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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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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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Blackphone taps NVIDIA for privacy/power team-up

Blackphone taps NVIDIA for privacy/power team-up

Though the NVIDIA Tegra 4i won’t necessarily push privacy on its own, the Blackphone delivered with said SoC will be all the more powerful for it. NVIDIA and the combined venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone behind Blackphone have made clear that they’ll be bringing the Blackphone to the market with no less than NVIDIA’s most powerful smartphone-based mobile processor to date.

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AMD Radeon R9 295X2 aims for enthusiast GPU glory

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 aims for enthusiast GPU glory

This week AMD plays their biggest GPU hand to date with the Radeon R9 295X2. This is a highest-end Dual GPU running with 28nm process technology and 12.4 billion transistors. You’ll be rolling with a highest-tier number of stream processors in this beast with a whopping 5,632, while compute power rings in at 11.5 TFLOPS.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and 808 64-bit CPUs detailed

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and 808 64-bit CPUs detailed

Qualcomm has announced its two latest CPUs for mobile devices including the Snapdragon 810 and 808. Both of the processors are 64-bit enabled and have integrated support for CAT 6 LTE Advanced/Carrier Aggregation up to 60 MHz. That tech means that the chips both support connectivity at up to 300 Mbps. Qualcomm says that these CPUs are the first to offer Cat 6 LTE, advanced multimedia features, and 64-bit capability in a single design.

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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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