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Apple A6X revealed: New flagship chip

Apple A6X revealed: New flagship chip

Apple has unveiled its latest mobile chipset, the Apple A6X, replacing the already-capable A6 in the third-gen iPad, and doubling performance compared to the A5X along the way. The new chipset, a custom SoC using ARM cores, delivers not only that 2x CPU grunt but doubled graphics performance too. It's the new chipset at the heart of the 4th-generation iPad.

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AMD unveils 4GHz+ FX Series Vishera processors

AMD unveils 4GHz+ FX Series Vishera processors

AMD has revealed the latest in its FX Series of processors: the Piledriver Vishera chips. Aimed at computer users with demanding hardware needs, the new series comes in 4, 6, and 8-core variants with a "default" speed of 4GHz. The chips feature a variety of enhancements and improvements over previous offerings.

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Apple gives Samsung the chip chop

Apple gives Samsung the chip chop

Apple is moving to actively replace Samsung in its key supply chain roles, it's reported, minimizing its Korean foe's involvement to the bare minimum the two firms are contractually obligated to. Fueled by patent war antagonism, Apple sliced out Samsung's input from the design of its Apple A6 chipset found in the iPhone 5, sources tell The Korea Times, with an unnamed Samsung official apparently telling the paper that Apple "made it clear it will no longer use" the technology of its rival, relying on them only to manufacture the chips themselves. However, even that collaboration may be short-lived.

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Amazon weighing TI mobile chip business grab tip insiders

Amazon weighing TI mobile chip business grab tip insiders

Amazon is reportedly in "advanced negotiations" to acquire Texas Instruments' OMAP chip division, bringing chip design for its Kindle tablets in-house, and helping TI refocus on embedded systems. The deal in discussion, Calcalist reports, follows TI's public distancing from its own phone and tablet chip business in the face of rising competition from Qualcomm, Samsung, and others, though Amazon taking charge of OMAP could leave rivals Barnes & Noble in a tricky situation.

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AMD Z-60 APU for skinny Windows 8 tablets revealed

AMD Z-60 APU for skinny Windows 8 tablets revealed

AMD has revealed its new processor for tablets, the AMD Z-Series APU, intended to take on not only Intel's Atom but the ARM-based chips found in the majority of slates on sale today. The AMD Z-60 has, with a 4.5W TDP, the lowest power consumption of AMD's line-up, and is expected to bring its 1GHz dualcore speed to tablets as slim as 10mm with the first models - running Windows 8 - tipped for later this year.

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Texas Instruments sidelines phone and tablet chip business

Texas Instruments sidelines phone and tablet chip business

Texas Instruments has announced it will scale back its mobile processor business, no longer targeting smartphones and tablets, but instead eyeing the embedded systems market. The surprise news follows further contractions in TI's business, most recently seeing long-standing customer Motorola pick up Intel's Medfield for the RAZR i, though TI says it will continue to support its existing clients, Reuters reports.

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Intel: LTE Medfield by end of 2012 plus dualcore incoming

Intel: LTE Medfield by end of 2012 plus dualcore incoming

Intel's first LTE-capable Medfield smartphone chips are in the pipeline, along with multicore versions of the processor, with the first examples due before the end of 2012. Intel will be "shipping some LTE products later this year and ramping into 2013" director of product marketing Sumeet Syal told TechCrunch, and in the meantime the company is working on fettling more Android apps to suit the x86 architecture.

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Your next Samsung could learn to love your smile

Your next Samsung could learn to love your smile

Heterogeneous System Architecture might not be a phrase that trips off your tongue right now, but if AMD, TI and - in a quiet addition - Samsung have their way, you could be taking advantage of it to interact with the computers of tomorrow. AMD VP Phil Rogers, president of the HSA Foundation, filled his IFA keynote with futurology and waxing lyrical about how PCs, tablets and other gadgets will react to not only touch and gestures, but body language and eye contact, among other things. Check out the concept demo after the cut.

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