HTC Partners With ST-Ericsson To Create Mobile Processors

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

Broadcom Introduces New Chips To The Already Crowded SoC Playground


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

Samsung Rumored To Bring 2GHz Exynos-Powered Galaxy Tab To MWC

We know Samsung is pushing its Exynos line of processors in its devices. That’s a given. However, we all know Sammy has yet to really push the boundaries of its impressive chip. It’s exactly why the brand is hard at work on its Exynos 5250 series of chips. According to Phandroid, Sammy is looking to take the ARM Cortex-A15-based processor and push it into 2GHz territory. You read that correctly folks, it is looking to have its chips at a whopping 2GHz. Moreover, rumor has it that while the chip will be insanely fast, it will suck less power than that the earlier chipsets. As it stands, the chips are currently in testing right now and we can expect to see them in devices by Q2 of this year.

Naturally you can’t have a chip in the works without a device made for it. That’s why Sammy is also rumored to be developing a special Galaxy Tab that will take full advantage of the Exynos 5250 series of chips. The tablet can support a resolution of up to 2560×1600, all in a WXQGA display of greater than 10-inches of course. Further details are scarce at the moment, but we expect to see something demoed or previewed at the upcoming MWC.

[via Android and Me by Phandroid]

Android will support Intel technology starting next year, Andy Rubin shows off Medfield-based Gingerbread handset [Video]

Google Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin, showed up at the Intel Developer Forum for a big announcement. Moving forward Intel and Google will work together by enabling and optimizing Android for Intel’s family of low power Atom processors.

“By optimizing the Android platform for Intel architecture, we bring a powerful new capability to market that will accelerate more industry adoption and choice, and bring exciting new products to market that harness the combined potential of Intel technology and the Android platform,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.“Together we are accelerating Intel architecture and bringing new levels of innovation to a maturing Android platform.”

“Combining Android with Intel’s low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice,” said Andy Rubin. “This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward.”

They even showed off a Gingerbread phone powered by Intel’s Atom based Medfield SoC. Medfield powered phones are slated for early 2012, and tablets should be soon after.

Video and full press release after the break.

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Samsung bringing 2GHz dual-core processors in 2012


We thought 2011 was going to be an awesome year for smartphones and tablets, but after hearing this news, it looks like 2012 can’t get here fast enough. Samsung is going to be launching 2GHz dual-core Exynos processors for smartphones next year, making their devices with these powerhouse processors just as fast as most PC sold in stores today.

This news was leaked by a “high-ranking” Samsung executive here. Also, Samsung may be pulling a NVIDIA, and selling the 2GHz Exynos dual-cores to any manufacturer that wants them in their hardware too. Smart move.

[via samsung hub]

Exynos and Tegra 2 Get Spanked In LG Optimus 3D’s OMAP 4 Benchmark Test

Alright, so I wouldn’t call it a “spanking” per say, but I would definitely call it…unexpected, sort of.  We all know that the OMAP 4430, housed in the LG Optimus 3D, boasts some pretty hefty dual-core action.  And when put to the test by AnandTech, along side Nvidia’s Tegra 2 and Samsung’s Exynos 4210, we can see it slightly shining through and coming out on top in the browser and graphical benchmark department.    Dual-core CPU’s are becoming quite the norm around these parts as the competition is expanding rapidly.  As I always say, choice is good and you can never have too much of it, I think.  Im looking forward to the day when a device is released with nothing less than dual-core CPU’s and performance is taken to a whole new level as a result.  A good CPU combined with a great GPU, a big screen, HDMI out yada yada yada, and it’s bon voyage for my PC.  How about you?  Do you favor one of these dual-core processors over another?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

[via engadget]

Qualcomm building 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon mobile processors


Qualcomm has announced that by 2012, we should start seeing quad-core mobile chips in many mobile devices. This comes just days after we all started seeing dual-core tablets and smartphones becoming much more common at MWC, we just can’t be satisfied with dual-core and 4G. No sir, we need quad-core chips on 8G wireless networks at Lucas like lightspeeds!

Seriously though, these APQ8064 quad-core chips will bring 150% increase in performance over ARM-based chips, and a 65% decrease in power consumption, which is what any mobile device is really after when you get right down to it. Other new chipsets will include the single-core MSM8930 and the dual-core MSM8960. The MSM8930 will best be used for smaller devices with LTE modem chip, while the bigger brother dual-core MSM8960 is designed with smartphones and tablets with multi-tasking priority for power.

[via MobileAttack, PRNewswire]

NVIDIA working on Quad-Core Processors for Mobile Devices.


It’s no surprise to anyone who has owned a desktop computer that as soon as you think you have the latest greatest technology money can buy, they double the power, and suddenly you’re $3000 gaming computer is a has been. iSad…

NVIDIA aims to make us drool again just days after Tegra 2 dual-core Processors made their way to our sweaty hands. They’re working on quad-core for mobile devices already. This was stated in a whitepaper regarding mobile multi-core processors. Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, had this to say;

Every single year, there will be a new Tegra…Dual-core processors will be the standard in 2011, and quad-core is coming in the near future.

Fast pace, as always to be expected from tech manufacturers.

[via NVIDIA]