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Intel Broadwell chips to land in PCs in second half of 2014

Intel Broadwell chips to land in PCs in second half of 2014

Intel has been one of the top makers of CPUs for computers and other devices for years. The current generations of CPUs for PCs that sit at the top of the Intel heap are the Haswell parts that have been around for a while. Those CPUs are set to be replaced in the second half of 2014 with new and faster chips.

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Apple’s A8 SoC tipped to be made by TSMC

Apple’s A8 SoC tipped to be made by TSMC

Further feeding the rumors surrounding Apple's next chip, Taiwanese media are reporting that the privilege of manufacturing the A8 has been awarded to TSMC. This creates a further gap between Apple and frenemy Samsung, who is gradually losing its grip on Apple's chip making needs.

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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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Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip targets mobile flagships

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip targets mobile flagships

We've seen some fast smartphones here at MWC 2014 but they're going to get even faster if Qualcomm has its way, with the launch of the new Snapdragon 801. Promising a 14-percent boost in processor performance, 28-percent faster graphics, and 45-percent speedier camera sensor processing over the existing Snapdragon 800, the new SoC is set to show up in devices on shelves before the end of March 2014.

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MediaTek MT6732 SoC jumps on the 64-bit bandwagon

MediaTek MT6732 SoC jumps on the 64-bit bandwagon

With the mobile chip wars slowly heading towards the 64-bit architecture, it was only a matter of time before MediaTek outed its own budget-conscious offering. But the newly unveiled MT6732 doesn't just have a 64-bit CPU, it also boasts of support for the latest connectivity technologies and multimedia formats.

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MediaTek MT6595 is world’s first 4G LTE Octa-core SOC using ARM Cortex-A17 for Smartphones

MediaTek MT6595 is world’s first 4G LTE Octa-core SOC using ARM Cortex-A17 for Smartphones

MediaTek has announced a new product that it claims is the world's first 4G LTE octa-core smartphone SOC using the just announced ARM Cortex-A17 CPU. The MediaTek part also supports Ultra HD H.265 codec. The MT6595 employs ARM big.LITTLE architecture and uses MediaTek CorePilot tech to deliver a Heterogeneous Multi-Processing platform with eight cores.

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ARM unveils Cortex-A17 processor, Mali-T720 GPU, and enhanced IP suite

ARM unveils Cortex-A17 processor, Mali-T720 GPU, and enhanced IP suite

ARM has announced some new hardware and IP products that it is aiming at the mid-range mobile and consumer market. The IP suite includes a new CPU, GPU, and physical IP. ARM is targeting the new hardware and IP for devices being produced in 2015 and beyond.

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AMD unveils 64-bit octa-core Opteron A1100 ARM chip for servers

AMD unveils 64-bit octa-core Opteron A1100 ARM chip for servers

The fact that the ARM architecture is finally breaking into other spaces beyond mobile devices is proven by this latest piece of news. AMD has just announced the Opteron A1100, an ARM-based system-on-chip designed exclusively for servers.

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AMD Opteron 6300 series CPUs with 12 or 14 cores unveiled

AMD Opteron 6300 series CPUs with 12 or 14 cores unveiled

AMD has announced the launch of some new processors in its Opteron range. The new processors go into the Opteron 6300 series and are aimed at sever systems. The new processors have either 12 cores or 14 cores and feature performance optimized for the AMD Open 3.0 Computer Platform.

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iBuyPower: Steam Machines will battle consoles, not PCs

iBuyPower: Steam Machines will battle consoles, not PCs

Each Steam Machine coming to the market later this year will be unique - that's the message we're getting from groups like iBuyPower and Falcon Northwest here in the first month of the year. Speaking with the creators of the SteamOS devices that'll be arriving inside the second half of the year, it would seem as though they've got some time to fill - it's Valve, after all, that'll be deciding when the devices are actually allowed to be released as it's Valve that has to release the final software build and the Steam Controllers that go with the machines for final market readiness. Today we're looking at what iBuyPower is doing, specifically, to make their Steam Machine an ideal release.

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Intel delays chip plant opening in Arizona amid soft demand for PCs

Intel delays chip plant opening in Arizona amid soft demand for PCs

With the soaring popularity of smartphones and tablets, the demand for PCs is on the decline. 2013 was one of the slowest years of PC sales on record and that trend doesn't look like it will change anytime soon. With poor demand for PCs, Intel has announced that it is delaying the opening of a new factory in the US.

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Mac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable processor

Mac Pro teardown reveals upgradeable processor

The 2013 Mac Pro has a removable CPU, Other World Computing has discovered in a teardown. By "removable", we mean the CPU can be pulled out of its socket by anyone. It can be easily replaced with a new one at some later point.

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