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AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud

AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud

The world's second largest PC chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced today that it will be cutting 10 percent of its workforce by the end of Q1 2012. That amounts to about 1,200 to 1,400 workers to be let go from its global workforce. The weak computer market has forced AMD to refine its cost structure and to consider investing in lower power, emerging markets and the cloud.

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Qualcomm reports stellar Q4 earnings with $4.12 billion in revenue

Qualcomm reports stellar Q4 earnings with $4.12 billion in revenue

Qualcomm reported its fiscal Q4 earnings today, revealing a revenue of $4.12 billion, which is a 39 percent increase from the same period last year. Net profit rose 22 percent from the same quarter last year, jumping up from $865 million to $1.06 billion. The chip maker also issued a strong guidance forecast, exceeding analyst expectations.

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Intel’s Xeon E5 specs and pricing released

Intel’s Xeon E5 specs and pricing released

Intel is expected to launch two new Xeon E5 subfamilies of processors in early 2012 with the E5-1600 and the E5-2600, the latter of which already has its specs and pricing leaked. CPU-World published a list showing the details on every E5-2600 model, revealing what specs we might expect to find with upcoming systems, such as Apple's early 2012 Mac Pros.

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ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 chip architecture

ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 chip architecture

ARM announced today its very first 64-bit microprocessor architecture called the ARMv8. This new chip architecture will help ARM expand beyond mobile devices, putting it in more direct competition with Intel and AMD in the PC and server space. The company's current 32-bit ARMv7 chip architecture and the lack of enterprise software support have hindered its efforts so far.

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Qualcomm confirms 2.5GHz quad-core chips in 2012

Qualcomm confirms 2.5GHz quad-core chips in 2012

During the Innovation Qualcomm event in Istanbul, the chip maker confirmed plans to launch 2.5GHz quad-core SoCs in 2012. The company will be using its next-gen Krait architecture for these chips that boast almost double the speed of what's currently available on the market. The new details confirm what was leaked in Qualcomm's roadmap.

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Android partners with Intel for new Medfield-based tablets, smartphones

Android partners with Intel for new Medfield-based tablets, smartphones

Google and Intel announced a new partnership today at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that will make future Android releases optimized for Intel chips in addition to the current de facto ARM-based chips. Android smartphone and tablet prototypes were even shown off during the event, running on Intel Atom chips.

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Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E chip upgrade may ship November 15

Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E chip upgrade may ship November 15

Intel's mid-cycle Sandy Bridge-E processors may ship sometime in November, according to a leak from DonanimHaber. The initial batch will be Core i7 processors along with X79 chipsets and possibly Xeon E5 processors. They have a launch window between November 14 and 27, but DonanimHaber expects the exact date to be November 15.

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AMD updates Fusion C and E series APU processors

AMD updates Fusion C and E series APU processors

AMD announced today that it's releasing updated versions of its award-winning C and E series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). These APUs are advanced hybrids of CPUs and GPUs that packs in plenty of graphics and processing power into an efficient and space-saving chip to power mobile computing devices such as laptops and netbooks.

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AMD Introduces New Triple-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD Introduces New Triple-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD today announced the availability of a new APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) called the A6-3500 that extends the company's lineup of A-Series processors, delivering brilliant HD graphics and high-speed performance. Unlike the A8-3800 and A6-3600 processors in the series, this new A6-3500 will not be quad-core. Instead, it is the first triple-core Llano APU and has a sub-$100 price tag that make it ideal for starter or budget gaming systems.

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Intel Shipping New, Faster MacBook Air Sandy Bridge Chips

Intel Shipping New, Faster MacBook Air Sandy Bridge Chips

We all know by now that the next-gen MacBook Airs are on the runway with the latest Intel Sandy Bridge chips and Thunderbolt connector ports. If rumors are false about the MacBook Air release to coincide with OS X Lion, then the ultra slim notebooks could arrive before end of this month. And according to CNET, the Sandy Bridge chips that will be used in the new MacBook Air has just been made available on Intel's price list this past weekend.

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Intel To Fabricate Chips For Future Apple iPads And iPhones?

Intel To Fabricate Chips For Future Apple iPads And iPhones?

There are reports today that Intel may be in line to fabricate chips for future Apple iPads. This news comes just after Intel revealed that it would be making its "most significant technology announcement of the year" at a press event tomorrow---Wednesday. Many industry folks believe the announcement may involve its new 22-nanometer fabrication process as well as plans to make chips for Apple.

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Adapteva supercomputer for Mobile phones could power future game consoles

Adapteva supercomputer for Mobile phones could power future game consoles

The processors and APUs inside our smartphones and other mobile devices are getting faster with each generation. The computing power in these small devices is far beyond what you could have in many computers when I was a kid. A company called Adapteva has pitched a new chip for smartphones and other devices that has many more cores inside than the two that processors in some smartphones in use today.

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