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Creative ZiiO 7 Android tablet benchmarked: It’s fast, but not ridiculously fast

The Creative ZiiO 7 is one of the first Android tablets from Creative to feature the company’s new ZMS-08 media processor. We know that the chip is designed to 1080p HD video playback, and high quality Bluetooth audio. But how does the ZiiO 7 stack up against other Android devices with speedy chips? Hardware Zone […]

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Qualcomm unveils quad-core, 2.5 GHz Snapdragon mobile chips

You know how last year the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip was all the rage with phone makers thanks to its super speedy 1 GHz clock speed and decent graphics performance? This year it seems like NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chip has been grabbing all the headlines thanks to its 1 GHz dual core architecture and higher performance […]

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Samsung renames its upcoming mobile chips: Meet the Exynos family

Samsung is scheduled to introduce a new 1 GHz dual core mobile processor next month. The company had been calling the chip the “Orion,” but last night Samsung put out a press release explaining that its new chips would wear the Exynos name. The upcoming dual core chip will be the first member of the […]

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Texas Instruments unveils plans for OMAP 5 2GHz dual core chips

Remember when words like gigahertz were used for computer chips and you really didn’t know that much about the chip powering your phone? That’s all changed in recent years, with low power ARM-based chips strutting their stuff with clock speeds of 1 GHz and above, multi-core chip designs, and ARM based chips showing up in […]

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Low power chip battle: AMD C-50, Intel Atom N550 power consumption compared

AMD introduced several new chips based on its low power Bobcat core this year. They’re all Fusion chips, which means the CPU and graphics are all on the same piece of silicon. The AMD Zacate E-350 chip uses 18 Watts and is designed as a low cost,  alternative to Consumer Ultra Low Voltage chips from […]

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Leading ARM-based smartphone, tablet chips compared

Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Hummingbird, TI OMAP, NVIDIA Tegra… you see these names a lot these days, as they’re the chips powering the newest, most powerful Android smartphones and upcoming tablets. But while most of these chips run at clock speeds between 800 MHz and 1.2 GHz, we’ve moved far past the point where you can […]

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Microsoft wants Intel to develop 16-core Atom chips

There’s a common misperception that multi-core chips are always more powerful than single-core computer chips. But the truth of the matter is that while multi-core chips can be faster than their old school brethren, especially when used with software optimized for multithreading, there’s another reason to develop chips with multiple cores: They can use less […]

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NVIDIA may be working on 3D, quad-core Tegra chips

There was a time when ARM-based chips were viewed as the low powered wimps of the computing world. But that’s all changing. ARM-based chips today can be multi-core processors that can handle 1080p HD video playback, a decent bit of number crunching, and low power consumption. And things just keep getting better: a leaked product […]