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PC gamers and longtime HotHardware readers will no doubt be familiar with the Killer series of network controllers. We’ve taken a look at a number of the add-in versions over the years, including the original beast with the massive “K” heatsink. Many of today’s gamer-targeted motherboards also feature Killer networking technology, like this Gigabyte motherboard we recently looked at, for example.Though at their core Killer NICs are network controllers, that function just like more basic, mainstream solutions, they offer additional features designed to enhance performance and potentially improve... Read more...
Get ready for the next generation of mobile. So says Qualcomm, a formidable force in the mobile sector with its Snapdragon silicon, and today the company held an event in New York City to demonstrate for the first time its highly anticipated Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (SoC). More than just a speed bump and refresh of the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm says it designed the Snapdragon 820 "from the ground up to be unlike anything else." Behind the marketing hyperbole is an SoC with a custom 64-bit quad-core Kyro processor clocked at up to 2.2GHz. Qualcomm says it delivers up to twice the performance... Read more...
It may be a bit too early to be shopping for the holidays just yet, but doing a little research never hurts, particularly if you’re in the market for a new mobile device. Tablet makers are continually in the process of slimming down their devices and boosting battery life, even in the entry-level space, where products like the Android-based Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8 play. Lenovo gave this tablet an aggressive price point of $169.99 and designed it for entertainment use, which ought to make the Yoga Tab 3 8 appealing to a broad range of potential consumers. So, we decided to take the tablet for a spin... Read more...
It's barely been an entire year since Qualcomm introduced its augmented reality SDK Vuforia, and already it's found itself in the hands of another company. Interestingly, it wasn't a company already involved in the AR space (or VR, for that matter) that decided to shell out $65 million for it, but rather PTC, creators of many different design and engineering software solutions, such as Creo and Mathcad. This is undoubtedly an interesting acquisition by the Massachusetts-based PTC, but given its huge focus on design solutions, it's not hard to imagine how the company is going to take advantage of... Read more...
It might be needless to put a ton of CPU cores inside of a smartphone, but it makes all the sense in the world to put a lot of them in a server. Of course, mega-core server CPUs are nothing new. Both AMD and Intel offer Hulk-smashing chips with up to 18 cores, and in some cases, up to eight of those can be packed into a single server. It's the stuff geek tears are made of. Sometimes, however, high-end processors are not needed; just lots of cores. It's for that reason that there's been an uptick in servers utilizing ARM-based processors. While these might not be as full-featured as a chip from... Read more...
An administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that Samsung and Qualcomm did not run afoul of the law by importing certain devices into the U.S., according to NVIDIA, which has sued both companies for alleged patent infringement related to GPU technologies. This is the latest development in a case NVIDIA filed against Samsung and Qualcomm last year. NVIDIA claims that certain mobile processors built by Qualcomm and incorporated into several of Samsung's handsets infringed on technologies that cover things like programmable shading, unified shaders, and multithreaded... Read more...
You don't need us to tell you that not all smartphones aren't created equal, but did you know that's even sometimes true of the same model shipping to different markets? Samsung has been known to use multiple chipsets in the same model smartphone shipping to different territories, and its forthcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone might be the next handset to go down that road.Citing South Korea's Electronic Times and its unnamed industry sources, Reuters reports that Samsung will use two different mobile processors in the Galaxy S7. Models shipping to the U.S. market and China will reportedly rock Qualcomm's... Read more...
Qualcomm is promising faster phone charges by way of Quick Charge 3.0, the next generation of its fast charging technology. What's different about Quick Charger 3.0 versus the first two iterations is the ability to employ something called Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV). In plain English, INOV is an algorithm that allows portable devices to determine the exact power level needed for optimal power transfer at any point in time rather than rely on a predetermined voltage limit across the board. It also supports wider voltage options -- a mobile device can dynamically adjust the... Read more...
Drones are becoming a big business, with even companies like Sony getting into the fray with its Aerosense Camera Drone. However, creating new commercials drone from scratch is not an easy task, and there are many barriers to entry. Not to mention, there’s a huge elephant in the room in the form of DJI, which rules the drone market with an iron fist. However, Qualcomm is looking to tear down those barriers of entries by bringing technology originally means for smartphones to drones. Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight is aimed at both robotics and consumer drone platforms and at its heart is a 2.26GHz quad-core... Read more...
Qualcomm has been hyping the heck out of its Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (SoC) and if it lives up the hype, it's going to be one hell of a chip. It will have fast graphics processing, a new Spectra Camera Image Signal Processor (ISP) that can support up to three cameras simultaneously at up to 25MP, machine learning capabilities, and the list goes on. Oh, and it will offer twice the performance of the Snapdragon 810. That latter bit is the latest claim from Qualcomm. In a new blog post, Qualcomm explains that it's been designing custom mobile processors for over 25 years and gaining valuable... Read more...
Whenever a chip maker comes out with a new processor or System-on-Chip (SoC) design, the first thing everyone wants to know is how fast it is. Clockspeeds and benchmarks underscoring raw compute power draw the most attention, though there's more to a processor than speed alone. For example, Qualcomm today revealed that its forthcoming Snapdragon 820 will real-time, on-device machine learning designed to detect zero-day malware threats. It will be the first platform to incorporate what Qualcomm is calling Snapdragon Smart Protect, which itself will be the first application to use Qualcomm Zeroth... Read more...
When Qualcomm revealed its next top-end Snapdragon chip a few weeks ago, called the 820, we heard lots of promises about its Adreno 530 GPU and Spectra ISP. Now, we're being fed some information regarding the next-gen Hexagon 680 DSP, which will be included in the SoC. DSP stands for digital signal processor, and is a specialized chip used in digital processing, such as with audio compression and video playback. As a chip with a specific function, it can draw much less power than the regular CPU in an SoC -- something super important when we're talking mobile. With its Hexagon 680 DSP, Qualcomm... Read more...
Samsung’s latest phone offering features a hexa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera, and runs Android. Taking a quick glance at the specs, you could safely assume that this is yet another mid-range smartphone offering from South Korea’s electronics powerhouse; but you’d be dead wrong. Samsung’s new SM-G9198 is actually a brand new flip-phone aimed at those who eschew the dominate smartphone form-factor that has dominated the overall global phone market for years. Powering the device is Qualcomm’s potent 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor, and you’ll find both 16GB of internal storage and... Read more...
It’s no secret that the Snapdragon 810 processor has been a bit of a sore spot for Qualcomm. The SoC was chastised for overheating problems and Samsung even passed over the chip for its homegrown Exynos 7420 processor. Qualcomm’s third quarter earnings (revenue fell by 14 percent to $5.8 billion and net income plummeted by 47 percent to $1.2 billion) also disappointed and the company announced efforts to reduce spending and slash its workforce by 15 percent (roughly 4,500 to 5,000 employees will be let go). Qualcomm is looking to not only regain the confidence of its OEM partners, but also Wall... Read more...
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