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Intel AMD processor details leak: Kaby Lake likely

Intel AMD processor details leak: Kaby Lake likely

A brand new Intel Core i7-8809G processor was just discovered lurking in the company's overclocking listings. This processor is quad-core and rolls with two different sets of options for graphics processing. Intel HD Graphics 630 isn't particularly surprising, but the other option points to the future: Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics.

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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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Google nabs Apple engineer to help with its own chip development

Google nabs Apple engineer to help with its own chip development

As Google continues its recent work towards developing its own custom chips for use in the Pixel line of phones and other devices, the company has now managed to lure some top talent from one of its biggest rivals, namely Apple. It appears that well-regarded Apple chip designer John Bruno has left his position at Cupertino to join Google for an unspecified role.

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Intel Pentium Silver, new Celeron take on Qualcomm’s challenge

Intel Pentium Silver, new Celeron take on Qualcomm’s challenge

Although we still have to really see how it performs in the real-world, it was pretty clear that Qualcomm took a big shot at Intel when it introduced the Snapdragon 845 together with Microsoft. It struck at the heart of some of the biggest complaints about Intel’s chips, especially on mobile, like battery life and always-on connectivity. Naturally, Intel isn’t taking it sitting down and has announced its new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron range that addresses those concerns. Or at least one of them.

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This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its new super-chip, the Snapdragon 845, set to be found inside smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018. Renewing Qualcomm's focus on virtual and augmented reality, computational photography, video capture, mobile security, and more, the new system-on-chip (SoC) promises faster performance along with more efficient battery use and charging.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 chips are ready, but there’s a huge question

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 chips are ready, but there’s a huge question

Samsung's Galaxy S9 is coming, and the company's chip-making arm is ramping up its production line for the new 2018 flagship's processors. Compared to most other smartphone manufacturers, Samsung finds itself in a privileged position. Not only does it make its phones, it makes most of the components inside them, too.

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iMac Pro tipped to feature always-on ‘Hey Siri’, A10 Fusion chip

iMac Pro tipped to feature always-on ‘Hey Siri’, A10 Fusion chip

While we don't have an official release date just yet, Apple's new iMac Pro is still due for release before the year's end. With that window quickly closing, a few interesting details about Apple's high-end desktop have begun to surface thanks to developers getting their hands on the BridgeOS 2.0 software. Namely, it appears the iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion chip as a co-processor, and that it will be able to support an always-on "Hey Siri" setting.

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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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