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Microsoft’s Surface pushes Acer to be more aggressive about Chromebooks

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Acer had been one of the companies to be the most vocal about their critique of the Surface, blasting Microsoft over its decision to suddenly become a tablet-maker. Now they want to show Microsoft that they’ve got an alternative in ChromeOS, so they’re going to heavily promote their next-gen Chromebooks supposed to come out this October.

Cortex A9 beats Intel Atom at the same clock speed

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by 1 year ago
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An independent user tested a dual core 1.0GHz Cortex A9 chip against a dual core Intel Atom chip running at the same speed. The results may seem surprising as it seems common knowledge that Atom would beat ARM chips in performance clock per clock, but as I’ve said before, Intel is not yet ready to take on the mobile market with its Atom chips.

Samsung reveals Exynos 5 Dual (5250): what you need to know about the world’s first Cortex A15 SoC

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Samsung has just released the whitepaper for their long-awaited Exynos 5250 SoC, now called the Exynos 5 Dual, and there’s a lot of interesting information to be discovered in it. The Exynos 5 Dual will be the world’s first Cortex A15-based chip, when it will ship later this year, presumably inside the 11.8-inch tablet Samsung is going to launch later this year. Samsung had to wait for this A15-based chip to support the very high WQXGA (2560×1600) resolution of the Galaxy Tab 11.6. Some of the most important features of the newly unveiled Exynos 5250 are: Dual-core 1.7 Ghz Cortex…

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…

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

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by 2 years ago
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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…

ARM’s big.LITTLE processing technology is coming of age

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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 low-power in-order CPU like Cortex A7, with their most powerful out-of-order CPU yet, the Cortex A15. This should work much in the same way that Nvidia’s 4+1 technology works, with their extra core companion….

TI compares their upcoming OMAP 5430 chip with Apple’s A5X

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TI announced the OMAP 5430 for the first time back in 2010, and I remember how excited people were about it, even though they should’ve moderated their excitement a little bit. The chip wasn’t supposed to come out for 2 years and who knows what we would see until then! Well, the OMAP 5430 is getting closer and closer to being introduced into the market, and TI is starting to show us more demos of it to get us excited about it once again. The test ahead of Computex, seems to pit a tablet running the dual core Cortex A15…

ARM Cortex A9 vs ARM Cortex A15 – What to expect, and what’s the difference?

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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 their status quo computing architecture. Starting with the ARMv7 architecture and the first Cortex CPU based on it, the A8, we already began to think of these devices as superphones or mini-computers once the 1 GHz barrier was broken. Then came the dual core…