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2018 iPad Pro A11X Bionic to pack this much power in a tiny chip

2018 iPad Pro A11X Bionic to pack this much power in a tiny chip

Ever since Apple went into the business of making mobile processors for itself, it has adopted a sort of tick-tock rhythm like Intel. It announces a new AN process in a new iPhone to be followed by a new ANX chip for an iPad, specifically an iPad Pro. With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X running on a spanking new A11 Bionic processor, it’s expected that the next iPad Pro will have an A11X Bionic in turn. What wasn’t expected until now is just how powerful and how small it would be.

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Pixel Visual Core: Google’s custom-made image processing chip

Pixel Visual Core: Google’s custom-made image processing chip

While Google’s Pixel phones have had very impressive scores on DxOMark’s benchmarks, it is perhaps even more impressive that they are able to accomplish that much for very little hardware. Much of the magic happens on the software side, with the use of algorithms and machine learning. Those, however, don’t just magically happen and incur a penalty on the phone’s processor. That is why Google made its own Pixel Visual Core system-on-chip specifically and only for image processing and machine learning related to that. And soon, even third party developers will have access to it.

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Qualcomm mid-range Snapdragon 636, X50 5G modem debut

Qualcomm mid-range Snapdragon 636, X50 5G modem debut

If it seems that the smartphone chipset market has been quiet for a while, Qualcomm is here to stir things up a bit. It has just announced two new chips that try to move the mobile market, especially mid-range devices forward. That includes a new Snapdragon 636 processor mobile platform and what Qualcomm claims to be the world’s first millimeter wave, or mmWave, 5G modem chipset, the Snapdragon X50.

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8th gen Intel Core desktop processors launched for gamers, creators

8th gen Intel Core desktop processors launched for gamers, creators

Smartphones and tablets may have cannibalized a large chunk of the PC market, but there is still one segment where the venerable desktop remains unchallenged: gaming and content creation. Unsurprisingly, Intel is working overtime to cater to these user groups, as can be clearly seen in its launched of its new generation of desktop processors. Billed as being designed for what's coming next, the new 8th gen Core i7, i5, and down to the i3 are being marketed with higher frame rates, more immersive experiences, and more control over performance.

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Ryzen 5 2500U benchmark hints at AMD’s laptop play

Ryzen 5 2500U benchmark hints at AMD’s laptop play

AMD is really hitting Intel hard, even in places where Intel might not have a firm grasp on. So far, however, AMD’s new Ryzen line of processors remains absent from one crucial segment: mobile computers, a.k.a. laptops or notebooks. That could very well change really soon as AMD readies its Ryzen chips design for lower power consumption. Starting with the Ryzen 5 2500U which has been spotted at benchmarks standing shoulder to shoulder with Intel’s 7th gen notebook processors.

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iPhone X’s A11 Fusion to be Apple’s first hexa core chip

iPhone X’s A11 Fusion to be Apple’s first hexa core chip

While a lot of attention is being lavished on the iPhone 8 or iPhone X’s user-facing features, like the bezel-less screen and Face ID authentication, hardcore tech lovers might also have something to gush over in the upcoming big reveal as well. According to sources, the tenth anniversary iPhone will be powered by what Apple will be advertising as the Apple A11 Fusion, its first chip to sport two high performance cores and four energy efficient cores. In other words, its first hexa-core system on chip.

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No Qualcomm Snapdragon 836, for Pixel 2 or anyone else

No Qualcomm Snapdragon 836, for Pixel 2 or anyone else

This should probably put to rest most of the confusion, though, of course, the only real proof will be when the Google Pixel 2 finally comes out. According to “reliable sources”, there is no and never will be a Snapdragon 836. That means that the very late 2017 flagships, which include the Google Pixel 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, won’t be running on a non-existent processor and will most likely go with the current Snapdragon 835 instead.

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Huawei debuts new Kirin 970 chip with advanced AI processing

Huawei debuts new Kirin 970 chip with advanced AI processing

At the IFA 2017 event in Berlin this week, phone maker Huawei pulled the wraps off its latest flagship chipset, the Kirin 970. The new processor looks to greatly improve the company's future smartphones by allowing native AI processing to be combined with cloud-based AI. Huawei says that on-device AI powered by the Kirin 970 helps address issues like latency and privacy, while also allowing improved image and voice recognition.

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Intel Xeon W processor could end up in the new iMac Pro

Intel Xeon W processor could end up in the new iMac Pro

We take a short breather before the IFA 2017 storm starts with Intel’s almost unexpected announcement of new Xeon processors. Targeting “expert” workstations, the new Xeon Scalable promises to deliver performance to meet the number-crunching requirements of the entertainment industry, particularly in, you guessed it, virtual reality. But Intel also announced a Xeon W processor for “mainstream” workstations, which is now the crowd favorite speculation to power the late 2017 iMac Pro.

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Intel i7, i9 Core X-Series release dates and specs

Intel i7, i9 Core X-Series release dates and specs

The Intel Core X-Series processors were been revealed by Intel this morning in one big bunch. Included is the entire unlocked Intel Core X-Series i-family. This includes i5, i7, and i9, the most impressive of which is the Extreme Edition Intel Core i9-7980XE. These processors were announced first this week at Computex 2017 as "the most powerful, scalable and accessible high-end desktop platform offered by Intel."

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Intel Coffee Lake CPU may be a bitter upgrade to swallow

Intel Coffee Lake CPU may be a bitter upgrade to swallow

Intel CPU fans eager to upgrade to the chip maker's upcoming Coffee Lake silicon may find themselves with a bigger than expected hit on their wallet. The new processors are set to succeed Intel's Kaby Lake models, using 14nm Tri-Gate processes and offering up to 30-percent performance gains over current seventh-generation 15W mobile CPUs. However, in doing so it's looking like they'll break backward compatibility.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs, Threadripper CPUs launched

AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs, Threadripper CPUs launched

AMD has made its comeback in the CPU market with the launch of its Zen-based Ryzen processors to take on Intel’s Core line with more affordable digits. But the consumer PC war isn’t won with CPUs alone. Graphics cards play an equal role, sometimes even greater for both gamers as well as multimedia workers. That is why AMD is now launching a new “Vega” GPU architecture, this time to strike at NVIDA’s long-held monopoly in the discrete graphics card market.

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