SoCs

Last week, Apple made industry news by announcing new Mac products based upon the company’s new Apple Silicon M1 SoC chip, marking the first move of a planned 2-year roadmap to transition over from Intel-based x86 CPUs to the company’s own in-house designed microprocessors running on the Arm instruction set. Since a few days, we’ve been able to get our hands on one of the first Apple Silicon M1 devices: the new Mac mini 2020 edition. While in our analysis article last week we had based our numbers on the A14, this time around we’ve measured the real performance on the actual new higher-power design. We haven’t had much time, but we’ll be bringing you the key datapoints relevant to the new Apple Silicon M1.

HPC Systems Special Offer: Two A64FX Nodes in a 2U for $40k

It was recently announced that the Fugaku supercomputer, located at Riken in Japan, has scored the #1 position on the TOP500 supercomputer list, as well as #1 positions in...

38 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/26/2020

AMD Succeeds in its 25x20 Goal: Renoir Crosses the Line in 2020

One of the stories bubbling away in the background of the industry is the AMD self-imposed ‘25x20’ goal. Starting with performance in 2014, AMD committed to itself, to customers...

83 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/25/2020

The Next Phase: Apple Lays Out Plans To Transition Macs from x86 to Apple SoCs

After many months of rumors and speculation, Apple confirmed this morning during their annual WWDC keynote that the company intends to transition away from using x86 processors at the...

241 by Ryan Smith on 6/22/2020

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 690: 5G & A77 In The Mid-Range

Today Qualcomm is extending its 5G SoC portfolio down to the Snapdragon 600-series, introducing the new Snapdragon 690 platform and chip. The new design is a more significant upgrade...

26 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/16/2020

Arm Announces Ethos-N78 NPU: Bigger And More Efficient

Yesterday Arm released the new Cortex-A78, Cortex-X1 CPUs and the new Mali-G78 GPU. Alongside the new “key” IPs from the company, we also saw the reveal of the newest...

34 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/27/2020

Arm's New Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 Microarchitectures: An Efficiency and Performance Divergence

2019 was a great year for Arm. On the mobile side of things one could say it was business as usual, as the company continued to see successes with...

189 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/26/2020

Arm Announces The Mali-G78 GPU: Evolution to 24 Cores

Today as part of Arm’s 2020 TechDay announcements, alongside the release of the brand-new Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 CPUs, Arm is also revealing its brand-new Mali-G78 and Mali-G68 GPU...

34 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/26/2020

MediaTek Announces Dimensity 820 Mid-Range SoC With More Performance

Today MediaTek is announcing a refresh of the Dimensity 800 mid-range SoC – a new 5G chipset that had only been announced earlier this year at CES. The newer...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/18/2020

Nvidia Announces New Drive Platforms With Orin and Ampere

Nvidia’s Orin SoC chipset had been on Nvidia’s roadmaps for over 2 years now, and last December we got the first new details of the new automotive oriented silicon...

37 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/14/2020

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 768G: Higher-bin 765 up to 2.8GHz

Today alongside with the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition, Qualcomm is announcing the new Snapdragon 768G SoC which powers the device. The new SoC is...

34 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/11/2020

MediaTek Announces Dimensity 1000+ SoC

Today MediaTek announced a follow-up in its SoC line-up with the new Dimensity 1000+. This seems to be a binned or revisioned variant of the Dimensity 1000 announced last...

35 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/7/2020

Apple’s A12Z Processor Confirmed to Reuse A12X Silicon

Last month Apple introduced its latest generation of iPad Pro tablets, and much to the surprise of many, the new iDevices didn’t come with a high-end variant of Apple’s...

57 by Ryan Smith on 4/13/2020

Mobile Benchmark Cheating: When a SoC Vendor Provides It As A Service

Mobile benchmark cheating has a long story that goes far back for the industry (well – at least in smartphone industry years), and has also been a controversial coverage...

111 by Andrei Frumusanu on 4/8/2020

UNISOC Unveils T7520 SoC for 5G Smartphones: Octa-Core, 6nm EUV

UNISOC, formerly Spreadtrum Semiconductor, has announced its first mobile application processor with an integrated 5G modem. Dubbed the T7520, the SoC also happens to be one of the world’s...

17 by Anton Shilov on 3/4/2020

Next Generation Arm Server: Ampere’s Altra 80-core N1 SoC for Hyperscalers against Rome and Xeon

Several years ago, at a local event detailing a new Arm microarchitecture core, I recall a conversation I had with a number of executives at the time: the goal...

69 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/3/2020

Arm Announces Cortex-M55 Core And Ethos-U55 microNPU

Today Arm announces its newest addition to the Cortex-M series, the new Cortex M55. In addition to the new CPU microarchitecture which brings several new improvements, we also see...

16 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/10/2020

Intel Joins CHIPS Alliance, Contributes Advanced Interface Bus

Intel this week became a member of CHIPS Alliance, an industry consortium that is working to accelerate the development of open source SoCs (and SiPs) for various applications. As...

17 by Anton Shilov on 1/24/2020

CES 2020: Ambarella Showcases CV2, CV22 and CV25 Demos

Amongst the many showcases at CES 2020 was Ambarella’s newest demo line-up showcasing various solutions using the CV2, CV22 and also demonstrating new platforms based on the newly announced...

13 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/16/2020

CES 2020: MediaTek Announces New Dimensity 800 Mid-Range 5G SoC

Today MediaTek has announced a new entry into its new “Dimensity” 5G SoC product lineup. The new chip is called the Dimensity 800 and represents a mid-range solution for...

12 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/7/2020

Imagination and Apple Renew IP Licensing Agreement

Today Imagination Technologies has announced that Apple has signed a new multi-year licensing with the company, giving the Cupertino company continued access to Imagination’s IP.

27 by Andrei Frumusanu on 1/2/2020

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