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Micron CEO dies in experimental airplane crash

Micron CEO dies in experimental airplane crash

Micron Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton died from a small airplane crash this morning. Appleton has long been a stunt plane pilot and was flying a single-engine experimental aircraft solo before it crashed at the Boise airport. This wasn't the first time Appleton had crashed but it is his last. He was 51 years old.

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AMD reveals 2012-2013 roadmap, tablet APUs and 28nm chips en route

AMD reveals 2012-2013 roadmap, tablet APUs and 28nm chips en route

During AMD's 2012 financial analyst event today, the chip maker revealed its roadmap that promises a slew of next-gen chips to come in 2012 and 2013. The company is ready to dive into tablets with its first tablet-ready chip to arrive this year. It also plans to release next-gen accelerated processing units or APUs built on its most advanced 28-nm process by 2013.

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Fujitsu and Suvolta reveal ultra low voltage RAM

Fujitsu and Suvolta reveal ultra low voltage RAM

Fujitsu and SuVolta have partnered up to develop a new transistor technology that would cut chip power consumption in half without compromising performance. With this technology, SRAM chips could operate at ultra-low voltages of 0.4V, which is less than half of power consumption levels in chips today.

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iPhone, iPad may finally get LTE next year thanks to Qualcomm

iPhone, iPad may finally get LTE next year thanks to Qualcomm

Apple's iPhones and iPads may finally be getting 4G LTE support next year thanks to Qualcomm's latest mobile device modem (MDM) chips. Qualcomm announced its new Gobi 4000 platform along with its second generation MDM 9x00 series chips that integrate LTE and 3G support while offering improved power efficiency, which is one of the key factors in Apple's resistance to adapting 4G LTE for its iPhones and iPads.

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MIT’s computer chip mimics the human brain

MIT’s computer chip mimics the human brain

Researchers at MIT have unveiled a computer chip that mimics the human brain. Its purpose will be for studying how the brain's neurons respond and adapt to new information, a phenomenon known as plasticity. This process is believed to underscore many human brain functions such as learning and memory.

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AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud

AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud

The world's second largest PC chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced today that it will be cutting 10 percent of its workforce by the end of Q1 2012. That amounts to about 1,200 to 1,400 workers to be let go from its global workforce. The weak computer market has forced AMD to refine its cost structure and to consider investing in lower power, emerging markets and the cloud.

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Qualcomm reports stellar Q4 earnings with $4.12 billion in revenue

Qualcomm reports stellar Q4 earnings with $4.12 billion in revenue

Qualcomm reported its fiscal Q4 earnings today, revealing a revenue of $4.12 billion, which is a 39 percent increase from the same period last year. Net profit rose 22 percent from the same quarter last year, jumping up from $865 million to $1.06 billion. The chip maker also issued a strong guidance forecast, exceeding analyst expectations.

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Intel’s Xeon E5 specs and pricing released

Intel’s Xeon E5 specs and pricing released

Intel is expected to launch two new Xeon E5 subfamilies of processors in early 2012 with the E5-1600 and the E5-2600, the latter of which already has its specs and pricing leaked. CPU-World published a list showing the details on every E5-2600 model, revealing what specs we might expect to find with upcoming systems, such as Apple's early 2012 Mac Pros.

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ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 chip architecture

ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 chip architecture

ARM announced today its very first 64-bit microprocessor architecture called the ARMv8. This new chip architecture will help ARM expand beyond mobile devices, putting it in more direct competition with Intel and AMD in the PC and server space. The company's current 32-bit ARMv7 chip architecture and the lack of enterprise software support have hindered its efforts so far.

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