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Jury decides on $234M penalty for Apple in WARF infringement case

10/19, 11:59am

Apple to appeal decision, maintains patent is over-broad and invalid

Following a guilty verdict against Apple in a case that claimed the iPhone maker incorporated technology in its A7, A8, and A8X chips covered by a patent held by the University of Wisconsin's Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), a Wisconsin jury has decided that Apple owes the foundation $234 million in damages for its infringement. The award is just over half the among sought by WARF, and considerably less than the $862.4 million it could have faced, but the jury disagreed with a finding of willful infringement.


Sony A7 II launches in Japan with five-axis image stabilization

11/20, 6:14am

Improved image stabilization, autofocus speed touted in Sony A7 II

An updated version of the Sony Alpha 7 has been launched in Japan. The A7 II is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera and the first of its kind to have a five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, one which is said to reduce shake by up to 4.5 CIPA-standard stops, and is capable of automatically combining it with the in-lens stabilization of an E-mount lens with OSS.


University of Wisconsin sues Apple over A7 processor

02/03, 1:12pm

Says chip violates university-developed patent

The University of Wisconsin's patent licensing arm -- the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation -- is suing Apple for violating a university patent through the A7 processor found in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini. The patent is titled Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer, and credited to several computer scientists who were at UW Madison. It describes a way of improving "the efficiency and performance of contemporary computer processors."


Report: Apple's 64-bit A7 chip 'stunned' the chipmaking industry

12/17, 10:41am

Unveiling set off panic at Qualcomm

Apple reportedly "stunned" chipmakers when it introduced the iPhone 5s' A7 system-on-chip (SoC) in September, as the first company to embrace 64-bit architecture for mobile platforms. In a HubSpot blog post from Dan Lyons, which was spotted by AppleInsider, an unnamed source within Samsung noted that Apple's announcement was widely downplayed by competitors "but it set off panic in the industry."


Sony rumored planning A7 full-frame mirrorless Alpha camera launch

10/13, 7:28pm

Low-resolution photo shows similar body to NEX-7

Sony could be releasing a new full frame mirrorless camera in its Alpha range later this week, according to a rumor. The A7, partly shown in a low-resolution image, appears to have a similar basic body as the NEX-7, though it appears to have a raised section for a more central and higher viewfinder, along with a raised hot shoe.


Apple A7 chip rumored to boost performance by up to 31 percent

08/26, 5:08am

A7 chip could go 64-bit, motion tracking also possible for iPhone 5S

The Apple iPhone 5S A7 chip could offer a 31 percent performance boost over the current A6 chip powering the iPhone 5, according to Fox News reporter Clayton Morris. This aligns with a separate report from 9to5Mac that suggests that Apple has been testing an A7 processor that utilizes a 64-bit ARM-based architecture, up from the current 32-bit basis of the current A6 processor in the Apple iPhone 5 and previous A-series generations.


KGI analyst predicts 128GB, gold-colored, A7-powered iPhone 5S

08/16, 12:15am

New chip expected to be 20 percent more efficient, use faster RAM

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a technology analyst with an above-average track record for accuracy, has told investors in a note on Thursday that the iPhone "5S" expected next month from Apple will be a lot like the other "S" devices -- using the same basic form factor as the previous model, but with various tweaks on and under the hood. Kuo believes the new iPhone will mark the debut of the "A7" processor, use faster RAM, offer an improved camera and fingerprint sensor (but not near-field communication) and add a "gold" color option to the usual black and white colors.


Photo displays alleged iPhone 5S board, A7 processor

02/18, 1:24pm

Said to differ little from iPhone 5 board

A leaked photo shows an alleged motherboard for an "iPhone 5S," according to iOSDoc. The board is said to be roughly similar to the one for the iPhone 5, which may support views that the device will be just a modest upgrade, for instance keeping roughly the same dimensions as its predecessor. The photo does show an A7 processor, however, which the source claims is a quad-core 1.2GHz chip, paired with PowerVR's quad-core SGX554MP4 graphics.


5% of Apple core staff said on mobile CPUs, going all SSD

10/09, 12:20pm

Apple said with 1,000 CPU engineers

Apple has over 1,000 engineers working on its mobile processors, the late Steve Jobs purportedly mentioned a few weeks ago. An unnamed but "veteran" CEO said shortly after Jobs' resignation that the iconic Apple CEO had told him there were "1,000 engineers working on chips." With 20,000 workers in Apple's non-retail staff, TechCrunch noted in getting the leak, that amounted to five percent of the entire company.



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