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Apple said to be working on “Project Azalea” to replace Samsung as chip maker

Apple said to be working on “Project Azalea” to replace Samsung as chip maker

Over the last few days, several states have been hinting that they're trying to attract a major semiconductor manufacturer to set up shop in the US, and some new details have just recently emerged. New York, California, Texas, and Oregon are all said to be competing to become home to a major chip maker that will have ties with Apple.

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Caltech researchers develop terahertz microchips for the spies and gamers among us

Caltech researchers develop terahertz microchips for the spies and gamers among us

Caltech researchers have developed a terahertz-generating chip that, it so eloquently explains, could help a spy save the world just in the nick of time. Or, in the less sensational world, could improve cancer diagnoses and improve touchless gaming. The device works by radiating high-frequency electromagnetic waves, which can penetrate certain materials and offer a look at what's behind them like an x-ray.

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Qualcomm announces ultra-low power NFC QCA1990 chip

Qualcomm announces ultra-low power NFC QCA1990 chip

Qualcomm Atheros has announced its new QCA1990, a low-power NFC chip that holds the title of being the smallest ultra-low system-on-a-chip currently available. This NFC chip is 50-percent the size of its competitors, and aims to solve the current criticism regarding the battery usage of NFC technology. Samples will begin going out in Q1 of 2013.

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Apple reportedly moving chip production away from Samsung

Apple reportedly moving chip production away from Samsung

Apple and Samsung, as many of you already know, have not had the most civil of professional relationships. Samsung has long been a provider of hardware for Apple products, but with the recent high-profile patent suit between the two, it seems that relationship has soured a bit. New reports from CNET and Taiwan Economic News (via MacRumors) are claiming that Apple is looking to move away from Samsung when it comes to the chips for its products, instead striking a deal Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and having that company produce quad-core processors for future devices.

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AMD expected to announce 30 percent workforce cut next week

AMD expected to announce 30 percent workforce cut next week

Last year, AMD announced that it would cut 10% of its workers by the end of 2012's first quarter. Now, 11 months later, it seems Advanced Micro Devices is about to announce a workforce reduction of up to 30%. This news comes after AMD's annoucement on Monday that it expected sales to decrease approximately 10% from the last quarter.

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Micron to buy Elpida Memory to compete with Samsung

Micron to buy Elpida Memory to compete with Samsung

Micron Technology Inc. has agreed to acquire debt-ridden Japanese chip maker Elpida Memory for about $750 million in cash to boost Micron’s manufacturing capacity and bump them up behind Samsung–the global market leader for DRAM memory chips. The agreement involves a sponsorship which will require Micron to spend about $2.5 billion to acquire Elpida’s equity and pay off some of its debt.

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Intel roadmap reveals plans for 5nm chips

Intel roadmap reveals plans for 5nm chips

Slides were released during Intel's annual Investor Meeting that revealed an ambitious roadmap for the chip maker. Intel plans to shrink its chip fabrication process down to a mere 5nm, with a 10nm process set to release in 2015 and work having already begun for the 7nm and 5nm processes. The company's latest Ivy Bridge chips are 22nm and the next iteration for 2013 will jump down to 14nm.

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GlobalFoundries apes Intel with 3D 20nm chips

GlobalFoundries apes Intel with 3D 20nm chips

There was an interesting little nugget of information in the TSMC financial results this morning. The company was planning to develop 20nm manufacturing capabilities, but they’re not the only ones hoping to achieve that goal. GlobalFoundries has announced that it has installed specialty production tools at its New York plant capable of 3D stacking 20nm chips.

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Intel VP confirms Retina support in Ivy Bridge

Intel VP confirms Retina support in Ivy Bridge

During the Intel Developer Forum yesterday, the company predicted that pixel-dense displays will become mainstream by 2013 in devices ranging from smartphones to desktop computers. Intel's VP and GM of the PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen also revealed that upcoming Ivy Bridge chips are built for Retina display computers, pretty much confirming rumors that next-gen Macs will indeed feature the high-resolution screen.

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Apple’s new Apple TV A5 chip is 41% smaller than previous A5

Apple’s new Apple TV A5 chip is 41% smaller than previous A5

It has been newly revealed that the Apple A5 chip that appears in the newest version of the Apple TV set-top streaming box is actually based on a dual-core architecture. Not only that, it is also 41% smaller than the A5 chip found in other Apple devices. These are factors that would significantly lower Apple's manufacturing cost, an important factor in the new Apple TV.

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Broadcom’s new GPS chip offers 10X performance, half the power consumption

Broadcom’s new GPS chip offers 10X performance, half the power consumption

Broadcom today announced a new GPS chip for smartphones that promises to deliver 10 times the performance for faster, more accurate position computation, while reducing power consumption by 50 percent. And being built on a 40nm process, the chip is 44 percent smaller making it perfect for new smartphones that are increasingly tight on space.

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Intel launches Xeon E5-2600 server chips for cloud computing

Intel launches Xeon E5-2600 server chips for cloud computing

Intel has launched its Xeon E5-2600 server chips, which are designed to tackle web-based cloud computing. This market is estimated to have an annual growth of 33 percent through 2015 thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, for accessing the internet or otherwise requiring internet connectivity for cloud-based services.

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