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Intel Alder Lake mobile chip lineup leaked (up to 16 cores with big+small designs)

Intel’s first 12th-gen Core processors for mobile devices are expected to hit the streets later this year. Based on the company’s new Alder Lake designs, the chips will be different from most previous-gen Core processors in that they’ll combine “big” and “small” CPU cores on a single chip. A leaked product slide from earlier this […]

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AMD may be developing hybrid chips similar to ARM’s big.LITTLE and Intel’s Foveros designs

It’s been nearly a decade since ARM introduced its big.LITTLE chip designs that allow a single processor to use two or more different CPU cores. The name comes from the idea that you could pair “big” high-performance cores with “LITTLE” energy-efficient cores to get the best of both worlds – speed when you need it […]

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Rumor: Intel “Alder Lake-S” could be a 16-core desktop processor (with big.LITTLE-like design)

Intel’s Foveros technology allows the chip maker to deliver processors featuring CPU cores spanning multiple architectures. This allows, for example, a set of low-power, energy-efficient CPU cores to be combined with a set of power-hungry, higher-performance cores. So far Intel has only unveiled one product that uses this design — the upcoming Intel Lakefield processor […]

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ARM says its new Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 chips are optimized for AI and machine learning

As expected, ARM is launching new CPU and graphics chip designs ahead of the Computex trade show in Taiwan. The new Mali-G72 GPU and Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 processors bring improvements to performance and efficiency. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The new chip designs are also the first to support ARM’s new DynamIQ […]

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Samsung introduces Exynos 5422 and 5260 octa, hexa-core chips

Samsung is adding two new processors to its Exynos family. The Samsung Exynos 5422 is an updated, faster version of the Exynos 5420 octa-core processor, while the new Exynos 5260 is the company’s first hexa-core chip (and likely the processor used in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo). Both chips use ARM’s big.LITTLE technology to […]

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Allwinner unveils Allwinner A80 Octa processor

Chinese chip maker Allwinner plans to launch its first octa-core chip. The Allwinner A80 Octa features 8 processor cores and uses ARM’s big.LITTLE technology to pair a set of high-performance cores with lower-power cores in order to balance performance and battery life in phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Allwinner tells us the chip design […]

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How the 8-cores in Samsung’s octa-core chips will work together

Samsung says it’s Exynos 5 Octa chips will soon be able to use all 8 processor cores at once. But that doesn’t mean that phones or tablets with the octa-core chip will always be firing on all cylinders. ARM has released a series of videos showing how it’s big.LITTLE Heterogeneous Multi-Processing technology allows the 4 ARM […]

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Soon Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chips will be able to use all 8 cores at once

Samsung may have been the first company to release an octa-core ARM-based processor, but up until now you’ve only actually been able to use 4 processor cores at a time on an Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chip. That will change soon, when Samsung launches support for what it’s calling Hetereogenous Multi-Processing, or HMP. In a […]

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Hardkernel ODROID-XU octa-core dev board available for $149 and up

As expected, Hardkernel has introduced a new development board built around Samsung’s Exynos 5410 octa-core processor. It’s called the ODROID-XU, and it’s available for purchase for $149 during the month of August. After that the price goes up to $169. Like other dev boards, the ODROID-XU is basically a single-board computer with a series of […]

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MediaTek introduces its first ARM Cortex-A15 chip with big.LITTLE tech (MT8135)

Another day, another processor from Chinese chip maker MediaTek. Hot on the heels of the announcement of an 8-core ARM Cortex-A7 chip, MediaTek is introducing a new chip called the MT8135 with four processor cores: 2 ARM Cortex-A15 cores and 2 lower-power ARM Cortex-A7 components. For heavy-duty tasks, the higher-power processor cores kick in. The […]

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Renesas introduces APE6 8-core processor for phones and tablets

Japanese chip-maker Renesas plans to launch a new mobile processor that bears an uncanny resemblance to Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa. Like the Samsung chip, the new Renesas APE6 is an 8-core chip that pairs 4 ARM Cortex-A15 processor cores with 4 lower-power ARM Cortex-A7 cores. Since the chip uses ARM’s big.LITTLE technology, that means that […]