Rockchip RK32xx quad-core Cortex A12 SoC CPU for 2014


Chinese ARM chip maker Rockchip has let slip that its working on a new Rockchip RK32XX SoC CPU, expected to hit the market sometime around June 2014.¬†The new chip will feature four of ARM’s new Cortex A12 cores in conjunction with its Mali-T624 graphics engine, although details on how many GPU cores the chip will have are not available at this stage.… Read more

Samsung to launch new Exynos 5 Octa with double GPU performance


Korean giant Samsung has announced a new-and-improved Exynos 5 Octa called the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (Exynos 5420) that comes with greater CPU speed and double the graphics core performance of its previous release powering some Galaxy S4 smartphones.
The new Exynos 5420 will pair four Cortex A15 cores topping 1.8GHz with four Cortex A7 cores clocking at up to 1.3GHz in a single-chip design alongside a brand-new graphics engine from chip designer ARM – the Mali-T628 graphics core.… Read more

MediaTek roadmap shows 2013-14 smartphone and tablet CPUs


Taiwanese-based ARM chip maker MediaTek has let slip its SoC CPU 2013-14 roadmap onto the web and it contains some interesting reading on where the Chinese smartphone/tablet market could head over the next 12 months.
The smartphone table outlines the SoC CPUs that for the most part have already been released. You can see it’s mainly a mixture of dual-core Cortex A9 and quad-core Cortex A7 at clock speeds of 1GHz to 1.2GHz.… Read more

Raspberry Pi overclocking and heatsinking


The Raspberry Pi is one of the most popular ARM-based mini PCs of all time with news that the tiny single-core computer is about to log up 1.5million sales, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
However, one of the most common complaints is the fairly low performance, which given the 700MHz single-core CPU on-board, is understandable. But there is a way to expand that performance by a fairly simple overclock.… Read more

ARM Cortex chips to hit 3GHz next year


One of the things Intel and AMD found during their clock speed race back in the early 2000s was that the smaller the production scale you can use, the easier it is to ramp up the clock speed of your chips. Not only that, but you also get to reduce your power consumption at the same time – a win-win situation.… Read more

Intel’s 8086 CPU turns 35, as fast as Arduino?


No-one seemed to make much noise about it but Intel’s first x86 processor, the 8086, turned 35 on June 8. The chip spawned the X86 architecture that exists today.
Looking back at the specs, they’re not fancy reading by today’s standards, but they introduced the computer to business as a serious tool and it never looked back.
The 8086 was available in three clock speeds: 5MHz, 8MHz and 10MHz but it was the 8MHz variant that appeared in the original IBM XT computer.… Read more

Toshiba launches new T4K37 13MP smartphone / tablet image sensor

Photography has become a serious feature within smartphones since the likes of the HTC One and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 began including optical image stabilisation (OIS) and vastly improved image processing.
Japanese giant Toshiba looks set to cash in on this boom in high-quality smartphone photography by announcing production of its own T4K37 image sensor. The sensor is a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide silicon) design with 13MP and supports full-frame video capture at up to 30 frames per second.… Read more

Huawei to launch 8-core K3V3 CPU later this year

Chinese communications giant Huawei is set to produce a new chip later this year and according to reports, this will be the company’s first eight-core offering called the HiSilicon K3V3.
The chip is expected to be manufactured at a 28-nanometre scale and clock up to 1.8GHz. According to GSMInsider, the SoC CPU will include the ARM Mali graphics core but it’s unknown as to which version and how many cores will be included.… Read more