chips Stories January 27, 2016

Google and chipmaker Movidius have announced a partnership to bring low-power computer vision to mobile devices. The chip maker has worked with Google in the past and is responsible for powering Project Tango devices.

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chips Stories January 26, 2016

Sony will be acquiring an Israeli chip maker called Altair Semiconductor for $212 million, the handset maker announced in an official press release this week. Altair Semiconductor is known for its advancements with LTE (Long Term Evolution) modems. They’ve been working on making LTE chips that are faster, with lower power consumption, all while at a lower cost. This possibly means that Sony can deploy LTE technology to markets that may not have it as of yet. The acquisition is slated to be all wrapped up early by February 2016, just a few weeks away.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

chips Stories January 13, 2016

Samsung announced today that they will be manufacturing Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip. In particular, the Korean company cites how the Snapdragon chips will take advantage of a new 14-nanometer process and that it will be available on devices being released during the first half of the year.

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chips Stories December 29, 2015

Samsung’s new ‘Bio-Processor’ is an all-in-one chip for health wearables

Samsung makes a lot of technology on the consumer side, but it also has a semiconductor division that makes chips comparable to Qualcomm. Their new Bio-Processor is meant for health wearables and can compute numerous health data and “bio-signals” without the need for any other chips.

chips Stories November 24, 2014

Following its ritual teardown of the Google’s new HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet earlier this month, today our friends over at iFixit have torn apart Google’s new Nexus 6 smartphone made by Motorola. While the Nexus 6 scores a decent repairability score— 7 out of 10, which is on par w/ the new iPhone 6 Plus— it does have some shortcomings that you’ll want to be aware of before cracking into your phone for repairs. expand full story

chips Stories April 26, 2013

The guys and gals over at iFixit are once again performing their usual teardown ritual and this time they have gotten their hands on the just released Samsung Galaxy S4. It probably won’t be the most exciting teardown you’ve ever read, as the internal design of the device, like the outer design, hasn’t changed much since the Galaxy S3. The good news is that the S4 gets a higher 8 out of 10 score for repairability.

• Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T 1.9 GHz Quad-Core CPU • Qualcomm MDM9215M 4G GSM/UMTS/LTE modem • Qualcomm PM8917 power management • Samsung K3QF2F200E 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM • Qualcomm WCD9310 audio codec • Skyworks 77619 Power Amplifier Module for Quad-Band GSM / EDGE • Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip (same part found in the Nexus 4) • Broadcom 20794S1A standalone NFC chip • Maxim MAX77803 microcontroller • Silicon Image 8240BO MHL 2.0 transmitter • Qualcomm PM8821 Power Management

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