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Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors revealed

Intel Core i7 Extreme Processors revealed

Intel has taken the wraps off of its latest flagship performance processors, the Extreme line, formerly known as Haswell-E. The trio of chips - the Core i7-5820K, Core i7-5930K, and Core i7-5960X - and the new Intel X99 Express chipset that launches alongside them target gaming and multimedia systems, with up to eight cores and clock speeds as high as 3.9GHz.

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IBM SyNAPSE: The neuron-inspired future of computing

IBM SyNAPSE: The neuron-inspired future of computing

A computer chip that thinks like a neuron in the human brain and sips a fraction of the power of traditional processors could finally open the door to cognitive computing, IBM researchers claim today. Dubbed IBM SyNAPSE, the groundbreaking chip squeezes a million "programmable neurons" and 256 million "programmable synapses" into something the size of a postage stamp, but which could one day allow for advanced digital versions of human senses.

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Meet the chip that wants to make your smartphone an SLR

Meet the chip that wants to make your smartphone an SLR

Mobile chips don't necessarily need to get faster, they just need to get smarter, at least that's what video processing specialist Movidius believes, and it's launching a highly-focused vision processor, Myriad 2, to prove it. The follow-up to the original Myriad 1 co-processor - found inside Google's Project Tango 3D-scanning tablet - Myriad 2 promises a 20x boost in performance at computational photography, such as real-time mapping, 360-degree panoramic video, and more, all with the eventual goal of making the cameras we carry as clever as human vision. I caught up with Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane to find out why you might want Myriad 2 inside your next smartphone or wearable.

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Intel outs stunning fanless Broadwell tablet design for 2014 2-in-1s

Intel outs stunning fanless Broadwell tablet design for 2014 2-in-1s

Intel has revealed its new Core M 14nm Broadwell processor range and a stunningly slim 2-in-1 reference design to show it off, a super-skinny 7.2mm thick tablet. The prototype has a 12.5-inch touchscreen but still manages to be fanless, paving the way for Windows 8 powered tablets that can compete with ultrabooks for performance and app flexibility, but at the same time with iPads for weight and bulk.

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Intel tackles self-driving cars and anti-hack dashboards

Intel tackles self-driving cars and anti-hack dashboards

Intel is taking on self-driving cars, smarter next-gen dashboards, and better automotive security with a new In-Vehicle Solutions platform of chips and software to get vehicles like Google's autonomous pod on the roads quicker. A sub-division of Intel's Internet of Things group, the team's first products target cars with advanced safety and semi-autonomous systems - both on the road and when dealing with potential digital threats.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.

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AMD chip guru Jim Keller: ARM left team “a little daunted”

AMD chip guru Jim Keller: ARM left team “a little daunted”

AMD's Jim Keller, chief cores architect poached from Apple in 2012, has detailed the development process of Project SkyBridge, the company's new hybridization approach for x86 and ARM cores. "A lot of people try to do completely new things - try to boil the ocean - and they mess that up," Keller suggested, contrasting AMD's gradual approach as it builds up to developing its own ARM chips for 2016 and beyond.

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AMD Project Skybridge due 2015 as Seattle gives first demo

AMD Project Skybridge due 2015 as Seattle gives first demo

AMD has demonstrated its Seattle ARM-based 64-bit server chips for the first time, insisting that the days of x86 dominating the data center are numbered as it outlined "Project Skybridge" on the 2015 roadmap and beyond. Seattle, announced last year and shipping from earlier in 2014, eschews the usual x86 architecture for 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores, capable of delivering streaming video, crunching big data, and hosting cloud services despite using a fraction of the usual power.

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