2018 iPad Pro to rock an improved A12X chip with a faster GPU for more powerful graphics

Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro tablets for 2018 will use an Apple-designed A12X Bionic chip, which is an enhanced version of the regular A12 Bionic chip in the iPhone XS/XS Max/XR smartphones feature a more powerful GPU for faster graphics.

Now that a Chinese regulatory filing has all but confirmed a new iPad-focused Apple media event this month, fresh new details pertaining to the upcoming refresh continue trickling in on an almost daily basis. According to Brazilian iOS developer Guilherme Rambo, the 2018 iPad Pro refresh will include a new Apple-designed A12X Bionic system-on-a-chip.... Read the rest of this post here


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Weirdly-shaped iPhone XS battery maximizes every millimeter of space inside the chassis

Apple went creative with battery geometry for the new iPhones, with the XS borrowing some of the terraced battery designs that first debuted with the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

Apple’s new smartphones take advantage of the company’s first in-house designed power management chip, but the bigger news is that iPhone XS seems to have borrowed some of the coolest terraced battery designs we first saw in 2015’s 12-inch Retina MacBook.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple Watch Series 4 tech specs

A detailed list outlining the tech specifications of Apple’s redesigned Apple Watch Series 4 wearable.

At the September 12th special event, Apple unveiled three new iPhones and a snazzy redesigned Apple Watch called the Series 4. Not only does it have a refreshed look and feel, but it comes with a slew of new features and works with all the old Apple Watch wrist straps you might have laying around.

In this piece, we’ll outline the Apple Watch Series 4 tech specs for your viewing pleasure:... Read the rest of this post here


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iPhone Xr tech specs

A detailed list outlining the tech specifications of Apple’s budget iPhone Xr handset.

Alongside Apple’s flagship iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max handsets, Apple also unveiled a budget handset known as the iPhone Xr at the company’s September 12th event.

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max tech specs

A detailed list outlining the tech specifications of Apple’s flagship iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max handsets.

Apple unveiled two flagship handsets at the September 12th event, subtly named the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max, with the former being a 5.8-inch model just like the previous-generation iPhone X and the latter being a 6.5-inch model for those who prefer larger displays.

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Chipmaker Renesas goes deeper into autonomous vehicles with $6.7B acquisition

Japan-based semiconductor firm Renesas — one of the world’s largest supplier of chips for the automotive industry — is scooping up U.S. chip company IDT in a $6.7 billion deal that increases its focus on self-driving technology. Renesas produces microprocessor and circuits that power devices, and automotive is its core focus. It is second only to NXP […]

Japan-based semiconductor firm Renesas — one of the world’s largest supplier of chips for the automotive industry — is scooping up U.S. chip company IDT in a $6.7 billion deal that increases its focus on self-driving technology.

Renesas produces microprocessor and circuits that power devices, and automotive is its core focus. It is second only to NXP on supply, and more than half of its revenue comes from automotive. IDT, meanwhile, includes power management and memory among its products, which focus on wireless networks and the converting and storing of data. Those are two areas that are increasingly important with the growth of connected devices and particularly vehicles which demand high levels of data streaming and interaction.

The acquisition of IDT — which is being made a 29.5 percent on its share price — is set to expand Renesas’ expertise on autonomous vehicles. The firm said it would also broaden its business into the “data economy” space, such as robotics, data centers and other types of connected devices.

Renesas has already demoed self-driving car tech, which puts it into direct competition with the likes of Intel . Last year, the firm paid $3.2 billion to buy up Intersil, which develops technology for controlling battery voltage in hybrid and electric vehicles, and IDT deal pushes it further in that direction.

“There’s little overlap between their product portfolios, so it’s a strategically sound move for Renesas. But it does seem like the price is a little high,” said Bloomberg analyst Masahiro Wakasugi.

The IDT deal has been on the table for a couple of weeks after Renesas first revealed its interest in an acquisition last month. It is expected to close in the first half of 2019 following relevant approvals.

Intel acquires NetSpeed Systems to boost its system-on-a-chip business

Intel today is announcing another acquisition as it continues to pick up talent and IP to bolster its next generation of computing chips beyond legacy PCs. The company has acquired NetSpeed Systems, a startup that makes system-on-chip (SoC) design tools and interconnect fabric intellectual property (IP). The company will be joining Intel’s Silicon Engineering Group, and […]

Intel today is announcing another acquisition as it continues to pick up talent and IP to bolster its next generation of computing chips beyond legacy PCs. The company has acquired NetSpeed Systems, a startup that makes system-on-chip (SoC) design tools and interconnect fabric intellectual property (IP). The company will be joining Intel’s Silicon Engineering Group, and its co-founder and CEO, Sundari Mitra, herself an Intel vet, will be coming on as a VP at Intel where she will continue to lead her team.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but for some context, during NetSpeed’s last fundraise in 2016 (a $10 million Series C) it had a post-money valuation of $60 million, according to data from PitchBook.

SoC is a central part of how newer connected devices are being made. Moving away from traditional motherboards to create all-in-one chips that include processing, memory, input/output and storage is an essential cornerstone when building ever-smaller and more effcient devices. This is an area where Intel is already active but against others like Nvidia and Qualcomm many believe it has some catching up to do, and so this acquisition in important in that context.

“Intel is designing more products with more specialized features than ever before, which is incredibly exciting for Intel architects and for our customers,” said Jim Keller, senior vice president and general manager of the Silicon Engineering Group at Intel, in a statement. “The challenge is synthesizing a broader set of IP blocks for optimal performance while reining in design time and cost. NetSpeed’s proven network-on-chip technology addresses this challenge, and we’re excited to now have their IP and expertise in-house.”

Intel has made a series of acquisitions to speed up development of newer chips to work in connected objects and smaller devices beyond the PCs that helped the company make its name. Another recent acquisition in the same vein include eASIC for IoT chipsets, which Intel acquired in July. Intel has also been acquiring startups in other areas where it hopes to make a bigger mark, such as deep learning (case in point: its acquisition of Movidius in August).

NetSpeed has been around since 2011 and Intel was one of its investors and customers.

“Intel has been a great customer of NetSpeed’s, and I’m thrilled to once again be joining the company,” said Mitra, in a statement. “Intel is world class at designing and optimizing the performance of custom silicon at scale. As part of Intel’s silicon engineering group, we’re excited to help invent new products that will be a foundation for computing’s future.”

Intel said it will to honor NetSpeed’s existing customer contracts, but it also sounds like it the company will not be seeking future business as Intel integrates the company into its bigger business.

iPhone chipmaker TSMC warns of delayed shipments following computer virus attack

TSMC said that 80% of the fabrication tools affected by the virus outbreak had been restored and that it expects full recovery sometime later today.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) said this morning that it would have to delay shipments and warned of reduced revenues because of the impact a recent virus outbreak has had on its factories that churn out iPhone chips.... Read the rest of this post here


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Speeds and feeds: Apple’s new iPhone X ad highlights the power of the A11 Bionic chip

While Apple’s marketing normally shies away from highlighting speeds and feeds in favor of showcasing actual product features, the latest iPhone X ad is all about the power of its in-house designed A11 Bionic chip.

Everyone knows how speedy iPhones are thanks to the power of in-house designed processors, and Apple’s marketing isn’t shying away from highlighting speeds and feeds.... Read the rest of this post here


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Do 2018 MacBook Pros support DisplayPort 1.4?

While Intel’s new Thunderbolt 3 chipset in 2018’s MacBook Pro models supports DisplayPort 1.4, actual supported features rely on graphics which vary by model. Here’s what you need to know.

iFixit's image showing a teardown of the 13-inch 2018 MacBook Pro model

Even though Apple’s refreshed MacBook Pro models for 2018 feature an iFixit-identified JHL7540 Thunderbolt 3 controller from Intel, unveiled in January as part of the Titan Ridge platform, the notebooks don’t truly support the DisplayPort 1.4 specification.... Read the rest of this post here


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