Samsung dethrones Intel to become the world's largest chip maker by revenue

Samsung just announced record $50 billion profit for last year, and a record Q4 with $14.1 billion earned largely from selling marked-up components, rather than Galaxies. The parts in question include memory modules, displays and processors, but it’s the chip business that made it rain for Samsung in 2017. Buried in the annual report is the fact that the department made $69 billion of revenue for Samsung last year, while the former king Intel (also knows as Chipzilla), made do with $63 billion.
This is a huge shift in the silicon business, no matter how you slice …


Chip maker TSMC sees shipments of top shelf smartphones declining this year

TSMC, the company that produced the A11 bionic SoC for the trio of 2017 Apple iPhone models, is expecting a decline in the shipment of high-end smartphones in 2018. C.C. Wei, co-chief executive of TSMC, sees declining shipments this year for high-end handsets. He sees shipments of mid-to low-end handsets actually increasing during 2018. TSMC expects wafer based revenue for mobile phones to come in flat this year, compared with 2017.

The company has already received the word that it will be the sole producer of the Apple A12 chipset which will be found in the 2018 iPhone models. TSMC also …

Qualcomm bests the AirPods' battery life with a new chip for Bluetooth headphones

Qualcomm just announced the QCC5100 – a chipset aimed squarely at true wireless earphones, like Apple’s AirPods. In fact, Qualcomm has nonchalantly mentioned during its presentation that the Bluetooth 5.0 system-on-a-chip will deliver “25% better battery life than the most popular true wireless headset on the market today.” Since that title goes to the AirPods, this is a stone thrown in Apple’s garden by a chip giant which is currently in a patent feud with the team from Cupertino.
In the press release, however, the new silicon is actually claimed to offer “up …

Qualcomm details its Snapdragon 845 chip: 30% more efficient, fastest modem, 4K HDR video capture

As promised, the second day of Qualcomm’s Tech Summit seems to be completely dedicated to the newly unveiled Snapdragon 845 processor. There’s a lot of technical info about Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset to date, so we’ll try to simplify it for you.

First off, the Snapdragon 845 is 30% more efficient than the previous top-tier chipset, the Snapdragon 835. Also, thanks to the new graphics processing unit (GPU), the Adreno 630, the chipset offers 30% improved graphics, video rendering, and power reduction compared to the previous generation.

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Snapdragon 845 chip rumors and expectations: what we know so far

Fun fact: a modern smartphone has greater computational capabilities than a typical home computer from a decade ago, yet requires only a fraction of the electrical power. Okay, maybe that’s not a statement we’d file under “fun”, but it is definitely a fact, and smartphones are only bound to get better – faster and smarter than they’ve ever been before.
Hardly a surprise, the boost in performance brought by each consecutive smartphone generation comes thanks to a newer and better system-on-chip solution (a.k.a. SoC). This is the “brain” of your smartphone, …

Xiaomi's next flagship rumored to feature all-screen design, 6-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845 chip

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi might be planning something big for next year. A new report from the People’s Republic allegedly reveals some of the most important specs of the company’s 2018 flagship that’s tentatively called Xiaomi Mi 7. While the information below is not official and should be taken with a big grain of salt, some of it coincides with rumors that emerged earlier this year.

Design 

Apparently, the next member of the Mi series will feature an all-screen design. This does make sense, as Xiaomi already has plenty of expertise in this area …

The Google Pixel 2 has a special image processing chip hidden inside

Our Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review just went up, and surprising almost no one, the devices can take some quite spectacular shots (animal lovers: check out the camera section for photos of two absolutely adorable kitties). And most of this has to do not with the camera sensors, but rather Google’s special HDR+ algorithm which can drastically improve upon the quality of images.

But it turns out that Google has a trick up its sleeve this year: yes, HDR+ is back and in top shape, but Google has decided to enhance it on the hardware side as well. That …

Efficient, dual-frequency GPS chip to vastly increase location accuracy on select phones in 2018

Chip maker Broadcom has just come up with a new dual-frequency GPS chip that promises to greatly improve GPS accuracy – from around 5 meters as of now to roughly 30cm. A great improvement no matter how you look at it. 
Currently known as BCM47755, this breakthrough new GPS chip got unveiled a few days ago at teh ION GNSS+ summit in Portland, OR, and has been already included in the blueprints for some unspecified upcoming smartphones. It will be easy to speculate that the Galaxy S9. S9 Plus and the LG G7 are the prime suspects at the moment.
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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, …