Broadcom Intros Quad-Core HSPA+ Processor
Broadcom today announced a new processor/baseband combination chip called the BCM23550, which is meant for entry-level and high-end Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphones. The BCM23550 includes four 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A7 cores with ARM's Neon technology. The processor has what Broadcom calls VideoCore technology for more fluid graphics and 3D gaming. It can support dual 720p HD displays, including an external Miracast panel. It works with image sensors up to 12 megapixels and 1080p HD record and playback. As far as radios go, the BCM23550 offers an HSPA+ baseband capable of 21Mbps downloads and 5.8Mbps uploads. It also includes support for HD voice, and packages together GPS, GLONASS, NFC, 5G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and indoor positioning. Last, the BCM23550 is power efficient and supports devices with dual SIM cards. The BCM23550 is currently sampling with production expected in the third quarter of 2013.
MediaTek Packs 10 Cores in TriCluster Helio X20 Chip
MediaTek today announced the Helio X20, a mobile application processor that packages 10 cores together in three separate clusters. Many of today's high-end processors package eight cores in two clusters.
Broadcom Talks Up Power Efficient Smartwatch Chip
Broadcom today announced a new platform for Android Wear smartwatches that promises to deliver major gains in battery life. The Broadcom wearable system-on-a-chip includes a quad-core Cortex A7 application processor and 2G/3G modem support.
ARM Intros Cortex and Mali Chips for Virtual Reality
ARM today announced the Cortex A73 processor core and the Mali G71 GPU, which will bring dramatic gaming and virtual reality improvements to next year's high-end smartphones. ARM says the A73 delivers 30% more sustained power when compared to the A72, in addition to 30% more power efficiency.
Samsung Reveals Exynos 7870 for Mid-Range Phones
Samsung today announced the Exynos 7 Octa 7870, a new mobile processor that targets mid-level handsets. The 7870 is manufactured using Samsung's 14nm FinFET process and consumes 30% less power than the previous generation 7xxx chip.
ARM's Cortex A75 and A55 Processor Cores Target AI
ARM recently announced the Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 processor cores, the first to support its DynamIQ technology. ARM first revealed DynamIQ earlier this year, an advancement of its big.LITTLE technology that allows paired sets of high-power and low-power processor cores to tackle specific tasks based on the computing requirements at hand.
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