5. ARM Holdings Announces 16-Core 'Mali' Design
Chip designer ARM Holdings easily held onto its domination of the smartphone and tablet market with its IP technology in everything from Apple’s iPhone and Amazon’s Kindle tablet to Samsung Chromebooks. In October, ARM set the table for success in 2014, releasing designs for two new Mali GPU cores, designed to bring next-generation tablets and smartphones higher-end capabilities such as video editing and gesture control. One Mali design, called the Mali-T760, boasts 16-cores and energy efficiency in the way it handles bandwidth, helping it to deliver better graphics without reducing battery life.