Will reportedly be based on a new power-efficient Haswell part
Ever since Microsoft sent out press invites for a Surface-related event scheduled for May 20, 2014, in New York, the tech media has been busy speculating about the event’s agenda. Many in the tech commentariat expect the long-rumored “Surface Mini” to finally step into the realm of reality to take center stage at the upcoming event. But with the hitherto fabled Microsoft tablet widely rumored to pack an ARM-based SoC from Qualcomm, the question is: What about Intel?
Remember being introduced to Beema and Mullins? You're forgiven if you don't recall -- the introduction came last year during AMD's Developer Summit event. At the time, AMD said it planned on making the mobile parts available before Computex 2014, and holding good to that promise, AMD has officially launched its 2014 low power and mainstream line of APUs formerly known by their codenames Beema and Mullins.
Opteron A1100 chips support up to eight 28nm Cortex A57 cores
AMD began sampling its Opteron A1100 64-bit ARM processors (codenamed “Seattle”) last month, the chipmaker announced during its first quarter financial results conference call Thursday. Hailing it as a key milestone “in our ambidextrous strategy,” AMD CEO Rory Read said that the company planned to begin shipping the chips in the final quarter of 2014.
New SoCs give Intel a greater presence in the mobile sector
The mobile device category is dominated by ARM-based processors, and that's something that doesn't sit well with Intel. The Santa Clara chip maker is used to being on top of the semiconductor world, and in the mobile space, Intel will attempt to wrestle some share away from ARM with its new 64-bit Atom Z3480 processor, otherwise known as Merrifield, which is a quad-core part intended for Android devices.
Nvidia's new 64-bit CPU to be based around Kepler and feature 192 CUDA cores
We had the chance to attend Nvidia’s CES 2014 press conference and the company touched upon a number of topics such as GeForce Experience, G-Sync Monitors, and GameStream, but it was Nvidia’s announcement of its new “super chip” K1 that was the talk of the show.
Rumored x86-based processor will be super tiny and power efficient
Intel showed off what it claims is the smallest system on chip with a new line of Quark chips that are 1/5th the size of Atom SOCs and will use 1/10 the power.
The company didn’t reveal too many details of the new SOC, but said it would be open architecture, offer industry standard software support and be fully synthesizeable. The chip is presumably x86-based but because it is fully synthesizable customers would be able to customize the design with their own intellectual property.
Clover Trail+ represents Intel's push into smartphone and tablet territory.
Intel waited until the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain to formally introduce a new dual-core Atom System-on-Chip (SoC) platform for smartphones and Android tablets. Previously codenamed Clover Trail+, Intel is targeting both performance and mainstream market segments. According to Intel, it's new chip provides double the compute performance and three times the graphics capabilities compared to its Atom Z2460 platform.
The Exynos 5 Octa is the first to implement the ARM big.LITTLE processing technology based on the Cortex A15 CPU.
Today's high-end smartphones are going to seem like little more than slow relics before the year is over. ARM's licensing partners have come out swinging at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including Samsung, which earlier today introduced the Exynos 5 Octa. As the name suggests, it's an 8-core processor and the world's first mobile chip to use ARM's new big.LITTLE technology.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC is supposed to deliver 75 percent faster performance than Snapdragon S4 Pro.
This is going to be a great year for smartphone enthusiasts, if such a category exists. If it doesn't, it just might once Qualcomm's newly unveiled Snapdragon 800 SoC arrives in handsets. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Qualcomm stood on stage and proclaimed the 800 its new flagship Snapdragon chip and the first "super premium" processor for smartphones, tablets, and computers.