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, …

Samsung reportedly scores Apple’s chip business back, 7nm A12 processor in tow

The glory days for the TSMC chip foundry may be over soon, if a new report out of Korea is to be believed. TSMC became the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series processors in 2013, and never looked back. This year, it has been tasked with producing the 10nm Apple A11 chipsets, and the expected upgrade super cycle brought on by the iPhone 8, has shot the TSMC shares into the stratosphere, making its founder a billionaire in the process.
That sweet deal with Apple may be coming to an end, a Korean publication tips, as Samsung has eventually won back Apple’s chip business. …

Apple’s iPhone 8 just made this chip foundry chief a billionaire

Apple, in its constant efforts to move away from Samsung as components supplier, has tasked the production of its 2017 edition A11 chipset entirely to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). Its 86-year-old chairman Morris Chang  has just become a billionaire in the process. Shares of TSMC have jumped 27% in a year, making his stake in the company valued at a cool $1 billion.

This upshot in the foundry’s valuation comes on the wings of the extra iPhone 8 business that analysts are convinced will cause major increase in demand for iPhones overall this and …

Samsung may have passed Apple's profits for the first time, buoyed by Q2 chip sales

According to Cheong Chang-won from Nomura Securities: “A super cycle was expected for Samsung’s semiconductor and display businesses, but it has turned out to be an ultra-super cycle for the memory chip business.” A hint of how would that ultra cycle translate to Samsung’s earnings was given on Friday, when the company issued its mandated profit forecast for Q2, saying that it has likely made $12.1 billion in operating profit.
Since Samsung usually reports the final audited numbers a few weeks after its forecast with a very small margin of surprise, …

Move over, Intel: Samsung poised to become the world's largest chip maker

Oh, the times we live in! A new report by Nomura Securities says that Samsung is about to surpass Intel as the world’s largest semiconductor maker. Say what? Intel has been at the forefront of chip-making for decades now, but for this past quarter Samsung is projected to hit $15 billion in semiconductor sales, compared with Intel’s $14.4 billion. 

Thus, while sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S line used to form the lion’s share of its revenue and profits just two or three years ago, now it has managed to diversify enough so that more than half of its profits …

Custom processors may come to Pixel as Google hires ex-Apple chip designer

Google has been slowly expanding its hardware division, most notably with the new line of Pixel phones. Now, it appears as though Google has interest in designing its own custom silicon chips with the new hire of an Apple alumn who worked as a processor designer at Apple for eight years. 

Manu Gulati announced on LinkedIn that he had been hired by Google to be the “lead SoC architect” for the company. Gulati has a long work history in processors, having previously been employed by AMD and Broadcom before spending eight years with Apple. According to reports, Google is looking …

Rumored Snapdragon 845 SoC to include X20 modem chip capable of 1.2Gbps downlink speed

Last month, we passed along a report stating that the Snapdragon 845 chipset will be Qualcomm’s next high-end SoC, and will power the next-generation of high-end handsets. While the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ got first crack this year at selling handsets powered by the top-shelf Snapdragon 835 chipset (leaving the LG G6 to rely on the Snapdragon 821 SoC), the early reports suggest that LG and Qualcomm have already engaged in talks that would guarantee the presence of the Snapdragon 845 chipset on the LG G7.

According to a profile of a Qualcomm Senior Staff Engineer that was …

Possible Moto M sequel, loaded with deca-core chip, appears on Geekbech

A phone labeled as the Lenovo XT1902-03 has been discovered on Geekbench. The XT prefix for a model number often indicates a Motorola handset and there is speculation that this device is the sequel to the Moto M. That assumption was reached based on the chipset found on last year’s device, and comparing it to the SoC used on the unknown model that is the focus of the benchmark test.

The XT1902-03 features a Helio P20 MediaTek MT6797 chipset carrying a deca-core CPU. For the test, the ten cores were running at a clock speed of 1.85GHz. The device sports 4GB of RAM inside, and Android 7.1.1 …

The mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor comes surprisingly close to top-end Snapdragon 835 chip in performance test

Earlier this month, US chip maker Qualcomm announced its brand-new Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors for mid-range phones and other smart devices. Benchmark scores of the 660 model appeared online, showing the chip is capable of surprisingly high performance that hovers near the flagship Snapdragon 835 model’s teritorry.

In GeekBench (a prominent CPU performance test), the Snapdragon 660 – as present inside an unidentified smartphone code-named Heart – racked up 5,455 points in the multi-core test. Compared to the flagship Snapdragon 835 as present in the Samsung …