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Nexus 4 – price drop makes it attractive – But should you wait for Nexus 5 ?

Nexus 4 – price drop makes it attractive – But should you wait for Nexus 5 ?

When Google introduced Nexus 4 last year, its price at $299 was hailed as extremely affordable, given that iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S5 were double its price. So when Google announced another $100 price drop, Its $199 price tag was really something very affordable. When we ordered the Nexus 4 last week, immediately after the price drop, we actually paid $221.43 to be exact. Nowhere in the media anyone pointed the actual price that was to be … Read entire article »

Intel Silvermont Vs ARM Cortex A57

If you are planning any future low power embedded design, there are two processor line ups that you can not consider ignoring. The first is the ARM’s Cortex A57 – the 64 bit successor to its successful 32 bit Cortex A15 line up. The Cortex A57 and the A53 are the 64-bit successors to the Cortex A15 and A7, respectively. The A57 and A53 can be used independently or in a big.LITTLE configuration ( where only Cortex A53 will be active when processing power is not required). When will Cortex A57 be available Samsung should be one of the first companies to deliver Cortex A57 + A53 based chips. The mass production should commence by mid 2014. That is still a year from now ( as we write this in May … Read entire article »

Bringing Manufacturing back to US

When Apple announced its intention to manufacture Macs in U.S., there was a bit of optimism as it would potentially create 200 or so jobs, it so utterly needs in the downward economy. Apple used to manufacture and assemble many of its products until late 1990s when it decided to shift its manufacturing base to far off in China. However, looking back over the past year, we don’t see jobs in the U.S. PCB industry coming back. Why is this? Gray McQuarrie throws some light on the December issue of PCB Magazine that landed a while ago in our email box. Gray asks some serious questions that requires careful analysis. He finds it strange is that amidst the political rivalry ( between democrats and republicans), nobody seems to … Read entire article »

Nexus 4 Vs iPhone 5

Nexus 4 Vs iPhone 5

Google was late entrant into the smartphone arena, but the speed with which it matured is nothing less than spectacular. Google’s first smartphone, Nexus one was launched in May 2010, which changed the course and set the direction of Android phones pitted against Apple’s iOS. For Nexus One, Google chose HTC as manufacturing partner. Nexus one lacked the graphics horsepower, other wise a phone of great utility at that time. Since then Google has launched … Read entire article »

iPad Mini Vs Nexus 7

iPad Mini Vs Nexus 7

Apple started accelerating the smaller version of its flagship tablet immediately after the launch of Amazon’s Kindle fire, which was the first tablet, making serious inroad into Apple’s market share. Kindle Fire could not sustain its success. It was not an iPad killer and it was hard to sustain simply on price point. At $199, it was just affordable for middle income group who looked for Holiday bargain shopping when it launched … Read entire article »

Nexus 4 debuts in UK – sells out in 10 minutes

Nexus 4 debuts in UK – sells out in 10 minutes

In UK, potential buyers woke up in morning to find that new Nexus 4 has already sold out. Google’s flagship phone started its sale at 8:30 AM in the morning and was out of stock within 10 minutes. This indicates a great success for Google and a good chance of catching up Apple’s iPhone in terms of the number of sales. One of the reasons for the huge demand is the relatively lower price of … Read entire article »

Intel Q3 2012 Revenue

Stock market analysts, especially ones involved in tech sectors, closely watch Intel’s quarterly results for simple reasons. A strong Intel result is an indication of a general buying surge and confidence in consumer market. Intel has a virtual monopoly of the PC processor market and are unaffected by competition. A growth or fall in the revenue is therefore a reflection of the demand for the processors and therefore PCs and technology. Let us take a quick look at the Intel’s Revenue and profit of Q3, 2012 compared to the same quarter a year ago. The best periods to compare is the same time a year ago. And therefore, we have presented the table for the Q3 2012 with respect to Q3 2011. (Comparison with previous quarter does not make sense, as the … Read entire article »

Inside Apple A6 processor

Phil Schiller official announcement that iPhone 5 is powered by A6 SoC was devoid of any meaningful information. It had no information on number of cores or clock frequency. Other websites just relayed this information without digging any further. Apple did not divulge any information about the clock frequency, number of cores, details of CPU or GPU core and the memory bandwidth. All it said was about the CPU and GPU performance – twice as fast as the earlier A5 processor. The A6 CPU core is not based upon the ARM A9 or the A15 but is Apple’s own design, something parallel to Krait cores. The design does uses the ARMv7 instruction sets. The iPhone 5 works only with iOS 6.0, and is not backward compatible with earlier iOS versions. … Read entire article »

What is new in iPhone 5

What is new in iPhone 5

Rumors over. The iPhone 5 has finally been launched and unlike the previous iPad launch, Apple did not chose to name it something meaningless like a “new iPhone”. It is plain iPhone 5 – simple. iPhone 5 does not make any dramatic change from previous iPhones. You still have the same user Interfacce, though backed by a better and improved iOS6 operating system. But Apple made a number of changes to improve user experience. Let us … Read entire article »

Asus X401A Laptop for $329 in deals

Asus X401A  Laptop for $329 in deals

Asus X401A laptop come with Pentium B970 – a dual core Sandy Bridge processor clocked at 2.40 GHz. The detail of this processor is here Table : Intel Pentium B970 Features and Specs Feature Intel Pentium B970 Core Frequency 2.3 GHz No. Of Cores 2 ( No Hyperthreading) Cache Organization 2 MB L3 Turbo Frequency No Turbo TDP Rating 35 Watts 64 Bit Support Y Lithography 32 nm Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1333 Integrated Graphics Yes, 650 MHz Base, 1.1 GHz Max The notebook is available for $329.99 at best buy. Quick specifications include - 14″, … Read entire article »

Best Desktop processor Recommendation for Q2, 2012 – #1 Pentium G620

Best Desktop processor Recommendation for Q2, 2012 – #1 Pentium G620

To help readers choose desktop processors suitable for their tasks, compare-processors has decided to shortlist processors that provide the best value for the money. Today’s list consist of 5 best processors for budget computing. While the Ivy Bridge is around the corner, we do not see any launch of the budget Ivy Bridge processors in sight. Obviously Ivy Bridge processors do not find in this list. Let is take a look. Pentium G620 The Pentium G630 … Read entire article »

Five best 2012 New Product Launches – #1 Ivy Bridge

Five best 2012 New Product Launches – #1 Ivy Bridge

Between now and December 31, there are at least 5 big launches being awaited eagerly by both the media and the gadget enthusiasts. Ivy Bridge is the earliest one among them. When Intel launches Ivy bridge on Monday, April 23, 2012, it will create another milestone in processor performance, scale new heights in manufacturing with its 22 nm, 3D technology and will increase its leads in CPU performance over its nearest rival Advanced Micro Devices. … Read entire article »

AMD Zacate APU architecture

AMD Zacate APU architecture

The Zacate processors attempts to serve the needs  of the huge market  for the low cost notebooks, netbooks and entry level low cost desktops. The Zacate line of processor has been the best selling processor for AMD in 2011 and the trend continues in 2012. Along with the Llano fusion Accelerated APU, it has been able to lift revenue for AMD when bulldozer failed to deliver . The basic premise in the Zacate APU design puts … Read entire article »

AMD Llano Architecture – the Fusion APU

AMD Llano Architecture – the Fusion APU

The AMD’s Llano, alongwith the Zacate series of Accelerated Processing Unit (APUs) have been the saviours for AMD. While bulldozer completely failed to deliver, Llano was a great success. Let us take a look at the key points in Llano features before we go into the architecture details - Great Integrated Graphics and gaming performance - Low power - Moderate Processor performance - Moderate cost Llano is built at the Global Foundaries 32 nm High K Metal process … Read entire article »

Sandy Bridge Architecture

Sandy Bridge Architecture

For the last six years Intel has been successfully alternating its tick tock model to keeps processor performance improving. A tick is a change is the manufacturing processor while a tock is a change in the processor architecture. Sandy Bridge is basically is tock as far as the processor architecture is changed. Intel made moderate changes in the processor core and some significant change in the integrated graphics. The Integrated graphics, which was on a … Read entire article »

Ivy Bridge Architecture

Ivy Bridge Architecture

Ivy Bridge Introduction Improvement in the processor performance can be brought about in two ways. The first is by improving or changing the basic processor architecture and the second is by improving the manufacturing process ( basically change in the Lithography). In processor parlance, we call it the tick tock process. A tick is a manufacturing process change – for example, shrinking the die 32 nm to 22 nm lithography. A tock change is basic processor … Read entire article »

Intel Vs AMD – In graphs & Infographics

Intel Vs AMD – In graphs & Infographics

We have been comparing the processors of Intel and AMD for a long time. Let us take a break and compare the two companies where they stand in terms of finance, number of employees, fab units and other interesting factors. In this and successive posts we will present you with graphical comparison of the the two chip conglomerates. Sales Let is start with the sales figure for the financial year ending December 2011. This is hardly surprising and … Read entire article »

Annual Revenue – Gap between Intel and AMD widening

Annual Revenue – Gap between Intel and AMD widening

Compare-Processor.com has compiled the comparative study of the annual revenue of Intel and AMD for previous 4 years. In 2008, Intel was 6.47 times as big as AMD. The recession hit in 2009 and Intel as well as AMD suffered in terms of revenue.  The parity between the Intel and AMD was still maintained. Intel was 6.50 time bigger than AMD. The 2010 started seeing some economic recovery. The revenue of Intel as well as … Read entire article »

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Nexus 4 Vs iPhone 5C

About less than a year ago we published a comparison of Nexus 4 and Apple’s iPhone 5. Nexus 4 had a big price advantage over iPhone 5. When Apple launched iPhone 5C, it was expected to be affordable enough to compete with other smartphones, especially Nexus 4 or the forthcoming Nexus 5 from Google / LG. Let us take a look at some of the key parameters and differences between Nexus 4 and iPhone 5C. Price Nexus 4 comes in two variations – 8 GB and 16 GB priced at $199 and $249 respectively. The 8 GB version is out of stock so there is no point in comparing 8GB version with the iPhone 4C. Now the so called iPhone 5C is priced at $549 and it is … Read entire article »

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Nexus 4 – price drop makes it attractive – But should you wait for Nexus 5 ?

Nexus 4 – price drop makes it attractive – But should you wait for Nexus 5 ?

When Google introduced Nexus 4 last year, its price at $299 was hailed as extremely affordable, given that iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S5 were double its price. So when Google announced another $100 price drop, Its $199 price tag was really something very affordable. When we ordered the Nexus 4 last week, immediately after the price drop, we actually paid $221.43 to … Read entire article »

Q1 2013 Annual results AMD Versus Intel

As we write the financial comparisons of the two biggest computer chip rival, we noticed that the Q2, 2013 has just passed. Intel and AMD will be posting their financials for the Q2, 2013 in a month or so. It is therefore time to look at their performance for the previous quarter. As we had noticed earlier, the gap between the Intel and AMD has been widening for a long time in Intel’s favor. We define the gap as the ratio of the sales of Intel and sales of AMD. AMD, according to its quarterly reports, has sales of 1.088 bn and a net loss of 146 millions. By comparison it had tatal revenue of … Read entire article »

Intel Silvermont Vs ARM Cortex A57

If you are planning any future low power embedded design, there are two processor line ups that you can not consider ignoring. The first is the ARM’s Cortex A57 – the 64 bit successor to its successful 32 bit Cortex A15 line up. The Cortex A57 and the A53 are the 64-bit successors to the Cortex A15 and A7, respectively. The A57 and A53 can be used independently or in a big.LITTLE configuration ( where only Cortex A53 will be active when processing power is not required). When will Cortex A57 be available Samsung should be one of the first companies to deliver Cortex A57 + A53 based chips. The mass production should commence by mid … Read entire article »

Q4 2012 Annual results AMD Versus Intel

If you are in the stock market or otherwise keep a track of financial events, you may be aware that the financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012 are out for Intel as well as AMD. One of the things that we, at compare-processors.com have been doing for last couple of years is to keep a track of the gap between Intel and AMD. And so far, the results have pointed out that the gap between Intel and AMD has been widening – in favor of Intel. So how does it looks like in Q4 2012. - AMD has a revenue of $1.16 billion in Q4 2012- which is down 32% year over year … Read entire article »

Radeon HD 7310 Vs HD 7340 gaming

In the previous post had checked out the benchmark scores of Radeon HD 7310 and HD 7340. Let us now take a look at what games can be played using these graphics. Games like Fifa 13 and Diablo III are just playable in the HD 7430 at low resolutions. In HD 7310 these will not play fluently. Fifa 13 (2012 ) Low resolution HD 7340 35 fps HD 7310 25 fps Diablo III (2012) Low resolution HD 7340 29 HD 7310 20 You can also play Starcraft 2 at low resolution on both. But games like. But games like Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 are barely playable even at low resolution. … Read entire article »

Radeon HD 7310 Vs HD 7340 benchmark

In the previous post we had a quick look at the AMD’s Radeon 7300 series integrated graphics in its Brazos 2.0 APUs. Let us take a look at some of the benchmark results compared with other graphics. Windows 7 Experience Index – Gaming graphics The gaming graphics Windows 7 stands at a respectable 5.9 for the Radeon HD 7340. By Comparison the gaming graphics score of the HD Graphics 2000 ( the inferior type of the Sandy Bridge Graphics stands at 5.6). While this is still not good enough for demanding games you can still play few titles at lower resolution. HD 7340 5.9 HD 7310 5.7 Windows 7 Experience Index -graphics The Graphics score is an indication of i HD … Read entire article »

Radeon HD 7310 and HD 7340

The Radeon HD 7310 and the HD 7340 are the integrated graphics in the AMD’s Brazos 2.0 Accelerated Processing Units ( APUs) that were launched around June 2012. The Brazos processors have been very successful for AMD as these are much better than what Intel has to offer with its Atom processors. While AMD did ship close to 50 millions of these chips, they have not been able to make much profit on it because they have been priced ultra low. The two APUs that have the HD 7310 and the HD 7340 are the E2-1200 and E2-1800 respectively. Let us take a look at the complete APUs with special focus on their … Read entire article »

Core i5-3210M Vs i3-3217U

Table : Feature Differences Feature Core i5-3210M Core i3-3217U Core Frequency 2.5 GHz 1.8 GHz No. Of Cores 2/4 Hyperthreads 2/4 Hyperthreads Cache Organization 3 MB L3 3 MB L3 Turbo Frequency 3.10 GHz None TDP Rating 35 Watts 17 Watts 64 Bit Support Y Y Lithography 22 nm 22 nm Integrated Memory Controller DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333 DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333 Integrated Graphics HD 4000, 650 MHz Base, 1100 MHz Turbo HD 4000, 350 MHz Base, 1150 MHz Turbo Table : Benchmarking Comparison Benchmarks Core i5-3210M Core i3-3217U PassMark CPU Mark Score 3900 2670 Super Pi 2M 30 seconds 42 seo 3D Mark 06 CPU 3580 2360 Windows 7 Experience Score … Read entire article »

Bringing Manufacturing back to US

When Apple announced its intention to manufacture Macs in U.S., there was a bit of optimism as it would potentially create 200 or so jobs, it so utterly needs in the downward economy. Apple used to manufacture and assemble many of its products until late 1990s when it decided to shift its manufacturing base to far off in China. However, looking back over the past year, we don’t see jobs in the U.S. PCB industry coming back. Why is this? Gray McQuarrie throws some light on the December issue of PCB Magazine that landed a while ago in our email box. Gray asks some serious questions that requires careful analysis. He finds it … Read entire article »