Group including Apple signs Letter of Intent to purchase Toshiba's memory chip business

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, a consortium that includes Bain Capital and Apple has signed a non-binding letter of intent stating that it plans to purchase Toshiba’s memory chip business before the end of this month. Those knowledgeable about the deal say the group, which includes Bain, Apple, Seagate Technology and Dell, are offering more than $18 billion for the business. Another group that was bidding includes Western Digital and private equity firm KKR. Western Digital is actually Toshiba’s partner in the NAND memory chip business, and claims to have veto rights to the sale of the …


iPhone X A11 chip with six processor cores to be Apple's most powerful yet

The quick leak of the iOS 11 Gold Master is like the gift that keeps giving. As developers go through this treasure trove of information, more interesting tidbits relating to iOS 11 and the 2017 iPhone models get disseminated. This particular bit of information has to do with the Apple A11 system chip that will be powering the tenth anniversary iPhone.

According to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the iOS 11 leak revealed that the Apple A11 chip will feature six processor cores. Two cores are named Monsoon and will be used for tasks requiring high power, …

Apple part of group seeking to buy Toshiba's memory chip business for $18 billion

This past April we told you that Apple, along with other major tech firms, was interested in purchasing Toshiba’s memory chip business. Two weeks later, there was talk about Apple and Foxconn teaming up to make the purchase. This report came after after the contract manufacturer was rumored to have made an $18 billion bid for the company all by itself. Now, talk about a deal involving Apple is warming up again as Western Digital’s own Thursday deadline to reach a deal with Toshiba ends today.

Bain Capital is part of a consortium that just lobbed in an $18 billion bid for what is the second …

iPhone 7s Plus bare logic board poses for the camera, A11 chip and Intel modem markings observed

The announcement of the new iPhone models is just around the corner. Despite Apple’s secretive ways, more and more information about the devices is starting to leak out as we draw closer to September. 
An interesting photo was recently uploaded by Benjamin Geskin on Twitter. A quartet of bare logic boards, allegedly made for the iPhone 7s Plus, can be seen on the image shared by the popular concept creator. 
When compared to the logic board of an iPhone 7 Plus (see top image), it is clear that …

A hacker has decrypted the iPhone's security chip, but your data is still safe

In order to make Touch ID on the iPhone 5s an onward secure, Apple introduced a fairly opaque piece of technology to its devices — the so-called Secure Enclave Processor (or SEP in short). This, in simple terms, is a piece of hardware found in almost every Apple-made device since the 5s which is used to keep users’ private data (think passwords, fingerprints, and everything else that requires cryptography) secure, taking the form of a tiny coprocessor kept completely isolated from the rest of the device.

And up until now, the SEP has been a black …

Huawei Mate 10 will ship with new Kirin 970 chip, and it has leaked out

Huawei will officially unveil its new flagship, the Huawei Mate 10, on October 16th in Munich, Germany, and company officials have already confirmed that it will come with the new, in-house made HiSilicon Kirin 970 chip.
But just how powerful will that chip be?
A recent leak showing the Kirin 970 specifications gives a good look at what we can expect:

Huawei Kirin 970 chip in a glance

8-core (4x Cortex A72 and 4x Cortex A53) configurationClock speed of …

ITC to investigate Qualcomm's claim against Apple; chip designer seeks import and sales ban

The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to open up an investigation against Apple. The agency will try to decide whether Apple’s use of an Intel modem inside the Apple iPhone actually led it to infringe on some patents that belong to chip designer Qualcomm. Besides investigating a possible patent infringement on the part of Apple, the ITC is reportedly investigating Qualcomm for not offering its standard-essential patents at a fair and reasonable royalty rate.

In a press release issued this evening, Qualcomm said that it is asking the ITC to issue a Limited Exclusion Order to …

Samsung overtakes Intel to become the world's biggest chip maker

Samsung yesterday announced record profits for the second quarter of 2017, driven mainly by its OLED panel and memory chip businesses. But aside from the exorbitant operating profit it made, Samsung also broke another record by taking Intel’s place as the world’s leading chip maker.

Industry watchers attribute the achievement to Samsung’s devotion to developing next-gen DRAM and NAND flash memory chips for a wide variety of devices, Korea Herald reports. By producing silicon for everything from servers to IoT connected devices, Samsung’s semiconductor …

Everyone but Apple is slowing down on chip orders ahead of the iPhone 8

If you’re in the smartphone business and your name isn’t Apple, fall is sort of the dry season of the year: that’s when the latest iPhone is released, and trying to challenge its dominance never really works out. And it appears that on the tenth anniversary of Apple’s first smartphone, other manufacturers have learned their bitter lesson: according to Digitimes, industry sources indicate slowing demand for chips from companies other than Apple.

As a result, chip manufacturers like MediaTek and Huawei-owned HiSilicon are suffering from decreasing orders, …

Google Pixel 2 rumored to be the first phone to pack Qualcomm's Snapdragon 836 chip

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the next big thing to be unveiled in the smartphone industry, but it’s the Google Pixel 2 that will mark the debut of the most powerful chipset on the market, Qualcomm Snapdragon 836.

Fudzilla reports sources in the industry have confirmed to them that Google’s Pixel 2 flagship will be the first to pack the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor, unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that’s expected to include a previous version of the chipset (and Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chip).

The new Snapdragon 836 CPU will be 10% faster than the predecessor, …