-core processor


The first major press conference of CES 2014 took place tonight. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the Tegra K1 processor. The most interesting thing about this new processor is that it has 192 cores in a single processor. Yes, you read that right. Due to its astounding amount of cores, NVIDIA is calling it a “Super Chip” since it will be making appearances in future Android-powered cars and gaming consoles.

The Keplar technology in its backbone allows the processor to provide a tailored experience for many different uses. There will be two versions of the Tegra K1 — Quad A15 CPUs with 32-bit architecture and Dual Denver CPUs with 64-bit architecture at the helm. No word yet on which devices will pack it but the press release does give an estimated arrival. The 32-bit version will arrive in the first half of 2014 and 64-bit is coming in the second half.

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