There is certainly no love lost between Apple and Samsung after years of contentious courtroom battles. In a sign of how severe the dislike between the companies was, at one point Apple decided to seek other manufacturers of processor chips for their mobile devices instead of continuing with one of the biggest suppliers on the block, Samsung. Despite that enmity, which has been cooling recently, business is business. In this case, Apple is trying to get a smartwatch out to market and that means they need chips for the devices. A new report indicates Apple has decided to utilize Samsung as the supplier for their forthcoming wearable.
At the Google I/O keynote this week, Google announced that it would be working on a new initiative, called Android One, which would aid OEMs in the development of low-cost smartphones geared towards users in emerging markets.
Google has decided to work with MediaTek on this initiative, which will most likely be manufacturing the chips for the devices.
Coining its own phrase wasn’t the only thing Samsung did during yesterday’s Analyst Day event. Samsung also announced that they would be developing their own 64-bit processor for mobile devices. The chip will be based on one from ARM and then Samsung will make any modifications they please, according to Samsung’s Stephen Woo. He explains that “we will offer the first 64-bit [processor] based on ARM’s own core. After that, we will offer an even more optimized 64-bit [processor] based on our own optimizations.” Samsung is nearing a DIY approach with their future.
Stephen Woo acknowledges that consumers questioned the need for a 64-bit processor, but now they are asking “when can we have that?” Samsung is likely rushing to 64-bit processors because of their competition, particularly Apple. Apple’s iPhone 5s has 64-bit; however, it has largely been unseen as how it will be put to the test. For devices with 4GB of RAM or more, devices are going to need 64-bit processors because the current 32-bit ones can not handle any more memory such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3‘s 3GB of RAM.
While we know Samsung is going to utilize all eight cores of its Exynos 5 Octa processor very soon, the company is struggling to maintain its position in the processor market. According to analysts, Samsung held 9.4% of the market in Q1 of this year and that number dropped to 5.3% in Q3. The problems plaguing the current Exynos is the lack of LTE-A support and, unlike the Snapdragon S800 processor, it can not support shooting 4k videos. Perhaps with the Galaxy S 5, Samsung will be able to ascend back up the AP market with its purported 64-bit architecture.
Source: Daum (Korean)
Via: G 4 Games
While NFC may not be catching on as quickly as the mobile industry had hoped, Qualcomm isn’t letting that slow their role. The San Diego-based semiconductor manufacturer announced the redesigned QCA1990 NFC chip today in partnership with subsidiary Atheros.
Offering significantly improved battery life and a 50% size reduction, Qualcomm is touting its chip as the most efficient NFC processor yet. Moreover, the chip is compatible with the company’s latest Snapdragon SoCs, meaning we could see it integrated into handsets as early as Q3 2013. For the full run-down, you can read the company’s official PR after the break.
Considering Samsung continues to churn out powerhouse after powerhouse, it’s fairly conceivable that it has its sights on developing even better and more powerful processors for future devices, right? It sure seems to be the case as Sammy is rumored to be developing an even faster version of its quad-core Exynos processor line. According to the gang at SamMobile, Sammy is currently developing a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor dubbed the Exynos 5440— which is based off ARM’s new Cortex A15 technology. The processor has a reference board identified as “SSDK5440″ and should be head and shoulders above the Exynos 5250 processor— which is also Cortex-A15-based, but “only” a dual-core processor. Indeed it looks like the latest information seems to line up with earlier rumors involving Sammy’s “next big thing”.
Unfortunately there are no additional details like what the processor speed will be or what GPU will compliment the processor, but the thought of an even faster processor sure will many mouths salivating. We’ll be sure to provide additional details as we get them.
As many of you know, Samsung supplies several important pieces to some of Apple’s devices, including the processors. Recently, Samsung decided to ask 20% more for the cost of those processors. According to sources, Apple disapproved at first, but they could not find another source for the chips and had to accept the price increase. The report also listed the number of processors that Apple has bought from Samsung, a staggering amount of 130 million chips last year and more than 200 million this year. That price increase is going to sting a little with those numbers.
Now this could just be a purely business move, reflecting changes in the supply and demand chain between Apple and Samsung. And it’s definitely a lucrative move for Samsung, because Apple has no choice but to buy the chips from Samsung, at least until 2014 when Samsung’s contract to sell processors to Apple ends. But hopefully I’m not too crazy in thinking that Apple’s constant litigation against Samsung might have played a small part in Samsung’s price hike.
I think we’re all well aware of the advancements and power of the latest microprocessors in devices these days. My realization came when Tegra 3- based games starting to roll out looking very much like the console games I’ve been playing for years, not to mention the Android-powered satellites and the in flight entertainment system on Boeing’s new super-jet, the 787. It’s almost unbelievable what these tiny processor are capable of.
Given the power and potential of the tiny processors, today AMD announced that it’ll begin development of chips based on the designs of ARM chips, similar to the ones used in mobile devices. Since these chips consume less power, AMD says the new chips will be very efficient and offer a way for customers to cut the costs of running a data center by reducing power consumption and cooling needs. So, you can see the draw of the tiny processors given the huge cost-savings they’ll be capable of in data centers.
Once a power player in the technology industry, this new move couldn’t come at a better time with AMD’s struggling sales and margins. This move would immediately provide a new competitive advantage over their rival Intel since Intel doesn’t currently sell microprocessors based on ARM designs. You’ve got to think that this move will provide a boost in sales, if successful, while also reducing shipping costs thus adding even more to the bottom line. AMD aims to have the chips available by 2014.
source: The Wall Street Journal
HTC is looking to jump in on the chipmaking party by partnering with ST-Ericsson. According to the China Times, HTC:
“Will develop a dedicated application processor that will be incorporated into its low-end smartphones when production starts next year”.
There seems to be a few suggestions for why HTC is moving towards its own development of chips and processors. For starters, Apple and Samsung each have their own powerful line of processors with their A4/A5/A5X and Exynos chips which offer great performance and enhancements, while keeping the development in-house. HTC will likely look to follow the success of both manufacturers and create a top-quality chip for its own devices. In addtion, HTC will likely want to reduce its association with both Qualcomm and NVIDIA. An example is HTC’s own flagship One X smartphone which features the Tegra 3 in unlocked and European versions, but the Snapdragon S4 in the 4G LTE versions. Having its own in-house processor will avoid any compatibility problems currently plaguing the One X (i.e. not being able to have an integrated LTE modem on the Tegra 3 chip).
HTC is a reputable brand and is generally well-regarded when it comes to the development of the hardware in its devices, but you gotta admit— it is moving into unknown territory and you have to think that it may be getting ahead of itself. Hopefully the first line of chips will offer premium performance as the Exynos and A4/A5/A5X line of processors do.
source: The Next Web
Smartphones processors are evolving at a rapid pace. Whether you look to your right, left or everywhere in between– you’ll see various chips sporting impressive features while trying to distinguish themselves from one another. Veteran chipset maker Broadcom is now squeezing its way onto the chipset playground by introducing several attractive chips which will be Ice Cream Sandwich-based. The first is the BCM21654G chip which is made for mid-end smartphones and features a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, integrated HSPA modem and VGA video support. Following the 21654G are the BCM28145 and 28155 chips. Each will feature dual-core processors that can go as high as 1.3GHz, have integrated HSPA+ modems, feature support for HD (720 and 1080p) video and have an Image Signal Processor chip that will support up to a 42MP camera. Moreover, both chips will feature a “third processing core” called VideoCore. VideoCore will tackle on the load when playing HD video, freeing up the processor’s resources and helping it to run as efficiently as possible.
Broadcom isn’t stopping there either. They are also featuring BCM4334 combo chip which allows for simultaneous Internet connectivity, support for WiFi Direct and WiFi Display, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Moreover, you’ll be able to find a low-power NFC chip built-in, which can be used for payments, sharing tunes or whatever else you can think of with the technology. Finally, there is of course dual-SIM capabilities that should be noted.
So many choices, which one do we choose? Dilemmas, dilemmas— I tell ya! What chip interests you most? Let us know in the Comments section below or up in our Forums.
source: Android Authority