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Samsung 7nm EUV chip production gets underway

Samsung 7nm EUV chip production gets underway

Samsung Electronics revealed they'd gotten underway with wafer production on its next process node, 7nm LPP EUV. That's also known as 7-nanometer (nm) LPP (Low Power Plus) with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology. Also in the mix this week were new SmartSSD, QLC-SSD, and 256GB 3DS RDIMM.

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Intel Core 9th-generation processors first prices and details

Intel Core 9th-generation processors first prices and details

The first 9th-gen Intel Core processors were revealed with release prices and dates this morning at an Intel event. The first wave of these processors will - SHOCK - be aimed at desktop processing power enthusiasts as well as gamers. Inside we'll find support for Optane-based memory sticks and hardware-level fixes (and pre-fixes) for Spectre and Meltdown attacks. You'll find the first chip in the series comes as a monster: That's the Intel Core i9-9900K, the first so-called "broad volume" processor to hit 5Ghz.

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Snapdragon Wear 3100 promises smartwatch battery and feature boost

Snapdragon Wear 3100 promises smartwatch battery and feature boost

Qualcomm promised some big news in smartwatch chips, and the Snapdragon Wear 3100 is just that. Bringing a long-awaited update to the company's wearable-focused silicon, the new platform promises to be more powerful and more power-efficient, with a number of big names in smartwatches already signed on.

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Qualcomm’s next-gen 7nm Snapdragon is in the hands of phone-makers

Qualcomm’s next-gen 7nm Snapdragon is in the hands of phone-makers

Qualcomm will shift to a new 7nm system-on-chip design for its next, 5G-capable flagship mobile platform, though the company isn't quite ready to spill the beans completely on what it has planned. The new SoC - which Qualcomm says it expects to be the first 5G-capable mobile platform for premium-tier smartphones and more - is currently sampling to device partners.

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Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

This week the folks at MARS Bioimaging revealed the first 3D color X-Ray of the insides of a human body. They've got a device called the MARS large bore spectral scanner, AKA the MARS spectral x-ray scanner - and we're crossing our fingers for a simpler name as the product is further developed, too. This scanner uses an adaptation of technology first used by CERN in the hunt for the God particle.

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Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform brings premium features to more phones

Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform brings premium features to more phones

Qualcomm has unveiled its new Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform, the first mobile platform in the company's 700-tier portfolio. The 710 Mobile Platform, Qualcomm explains, will bring certain "premium-tier" features to a wider mobile audience. The new chip will offer better performance in areas that include artificial intelligence, connectivity, camera capture, battery life, and more.

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Forget phones: the next Snapdragon is reportedly all about VR and AR

Forget phones: the next Snapdragon is reportedly all about VR and AR

Qualcomm will be revealing its new Snapdragon XR1 chipset for standalone virtual and augmented reality headsets next week, at least according to sources leaking the plans. The sources claim the announcement could come as soon as next week, though it may be bumped to a later date. We might see the chipset unveiled during Augmented World Expo in California.

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Samsung coming to Bitcoin with ASIC chips

Samsung coming to Bitcoin with ASIC chips

Overnight news from South Korea spoke of Samsung's efforts to enter the bitcoin mining industry. Samsung was reported to be joining said market with mass production of bitcoin mining hardware starting this month. Their first move will hit the ground running with ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) production this year, with the company's efforts in developing said semiconductor technology throughout 2017.

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There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

The landscape for smartphone chip-makers like Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung may be growing, but none can rest on its laurels as the industry tries to keep up with new trends like AI. SoC (System-on-Chip) design being increasingly brought in-house by players like Apple and Samsung are eating into the business of former go-to providers like Qualcomm, fueled in no small part by fierce and lengthy litigation over processor technology patents.

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Intel and AMD team on potent gaming chipset

Intel and AMD team on potent gaming chipset

Intel and AMD have teamed up unexpectedly to make a brand new chipset that puts AAA gaming performance into more portable laptops. Though the two companies have been long-standing foes, battling for dominance in desktop and notebook processors, this new addition to the 8th Gen Intel Core family has Intel's CPU but a custom AMD GPU. They're joined by a new bridge specially designed to speed up intercommunications.

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RFID microchip implants offered to employees at Wisconsin company

RFID microchip implants offered to employees at Wisconsin company

A company out of Wisconsin has announced that it will begin offering microchip implants to all of its employees beginning next month. We probably all knew this day was coming, but now Three Square Market (otherwise known as 32Market) has decided that it will be the one to usher us into the future. If you're thinking of the implications this has for Big Brother and the surveillance state after reading that headline up above, you certainly aren't alone.

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Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

It looks like Samsung is about to be inside your favorite smartphone once again. While the company's chip-making devision lost their contract deal with Apple several years ago, they plan on picking up the pace once again the very near future. They began their series of big moves toward the future they envision earlier this year by splitting off their chip-making business arm within their semiconductor division as "Samsung Foundry" - and it would appear that their next goal is the iPhone.

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