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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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Intel Iris graphics detailed for 4th-Gen Core “Haswell” chips

Intel Iris graphics detailed for 4th-Gen Core “Haswell” chips

Intel's 4th-gen Core processors will also debut a brand new Iris graphics system, with the chip company splitting its new line-up into multiple tiers for ultrabooks, thin-and-lights, and mainstream PCs. Ultrabooks powered by the most frugal of Intel's 4th-generation Haswell chips, the U-Series, will get Intel HD, HD Graphics 4600, or HD Graphics 5000, but those machines that can stand a little extra power consumption will get either Iris (for thin-and-lights) or Iris Pro (for mainstream) for at least a doubling in 3D processing performance.

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MediaTek dual-core processor MT6572 aims for new world market

MediaTek dual-core processor MT6572 aims for new world market

This week the hardware manufacturer MediaTek has shown the MT6572, a system-on-chip they suggest will be the first to bring both a dual-core CPU and "4-in-1" technology. What that means is that this particular dual-core processor will be working with integrated Wifi, FM radio, GPS, and Bluetooth, the final product aimed not at the top-tier smartphones as previous multi-core mobile processors have been, but at the entry segment of the market. This means that inexpensive smart devices - not just subsidized models - will have multi-core power for users everyday lives.

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Next-gen AMD FX 4350 and 6350 join the FX CPU family

Next-gen AMD FX 4350 and 6350 join the FX CPU family

Today, two new processors are joining AMD's FX CPU line-up. They are the AMD FX-4350 and AMD FX-6350 procssors. Both processors are unlocked, and are compatible with 900-series motherboards. The AMD FX-4350 processor offers quad-core performance, while the AMD FX-6350 offers 6-core performance. They're both designed to allow you seamless multitasking and much more enjoyability when it comes to watching videos or playing games.

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AMD hUMA wants to speed your APU memory use, no joke

AMD hUMA wants to speed your APU memory use, no joke

Heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access may sound like the orderly queue you make outside the RAM store, but for AMD, hUMA is an essential part of squeezing the best from its upcoming Kaveri APUs. Detailed for the first time today, hUMA builds on AMD's existing Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) - integrating CPUs and GPUs into single, multipurpose chips - by allowing both the core processor and the graphics side to simultaneously access the same memory at the same time.

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