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Intel Ivy Bridge brings ‘tick-plus’ architecture

Intel Ivy Bridge brings ‘tick-plus’ architecture

Today Intel is busting open bottles of champagne as they release officially their 3rd generation Intel Core processors, aka Ivy Bridge, and they've detailed why these chips are going to blow our minds with the term "Tick-Plus." This new three-dimensional structure for their new transistors will take on the common method of construction today - 2D. The third dimension here, says Intel, will bring not just increased transistor density, but functionality as a result - "more capabilities [in] every square millimeter" to get your engine revving!

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Acer Ivy Bridge lineup brings all shapes and prices

Acer Ivy Bridge lineup brings all shapes and prices

The folks at Acer are wasting no time at all pushing out several desktop model computers with Intel's newly announced 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors otherwise known as Ivy Bridge. Included in this lineup are several additions to Acer's Predator AG3620 desktop line as well as Gateway DX4860-UR14P. You're about to see power contained in no less than the most wild looking factory-made setups in the history of desktop - believe it!

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HTC and ST-Ericsson phone chip rumors could distance Qualcomm

HTC and ST-Ericsson phone chip rumors could distance Qualcomm

HTC has reportedly partnered with chipset manufacturer ST-Ericsson to produce its own range of smartphone processors, further reducing its reliance on behemoth Qualcomm. The new chips will target the entry-level market, so the China Times reports, finding their way into low-cost HTC handsets as the company attempts to follow Samsung and Apple in taking control over its supply chain and components.

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Qualcomm Q2 earnings bust up the charts

Qualcomm Q2 earnings bust up the charts

This week Qualcomm is certainly headed out for a fine dinner or two as they report their 2012 Q2 financial earnings as record breaking. In fact, Qualcomm's words for Q2 2012 were "another quarter of record revenues and earnings per share." This fabulous results have a whole lot to do with faster smartphones in both emerging regions and those that are already developed - and great things appear to be on the horizon as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 delayed for quad-core upgrade [UPDATE: Samsung denies]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 delayed for quad-core upgrade [UPDATE: Samsung denies]

The folks at Samsung have been tipped to be holding back the next steps in their tablet evolution with not only the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 but the Galaxy Note 10.1 as well, both of them set for an upgrade to quad-core processors at launch time. Both of these devices were originally set to have dual-core processors of one kind or another, but due to the extremely quickly changing times in the tablet market it seems, they'll be upgrading both to their next-generation Exynos chips with four CPU cores instead. This bodes well for the Samsung tablet line as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone which is set to be revealed next month.

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Samsung snatches AMD server specialists

Samsung snatches AMD server specialists

This week there's a bit more action on the Samsung side of things as the electronics giant hires several AMD server specialists. These hires likely point toward a new focus in Samsung's processor focus, with former AMD vice president and until-Friday general manager of their server chip business Patrick Patla being Samsung's latest hire. Recruits to Samsung over the past year include several AMD titans from across the gamut, with chips for servers appearing to be the next aim of Samsung's SoC business.

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HTC One series starts Qualcomm / NVIDIA battery wars

HTC One series starts Qualcomm / NVIDIA battery wars

This week we're getting our first look at the smartphone-based next-generation processors of two giants (Qualcomm and NVIDIA) as they sit on the HTC One series reviewed earlier today. What we're seeing is that not only are both of these chipmakers bringing heat to the processing world, they've begun a true war on battery conservation. The HTC One X smartphone contains NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor with an extra core for low-powered tasks and sleeping, while the HTC One S contains the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, made also to keep itself conservative when it comes to draining your power.

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MacBook Pro goes slim with quad-core this Spring

MacBook Pro goes slim with quad-core this Spring

This summer we're very likely going to see MacBook Air slimness on Apple's line of heavier-duty MacBook Pro units, complete with Intel's Ivy Bridge quad-core processors in-tact. This information is gleaned from no less than Intel themselves, with news coming through that April 29th will be the date that they're ready to show the world what they're made of in both the mobile and desktop world. CPU World lets us know that two separate and trustworthy sources have now confirmed that this date late in April will be the delivery time for for desktop portion of this equation, with quad-core models Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme families in the pipeline.

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Intel fends off ARM chip menace as Samsung stagnates

Intel fends off ARM chip menace as Samsung stagnates

Intel may be under siege, but that hasn't slowed the chip manufacturer's progress: Intel recorded its largest market share in 10 years in 2011, it's claimed, with patchy performance from ARM-based rivals like Samsung. The x86 company's share was 15.6-percent of the overall semiconductor market, according to IHS iSuppli, up 2.5-percent from 2010. Meanwhile Samsung, which has been nipping at Intel's heels for the past few years, ground to a halt: growth stagnated in 2011, leaving Samsung with 9.2-percent of the overall market.

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NVIDIA plans Tegra for notebooks and Kepler for Superphones

NVIDIA plans Tegra for notebooks and Kepler for Superphones

It's a world turned upside down here at the tail end of the week for NVIDIA as we get word that word is spreading of Tegra-based notebooks and Kepler-based Superphones in the not-too-distant future. These tips come from two separate notes, one from NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang speaking on Kepler's successful launch, the other from NVIDIA's mobile chief Rene Haas on Tegra's ongoing quest for supremacy. What you'll find is that quotes from the both of them have aspirations beyond what they've already done to conquer the computing and mobile worlds.

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