British-based chip designer ARM posted a pre-tax profit of roughly $125.9 million, up 16% in the fourth quarter.
The popular ARM Cortex series of processors can be found in the vast majority of mobile devices and tablets out there, which explains the higher than expected quarterly profit. Read more »
Following the rather modest success of the Tegra platform in the smartphone and tablet segment, it seems NVIDIA is now gunning for a bigger share of the pie, so far dominated by the likes of Qualcomm and Mediatek.
According to Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-review.com, NVIDIA is planning on manufacturing smartphones and tablets of its own and will be selling them to companies to be rebranded and sold under their brand. Read more »
Sony has posted a video of three guys assembling a Cyber-shot RX1 point and shoot, Handycam camcorder and the Xperia Z flagship smartphone in about 5 minutes time.
The video isn’t in fast-motion and looks to be completely credible. If you always wondered how hard it is to put those devices together, just take a comfortable place and enjoy the show. Read more »
It seems that someone with access to a Dalmore Tegra 4 evaluation board decided to see how it does on the GLBenchmark GPU benchmark for Android.
The results, if they turn out to be legitimate, show Nvidia’s latest mobile SoC offering as capable of some promising graphics performance, but ultimately falls short of taking the top spot away from Apple’s A6X chip. Read more »
We have been hearing rumors of these for a while now but Samsung has finally come clean with their YOUM flexible OLED displays at CES this year.
Although no actual product using these displays have been announced so far, Samsung did showcase three applications of it. Read more »
AMD used the press day before the start of CES to announce its latest Radeon 8000 series of desktop and mobile graphics.
Based on AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture, all cards are built using the 28nm manufacturing process and come with support for Direct X 11.1 graphics. Read more »
Kingston is readying a 1 TB USB flash drive that’s no bigger than your thumb.
The DataTraveler HyperX Predator uses USB 3.0 tech and will do 240 MB/s read and 160 MB/s write speeds when it goes on sale later this quarter. Read more »
Corning’s Gorilla Glass has become synonymous with scratch-resistance for mobile devices (both phones and tablets), so we’re excited to see the third iteration of the product. Corning will showcase it at CES and its president will give a talk about the future of specialized glass for the video and gaming industry.
Gorilla Glass 3 promises a 3x increase in scratch resistance and fewer visible scratches. Read more »
“Stay tuned for LG’s moment to shine” is what LG has to say about its soon to come appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in a week.
LG released a short trailer, hinting at what’s to come without saying (or showing) much of it. LG’s conference at CES tips off January 7. Read more »
California-based camera sensor maker Aptina announced a couple of 8MP sensors that promise high-quality, high-speed video recording. The smartphone-bound AR0835 sensor does oversampling (a technique used by the Nokia 808 PureView) to provide what the company claims is broadcast quality video capture.
And it can do it at 60 frames per second, if you’re shooting 1080p video, and 120fps for 720p. Read more »
Last summer, Samsung announced it would be looking to expand its semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas.
Talks with local authorities have since wrapped up, giving Samsung the green light to go forward with the expansion. Read more »
According to DigiTime’s often reliable undisclosed Taiwan supply chain sources Nokia could be close to release a 10″ slate running on Qualcomm hardware and Windows RT software.
Nokia allegedly has had talks with chip-maker Qualcomm and manufacturer Compal Electronics to start production of the said tablet and could announce it in late February at the Mobile World Congress. Read more »
MediaTek, a Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor company, has announced what they call the world’s first quad-core SoC – MT6589 – based on ARM’s new Cortex A7 CPU. Although Qualcomm was actually the first to do this, MediaTek’s chip will be the first to be commercially available in handsets, starting Q1, 2013.
The MT6589 uses four Cortex A7 cores based on 28nm process, which ARM says is their most power efficient processor yet. It combines them with a PowerVR Series5XT GPU and MediaTek’s multi-mode UMTS Rel. 8/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem. Read more »
Chinese mobile chip manufacturer Allwinner has announced two new chips – the quad-core A31 and the dual-core A20. The chips are designed to be the heart of upcoming tablets, media PCs and set top boxes.
Both chips are using ARM Cortex-A7 processors and feature a significant boost in performance and graphics muscle, compared to the Cortex-A8 that powered the company’s current bestseller chip – the Allwinner A10. Read more »
The latest offering from Acer features a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, and pushes out an 4.3 inch HD display on Adreno 225 graphics.
It’s seems that this is quite a lot to ask from a 1460 mAh battery, but let’s if it’s up to the task. Read more »