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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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Intel offers new details on Atom SoC and Xeon processors

Intel offers new details on Atom SoC and Xeon processors

New details have turned up about some the new Intel processor families during the Intel Developer Form in Beijing, China. Intel offered details on its Atom SoCs for the data center when it launched the processors back in December of 2012. At the time, the processors including the S1200 product family representing the world's first 64-bit SoC for servers operating at 1.6 to 2.0 GHz.

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First ARM Cortex-A57 processor taped-out

First ARM Cortex-A57 processor taped-out

ARM and TSMC have announced that they have completed the tape-out of the first ARM Cortex-A57 processor. The processor was taped-out on TSMC's 16nm FinFET technology. ARM says that this new processor is its highest performing and is designed to extend the capabilities of future mobile and enterprise computing devices.

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New ARM CEO: We’ll resist buyout offers, Apple or otherwise

New ARM CEO: We’ll resist buyout offers, Apple or otherwise

ARM's new CEO will resist the siren call of acquisition, chasing smaller, more ubiquitous chips rather than a lucrative pay out from Apple or other 300 licensees of the widespread SoC technology. Currently president of the firm, Simon Segars told the Guardian that ARM would cling resolutely to independence no matter how big the wallet waved under its nose, describing the strategy as "the right model" in a market that demands confidentiality.

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SlashGear 101: The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Processor

SlashGear 101: The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Processor

When you're getting to know the 8 CPU cores of the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC, you'll first want to understand that they absolutely do not work the same way as multi-core mobile processors have in the past. While the Exynos 5 Octa does have 8 CPU cores, they're never being used all at once. Instead you've got 2 distinct pairs of 4 CPU cores, four of them "big", the other four "LITTLE". The Exynos 5 Octa SoC works with what's called big.LITTLE architecture, this term coming from the British processor company ARM.

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