Since its introduction in 2012, Google’s reference Nexus tablet grew in (screen) size and features. 2012-2013 saw 7″ and 10″ models, Nexus 9 debuted in late 2014 and now, we are seeing Google reserving the ‘Nexus’ brand for smartphones only. The new reference tablet from Google is named Pixel C; a 10.2 inch, high-resolution (308 pixels-per-inch) tablet runs the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. Just like Microsoft and Apple before, Pixel C comes in a tablet + keyboard layout, which is the new industry standard for ‘productivity tablets’. This combination should makes typing and daily work easier, faster and more task oriented, but also enhance the
According to a rumor, Apple’s next processor should bear the name ‘A10’ and it may come with as much as six-cores. It would be manufactured using a 14 nanometer production process and it would be produced by either Samsung in Texas or TMSC in Taiwan. Original rumor mentioned 10nm process node, but that just goes to show that original source should be taken with a kilogram of sea salt on its tail. These two companies would be competing for orders, the Weibo source said. We can get behind the naming, but the rest seems a bit off as Apple is not a company known for doing major internal hardware changes.
When it was originally introduced, the 8″ SHIELD tablet represented the highest performing tablet on the market, packing Tegra K1 SoC with 192 Kepler cores, world’s first tablet with desktop-like GPU. We were quite impressed with the performance Tegra achieved by using stock Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, as well as overall built quality. The only negative was that the screen resolution wasn’t the greatest on an 8″ tablet, and it would heat up during gameplay – but not more than for example, Nexus 9 tablet (also powered by the same processor), or Texas Instruments powered Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9″. However, it looks like the tables have turned on
Get ready for 10-core CPUs.
MediaTek is about to launch an SoC with a ten-core CPU.
The next octa-core 64-bit MediaTek SoC may feature AMD’s graphics technology.
Intel’s Atom x3, Atom x5 and Atom x7 target mobile devices for the next billion smartphone users.
Qualcomm is increasing its focus in the entry-level and mid-tier segments by going with octa-core Snapdragon SoCs.
Samsung’s Exynos 7 is the first mobile SoC to be built on the 14nm manufacturing process.
MediaTek’s MT2601 will drive the next generation of Android Wear-based wearables.
MediaTek also secures a collaboration with Google for an Ultra HD TV platform powered by Android TV.
With the Tegra X1, it looks like Nvidia has finally managed to offer a chipset that delivers incredible performance combined with great energy efficiency.
Looks like we’ll have to wait a while for the first batch of Snapdragon 810 enabled devices to be available next year.
Intel’s Robert Swinnen will be responsible for the vendor’s growth in Asia-Pacific and Japan.
On Thursday (LON: ARM) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TPE: 2330) announced a plan to deliver ARM-based processors on TSMC 10FinFET process node. The two companies said that their roadmap would place the release of the 10nm chips in the fourth quarter of 2015. In the announcing press release, the companies said that the success of the transition from 20nm to 16FinFET influenced their decision to work together again on the deal. As announced at Computex in June, ARM is building a research and innovation center in Hsinchu, Taiwan home to the headquarters of TSMC and MediaTek. “ARM and TSMC are industry leaders in our