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Today, Marvell announced that China Mobile's first self-branded smartphone will feature a Marvell ARMADA Mobile PXA988 processor. Dubbed the M601, the Android-based smartphone will feature unified 3G performance thanks to the ARMADA PXA988 which has been designed to deliver high-performance computing with industry-leading graphic capabilities, while at the same time producing best-in-class robust connectivity.
The ARMADA PXA988 is a unified 3G and LTE single-chip solution that integrates a high-performance low-power ARM Cortex A9 application processor alongside cutting-edge cellular modems that support advanced multimedia and graphics capabilities. The PXA988 also features TD-HSPA+ R8 as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, and GPS.
"I am very pleased to see the launch of China Mobile's first self-branded smartphone, which is a major milestone for China Mobile and over a billion consumers in China. In the past several years, we have seen the fast development of China's 3G TD-SCDMA technology and the rapid growth of the smartphone market, thanks to the close collaboration among China Mobile and global companies, such as Samsung, ZTE, Yulong Coolpad, Lenovo and others," said Weili Dai, President and Co-founder of Marvell.
Ok, before you read this post, please make sure you've gone to your cupboard and picked up your salt, because you're going to need it. Over at the Chiphell forums, it looks like some users have found some details on a CPU from AMD.
Considering AMD aren't releasing their 28nm Steamroller-based "Kaveri" APUs until next year, I'd like to know where this new processor is coming from. The new processor in question is codenamed "Baeca", or the Phenom IV X12 170 processor, on a 25nm process. This processor is pretty incredible, with 12 cores and a base clock speed of 6GHz.
All of this is wrapped into a beautiful 75W package, and includes 24MB of L3 cache. The new processor would come with a bunch of new instruction sets, including 3DNow(+), AMD-V and AMD-IV. The new processor would also arrive on the AM4 socket, which is a 1356-pin variant. The leaker of the information has said that this processor would launch in the second half of 2014, after AMD launch their new Steamroller-based Kaveri APUs.
We are finally seeing 8-core processors in our smartphones, but do we really need all of this power? According to chipmaker Qualcomm, we don't. More specifically, Qualcomm's Senior Vice President, Anand Chandrasekher has come out and said 8-core processors for smartphones are just "dumb."
Chandrasekher likened adding more cores to taking eight lawnmower engines, putting them together and calling it an eight cylinder Ferrari engine. Chandrasekher added that Qualcomm are focusing on providing consumers with a good experience, which starts with a good modem, long battery life and an affordable price point.
The Qualcomm executive said that adding more cores into the mix is like throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks. Your move, Samsung.
Today, Marvel unveiled the new ARMADA 1500 Mini SoC that Google used in its hugely popular Chromecast. Being billed as "Game-Changing," the ARMADA 1500 Mini has been optimized for low-power applications such as TV Dongles like the Google Chromecast. Marvel says that the new chip has been "designed to provide instantaneous and seamless access to applications such as YouTube, Netflix and other cloud-based content, and deliver a ground-breaking multi-screen experience across smart mobile devices, laptops and HDTVs transforming any big screen into a smart and immersive entertainment device."
Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell:
I am very excited to see the brilliance of the tiny and beautiful Chromecast. I believe this is truly a game-changing solution to drive the new era of the 'Connected Lifestyle' by enabling easy access to online entertainment for an immersive, interactive multi-screen experience across any smartphone, tablet, laptop and big screen. I am very proud of Google's leadership in driving the ecosystem partners to deliver more powerful and very affordable solutions to serve the world of consumers for better lives. 2013 has been a phenomenal year for bringing online entertainment to TV. I am so thankful for and proud of the joint hard work and innovation by the Marvell team, the Google team and other partners in the ecosystem.
Marvel said that the ARMADA 1500 Mini platform has been purpose built from the ground up to enable high-quality audio, video, and graphics, while still being extremely energy efficient. It was also designed to be featured in ultra small form-factor packages such as USB / HDMI dongles and it supports 1080p video decoding. The chip is also compatible with multiple DRM solutions such as Widevine and Playready. With this new SoC solution being released, we expect to see other companies releasing similar dongles in the future. Who would you like to see an HDMI dongle from? Samsung? Apple? What about a Windows 8 Solution from Nokia? Let us know in the comments.
It looks like Intel is preparing the 14nm shrink of their current "Haswell" fourth-generation Core processor for the second half of next year. "Broadwell" is what Intel refer to it as, and it looks like we could expect the chipmaker to be concentrating on mobile parts instead of desktop parts this time around.
From the shot above, thanks to VR-Zone, we can see the Core i7 4770 will still be good until the second half of next year. From then, the entire lineup of Core processors will shift to the Haswell refresh, currently known as Broadwell. We can also expect Intel to launch Ivy Bridge-E processors in September of this year.
Haswell-E will bring DDR4 support, and the upcoming U and Y series of mobile CPUs will include SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support.
Apparently, Intel does not like its customers overclocking their new Haswell chips on non-Z87-equipped motherboards. Several of the large motherboard manufacturers have released workarounds that allow their customers to overclock their Haswell processors on motherboards that did not feature a Z87 chipset.
Unfortunately, those workarounds will only function for just a little bit longer as Intel prepares a microcode update that will firmly lock overclocking abilities to only the Z87 hardware. The update appears to be scheduled for this coming week and it's not clear yet on how the update will be pushed to your system. Intel has also not released word on if the microcode update has already been implemented on new retail processors, but we're sure that they will begin pushing it to them soon.
Intel have been building custom processors for big companies such as eBay and Facebook, are now looking at the datacenter market
Some interesting information is coming out from Intel engineer Ronak Singhal, who has spent most of his 17-year career at Intel developing relationships with the top computer experts in the world.
The experts he has worked with include huge companies such as Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and more. Singhal spoke with EE Times during a break in a press briefing in regards to Intel's latest Xeon and Atom server chips, where he said: "When three of them all tell you they want the same thing, you know you are on to something."
But, as you can imagine, some companies don't want the same thing and want a CPU that is custom-made to their specific needs. In the last couple of years, Intel have been providing some of their biggest customers like eBay and Facebook, with custom versions of their CPUs. Intel is taking this slow, and isn't rushing into custom-made processors for companies just yet, though.
NVIDIA show off Project Logan at SIGGRAPH 2013, providing near GeForce Titan GPU performance on mobile
NVIDIA have had something quite impressive to show off at SIGGRAPH this year, Project Logan. Project Logan is an upcoming Kepler-based mobile SoC, which should really provide mobile devices with a serious punch in performance.
Kepler is great for NVIDIA, as it scales from the best super computers, right down to mobile devices. NVIDIA have been able to scale the GEFORCE TITAN's 250W performance, down to Project Logan, where it only uses between 2-3W. Of course, we don't have TITAN performance in the size of a mobile, but with the right compromises, we're getting there.
We have Full HD video support, with NVIDIA saying: "game developers can develop awesome graphics for desktop and more easily bring those capabilities to mobile." NVIDIA used their reference tablet design to show off the power inside Logan, with the demos including full HDR lighting, FXAA, bloom, tone mapping, auto exposure, same environment, moving light, deep tissue scattering. With the videos above for your viewing pleasure.
Today Intel confirmed the existence of the 4.5 watt Haswell CPU that popped up in a datasheet last month. Intel says that the chip will hit markets before the end of the year and that it will be geared towards fanless tablets and convertibles, which do not have much space for cooling hardware.
The 4.5W Haswell is expected to fill in the blank left by Intel's 6W Haswell processors that require an active cooling solution.
It should be noted that the 4.5W rating is the SDP or Scenario Design Power, which describes the sustained power consumption for sustained workloads, and that Intel has not released any information on the processors TDP, which is used to describe power draw in short burst.
The data sheet in which we first saw the new processor also says that the 4.5W SDP only applies when the clock speed is capped at 800MHz.
A few days ago we reported about Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa processor, but now we have some more details on the system-on-a-chip (SoC).
The new refreshed 5420 variant of the SoC is based on Mali-T628 MP5 silicon and features four ARM Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.8GHz and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7s in an ARM big.LITTLE configuration. Samsung are claiming that the refreshed 8-core SoC features 20% more CPU processing power, too.
We also have dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz, which will provide the processor with an insane 1.49GBps of bandwidth, which will help out with that Full HD Wi-Fi display support. Image compression technology is involved, which will help save battery power and use efficient multimedia loading, pushing out more hours of use with high resolution displays.
We don't know which devices will be powered by these new 8-core, energy-efficient processors, but that information should arrive in the coming weeks.