Intel's Bay Trail chip arriving on Android tablets in Q2

Intel's quad-core Atom processor will come to Android tablets in the second quarter, CEO Brian Krzanich said Thursday during a quarterly earnings conference call with analysts.

"Most of the Bay Trail Android tablets really start showing up more in Q2...remember we made a shift, the original program for Bay Trail was all Windows," he said during Intel's fourth-quarter earnings conference call.

He went on to explain that there was a shift mid-stream to Android, thus the delay in Bay Trail Android tablets.

Android devices running on the Bay Trail processor were conspicuously absent at the … Read more

iPhone 5S gets quad-core graphics, analysis shows

The 64-bit iPhone 5S boasts a quad-core graphics processing unit -- a first for an iPhone.

Semiconductor analysis company Chipworks has supplied the best evidence yet of the layout of the A7 processor in Apple's iPhone 5S, showing a quad-core GPU. (See image above.)

The A6 chip in the iPhone 5 had a three-core GPU.

While core counts aren't necessarily the deciding factor in making a chip fast, there is a trend toward adding more cores to boost performance. Samsung and Qualcomm, for instance, have had quad-core graphics for a while now. As have Apple's higher-performance A5X … Read more

Apple's 64-bit A7 chip not quad-core, says chip expert

Smartphones with quad-core processors are the future, right? Well, not so fast.

Apple's spanking-new 64-bit A7 is dual-core, according to Anandtech, a widely-read chip review site.

It's seems that Apple is bucking a trend here.

"The tools that count cores query the [operating system] and the OS returns the number of logical CPUs and they only returned two," said Anand in a brief phone interview, referring to the central processing unit.

And he contends that there are more ways to skin the performance cat. "The quad-core card was kind of forced," Anand said. "… Read more

Nexus 7 teardown for 2013: Wireless charging, easy repairs

iFixit said the the 2013 Nexus 7 is pretty easy to repair. And inside it found a rarity in tablets: an inductive charging coil.

The new 7-inch Google tablet received a "Repairability Score" of 7 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to repair), according to iFixit's teardown.

"The rear case is very easy to open, and requires minimal prying effort with a plastic opening tool to remove," the repair site said. Be careful though. "But we cracked it, even though we were quite careful during the opening procedure." … Read more

The fastest phones around (roundup)

Two things can make smartphones fast: the speed of their data transfer, and the pure performance power of their processor. The former varies from carrier to carrier, market to market, and even quite possibly from building to building; but internal clock speed is a measure we can compare across phones.

Chipmakers constantly push the boundaries, which translates into liquid gameplay and buttery-smooth video playback, among other finessed touches of a faster phone. These top contenders will leave rivals in the dust. Read even more in CNET's quad-core smartphone shootout.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Not only does Samsung's Galaxy S4 … Read more

Intel's next-gen quad-core processors tested

In what has become an annual ritual, the higher-end segment of Intel's new generation of processors has been launched at the Computex trade show in Taipei. This includes the quad-core versions of what Intel calls the fourth-generation Core i-series, which was until recently known by the code name Haswell, and was extensively previewed at CES 2013.

Quad-core CPUs are generally found in higher-end desktops and laptops, and are part of Intel's i7 CPU line. Most mainstream PCs use Core i3 and i5 dual-core CPUs -- the Haswell versions of those are coming later.

For laptop and desktop shoppers, … Read more

HTC could release 5.9-inch 'phablet' later this year

HTC is expected to release a huge 5.9-inch smartphone in the second half of the year, a number of sources report.

This fall should see the arrival of a larger, more powerful take on the HTC One experience, according to Taiwanese analyst Laura Chen.

Aside from the ultralarge screen size, the only other detail tipped for the device is an "upgraded" processor, though even that specific is unclear.

Considering HTC's history of working with Qualcomm, I'd infer that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chipset could power the phablet.

Prolific handset tipster @evleaks has also apparently gathered … Read more

Windows 8 tablets to go quad-core? Intel talks next chip

Intel discussed the next-generation "Bay Trail" tablet processor today at its annual conference in Beijing. Expect to see a new crop of faster yet still power-efficient Windows 8 -- and likely Windows 8.1 -- tablets later this year.

An "entirely new Atom microarchitecture...will [enable] the most powerful Atom processor to-date, doubling the computing performance of Intel's current-generation tablet offering," Tan Weng Kuan, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Communications Group, Intel China, said today at IDF Beijing.

Bay Trail will allow designs "as thin as 8mm (0.3 inches) that … Read more

ZTE, Nvidia team up to launch Tegra 4 handsets in China

The Chinese phone manufacturer, ZTE, has teamed up with Nvidia to launch a line of quad-core smartphones slated for midyear or earlier. These handsets will feature the Tegra 4 chipset, which was unveiled last month during CES 2013.

Based on ARM Cortex-A15 architecture, Tegra 4 is expected to be much faster and more powerful than its predecessor, which was based on ARM Cortex-A9.

Tegra 4 also features six times as many graphics cores (bringing the total to 72) than its predecessor.

Along with building these quad-core devices, ZTE announced that it plans on making one phone that will also feature … Read more

Intel CES preview: Quad-core 'Bay Trail' coming

LAS VEGAS--Intel plans to emphasize power efficiency and better performance in small devices, among other new tech at its Consumer Electronics Show event in Las Vegas this afternoon.

Here are some key technologies that Intel expects to talk about:

Bay Trail: a 22-nanometer system-on-a-chip processor sporting a quad-core design. In short, it's a redesign of the Atom processor boasting better performance. Power-frugal Ivy Bridge: The Ivy Bridge chip in virtually all new PC models today is being tweaked so it can be slipped into high-end tablets and skinnier ultrabooks and convertibles. Intel calls it "sub 10-watt." Haswell: … Read more