TSMC hopes to woo Qualcomm back with 7nm
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It does not appear interested in 10nm

TSMC thinks that it can win back Qualcomm’s chip business with its 7nm process technology, but has all but given up expecting it to return for 10nm.

Qualcomm SVP talks Snapdragon 820 and 821
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4G 5G summit: What is important for the future

Keith Kressin, senior VP of product management at Qualcomm, has just given us a quick overview on the state of Snapdragon 820 and 821, and has discussed what will be important for the future of Snapdragon.

TSMC’s 7nm tech is on track
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For anyone wanting risk next year

TSMC's co-CEO Mark Liu told yesterday's investors meeting that his outfit’s 7nm was well on track and will be ready for risk production in the middle of next year.

Helio X30 shaping up at 10nm
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2x A73, 4X A53 and 4X A35

MediaTek has started making rather unique chips and its strategy was even followed by some of its competition. Helio X20 / X25 was the world’s first deca-core SoC that did a decent job, but Helio X30 again packs deca-core with an impressive alignment. 

Snapdragon 830 comes in two varieties
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Faster and slower

Qualcomm is returning to the two high end chips strategy and you can expect to see two variants of what we call Snapdragon 830 today. They will end up with two different product numbers, one being higher than the other.

How good is Kaby Lake really?
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Not bad, but not 10nm according to PC World.

PC World has done a comparison test on Intel’s 14nm Kaby Lake to see how it stacks up with earlier versions.

Vernee Snapdragon 830 phone will be ready in May 2017
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First announcement

While many speculated about the 10nm soon-to-be-launched Snapdragon 830, a Chinese company Vernee,  has announced its first model, the Vernee Apollo 2 Pro, featuring Snapdragon 830. 

Apple A10's 16nm FinFET is a surprise
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As Snapdragon 830 is 10nm

We are quite surprised that few people concentrated on one of the major downsides of the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – its clunky quad core A10 Chip. Far from being cutting edge, Apple is using 16nm and not the 10nm manufacturing process as many expected. Most of its competitors will soon announce their 10nm SoC.

MediaTek's 10nm is a change of strategy
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Catching up in the high end

MediaTek has changed its strategy for the high end market to make more competitive chips. The company plans to launch its first USA products this year as it has the Cat 6. capable modems but with 10nm announcement it wants to get closer to the big names in phone SoCs including Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple. 

Qualcomm Centriq is a brand for data center SoCs
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Attacking the profitable server market

Today, most of the world server and data center market share belongs to Intel, while AMD and the whole ARM server conspiracy, sorry egosystems  are making tiny contributions when and if opportunities rise.