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Topic: ARM

Mobile execs predict Apple Watch to dominate smartwatch market for foreseeable future

03/05/2015, 05:03 pm

A number of mobile executives who attended this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are already projecting that the Apple Watch will dominate the smartwatch market when it launches in April, much as the iPad currently controls the tablet industry.

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Intel to sell remaining stake in Apple partner & mobile GPU maker Imagination Technologies

02/12/2015, 01:02 pm

The Intel Foundation will sell its 4.9 percent stake in Imagination Technologies, the company whose PowerVR graphics processors are a key component of Apple's iPhone and iPad, it was announced on Thursday.

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Five barriers that might hold Apple back from moving Intel Macs to custom ARM chips

01/16/2015, 08:01 am

Shortly after Apple introduced its first custom A4 Application Processor in 2010 to power the original iPad, rumors began to suggest the company could eventually migrate its Macs from Intel x86 processors to ARM chip designs of its own. However, there's a series of significant hurdles the company would need to jump first.

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Why Apple might consider leaving Intel's x86 for its own ARM chips in future Macs

01/14/2015, 03:01 pm

Though many will scoff at the notion of an iPad and Mac that draw from the same family of application processors, it's not as farfetched as it seems. AppleInsider takes a look at why today's chipmaking giants could find themselves on the outside looking in during an Apple product launch in the near future.

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Apple may shun Intel for custom A-series chips in new Macs within 1-2 years

01/14/2015, 10:01 am

Mac buyers in 2016 and beyond could have the option of purchasing a machine powered by Apple's A-series processors, which currently sit at the heart of the iPhone and iPad, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo.

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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As IBM secretly mulls plans to sell off its increasing outdated processor chip fabs in New York and Vermont, a new wave of mobile chip developers--led by Apple, ARM and Qualcomm--are hiring away many of the top chip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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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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Imagination showcases 'ray tracing' graphics tech that could come in Apple's future iPhones, iPads

05/06/2014, 01:05 pm

Semiconductor firm Imagination Technologies, whose PowerVR chipsets are at the heart of Apple's A-series processors, on Tuesday previewed the impressive capabilities of its new Wizard series of ray tracing GPUs that may one day bring hyper-realistic graphics to iOS games.

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Imagination unveils 192-core mobile GPU potentially bound for future Apple iPhones, iPads

02/24/2014, 08:02 am

Imagination Technologies, the company whose PowerVR graphics processors are a key component of Apple's iOS devices, unveiled its latest creation on Monday: a 192-core GPU that it claims will produce the most powerful graphics yet in mobile phones and tablets.

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Intel CEO says relationship with Apple remains positive, companies are growing 'closer'

02/19/2014, 03:02 pm

Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich, who has served as head of the chipmaker for less than one year, was asked on Wednesday about his company's relationship with Apple, and responded that the two parties continue to "grow closer" as time progresses.

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Rumor: Apple to shrink A-series chips to 14nm in 2015, TSMC to lead production

12/18/2013, 10:12 am

A new report out of Taiwan suggests that Apple will not only diversify the supply chain for its next-generation A-series processors, but that the company will also make the leap to a much more advanced fabrication process.

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Apple partner ARM acquires graphics software firm Geomerics

12/13/2013, 11:12 am

In a bid to bolster the graphics capability of its low-power processors, ARM on Friday announced the acquisition of Geomerics, makers of realtime lighting effects technology used in PC and console gaming.

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Apple orders for A-series chips expected to contribute up to 10% of TSMC's 2014 revenue

12/13/2013, 09:12 am

As Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC gets set to ramp up production on its 20-nanometer process fab in January, some analysts believe the company is poised to take a large bite out of rival Samsung's supply contract for Apple's A-series processors.

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iPhone Patent Wars: Apple's $1.1 billion ARM injection ignites a mobile patent race

08/12/2013, 11:08 am

The wholesale appropriation of Apple's Macintosh technology portfolio by Microsoft in the early 1990s had a profound effect upon how the industry began to think about intellectual property and protecting innovation through patent filings.

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Galaxy S 4 on steroids: Samsung caught doping in benchmarks

07/30/2013, 12:07 pm

Tipped off by a report from hacker in Luxembourg that accused Samsung of increasing the clock speed of its Android-based Galaxy S 4 specifically, and only, when running certain benchmarks, AnandTech investigated and confirmed that it is indeed cheating to win in performance tests, by design.

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Samsung's Galaxy S IV switches to same GPU tech as Apple's A-series chips

03/13/2013, 12:03 pm

Imagination confirmed on Wednesday that Samsung's forthcoming flagship device, the Galaxy S IV, will transition from ARM graphics to Imagination's PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU the same graphics tech featured in Apple's iPhones and iPads.

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Apple GPU vendor Imagination buys MIPS, ARM licenses patents

11/06/2012, 12:11 pm

Imagination Technologies, the source of PowerVR GPU cores used in Apple's A-series iOS chips, has acquired MIPS, one of the few remaining CPU architectures outside of Intel, ARM and PowerPC.

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ARM-based Macs seen as 'inevitable,' but Apple unlikely to switch anytime soon

11/06/2012, 08:11 am

It's "inevitable" that Apple will merge its Mac and iOS devices at some point, but such a change is not expected to happen for years, in the eyes of one industry watcher.

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ARM announces 64-bit Cortex-A50 mobile processors coming in 2014

10/30/2012, 03:10 pm

ARM on Tuesday unveiled new its next-generation of high-performance, power sipping 64-bit chips CPUs that could power future devices from companies like Apple as soon as 2014.

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Rumor: TSMC to build quad-core 20nm chips for Apple by late 2013

10/12/2012, 11:10 am

Apple's future iOS devices may be powered by custom chips built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., taking a key component away from rival Samsung, according to a new rumor.

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