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Nvidia sees profit growth thanks to Tegra chips

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Nvidia saw its profit double in Q2 2012, thanks to the high demand for Tegra 3 chips. The growth in sales for Nvidia’s mobile chips are compensating for Nvidia’s slow decay into irrelevance in the PC market, as manufacturers are replacing most Nvidia’s GPU’s in laptops with Intel’s integrated graphics chips. However, Nvidia might still be the one to have the one to emerge as winner against Intel with the fast growth of the mobile industry.

ARM announces second generation Mali T600 GPUs, supporting video resolutions of up to 8k

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Although we haven’t even seen the first generation of Mali T600 series GPUs shipping, ARM is already announcing the second generation of T600 GPUs, not only for the Mali T604, but also for the GPU-compute-oriented Mali T658. These second generation GPUs are the Mali T624 (4 cores) and Mali T628 (8 cores) for the graphics-oriented chips, and Mali T678 for the GPU compute oriented product. Why is ARM announcing such a confusing move right now? Because it seems that, while they think GPU compute will be an important part of mobile GPUs in the future, they aren’t sure just how…

UMC and TSMC to move to FinFET at 20nm

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Intel went FinFET (or tri-gate transistors as they call them) at 22nm with Ivy Bridge, and now the #1 foundry, TSMC, and the #2 foundry, UMC, will also go to FinFET for the next gen 20 nm process. However, mass production of 20nm ARM chips will probably not happen until 2014, considering 28nm is barely here in 2012, and it usually takes 2 years for the new process technology to be ready. Apparently, the planar FinFET technology that these foundries intend to use is better suited for mobile SoC’s, like the ones from ARM, and it should bring a performance…

The $99 Vizio Co-Star Google TV box sells out in 12 hours

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The Vizio Co-Star Google TV might be the first Google TV box that’s worth buying. It now has access to the Google Play Store, which should include access to XBMC, support for OnLive gaming, and great specs¬†for the low price of $99. Take all this into account and it’s not hard to imagine why the Vizio Co-Star sold out in just 12 hours from launch. I can’t stress enough how important the $99 price tag is for set-top boxes or mini-consoles like the¬†OUYA, which¬†also uses ARM chips. It’s the sweet spot for pricing such a device, and I wish Google…

Intel is off to a bad start in the mobile market, and might not get to recover

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No matter how hard Intel is trying, things don’t seem to go too well for them in the mobile market. According to sources quoted by Digitimes, the sales of the Intel-based smartphones aren’t going so well, and now two of their main partners, Motorola and Lenovo, are delaying their own Medfield-based tablets (and probably phones as well) at least until November. At that point, we’ll probably be too impressed by the new Android 5.0 Nexus devices, featuring chips like the S4 Pro, Exynos 5250 and even OMAP 5, to care for Medfield phones running Jelly Bean. So things aren’t looking…

ARM beats market expectations with 23% profit surge

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It seems that ARM has beaten again the forecasters’ predictions for Q2 2012, and even better, the British chip designer outperformed the industry as well. While Intel and Qualcomm had to reduce expectations for their results, ARM surprised everyone with a 23% profit surge in the last quarter, or a $103.2 million pre-tax profit for $135 million worth of sales.¬†Analyst Julian Yates at Investec said it was a good set of numbers – “It’s 5 percent ahead of our profit number, and they have beats on top-line royalties and licenses”. Admittedly, ARM is not playing with billions every quarter like…

ARM and TSMC start working on FinFET process technology for the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture

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TSMC is the largest foundry in the world, and it’s usually the main company that Nvidia, Qualcomm and others turn to when they want their chips manufactured. As an IP vendor, ARM has to work close with TSMC, much earlier than their IP clients, so they can prepare everything for the transition to the new chip architectures and the new process technologies. While we’re currently only on 28nm/32 nm, ARM has been working with TSMC and others for the next-gen 20nm/22nm process, and also for the 14nm/15nm process, which are still many years away. As chip makers create smaller and…

MIPS is porting Android 4.1 to MIPS-based tablets

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When Google made Android, they tried to make it run on every current and upcoming chip architectures, and they did that by creating the Dalvik Virtual Machine, with the vast majority of Android applications being built on it. There are however some types of apps, like 3D games, that either need a bit of extra performance, or were written in C++ on another platform. In many cases, it’s easier to just port this kind of apps as they are to Android, then it is to rewrite them in another language. That is why Google created the Native Development Kit for…

AMD and Intel reveal the direction of CPU development

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The humble central processing unit (CPU) has been powering our computing devices for decades and the changes and innovations seen over the years have been nothing but¬†astounding. But the big CPU companies aren’t resting on their laurels. Recently AMD and Intel have made¬†announcements¬†which give us a¬†tantalizing¬†taste of what could be to come. First up, AMD has announced that it will start including¬†ARM Cortex-A5 CPUs inside of its x86 APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). AMD coined the term APU for a single piece¬†of¬†silicon¬†- known as system-on-a-chip (SoC) -¬†which contain more than just a CPU. The current¬†AMD APUs contain an x86-based CPU plus…

ARM and Allwinner work together to jumpstart the cheap Android tablet market

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Allwinner is a chip maker not a tablet maker, but right now, the Chinese company’s products are a very popular choice for ~$100 Android devices, whether we’re talking about cheap Android tablets or those sub-$100 pocket PCs based on ARM chips. Allwinner chips usually have a 1-1.5 Ghz Cortex A8 CPU, coupled with a powerful Mali400 GPU (same as the one in the Galaxy S2), which enables even low-end tablets to smoothly¬†run ICS and to play any type of HD content flawlessly. Analysts expect that 40 million tablets will be shipped in China alone this year, and it seems Allwinner’s…