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Texas Instruments to fire 1,700 people, OMAP to focus on embedded systems

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Texas Instruments, makers of the famous OMAP line of processors, have been saying for a while now that they’re tired of keeping up with the big boys of the mobile industry. It used to be they could design a chip that would then be used in various products for several years. These days, it’s expected that companies launch a new device every 12 months, and that said device uses a chip that’s more advanced than the one in last year’s model. Today’s news shouldn’t come as a surprise then, TI is announcing that they’re going to let 1,700 people go.

Rumor: Amazon to buy Texas Instruments’ OMAP unit

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Every Amazon Kindle Fire tablet that has been sold thus far has had a Texas Instruments processor under the hood. Last month, we reported that TI was looking to shift their focus away from the mobile chip business and instead concentrate on embedded systems. Today, courtesy of The Next Web, we now have a rumor that says Amazon is considering buying the division within Texas Instruments that designs chips for smartphones and tablets.

Nvidia embraces Miracast standard for wireless displays in Tegra 3

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Yesterday, Nvidia announced that its Tegra 3 architecture is fully compatible with Miracast, the upcoming standard for wireless display connections. Miracast is a specification developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance that will allow seamless and quick connections between mobile devices and HD TV sets. Based on the current Wi-Fi Direct standard, Miracast promises to make you forget about the hassle of connecting smartphones and tablets to TVs through cables. The Miracast standard will allow simple pairing and transfer of audio and video signal to compatible TVs. Here’s a presentation video from Nvidia that depicts the main use cases for the new…

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…

Qualcomm demos the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320

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Anandtech The Snapdragon S4 chip, based on the new Cortex A15-class Krait design, is currently the most advanced ARM processor core in the market. Along with the integrated LTE modem, the advanced design of the Krait architecture made the Snapdragon S4 very popular in US, both with manufacturers and end users. But while the S4 is very good, it also has two big flaws. One is perhaps more marketing-related: being “just” a dual-core in a market filled with quad-core Cortex A9 chips. The second shortcoming, a real one this time, is the chip’s last-gen GPU. The Adreno 225 GPU is based on…