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In the biggest roadblock yet to NVIDIA’s proposed acquisition of Arm, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced this afternoon that the regulatory body will be suing to block the merger. Citing concerns over the deal “stifling the innovation pipeline for next-generation technologies”, the FTC is moving to scuttle the $40 billion deal in order to protect the interests of the wider marketplace. The deal with current Arm owner SoftBank was first announced in September of 2020, where at the time SoftBank had been shopping Arm around in an effort to either sell or spin-off the technology IP company. And while NVIDIA entered into the deal with bullish optimism about being able to close it without too much trouble, the company has since...

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

Samsung Kicks Off Mass Production of AI Chip for Baidu: 260 TOPS at 150 W

Samsung Foundry and Baidu this week said that the companies were about to start mass production of an AI accelerator chip early in 2020. Baidu’s Kunlun chip is to...

9 by Anton Shilov on 12/18/2019

NVIDIA Details DRIVE AGX Orin: A Herculean Arm Automotive SoC For 2022

While NVIDIA’s SoC efforts haven’t gone entirely to plan since the company first started on them over a decade ago, NVIDIA has been able to find a niche that...

33 by Ryan Smith on 12/18/2019

Qualcomm Windows on Snapdragon: New 7c & 8c SoCs for sub-$800 Laptops

Last year Qualcomm introduced its flagship Snapdragon 8cx platform for premium always-connected PCs (ACPCs) that packed the best technologies that the company had to offer at the time. Being...

54 by Anton Shilov on 12/6/2019

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 865 and 765(G): 5G For All in 2020, All The Details

We’re here in Maui for the second day of Qualcomm’s fourth annual Snapdragon summit, for what is probably the most exciting part of the event, as we cover the...

91 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/4/2019

Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit Live Blog: Day One

Today is the start of Qualcomm's three-day annual Snapdragon Tech Summit. Day one historically is where Qualcomm goes into detail about how the company is performing, and this year...

20 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/3/2019

Imagination Announces A-Series GPU Architecture: "Most Important Launch in 15 Years"

There are very few companies in the world able to claim a history in the graphics market dating back to the “golden age” of the 90’s. Among the handful...

143 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/2/2019

MediaTek Announces Dimensity 1000 SoC: Back To The High-End With 5G

Today MediaTek is announcing the new Dimensity 1000 SoC – the company’s new 5G flagship SoC for 2019 and early 2020. The announcement really isn’t too much of a...

42 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/26/2019

NUVIA: New Server CPU Startup Going After Intel and AMD

Founded by former senior Apple CPU architects, NUVIA for the first time publicly revealed its existence with the announcement of a successful first investment round. The company broke cover...

41 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/15/2019

MLPerf Releases Official Results For First Machine Learning Inference Benchmark

Since launching their organization early last year, the MLPerf group has been slowly and steadily building up the scope and the scale of their machine learning benchmarks. Intending to...

12 by Ryan Smith on 11/6/2019

Samsung Confirms Custom CPU Development Cancellation

The fate of Samsung's custom CPU development efforts has been making the rounds of the rumour mill for almost a month, and now we finally have confirmation from Samsung...

42 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/4/2019

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