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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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NVIDIA Jetson TK1 “supercomputer kit” hits shelves

NVIDIA Jetson TK1 “supercomputer kit” hits shelves

NVIDIA's palm-sized supercomputer, the Jetson TK1, has begun shipping, offering developers 192 Tegra K1 cores to turn to things like feature-detection and tracking, object recognition, and 3D scene analysis. The $192 reference board uses the same CUDA core technology as NVIDIA has been supplying to researchers and universities for recent supercomputer projects, and was announced earlier this year at the company's GDC 2014 conference.

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AMD 2014 notebook & tablet APUs add secure ARM brain

AMD 2014 notebook & tablet APUs add secure ARM brain

AMD has outed its latest 2014 Mainstream and Low-Power mobile APUs, its combination processor and graphics chipsets for notebooks and ultraportables, and for the first time baking in an ARM chip to handle dedicated security duties. The new SoCs - formerly known as Beema and Mullins - promise not only the usual cut in power consumption as well as a bump in both graphics and processing power, but Android app support on Windows using BlueStacks.

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NVIDIA Pascal next-gen GPU platform revealed

NVIDIA Pascal next-gen GPU platform revealed

NVIDIA has announced Pascal, its next-gen GPU platform for gaming PCs, cloud computing, supercomputing, and machine learning. Featuring new technologies NVLink and 3D Memory, Pascal introduces new strategies to increase performance in NVIDIA's next-gen graphics chips. The new reference board is just 1/3 size of PCI express.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Octacore mobile chips are usually the preserve of flagship phones and tablets, but Qualcomm is aiming to bring an abundance of cores to the midrange with its new Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors. Revealed at MWC 2014 today, the new processors include Cat4 LTE modems, dual-SIM/dual active (DSDA), and 64-bit support, with the Snapdragon 615 packing eight ARMv8 cores, while the 610 includes four. While you might think more cores means more power consumption, Qualcomm is arguing that actually the opposite is true.

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