Tag Archive: Chips


What’s the deal with FM radio chips in phones?

Our smartphones nowadays have access to some advanced functions thanks, of course, to their internal components. Over the past few months and heading into the future, we’ll be focusing much of our time on 5G support.

With how advanced these current devices are it’s a shame that one of the more basic functions isn’t advertised or even widely utilized. That function? The simple FM radio.

Now, with streaming music services and keeping music files on the phone’s storage, you might be  [Read More…]

Why are FM Radio chips disabled by default?

FM Radio chips are not only included in most phones nowadays, but they can also even be utilized just by downloading an app. The central questions are, why don’t we hear much about the function and why would we need it today anyway?

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More accurate and efficient GPS chips coming to 2018 smartphones

GPS chips in 2018 phones will be more accurate and use 50% less battery.

While bezel-less displays and dual-camera systems are visual upgrades that are easy to get excited about, an upcoming GPS chip from Broadcom will soon allow future smartphones to provide more accurate mapping features and less battery drain when using services like Google Maps, Waze, etc. Late last week, the IEEE Spectrum announced that this new chip is finally ready for mass-production for consumer-facing products and  [Read More…]

Google might be working on its own chips, recent hire indicates

Apple is doing it, and so are Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi and soon Google could too. At least according to a report coming out of Variety, which claims the Mountain View-based technology giant is looking to start making custom chips for its future Pixel products. You see, Google recently hired Manu Gulati, an Apple micro-architect […]

Qualcomm licensing blocked Samsung from selling Exynos chips

Deal dating back to 1993 is reportedly why we’re not seeing more non-Samsung phones running Exynos.

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has claimed that Qualcomm blocked Samsung from selling its own Exynos processors to other manufacturers through a patent licensing deal, ZDNet reports.

The deal reportedly dates back to 1993, when an agreement was reached to allow Samsung to make its own modem chips using certain CDMA patents, but only for use in its own phones. Subsequently,  [Read More…]

The LG G6 needs to be about way more than its choice of Snapdragon chips to win 2017

The LG G6 needs to do a lot of things really well. Not having the latest Snapdragon chip is not a great start.

We were so excited. Well, we’re still excited, but less so. See, a Forbes contributor, Ben Sin, splashed water on the idea that the LG G6, which is expected to be announced at MWC in February and debut in March, will not have the newer Snapdragon 835 chip, but rather the older-yet-still-excellent-but-not-quite-ideal Snapdragon 821. Yes, the  [Read More…]

[LEAKED] Chinese website leaks new Snapdragon chips

Chinese website anzhuo.cn has leaked an image of specs for new Snapdragon chips by Qualcomm. Last week Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 835, but the image reveals more details – as well as a second chip called Snapdragon 660. It sounds like the 835 chip is going to be based on an altered Kryo 200 CPU

Identify critical vulnerability in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips and win $15,000

Qualcomm just introduced its top of the line next-gen chipset Snapdragon 835 earlier this week. Now the company announced a new bug bounty program that invites white hat hackers to identify vulnerabilities in its Snapdragon chips and LTE modems. Qualcomm is offering prizes up to $ 15,000 to those who successfully identify a bug (or more).

Qualcomm unveils three new mid-range chips from the 600 and 400 series

Major chip manufacturer Qualcomm has just announced the advent of three new Snapdragon processors from the 600 and 400 lines. Although mid-range chips, the newcomers are said to offer significant improvements over their predecessors. The new chipsets are the Snapdragon 653, 626, and 427 and have been unveiled during the Qualcomm 4G/5G summit. The silicon

Intel is getting out of the smartphone market with cancellation of SoFIA and Broxton chips

Intel has confirmed that it has canceled plans to release its SoFIA and Broxton chips that were being made primarily for smartphones. This means that Intel currently has no chips that will be used in future smartphones.

Intel’s shift away from the smartphone market was first announced by analyst Patrick Moorhead, via Forbes, and later confirmed by Intel itself in a statement from a spokesperson to AnandTech:

I can confirm that the changes included canceling the  [Read More…]