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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, it̵...

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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 includingÂ...

allwinner cheap android tablet chips

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)...

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Microsoft on Monday unveiled its first tablets ever, a Windows 8 and a Windows RT machine that are both going to be known henceforward as Microsoft Surface. The name... seems awfully familiar not only because an earlier report suggested the product will be called Xbox Surface, but also because the company has coined the “Surface” term long ago, although at the time...

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AMD has been moving for quite a while in the direction of “Fusion” chips or heterogeneous computing, and of course ARM has been even father ahead in this than both AMD and Intel... with their “System on a Chip” designs. So then it makes some sense for AMD and ARM to join against their common rival, Intel, and establish a standards body that can help developers write...

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ARM has been getting a lot of praises on their idea for the big.LITTLE technology, because it shows them not only a leader in mobile chip performance, but they are moving forward with higher and higher... performance. Their chips still remain low-power overall and in the future they claim they will achieve this through big.LITTLE technology.

Big.LITTLE means they are going to pair up a very...

arm mali 450

ARM is moving on to the Midgard architecture and the T6xx series of GPUs, like Mali T604 (2012) and Mali T658 (2013), for high-end smartphones and tablets. At the same time, they are not forgetting... about the mid-end and low-end “volume” markets, for which they have prepared a new chip called Mali 450.

The Mali 450 design will have twice as many cores (8) as Mali 400, and be twice as...

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At Computex, there was one little surprise from a company called Thread Technology demoing what looks like a Macbook Air clone, but one that will cost only $200 at retail, so around 5x less... than the low-end version of an actual Macbook Air. Moreover, if you buy 500 or more units, you can get it for $150 per unit, which I imagine is an option only for companies buying them in bulk.

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ARM has completely dominated the mobile market for more than a decade, with over 90% market share, but it wasn’t until the rise of modern... smartphones that we started to witness chips more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined we’d see in phones — chips that are now even starting to threaten Intel’s dominance and the...

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The world’s leader in semiconductor IP, ARM Holdings, has just released its quarterly financial results. Despite the decline in device shipments in the last quarter, ARM was still able to... deliver numbers that will surely make investors smile.

Quarterly revenue for the microprocessor designer increased 13% from the previous year to $209.4 million, exceeding the market’s expect...