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AMD Seattle chips ditch x86 for ARM to undermine Intel’s server market

AMD Seattle chips ditch x86 for ARM to undermine Intel’s server market

AMD has revealed its new "Seattle" chips, processors headed to power-dense servers, and using for the first time ARM architecture as commonly found in smartphones and tablets, rather than x86. AMD Seattle, which is expected to show up in systems from the second half of 2014, will initially offer eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores running at at least 2GHz, with 16-core versions headed to market after that. According to AMD, there'll be big advantages over traditional server chips.

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AMD “Elite” A-Series desktop APUs official with up to 4.4GHz quadcore

AMD “Elite” A-Series desktop APUs official with up to 4.4GHz quadcore

AMD has taken the wraps off of its 2013 A-Series "Elite" APUs for desktop, hoping to show Intel that 4th-gen Haswell won't get all the chip attention this year. Building on AMD's integrated CPU/GPU architecture, the new Elite platform consists of a cluster of new quadcore chips, ranging from the relatively power-frugal A8-6500 through to the top-spec A10-6800K running at up to 4.4GHz.

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Dell refreshes XPS, Latitude and OptiPlex with jolt of Intel Haswell

Dell refreshes XPS, Latitude and OptiPlex with jolt of Intel Haswell

Dell has thrown Intel's new Haswell Core processors at its XPS, Latitude, and OptiPlex ranges, bringing numerous models up to date with the 4th-gen chips. The difference should be most noticeable in Dell's notebook lines, with the company claiming that the XPS 12 is now around 60-percent faster, running Haswell, than it was before, as well as lasting longer on a single change.

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Intel cranks ARM competition with 2-in-1 Ultrabook hybrids

Intel cranks ARM competition with 2-in-1 Ultrabook hybrids

Intel has predicted a $399 sticker price for the 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrids expected to challenge ARM-based machines from this summer, a newly competitive price tag given the chip maker's previous struggles in the mobility segment. Building on Intel's 4th-gen Core "Haswell" announcement, the new 2-in-1 details are part of the company's attempt to match what have traditionally been the strengths of ARM chips from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and others: low power consumption, strong multimedia performance, and fanless designs.

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Intel details Merrifield new phone chip; Homegrown LTE for Bay Trail tablets

Intel details Merrifield new phone chip; Homegrown LTE for Bay Trail tablets

Intel has shown off its new chips for tablets, smartphones, and LTE-enabled devices, with Silvermont, Bay Trail-T, and Merrifield all revealed at Computex 2013 today. Merrifield, due to show up in Intel-powered smartphones from early 2014, is the company's next-gen smartphone platform, a 22nm Atom SoC that was, for today's show, wrapped up in a new touchscreen reference design.

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ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM Cortex-A12 brings big.LITTLE to the mass market in 2014

ARM has revealed its latest processor, the ARM Cortex-A12, packing 40-percent more performance than a Cortex-A9 but with the same power consumption and in a 30-percent smaller package. The big.LITTLE compatible A12 is a 28nm chip that can be paired with ARM's Cortex-A7 cores, driving the new, more powerful chips when processing grunt is needed, and then turning to the frugal A7's when prolonging battery life is the priority.

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AMD Temash official: iPad smoothness and x86 grunt for tablets and hybrids

AMD Temash official: iPad smoothness and x86 grunt for tablets and hybrids

AMD wants to knock Intel and ARM off their mobility perch in 2013, and the new Temash APU is how it expects to do it. Targeting media and performance tablets, as well as keyboard-dockable hybrids and 10- to 13-inch touchscreen ultraportable notebooks, the new A-series of Temash APUs feature Jaguar cores - boasting a 20-percent performance jump over Bobcat - for consumer Windows machines with the perky performance usually associated with an iPad.

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AMD Kabini and Richland fight Intel for mainstream and performance notebooks

AMD Kabini and Richland fight Intel for mainstream and performance notebooks

It's all-change for AMD's APU line-up for mainstream and performance notebooks in 2013, as the company attempts to hit Intel where it hurts with chips that, bang for buck, offer more performance from less power. That's the claim, anyway, and Kabini - for the mainstream - and Richland - for the performance end - are the processors that are expected to deliver it. Among the boasts are the first ever quadcore for small-display touchscreen notebooks, and up to 72-percent of the gaming performance than Intel's comparable chips.

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