SoCs

This week at ISSCC (International Solid State Circuits Conference), Microsoft presented a talk titled ‘Xbox Series X SoC: A Next Generation Gaming Console’, with hardware engineer Paul Paternoster presenting. The 30 minute presentation covered a lot about Microsoft’s latest console processor, most of which was a repeat about what we saw at Hot Chips in August last year, however there was a new element in this presentation talking about how the console design team balanced acoustics, power, thermal performance, and processor yield, discussing where the hotspots in the design originate and where the performance/power targets of the final silicon were optimized.

The Snapdragon 888 vs The Exynos 2100: Cortex-X1 & 5nm - Who Does It Better?

Ahead of our full device review of the Galaxy S21 Ultra (and the smaller Galaxy S21), today we’re focusing on the first test results of the new generation of...

123 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/8/2021

MediaTek Announces Dimensity 1100 & 1200 SoCs: A78 on 6nm

Today MediaTek announced two new top-end SoCs in the form of the new Dimensity 1100 and Dimensity 1200. The two new designs are a follow-up to last year’s Dimensity...

15 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/20/2021

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 870: An 865++?

Today Qualcomm is making a rather unexpected SoC announcement in the form of the new Snapdragon 870. The chip is a rather odd release in Qualcomm’s chipset line-up in...

25 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/19/2021

Qualcomm to Acquire NUVIA: A CPU Magnitude Shift

Today Qualcomm has announced they will be acquiring NUVIA for $1.4bn – acquiring the start-up company consisting of industry veterans which originally were behind the creation of Apple’s high-performance...

79 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/13/2021

Samsung Confirms AMD RDNA GPU In Next Exynos Flagship

Today during the Exynos 2100 launch event, Samsung's Dr. Inyup Kang, VP and GM of the System LSI division, confirmed that their partnership with AMD on integrating a next-generation...

15 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/12/2021

Samsung Announces Exynos 2100 SoC: A New Restart on 5nm with X1 Cores

Today, Samsung LSI took the virtual stage to announce the new Exynos 2100 flagship SoC. The new SoC promises some very large technical upgrades – the aforementioned new Cortex-X1...

34 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/12/2021

Intel Launches Jasper Lake: Tremont Atom Cores For All

One of the more interesting elements in Intel’s 2020 set of disclosures was its 10nm Tremont Atom core. Initially used in the low power Lakefield product, this core design...

30 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/11/2021

CES 2021: Ambarella Announces CV5 5nm 8K AI Vision Processor

At this year’s virtual CES 2021, Ambarella is launching its new flagship vision SoC – the CV5. Dubbed as a 8K AI vision processor, the new SoC addresses Ambarella’s...

2 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/11/2021

Jim Keller Becomes CTO at Tenstorrent: "The Most Promising Architecture Out There"

It is high praise when someone like Jim Keller says that your company ‘has made impressive progress, and has the most promising architecture out there’. That praise means twice...

64 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/5/2021

Qualcomm Appoints Cristiano Amon to CEO, Effective June 30th 2021

Throughout the industry wide push towards 5G, Qualcomm has been at the forefront of making the most noise about 5G technology. The company has developed patents and technologies that...

3 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/5/2021

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 480 - First 5G Low-end SoC

Today Qualcomm is making a big step towards enabling wide-spread adoption of 5G through the announcements of the new Snapdragon 480 low-end 5G SoC. The company had already alluded...

26 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/4/2021

AnandTech Year In Review 2020: Flagship Mobile

We’re a few days away from completing the 2020 calendar year, and it’s been a quite a hectic year for everybody. In times of troubles, the smartphone industry had...

56 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/28/2020

Samsung Teases CES Announcement For Next Exynos SoC

Samsung this morning has dropped as brief teaser about their next-generation Exynos SoC. Dubbed “Exynos is back”, Samsung is revealing that there will be a proper announcement for the...

14 by Ryan Smith on 12/18/2020

Qualcomm Details The Snapdragon 888: 3rd Gen 5G & Cortex-X1 on 5nm

This year although we’re not reporting from Hawaii, Qualcomm’s Tech Summit is still happening in digital form, representing the company’s most important launch event of the year as it...

122 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/2/2020

The 2020 Mac Mini Unleashed: Putting Apple Silicon M1 To The Test

Last week, Apple made industry news by announcing new Mac products based upon the company’s new Apple Silicon M1 SoC chip, marking the first move of a planned 2-year...

680 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/17/2020

Samsung Announces Exynos 1080 - 5nm Premium-Range SoC with A78 Cores

Today Samsung LSI announced the new Exynos 1080 SoC, a successor to last year’s Exynos 980. This year’s 1080 is seemingly positioned a little above the 980 in terms...

55 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/12/2020

Apple Announces Event for November 10th: Arm-Based Macs Expected

We don’t normally publish news posts about Apple sending out RSVPs for product launch events, but this one should be especially interesting. This morning Apple has sent notice that they’re...

67 by Ryan Smith on 11/2/2020

Imagination Announces B-Series GPU IP: Scaling up with Multi-GPU

It’s almost been a year since Imagination had announced its brand-new A-series GPU IP, a release which at the time the company called its most important in 15 years...

75 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/13/2020

NUVIA Completes Series B Funding Round: $240M

One of the more interesting startups of late is NUVIA, with promises of a new Arm-based processor for the datacenter to rival the x86 dominance of AMD and Intel...

21 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/24/2020

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