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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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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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AMD updates Fusion C and E series APU processors

AMD updates Fusion C and E series APU processors

AMD announced today that it's releasing updated versions of its award-winning C and E series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). These APUs are advanced hybrids of CPUs and GPUs that packs in plenty of graphics and processing power into an efficient and space-saving chip to power mobile computing devices such as laptops and netbooks.

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AMD Introduces New Triple-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD Introduces New Triple-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD today announced the availability of a new APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) called the A6-3500 that extends the company's lineup of A-Series processors, delivering brilliant HD graphics and high-speed performance. Unlike the A8-3800 and A6-3600 processors in the series, this new A6-3500 will not be quad-core. Instead, it is the first triple-core Llano APU and has a sub-$100 price tag that make it ideal for starter or budget gaming systems.

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