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Our way or the highway: Microsoft’s lockdown on ARM devices

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by 2 years ago
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Do you enjoy dual or even triple booting your computer devices? Fancy having more than a single OS on your mobile phone? Well, you might have to give up on any dreams of using multiple operating systems on any ARM-based device that is shipping with Windows 8 as its default operating system. According to a report by XDA Developers, Microsoft introduced a clause in the Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements that specifically forbids the enabling of  custom mode in the ARM’s UEFI boot. The certification states that “on an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may…

Why Intel Atom Medfield Is Still Far from Being Competitive with ARM Chips

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by 2 years ago
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The Intel Atom “Medfield” chip will finally be available in some smartphones this year, after Intel promised for at least 3 years that they would enter the smartphone market. Unfortunately for Intel, I think they are just rushing in with Medfield, because I don’t think it’s competitive enough in power consumption, and it’s quickly losing the performance game, too. That’s without even considering that x86 hardware (not a SoC yet) is still several times more expensive than an ARM SoC. Power Consumption Intel might get to the same power consumption level with 22nm, but I think by then they will…

Would You Buy an Intel Powered Android Device?

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by 2 years ago
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We’ve had the privilege of being able to speak with Intel on several occasions, as well as with manufacturers that are planning on putting their fresh hot tech in upcoming generations of Android devices. Really though, to be honest, I just don’t know. In the tech world, everyone with half a brain  knows that absolutely everything is going mobile. Even a cursory glance will show that PC’s are going the way of the dinosaurs. With sales of smartphones already exceeding sales of PCs in the past short while, Intel and others in the business of making powerful, yet power-hungry processors are…

Windows 8 Tablets to Cost Twice as Much as High-End Android Tablets ($600-$900)

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by 2 years ago
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I can’t say this comes as a completely surprise to me, but Digitimes reports that Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets will cost anywhere between $600 and $900. The reason this doesn’t come off as a surprise is because I knew x86 hardware, and especially Intel hardware, will add significantly to the cost of the tablets. Just look at what it has done to the original Google TV set top box, and also to the Chromebooks. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that all smart TV makers want to use ARM instead. Intel hardware is just much more expensive than ARM hardware,…

ARM (Finally) Adopts the 64-Bit Architecture

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by 2 years ago
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When ARM announced Cortex A15 last year, they said Cortex A15 is a high-performance chip that can be used not only in smartphones and tablets, but also in notebooks, PC’s and even servers. It was very clear from the beginning that they intended to make ARM popular in the server market with this powerful chip. But one thing that was surprising and also a little disappointing was that they didn’t make this chip 64-bit. This means that any device can’t use more than 4 GB’s of RAM if the architecture only supports 32-bit. They did, however, add an extension for…

HUGE: Samsung Exynos to Use big.Little Tech with Cortex A7/Cortex A15 in 2012

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Now this is a piece of news you won’t forget very easily. A few days ago ARM announced that we are going to see the ultra-low-power Cortex A7 sometimes in 2013-2014, and paired up with their high-performance (but still reasonable power consumption) Cortex A15, in a big.Little configuration, to save power when doing normal tasks, or to achieve maximum performance when browsing or playing games. Imagine my surprise when I read that Samsung is going to use this in their Exynos chip as early as next year, way before anyone else. This week’s ARM TechCon 2001 John Kalkman, VP LSI, Samsung Electronics…

Samsung Galaxy S II Is the Fastest Smartphone On the Market (Still) By Far

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by 2 years ago
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With smartphone competition at an all-time high, more manufacturers than ever vying for the top spot to to make the fastest and best device(s) available. One of the newest high end devices around is the Samsung Galaxy S II. The phone packs a 1.2ghz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 (CPU), and an ARM Mali-400 (GPU). Recently, AnandTech put the device to the test. The results, well, are simply astonishing. Clocking in at a 42.5, second only to the iPad 2, is the Samsung Galaxy S II. Although second place may not seem so hot, the list in not only compiled of smartphones,…

Nvidia’s Tegra 3 CPU Maybe Android’s Ace Against Apple’s A5

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by 3 years ago
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Right now, one of the main advantages that iOS products have over Android ones is the fact they’ve got the A5 backing them. Apple maybe focused on aesthetic design but they’re no slouch in the engineering department either. The current generation of Tegra 2′s ca’t even compare to the A5. Well, that’s about to change. Nvidia has already started showing off its Tegra 3 CPU, code-named Kal-el, and like the Kryptonian it’s named after, it looks to be super-strong, featuring four processing cores, twelve GeForce graphics units and stereoscopic 3D support. The tech demo for the Tegra 3’s capabilities is…

IBM and ARM to Create World’s Smallest Mobile Processor

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by 3 years ago
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While IBM isn’t necessarily known as a maker of consumer electronics, it’s still the company behind some of the great tech you know and love. They are an incredible company, with significant experience and acumen in numerous sectors and industries. Many know that they are also the ones that brought the processing power to the PS3, in the form of the once state-of-the-art cell processor. A new collaborative effort between Big Blue and British chip designer ARM was announced very recently, with some exciting developments to soon follow. The market for tablets is growing by leaps and bounds, with leading…

Bsquare still claim Flash is coming soon

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Back in March, we brought you an article detailing Bsquare’s intentions to port Adobe Flash to the Android operating system. Since then, things have been quite quiet from the Bsquare camp, and given Adobe’s recent announcements and of course the news from HTC showing the Hero running Flash, it seems like Bqaure had to make some form of announcement, regardless. Afterall, it is not clear that these Flash exploits are anything to do with them. Naturally, they have made positive noises, stating that an Adobe Flash browser plug-in for Android running on ARM-based devices is coming soon. In all honesty,…