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This morning Broadcom announced the arrival of a new quad-core HSPA+ chipset aimed at the budget minded Android smartphone market. The BCM23550 is a 1.2GHz A7 quad-core processor capable of HSPA+ speeds up to 21Mbps down and 5Mbps up and is optimized to run on Android 4.2 devices.
The new piece of silicon also supports HD Voice and 12MP cameras with H.264 1080p video capture and playback, and offers the usual litany of connectivity options such as NFC, Bluetooth, 5G Wi-Fi, RFID and GPS. The chip is also capable of supporting dual HD 720p displayport that is compatible with Miracast.
The new chipset is pin-to-pin compatible with Broadcom's existing dual-core BCM21664T which will most certainly free up some R&D time for manufacturers. While this is a chip aimed at the low-end, it is by far not a low-end chip. A year ago, a processor like this would have been featured in flagship phones. This means that even the so-called "low-end" Android phones are getting better and faster every day.
E3 2013 - AMD has just unveiled its most powerful CPU to date, the FX-9590, and eight-core processor that is clocked at 5GHz from the factory. Alongside the FX-9590, AMD also showed off a 4.7GHz FX-9370 both of which feature the company's flagship Piledriver architecture.
"At E3 this week, AMD demonstrated why it is at the core of gaming," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products Division at AMD. "The new FX 5 GHz processor is an emphatic performance statement to the most demanding gamers seeking ultra-high resolution experiences including AMD Eyefinity technology. This is another proud innovation for AMD in delivering the world's first commercially available 5 GHz processor."
Do not get too excited though as for now the FX-9590 and FX-9370 are both only being offered to systems integrators. AMD says this is just the initial rollout and that both of the eight-core processors will eventually be available for individual purchase. At the moment no pricing information has been released but as soon as we know more we will be sure to keep you updated.
VRZone has gotten their hands on a leaked Intel roadmap that shows Haswell is in no rush to leave. According to the desktop roadmap, we can expect Haswell to stick around until Broadwell shows up in 2015. Haswell will get a refresh in 2014, but that refresh will likely only boost performance marginally.
Intel doesn't really need to rush out Broadwell simply because they face next to no competition on the desktop CPU front. The mid-life refresh will likely consist of a small speed bump, which is only really important for locked CPUs. The USB 3 bug will also likely be fixed by then, if not before. We also expect an updated chipset, probably the Z97, to be released around the same time.
Of course, mobile could see an update to Broadwell sooner, though it won't likely be more than two quarters ahead of the desktop.
AMD has stated that they are willing to work on semi-custom chips that are capable of running Android or Chrome OS. AMD believes that a market is emerging for the operating systems and their CPUs or APUs could be perfect for the job. This would mark the end of their Windows x86 exclusivity.
"We are very committed to Windows 8; we think it's a great operating system, but we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing as well," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD.
AMD would like to work with companies to provide semi-custom chips tailored to that customer's needs. AMD has already shown their ability and willingness to do this with the three design wins in next-gen consoles. AMD is looking to expand their custom chip manufacturing business as the PC market slows.
The new chips would make use AMD's upcoming designs that combine x86 and ARM architectures onto a single chip. Add in one of AMD's powerful Radeon GPUs and you get a combination that could be hard to beat.
Computex Taipei 2013 - ARM has just unveiled the Cortex A12 at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. This new system-on-a-chip is the latest addition to ARM's line of processors geared towards the mid-range mobile device market. The Cortex A12 is the successor to the widely popular Cortex A9 which was featured in the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3.
Sporting four cores, the Cortex A12 is said to be 40 percent more efficient and 30 percent faster than the A9. ARM released this new processor with the expectations of a massive surge in growth for the mid-range mobile market. Mobile phones priced around $200 are expected to ship more than 500 million units by the end of 2015.
The road to domination will not be an easy window as ARM faces ruthless competition from other manufacturers such as QUALCOMM, Broadcom, Samsung, Intel, and Apple. We can expect to see the Cortex A12 arrive on the scene in late 2014 or early 2015.
For most of the last year, Broadcom has focus all of his efforts on creating chips for the high-end and low-end mobile phone and tablet market. This morning, the company has announced three new Wi-Fi 802.11ac chips that are aimed at the PC and set-top box market.
The company has just released the BCM4350, BCM43556, as well as the BCM43558 which all feature the more robust 2 X 2 MIMO antenna that is capable of hitting speeds of up to 866 Mbps. The chips also able to optimize traffic through a process called beamforming.
Broadcom says that the differences in the three chips revolve around everything but the Wi-Fi, with the BCM4350 featuring a more PC friendly set of interfaces that include Bluetooth 4.0, PCI express, and SDIO 3.0. The BCM43558 drops the PCI express and SDIO in favor of USB 3.0. Finally the BCM43556 ditches Bluetooth making it the least featured chip in the lineup.
Intel have officially launched their new Haswell processors, something you can read about in our review. Something a little more interesting though, which comes from Hardware.info in the Netherlands, is that Haswell is seeing issues with USB 3.0.
They've done some very, very extensive testing and confirmed there are USB 3.0 issues with the 8-series chipset. They tested 22 USB 3.0 drives, with 14 of them experiencing issues and were unable to stay connected when a Haswell system woke back up from standby. Hardware.info have an insane round up of 33 Haswell-based motherboards if you'd like to do some weekend reading!
AMD has just launched a new line of new super low-power processors that are aimed at the NAS and microserver markets. The quad-core and dual-core processors, code-named Kyoto, are designed for high density servers where computer makers try to jam as many processors in a small amount of space as possible.
The new processors include the Opteron X2150 which is the quad-core variant which consumes about 11 watts of power while the Opteron X1150 features dual cores and consumes about 9 watts of power. Both processors are clocked at 2GHz and are said to run faster than similar Intel Atom processors.
A spokesperson for AMD said:
The data center is at an inflection point and requires a high number of cores in a dense form factor with integrated graphics, massive amounts of DRAM and unprecedented power efficiency to keep up with the pace of innovation of Internet services. AMD has a proud history of server innovation, and the AMD Opteron X-Series processors challenge the status quo by providing unmatched capabilities to drive the most energy-efficient servers in the industry.
Intel says that Haswell-based notebooks will provide 50% more battery than Ivy Bridge-based counterparts
Intel are just days away from launching their fourth-generation Core processors otherwise known as 'Haswell', and now they're teasing the world by stating that Haswell-based notebooks will offer 50% more battery life than Ivy Bridge-based counterparts.
Haswell CPU's were designed with mobile devices in mind, with one of their core focuses being lower power consumption, according to Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Architecture Group, Rani Borkar, when speaking in a media briefing. Longer battery life also will not be coming at the cost of lowered performance, as in idle or standby mode, Haswell chips will do even better, extending battery life to something like 20 times what Ivy Bridge products can offer.
The big question here is, is this enough for consumers to get back into PCs again? Smartphone and tablet sales have no signs of stopping, while PC sales are moving backwards, let's hope this ignites a fire under consumers' feet.
AMD confirms they helped Microsoft design the 'semi-custom single-chip' APU that powers the Xbox One
We've been hearing so much about the Xbox One this week, but now we have confirmation from AMD that they are the ones that helped Microsoft design the "semi-custom single-chip" APU that powers the next-gen Xbox One.
The Xbox One features an APU that includes an 8-core processor, GPU and 8GB of RAM on the single-chip. The GPU on the Xbox One is still shrouded in mystery, and is definitely a strange move by Microsoft considering how open Sony are about the specifications on the PlayStation 4.