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The biggest upgrade in Intel’s smallest chips is almost here

The biggest upgrade in Intel’s smallest chips is almost here

The chip family Intel believes will give it the edge in future ultraportables, tablets, and 2-in-1 hybrids, not to mention the Internet of Things, will show up in systems by the holidays, as 14nm production kicks off. Intel Core M, codenamed Broadwell, will be the first chip to use the new production process, which promises better battery life but less heat.

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MWC 2014 Qualcomm round-up

MWC 2014 Qualcomm round-up

Mobile World Congress 2014 has neared its end, and over the course of the last few days we got a good look at what it had to offer. Among the plethora of devices was offerings from the biggest chipmakers, among them being Qualcomm. We've rounded up some of the biggest news from the chip maker this past week.

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Google reportedly contemplating designing and using its own chips

Google reportedly contemplating designing and using its own chips

In what could end up being a blow to Intel, Google is contemplating both designing and using its own server processors, according to a source who spoke to the folks at Bloomberg. There would be several benefits for the Internet giant if it decides to undertake such efforts, particularly the control offered over the crossroads betwixt software and hardware. Nothing has been set in stone, however, and the source says plans could end up changing.

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Toshiba in process of buying OCZ’s SSD operation

Toshiba in process of buying OCZ’s SSD operation

The Toshiba Corporation is in the process of buying up the better part of OCZ Technology, the maker of consumer and enterprise solid state drive (SSD) storage devices. OCZ last month filed for bankruptcy, having been unable to comply with its loan terms with Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. The purchase price is $35 million and is being made through a bankruptcy auction process.

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Apple to add GlobalFoundries to A-series chip supply roster

Apple to add GlobalFoundries to A-series chip supply roster

Apple will soon be contracting with GlobalFoundries in the backwoods of New York to have them produce A-series logic chips for iPhones and iPads, GlobalFoundries sources close to the the Albany Times Union have tipped. This represents a major expansion on the part of Apple to include more companies in its chip manufacturing, all of which it outsources. GlobalFoundries will be added to Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) as Apple's A-series chip suppliers.

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Intel Bay Trail will be available in 10 devices by November’s end

Intel Bay Trail will be available in 10 devices by November’s end

Earlier today, Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich made the company's third-quarter earnings call, revealing additional information during the time including word that the Broadwell chip has been delayed a quarter. In addition to that, the executive also talked about the Bay Trail chips, detailing their sizable arrival in the next handful of weeks.

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Intel Broadwell chip delayed due to production issue

Intel Broadwell chip delayed due to production issue

Intel has revealed that its Broadwell chip has been delayed a solid quarter, moving its launch to Q1 of next year. The information was given during the company's financial call today, with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich saying the delay is due to a "defect density issue." The problem has resulted in lower numbers of usable chips than needed, and first efforts to fix the problem proved inadequate.

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Motorola X8 computing system detailed with combo of processors and firmware

Motorola X8 computing system detailed with combo of processors and firmware

Motorola unveiled its X8 computing system earlier this month alongside the announcement of its new line of DROID handsets. Although the new system wasn't discussed in too much detail, we learned that it harbored 8 cores consisting of a dual-core offering from Qualcomm, a quad-core processor, a single core nature language processor, and a single contextual processor. Now one of Motorola's executives has spoken up, dishing more info on the hardware.

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AMD wants to make chips for Android and Chrome OS

AMD wants to make chips for Android and Chrome OS

Be prepared to see mobile devices and laptops running Android and Chrome OS using AMD chips under the hood. It's reported that the chip maker is open to designing and developing chips that are catered to support Android and Chrome OS. AMD will still be committed to Windows machines, but they hope to expand more into mobile territory in the future.

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Intel overhauls Atom lineup to take on Qualcomm

Intel overhauls Atom lineup to take on Qualcomm

In an effort to compete more in the mobile market, Intel has overhauled its Atom processor line in order to take on Qualcomm in the smartphone chip market. Intel's new Atom architecture, which is codenamed "Silvermont," comes with a boost in performance, yet Intel claims it cuts down on power consumption.

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Acid leak at Samsung chip plant injures 3

Acid leak at Samsung chip plant injures 3

In what is now the second acidic gas leak in just three short months, reports are saying that three workers were injured when poisonous hydrofluoric acid leaked into one of Samsung's semiconductor plant in Hwaseong, Korea. It's not known how badly the three workers are injured, but the gas leak back in January killed one worker and injured others.

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Apple reportedly boots Samsung from chip development

Apple reportedly boots Samsung from chip development

It's been rumored for a while now that Apple's been planning on moving away from Samsung for chipset manufacturing, and will instead make a deal with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). However, reports are rolling in that the move has finally happened, and the next chip that is on Apple's list will not involve Samsung.

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