Apple could source local chipsets for Chinese iPhones

Apple may be expanding its supply chain further by buying storage chips from the Chinese memory chipmaker Yangtze Memory Technologies, a new report states. What makes this interesting is that the chips will reportedly be used only in iPhones and other devices for the Chinese domestic market. It suggests that Apple may be willing to […]

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Nokia ReefShark chipsets with AI, nanometer chip technology and Future X 5G Architecture announced

Nokia today has unveiled the new ReefShark chipsets which are aimed to take leverage of the in-house silicon expertise and reduce the size, cost and power consumption of operators’ networks and meet the radio requirements of 5G. The company has also outlined its implementation of Future X network architecture for 5G. The chipsets also incorporate the Nokia’s artificial intelligence (AI) and nanometer chip technology. The ReefShark chipsets also leverage on the company’s capabilities in antenna development for mobile devices and base stations. The chipsets for RF (radio frequency) are also said to significantly improve the radio performance and also results in reducing the size of massive MIMO antennas. ReefShark chipsets also reduce power consumption in baseband units by 64%, compared to such units in use today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdIPlXy_JsI The ReefShark chipsets for compute capacity are delivered as plug-in units for the commercially available Nokia AirScale baseband module which is a software upgradeable to full 5G functionality. These plug-in units also results in triple throughput with upto 28GBps to 84 Gbps per module AI in 5G networks enables real-time radio monitoring and optimization and brings in the ability to apply techniques such as network slicing to meet the service level demands of new business cases. The company is working on common toolkits …
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Intel details performance impact post security patches, says chipsets incur 6% performance drop

Intel today announced that the security patch fixing Meltdown and Spectre patches incurring 6% performance drop in most modern CPUs while the impact is bigger on older chipsets. The company further says that performance impact should not be significant for average computer users. Intel added that it didn’t receive any reports of the exploits obtaining customer data, but said that it will continue to patch things. The performance impact of the mitigation on 8th generation platforms (Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake) with SSDs is small across a variety of workloads and the expected impact is less than 6%, but in some cases, the impact might vary up to 10% depending on the nature of use cases.   The performance impact on 7th generationGen Kaby Lake-H mobile platforms is close to 8th with 7% drop on the SYSMark2014SE benchmark. As for the 6th generation Skylake-S platform, the impact might be slightly higher ranging from 7% to 8%, but mostly in-line with 7th and 8th generation platforms said Intel. The company said that in the coming week it will offer a representative set of data for mobile and desktop platforms that were launched within the past five years. The company assured that it will work on creative solutions with our industry partners …
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Google will require that apps support Oreo features in 2018, 64-bit chipsets in 2019

Google has several forward-looking changes to Android planned, the effects of some will be felt soon while others will make a difference later. Starting in August 2018, new apps will be required to target Android 8.0 API. They can still support old versions of Android, but they’ll have to play by the rules when running on Oreo and later. This makes some currently optional features mandatory – like using Marshmallow’s runtime permissions. Additional requirements will improve user privacy while limiting the performance impact of ill-behaved apps. From November 2018, not just…

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus surface again, come with Snapdragon chipsets

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will arrive tomorrow. We already know how the phone will look, how it most likely will cost. Most of the specs were leaked on TENAA, while the MIUI 9 was announced by the company. Some of the specs were double-confirmed by a live photo which also revealed the Snapdragon chipset that will power the Redmi 5 phones. The Redmi 5 will arrive with 5.7″ screen with the popular FullView display with 18:9 ratio. The chipset will be Snapdragon 450 – a 14nm process unit with octa-core CPU and Adreno 506 GPU. The camera on the back will be 12 MP. The…

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