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.
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.
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 the rest
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 the rest
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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One of the new features possible with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 processor is set to be demoed next week at CES in Las Vegas. Ultra Sound Notepad technology allows users to write or draw on a piece of paper with a digital pen and have it transfer over to their mobile device. To do this, the device has microphones that pick up ultrasonic vibrations from the pen which translates what has been put on paper to the device’s display. So what would this accomplish? Well, it would eliminate the need to scan paperwork to carry it digitally. And with pressure sensitivity being present, the same quality would carry over digitally for drawings or paintings.
Be sure to stay with Talk Android as we will have more information regarding Qualcomm’s Ultra Sound Notepad technology when it is demoed next week. Hit the break for the video preview. » Read the rest
To get their name into the entry-level device market, Qualcomm will be launching a special processor during the last half of 2014. The Snapdragon 410 is aimed for devices that cost about $150. The processor stands out because it is based on 64-bit architecture, something Qualcomm discredited a few months ago. The Snapdragon 410 supports LTE networks and high quality graphics an impressive price.
LG will be getting into the processor game pretty soon, as rumors are swirling regarding a new processor from the manufacturer called “Odin.”
It was originally thought that LG’s L2 would feature Odin, but instead offered a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.
Now, DigitalTimes is reporting that LG has said that Odin has two versions. One has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and has an ARM Mali-T604 GPU, and the other has eight cores with ARM’s Mali-T760 GPU. The SoCs are currently being tested, but an announcement date is not mentioned.
MediaTek has unveiled their true octa-core mobile processor with the model MTD6592. It features 8 cores that can all run simultaneously, and MediaTek says they work extremely well together to give a great balance between performance and battery life. The CPU is based on 28 nm technology and was designed for a high-end smartphone experience, including gaming and multitasking on flagship phones and tablets. Each of the 8 cores is capable of hitting speeds of up to 2 GHz, so it’s definitely no slouch.
This chipset supports 4k output on phones, a full HD screen, and up to a 16 megapixel camera. That’s pretty standard for most other high-end processors in the market, so MediaTek has made this one as competitive as possible. You can expect the chip to start making its way into phones by the end of this year, although the bulk of devices with the chipset won’t hit the market until 2014.
You may have noticed that smartphone manufacturers seem to be in a race to not only one-up each other, but also to keep pushing the limits of hardware specs. In the field of displays, there is an on-going push to increase the pixels-per-inch (PPI) count on mobile devices. Samsung has been touting 3GB of RAM in their latest devices. When Apple released the latest versions of their smartphones, they triggered a race to include 64-bit processors in top-tier devices. In a story in The Korea Herald, sources indicated that Samsung’s next version of their top of the line smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, will come with a 64-bit processor. That bit of news probably is not a surprise to anyone who has been following the hardware race.
At the same event, ARM’s executive vice president of commercial and global development, Antonio Viana, predicted that 128-bit processors were probably on the horizon and could be hitting the market within a couple years. Viana thinks that technologies like facial recognition will push device manufacturers to incorporate ever more powerful hardware to meet the computing requirements.
Do you see a 128-bit processor in your future or do you think 64-bit will be plenty?