CPUs and Processors

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A Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in a smartphone.

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Pokemon Go now runs on Android smartphones with Intel processors

It took a while, but the hot Pokemon Go mobile game is now working on smartphones with Intel chips.


3 things to know about Softbank's plan to acquire ARM

Since the release of the iPhone, ARM's chip designs have driven a mobile revolution. The small chip company has kept giants like Intel on their knees, and now it's on the verge of being acquired by Softbank for a stunning US$32...

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 is its fastest mobile chip yet

A mobile chip faster than the one in flagship smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S7 and LG's G5 will start appearing in handsets this quarter.


Overclocking for beginners

Overclocking might have an exotic image but it's not too difficult to start. At the entry level, an Intel desktop app provides an immediate performance boost.


Overclocking Intel's new Broadwell-E chip

The chip is only hours old, but already overclockers have the 10-core Broadwell-E running at almost double its advertised speed.


Qualcomm's bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with new Wear platform

Wearables today are overwhelmingly tethered to smartphones. Qualcomm wants to change that by bringing LTE connectivity to wearables with its new Snapdragon Wear platform.

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Qualcomm's new chips target low-cost smartphones with premium features, including 21Mpixel camera support

Low-cost smartphones could be packed with premium features thanks to Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 425, 435 and 625 mobile chips.

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Samsung will make Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chips

Samsung Electronics will be making Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 chips for smartphones and other devices, refueling speculation that the chips could find their way into the South Korean giant's premium smartphones.

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Samsung unveils its next-generation SoC, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890

The company says its newest SoC has a 30 percent performance improvement over the Exynos 7 Octa.

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 820, promises faster performance and improved battery efficiency

For smartphone watchers, the biggest issue will be if the 820 can leave the 810's overheating issues in the past.

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Snapdragon 820 chip to offer 600 Mbps LTE speeds and faster Quick Charge 3.0

Qualcomm says its Quick Charge 3.0 will boost your phone's battery from zero to 60 percent in 30 minutes.

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Qualcomm offers a few scant details about the Kyro CPU in its Snapdragon 820 processor

In a blog post big on buzzwords and thin on details, Qualcomm lets us know the Snapdragon 820 will be worth waiting for.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 820's new Hexagon DSP for always-on sensors, image processing

Qualcomm's drip-drip of Snapdragon 820 details rolls on with the Hexagon 680 DSP, which will be the chipmaker's way of monitoring step tracking and improving low-light photos.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 could yield big camera gains

The new 'Specter' image processor will capture sharper images in low light, the company says

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Report: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 specs leak, point to greatly improved SoC

If the leaked specs are correct, the Snapdragon 820 should be a significantly better processor than the 810.


Qualcomm: A flood of cheap LTE smartphones is on the way

Products powered by the Snapdragon 210 processor have been slower to arrive than the chip maker expected

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Eight isn't enough: MediaTek reveals 10-core mobile processor

The Helios X20 will begin shipping to vendors in December.

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Fujitsu's thin heat pipe could help smartphone chips run cooler

While it won't eliminate heat, this heat pipe could spread it out better and reduce extremes of temperature on the surface of smartphones

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