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Topic: A7

Apple Inc., ARM & Qualcomm aggressively poaching IBM's chip designers

06/26/2014, 05:06 pm

As IBM secretly mulls plans to sell off its increasing outdated processor chip fabs in New York and Vermont, a new wave of mobile chip developers--led by Apple, ARM and Qualcomm--are hiring away many of the top chip designers of the once leading firm.

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Inside Metal: How Apple plans to unlock the secret graphics performance of the A7 chip

06/16/2014, 05:06 am

Among the surprises that Apple unveiled at WWDC 2014 is the company's new Metal framework and shader language, aimed at radically enhancing the hardware accelerated graphics potential of the A7 Application Processor powering the company's latest iOS devices.

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Rumor: Apple once again said to be strongly considering ARM-based Macs

05/26/2014, 08:05 am

Apple's most popular computing devices, from the iPhone and iPad to MacBook Pro and iMac, could all be powered by the same ARM-based processors, if the company were to decide to make such a switch, according to a new report.

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Samsung says it 'leads by following,' admits few businesses are actually using Knox

05/19/2014, 04:05 pm

Speaking to analysts and investors, a senior vice president of Samsung stated "we, as a market leader, are following the market trend" in adding biosensors to mobile devices, while sidestepping the company's delay in 64-bits and the moribund 2 percent adoption of Knox by enterprise users.

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Analysis affirms Apple's A7 processor closer to a desktop CPU than regular mobile chip

03/31/2014, 11:03 am

An independent analysis of the microarchitecture behind Apple's latest A7 processor has shown that the company was not overstating when it called the design "desktop class," with the new silicon matching up well against Intel's recent desktop components.

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Apple details Touch ID and Secure Enclave tech in new security white paper

02/26/2014, 06:02 pm

An iOS security white paper published by Apple on Wednesday offers a deeper understanding of the company's Touch ID fingerprint sensing system and the so-called "Secure Enclave" found in the A7 SoC, both of which were introduced with the iPhone 5s.

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Apple sued by University of Wisconsin over A7 chip at heart of iPhone, iPad

02/03/2014, 10:02 am

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin, alleges in a newly-filed lawsuit that Apple's A7 processor infringes a university-developed patent that improves "the efficiency and performance of contemporary computer processors."

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Apple's 64-bit A7 SoC 'set off panic' for chipmakers

12/17/2013, 01:12 am

Apple caught market-leading chipmakers off guard when it debuted the 64-bit A7 system-on-chip alongside the iPhone 5s in September, a move one Qualcomm insider says put the industry in panic mode.

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GlobalFoundries may subcontract Apple A-series chips for Samsung at New York facility

11/12/2013, 11:11 am

Rather than serving as an alternative to Samsung for production of Apples A-series chips, GlobalFoundries may just serve as a subcontractor for Samsung itself in producing chips for the iPhone and iPad, according to a new report.

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GlobalFoundries to build A-series chips for Apple in New York - report

11/11/2013, 02:11 pm

Apple will reportedly add a second U.S. chip fabrication plant to its supply chain, partnering with California-based GlobalFoundries to produce A-series processors at a new $6 billion facility in upstate New York.

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Samsung tempers expectations for a 64-bit Android answer to Apple's A7

11/07/2013, 05:11 am

Samsung sought to assuage its investors' concerns about increasingly intense competition with Apple and the cooling market for premium Android smartphones, outlining a specs race that described a future with 64-bit Exynos chips, super high resolution mobile displays and a new focus on software.

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Hands on with the new 64-bit A7, Retina display iPad mini and iPad Air

10/23/2013, 02:10 pm

Apple demonstrated its lineup of new iPads yesterday, introducing two new models, a Retina Display iPad mini and thin new iPad Air, with significant upgrades that were not expected.

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Apple bests Samsung, Intel in mobile processor revenues

10/11/2013, 02:10 pm

Thanks to the massive popularity of the iPhone and iPad, Apple has become one of the five largest makers of processors for mobile devices by revenue in the world, according to new data.

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Qualcomm backs away from 'marketing gimmick' comment about iPhone 5s' A7 chip

10/08/2013, 08:10 pm

Apple supplier Qualcomm has backed away from statements made by a senior executive that the 64-bit capabilities of the iPhone 5s' A7 processor are a "marketing gimmick."

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Apple's 64-bit A7 already powering advanced new audio, video features in apps and games

10/04/2013, 03:10 am

The debut of Apple's new 64-bit A7 Application Processor has been assailed by more than one industry figure insisting that the new chip isn't anything special, but a series of iOS developers are reporting huge performance gains and already using the new chip to accomplish "desktop class" tasks that were not previously possible on a mobile device.

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Apple partner Qualcomm pans iPhone 5s A7 CPU as 'gimmick,' yet hints at own 64-bit chip

10/02/2013, 11:10 am

A senior vice president for Apple supplier Qualcomm says the 64-bit A7 chip in Apple's iPhone 5s is more a marketing gimmick than a development that will lead to real consumer benefits, but at the same time appeared to hint that the chip maker is planning a future 64-bit processor of its own.

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Preliminary look at Apple's new A7 processor reveals new architecture, quad-core GPU

09/27/2013, 05:09 pm

The team at Chipworks on Friday posted a tentative look at the iPhone 5s' A7 system-on-a-chip, finding a few changes from the previous A6 processor, including the addition of a mysterious SRAM cell never seen in A-series silicon.

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Apple's new A7 CPU dissected to reveal 28nm manufacturing process

09/24/2013, 11:09 am

The new silicon found in Apple's iPhone 5s has been viewed under a microscope, revealing some of the secrets of the custom-built A7 processor and M7 motion co-processor.

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Samsung confirmed to be manufacturer of Apple's new A7 chip in iPhone 5s

09/20/2013, 01:09 pm

Apple has once again turned to Samsung to manufacture its new 64-bit A7 processor that powers the flagship iPhone 5s, an analysis of the system-on-a-chip has confirmed.

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Inside Apple's 64-bit iOS 7 and the prospects for a 64-bit Android

09/17/2013, 08:09 am

Apple's shift to 64-bit mobile devices in iOS 7 came as a surprise, but the company's information outlined for developers indicates that the shift to 64-bit mobile apps will bring significant benefits in the short term, something Google's Android appears challenged to replicate even in the long term.

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