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We knew it was coming and now it's official. Qualcomm has publicly detailed the specifics of their latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 835. It will allow smartphone manufacturers to utilize better technology and equipments in the mobile phones of 2017 in terms of photography, machine learning and displays.



The CPU in the 835 chip is an octa-core, semi-custom Kryo 280 CPU core design with possible ARM Cortex-A73 cores powering it. The Kryo 280 system is divided into four cores with 1.9GHz clock speed for efficiency and four cores with 2.45GHz clock speed for performance. Take a look at the image below to understand some of the differences between the SD 835, the SD 821 and the SD 820.



Apart from providing a boost of about 20% over the SD 820, the SD 835 will also allow for much better battery efficiency. Qualcomm expects that around 80% of all the tasks usually performed by a smartphone will be handled by the comparatively low-powered CPU cores, thereby providing an additional two and a half hour of battery life, as compared to the SD 820. Let's not forget that all of this has a lot to do with Samsung's 10nm FinFET process, on which the new chips are being built.




The Adreno 540 GPU is similar to the Adreno 530 in architecture, but the faster trilinear filtering and GPGPU compute will lead to a 25% performance boost over the older GPU. In terms of display, it can support 10-bit color at 4K resolution with a constant 60fps frame rate. The Adreno 540 GPU can now handle 107.4 million colors (previously 16.8 million) as well. In summary, we would say that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is the most powerful and revolutionary mobile chip yet. If you are interested in more technical details, check it out here.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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We already reported before that Samsung Mobile has already began mass production of a 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory chips on the market and consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts) too. These chips will be available by Late 2015.

 

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Today, some reports comes from South Korea confirms that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 phablet will pack the same 4GB LPDDR4 RAM chip we mentioned above, which brings the phablets performance to a whole new look.

 

Also confirmed is the fact that the Note 5 will use Samsung's own Exynos 7422 chipset, the company's first to be a true single-chip solution. This means one package will incorporate the octa-core CPU, the GPU, the RAM, the storage, as well as the Shannon 333 LTE modem.

 

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Recent reports by the popular market research firm Gartner reveals that the total worth of business conducted by Samsung and Apple in the semiconductor industry is about $59 billion, which constitutes 17.7% of the entire semiconductor business in the world. While the numbers are astounding, the rankings weren't really a surprise as it has been the same for the last five years. The deductions and estimations that were made from the reports were however, more interesting.


Total revenue brought in from the chip business suffered a decline of 1% in 2015 when compared to 2014. Samsung's own chip demands declined by 3.6% last year. Apple on the other hand, saw its semiconductor needs rise by 7.1% in 2015, which added an extra $800 million to last year's tally.


In spite of the fact that the semiconductor business as a whole isn't doing too well, Samsung will have its work cut out because it has now become the supplier of high-end chips for both Qualcomm and Apple; two of the biggest names in the silicon business. Nonetheless, as far as the title of the world's leading chip consumer is concerned, it looks like Apple is going to take it by the end of 2016.


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Reuters reports that Samsung is planning to invest the gargantuan $14.7 billion in a new chip-making factory over the next three years. That's the biggest investment the company has ever made into a single plant.

 

According to Samsung's plans, the plant is going to be built in Pyeongtaek, which is 75 km south of Seoul and create 150,000 jobs. Interestingly, the company hasn't made a final decision yet on whether the factory will create processors or memory chips.

 

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But with Samsung estimating the new factory is going to be finished by the second half of 2017, there's a lot of time to make this decision. Rumors suggests Samsung is going to be making the upcoming Apple A9 chip, which will go into the company's future phones and tablets.

 

 

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Exynos 7 Octa 64

 

Samsung announced its first 64-bit Chip, the Exynos 7 Octa. It will be the first chip to fully supports Android 5.0 Lollipop which is also the first 64-bit Android OS.

 

With the Exynos 7 Octa, the company is going to have a much better time with customers differentiating the more powerful Galaxy Note 4 from the Galaxy Alpha, which also packs an Exynos 5 Octa (5430). However, it's a much less powerful one with a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU.

 

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The Exynos 7 Octa features a octa-core cpu consisting of four Cortex-A57 and for Cortex-A53 cores made using Samsung's 20nm manufacturing process. This results in a 57% boost performance over the previous generation Exynos 5 Octa chipset and thanks to the new manufacturing process, draws less power, too.

 

 

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Most average consumers have no idea about what companies do to make them spend more money and deactivating the FM chip in the US and many other nations was one of the dirtiest of those tricks that never got the attention that it deserved. Fortunately, that is about to change now as the FCC Chairman Ajit Pal and sections of the government have taken it up with the manufacturers.


 In light of the recent natural disasters that ravaged many sections of the United States, the FM radio has been identified as a necessary public safety measure to get emergency information across to everyone when cellphone towers and net connections are not reliable options for that. Samsung will now join LG, Motorola, and Alcatel in activating FM chips in compatible smartphones. If you are wondering why they were deactivated in the first place, it was quite simply a move to help carriers make more money by making the user spend expensive data to listen to online radio, instead of listening to FM stations for free.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Apple A8

 

Samsung is planning to start producing chips using its 14nm manufacturing process at the end of the year. It seems the company has managed to secure a deal with Apple and it anticipates a notable sales boost once it begins to deliver on it. Samsung also made the A8 chips apple used on the iPhone 6.

 

Kim Ki-nam, President of Samsung's semiconductor business told reporters at the company's HQ in Seoul that profits "will improve positively" once the deal goes through. Apple isn't the only Samsung 14nm chip client, however, with Qualcomm and AMD also signing to use the company's 14nm manufacturing process around the end of the year.

 

Mr. Kim didn't specify when Samsung will start mass production of the chips for Apple and the rest of its clients. Currently, Samsung is responsible for around 30% of the Apple A8 chips, while TSMC is making 70%, according to sources familiar with the matter.

 

 

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The iPhone SE has just been announced, confirming what rumors had been saying for months. The good news is, the rumors were spot on and Apple is indeed blessing its latest smartphone iteration with the mighty A9 chip. The 64-bit A9 chip is a combination of the dual core Twister processor clocked at 1.85 GHz and the PowerVR GT7600 hexa-core GPU. In case you did not know already, this is the same chip that powers the iPhone 6s.


The iPhone SE looks very similar to the iPhone 5 and 5s, while sporting a resolution of 1136x640 pixels on its 4-inch display. The 326 ppi is not very impressive but on a 4-inch display, it should be enough. Apple seems to have gone to great lengths to ensure that the SE remains as similar to the 6s as possible in terms of features. They have fitted the same 12-megapixel iSight camera on the SE that is being used by the 6s and the 1.2-megapixel front camera actually has a retina flash to assist the user while taking selfies in particularly dim lighting conditions. If you are wondering what the retina flash actually is, then let us inform you that it's when the display itself acts like a LED flash by becoming three times brighter than its maximum allowed brightness.


The in-built fingerprint scanner within the Home button now supports Apple Pay and Touch ID, but there is no 3D Touch and unfortunately, you will feel the difference if you are already used to it on the 6s. This is a mid-range device and Apple has kept the pricing somewhat affordable at $399 and $499 for the 16GB version and the 64GB version respectively. If you want one, get ready to pre-order it on March 24. You can also wait a week and buy one from the stores on March 31, when it officially goes on sale. There will be four color variants for customers to choose from; Rose Gold, Gold, Silver and Space Grey. Depending on where you live, you can also buy the iPhone SE with a monthly instalment scheme or get into a contract with one of the network providers.


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Apple watch


Apple Watch was announced last year and should be released to markets this year, the shiny new Apple Watch is the first wearable device from the Cupertino company. The device will be powered by Apple S1 SiP (system-in-package), which is a smaller-sized variation of the SoCs (system-on-chip) that grace the insides of nowadays smartphones and tablets.

 

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Who manufcatured the S1 chip that powers Apple's first Watch, its greatest enemy, Samsung. Yes, Apple Watch is Powered by the Samsung-made S1 chip. The Korean giant has also made the A8 chip that's powering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 

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DiGiTimes reports that Samsung has been allegedly employed to provide between 3,000 and 4,000 12-inch silicon wafers for the Apple S1 SiP each month, based on Samsung's 28nm manufacturing process.

 

 

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Apple watch


Apple announced that its first shiny new wearable device "Apple Watch" will be Available next month (April 24th) Starting from $349 up to $17,000. The device will be powered by "Apple S1" SiP (system-in-package), which is a smaller-sized variation of the SoCs (system-on-chip) that grace the insides of nowadays smartphones and tablets.

 

apple watch logo s1

 

Who manufactured the S1 chip that powers Apple's first Watch, its greatest enemy, Samsung. Yes, Apple Watch is Powered by the Samsung-made S1 chip. The Korean giant has also made the A8 chip that's powering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 

s1

 

DiGiTimes reports that Samsung has been allegedly employed to provide between 3,000 and 4,000 12-inch silicon wafers for the Apple S1 SiP each month, based on Samsung's 28nm manufacturing process.

 

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apple watch samsung s1

 

Apple Watch is Now Available for Pre-order in the U.S. and Canada. All three versions Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition in various color, size, and strap combination, are Now Available.

 

The prices range from $349 for the base model, which is the 38mm Apple Watch Sport with the Sport Band and goes all the way to an eye-watering $17,000 for the 38mm 18-Karat Yellow Gold Apple Watch Edition with Bright Red Modern Buckle.

 

Apple watch

 

As we reported before, We would like to remind you that Apple's first Smartwatch is Powered by a Samsung-made SiP (system-in-package) which is called the "S1" chip. DiGiTimes reports that Samsung has been allegedly employed to provide between 3,000 and 4,000 12-inch silicon wafers for the Apple S1 SiP each month, based on Samsung's 28nm manufacturing process.

 

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It has become official news that the latest flagship ARM chips by Qualcomm will be powering a new range of Windows 10 PCs by the end of this year. However, Microsoft themselves may not be the ones to introduce them to the market, as was previously believed.


A new report suggests that Lenovo is also trying to bring forth its own range of SD 835-powered Windows 10 PCs and it may just beat Microsoft to it. However, there is no guarantee either that Microsoft won't be the one to reach the market first with their new series of Surface laptops. From the point of view of the customer though, it's always good to have more options, so we are not exactly complaining!


If you are interested in these upcoming laptops, know that they will be quite affordable as expected. However, the ARM-powered PCs will actually run on a cloud based Windows 10 OS, instead of a local installation like computers powered by Intel or AMD chips.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Nvidia X1

 

According to a new report, NVIDIA is hard at work on the successor of the Shield Android tablet (a.k.a NVIDIA Shield 2). The sequel of the 8-inch gaming slate is rumored to launch bymid-March or earlier.

 

Unsurprisingly, the biggest highlight in the upcoming tablet will be its NVIDIA Tegra X1 chipset with Maxwell GPU. Announced during CES in January, the X1 is the first mobile processor in the world capable of 1 teraflop floating point performance.

 

During the Tegra X1 unveiling, NVIDIA announced that devices with the new silicon will launch in the first half of this year. As always, we will be on the lookout for more info on the upcoming device. Until then, take the above report with a grain of salt.

 

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AnTuTu

 

Details about an Upcoming Nexus Smartphone from Google has been leaked on the AnTuTu benchmark, the device is supposed to be the upcoming Nexus 6, it will be a Motorola-made device codenamed "shamu". According to the leaked list, Motorola shamu will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with a Quad-core Krait 450 processor clocked at 2.65GHz along with 3GB RAM, Adreno 420 GPU.

 

AnTuTu's database has the device under the name Google shamu, which seems to solidify the rumor that this will indeed be the Nexus 6. The device carries a 5.2" QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pixles) display with around 564 ppi for unmatched sharpness.

 

The camera on the back will be a 13MP unit coupled with a 2.1MP one for the front. Finally the Shamu will be adorned with Android L for good measure adding even more fuel to the Nexus fire. We hope that this device is real...

 

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