Tag Archive: chip


Amazon said to be making its own AI chip for faster Alexa performance

A dedicated chip would allow Alexa to perform speech recognition without contacting the almighty cloud.

Amazon Alexa is undoubtedly one of the leaders in the virtual assistant space, and while I’ve never found it to be slow on devices like the Echo, a new report suggests that it may get even faster thanks to a new AI chipset.

According to The Information, Amazon is in the process of building a dedicated hardware chip to be used with  [Read More…]

Future Samsung phones will have a working FM radio chip

Coming to residents in the U.S. and Canada via NextRadio.

Between downloading local files and the vast array of streaming services, your options for listening to music while on the go are more abundant than ever before. Now, thanks to a new partnership with NextRadio, future Samsung phones will ship with a working FM chip so you can access and listen to local radio stations.

Most phones have the tech to support FM signals, but they’re unfortunately  [Read More…]

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 450 chip aims for speed and battery life on a budget

Qualcomm is bolstering its value line of systems-on-a-chip with the new Snapdragon 450.

As it has already twice this year, Qualcomm is introducing another so-called platform, a catch-all for its Snapdragon chips that power so many smartphones and tablets today.

This one, the Snapdragon 450, is aimed at budget phones, and aims to introduce a number of efficiency upgrades to help low-cost devices last all day like their mid-range and high-end rivals.

The platform is now built  [Read More…]

Google hires former Apple chip architect to lead design on custom processors

The pieces are falling into place for Google to produce its own silicon for future Pixel devices.

Google has made a big move towards developing its own system-on-a-chip (SoC) for its own Pixel devices with the hiring of Manu Gulati, who has been helping develop chips for Apple since 2009. As first reported by Variety, Gulati has just recently updated his LinkedIn page with his new title — Lead SoC Architect at Google.

Google has reportedly been  [Read More…]

Huawei Mate 9 could pack dual 20MP cameras, Kirin 960 chip

New big-screened Huawei phone looks to build on the P9’s camera capabilities.

For the past couple of generations, Huawei’s Mate series has been about packing the company’s latest internals and camera tech into a big-screened handset — with suitably epic battery capacity to boot. And now we’re getting our first look at how the next Mate might look. The shot below was posted on Chinese social network Weibo (via MyDrivers) and appears to reveal a few key data points  [Read More…]

The Canadian Galaxy Note 7 runs a Snapdragon 820 chip, not Exynos

In a reversal in strategy from its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge counterpart, Android Central has learned that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor in Canada instead of the Exynos 8890 that powered all Galaxy S7 variants outside the U.S.

In a statement to Android Central, and as first reported by MobileSyrup, Samsung Canada said the decision was made to “better align with the U.S. market,” which has been  [Read More…]

Samsung’s latest chip will lead to smarter wearables

After its continued success in the mobile SoC segment with the Exynos series of chips, Samsung is diversifying into the wearable segment. Called Bio-Processor, the South Korean vendor’s latest chip comes with the ability to monitor body fat, and skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level.

U.S. judge says NVIDIA violated Samsung graphics chip patents

A U.S. International Trade Commission judge has ruled in favor of Samsung, saying that some of the company’s patents had been infringed upon by NVIDIA. The case concerns three Samsung patents revolving around how graphics processors are made, which Samsung claims NVIDIA violated when making its own processors.

What is the big.LITTLE chip configuration?

Each year we see bigger, better and faster phones. Unfortunately, we have not seen many advances or breakthroughs in smartphone batteries, and as such manufacturers have had to make all the components more efficient in power usage. The piece of hardware that uses the most power is the phone display, followed by the central processing unit, or CPU. It’s nice to have 8 cores of 2.5gHz isn’t is? But when it comes to battery life, it’s almost certain to be bad,  [Read More…]

PSA: That chip on your battery is not for government surveillance

No one is using a little sticker hidden on your battery to spy on you, no matter what Facebook tells you.

It’s easy to get confused by the inside of a smartphone, even if you’re reasonably familiar with a lot of the technology that goes in to these devices. NFC chips are particularly curious, as their size makes it easy to sneak them in just about anywhere, and most folks outside of the tech bubbly have  [Read More…]