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Qualcomm upgrades its 5G modem

Mobile chip maker Qualcomm has unveiled its big MWC news early, in the form of the X55 5G modem, which is five better than its predecessor.

Imagination takes on ARM and x86 with free MIPS CPU access

UK processor designer Imagination Technologies is offering a free and open access complete MIPS CPU to universities. While this initiative is positioned as a boost to computing and electronic engineering studies, it could also serve to boost the adoption of MIPS architecture as it battles giant rival microarchitectures ARM and Intel’s x86.

ARM launches fastest mobile CPU core yet

UK low power chip designer ARM has announced the launch of its latest flagship CPU design – the Cortex-A72 – which promises almost double the performance and the energy efficiency of the previous high-end CPU design, the Cortex-A57.

Intel makes its wearables move

The US chip giant unveiled its Curie wearable module at CES 2015, based on its Quark SoC and intended for the nascent wearables market. However, with a bunch of ARM-based wearables already launched at the show, Intel is once more playing catch-up in mobile.

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