CPUs

Intel Bay Trail CPU lineup leaked, TDPs as low as 4.5W

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One of the major selling points of Intel’s recently-released Haswell CPU lineup was its reduced power-consumption. But with news of a leak in Intel’s up-coming CPU list, it looks like we ain’t seen nothing’ yet.
Intel’s Atom CPU may have started out rather sedately back in 2008 at the height of the netbook boom, but it looks as though the chip giant will not only see its Bay Trail-codenamed CPUs appear as Atom-branded chips, you’ll see them as Celeron and Pentium processors as well – and not just in notebooks and tablets.… Read more

MediaTek MT6592 delivers eight-cores by month’s end

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Taiwanese ARM chip maker MediaTek looks likely it will have the edge on its Chinese competitors shortly when it releases its first eight-core SoC CPU.
The MediaTek MT6592 chip will feature eight Cortex A7 cores with a clock speed of up to 2GHz. Reports are the chip will be manufactured at a 28-nanometre production scale.
According to liliputing and Chinese website Gizchina.com, early benchmarks of pre-production versions of the chip are said to show performance in excess of Samsung’s eight-core Exynos 5410.… Read more

Action Semi launches low-cost ATM7023 dual-core CPU

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Chiense ARM SoC CPU maker Action Semiconductor has reportedly begun selling its brand-new low-cost dual-core processor from its OWL Series, the ATM7023.
Announced back in April, the new chip is aimed at the burgeoning budget tablet market, where low production costs are premium.
The chip features two Cortex A9 cores with a clock speed of up to 1.2GHz and an unknown graphics engine.… Read more

Allwinner A31 CPU cracks 5000 on 3DMark test

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Benchmarks are useful tools for nailing down the performance levels of everything from RAM to SSDs to CPUs.
And today, it looks as though Allwinner’s A31 may have touched on a new high with reports its topped the 5000 mark, thanks to new SDK 3.2 firmware. The claim is its 40% faster than its nearest competitor.
The Allwinner A31-series are quad-core SoC CPUs based on ARM’s Cortex A7 design with PowerVR SGX544MP2 multi-core graphics engine.… Read more

We compare – Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, 800 CPUs

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US ARM-class chip maker Qualcomm produces some of the hottest ARM processors on the market and its no surprise that any smartphone maker worth its salt is lining up to get hold of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPUs for its products. But with so many different options available, it can be a bit of a nightmare trying to figure out what’s what.
So in this roundup, we’re going to look at the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600 and 800-class ARM processors to see what makes them tick.… Read more

Apple signs 2014 CPU manufacture deal with TSMC: report

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As relations between Samsung and Apple appear to show no signs of thawing any time soon, the US computing giant looks set to at least partially extricate itself from its technology marriage with Samsung manufacturing for its CPUs.
According to engadget and the Wall Street Journal, Apple has signed a deal this month with Taiwanese fab lab TSMC to begin manufacturing its A-series CPUs beginning in 2014.… Read more

Which mini PC CPU architecture – Cortex A7 or Cortex A9?

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When you start looking at new mini PCs coming on the market, the first thing you normally search out is the CPU running the device.
Unlike the X86 world where Intel and AMD integrate their own and only their own GPU architecture, CPUs built on ARM technology can mix and match their graphics engines from a range of providers – ARM itself, Vivante, PowerVR and others.… Read more

How they compare – Rockchip RK3066 vs Allwinner A20

 

While much of the attention of late has been on the new quad-core SoC CPUs like Rockchip’s RK3188 and Allwinner’s A31-series, there are still a number of good dual-core options available for lower-cost devices. However, not all dual-core CPUs are created equal and its worth knowing the differences so that you can adequately compare products before you buy.
The two we’re looking at here are the Rockchip RK3066 and Allwinner’s A20.… Read more