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Arm’s 2020 roadmap throws down the gauntlet to Intel in laptops

Arm’s 2020 roadmap throws down the gauntlet to Intel in laptops

Arm is laying down the gauntlet to Intel, revealing a roadmap of chips that it thinks can oust the Core i5 from your laptop. The chip designer is best known for its mobile CPUs, the architecture of which dominates the smartphone chip world. However, Arm also has ambitions to be a player in larger devices.

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Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 on ARM is already in trouble

Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10 on ARM is already in trouble

While the idea definitely had lots of appeal, Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon, fell flat on its face during its first generation. It was largely attributed to performance problems which was, in turn, attributed to the not-so-recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 used in that first batch. Back in June, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850 that would fix that mistake. Benchmark sightings, however, aren’t exactly encouraging.

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9th gen Intel Core processors leak: everything you need to know

9th gen Intel Core processors leak: everything you need to know

Just because Intel has yet again delayed its 10 nm silicon to 2020, if all goes well, that doesn’t mean fans of the processors won’t have anything to look forward to this year. And, no, they don’t have to wait for the still to be revealed Cascade Lake processors. As early as October, Intel is expected to announce its 9th gen Core lineup, still on the 14 nm Coffee Lake architecture, that will be bringing, for the first time, 8 cores to the mainstream market.

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Intel roadmap reveals a slow trek to 10nm in 2020

Intel roadmap reveals a slow trek to 10nm in 2020

It’s not a good year for Intel. Never mind AMD’s comeback, Intel’s 2018 kicked off with its biggest embarrassments to date: Meltdown and Spectre. And then it had to admit that the long-overdue 10nm processors will have to wait until 2019. At its Data-centric Innovation Summit, however, the silicon maker is now saying that those won’t actually be coming until 2020, with a “half step” coming in 2019 instead.

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Snapdragon 670 is Qualcomm’s mid-range middle child

Snapdragon 670 is Qualcomm’s mid-range middle child

Mid-range, or as Qualcomm would call them “high-end”, smartphones are killing it. While majority of media coverage is lavished on premium smartphones with premium prices and eccentric designs, devices on the middle tiers continue to offer better bang for buck value when it comes to balancing performance, battery life, and price. That’s why it’s no surprise that Qualcomm continues to saturate the market with chips on this range, like the newly announced Snapdragon 670, that is going to give OEMs a headache in trying picking out a chip for their next-gen phones.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 launch date: it’s about time

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 launch date: it’s about time

It’s probably a bad time to launch a new smartwatch these next few weeks, unless you’re Samsung or Apple. That’s because any smartwatch you put into the market will be running on a mobile platform that is effectively two years old. Even older if you consider that the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is based on a modified Snapdragon 400 chipset. And in about 30 days, that wearable processor will be rendered obsolete now that Qualcomm itself is teasing when the long-overdue successor, tentatively known as the Snapdragon Wear 3100, will be unveiled.

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Apple chipmaker TSMC closes factories after computer virus attack

Apple chipmaker TSMC closes factories after computer virus attack

Some of the biggest tech product companies in the world might be struggling with constrained supplies of processor chips in the weeks to come. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the largest chip manufacturer in the world, was revealed to have been hit with a computer virus on Friday, resulting in temporary closure of several production factories and disruption of operations.

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Moment Pro Camera app gets Pixel Visual Core support

Moment Pro Camera app gets Pixel Visual Core support

This week the folks behind the app Moment Pro Camera adopted the powers of the Pixel Visual Core. This means that the app finally makes use of the hardware-accelerated processing power of the Google Pixel 2. This upgrade can be utilized by all camera apps on Android, but only a few have specifically targeted Google Pixel 2 devices right out the gate.

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Why Apple may be the victim in 2018 MacBook Pro throttling

Why Apple may be the victim in 2018 MacBook Pro throttling

Apple's most potent MacBook Pro may have a cooling problem, but blame for the toasty Core i9's throttling may not lie entirely at the Cupertino firm's door. The 2018 MacBook Pro offers a six-core Core i9 processor for the first time, one of Intel's fastest CPUs, and instantly became an object of lust for those wanting workstation performance from a portable machine.

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2018 MacBook Pro with Core i9 reportedly gets too hot

2018 MacBook Pro with Core i9 reportedly gets too hot

With great power comes great responsibility or, in the case of computers, great heat. The fact that computers generate heat is nothing new and is solved by one of two methods to cool things down: heat dissipation or throttling. The latter, of course, reduces the processing power of the computer and is not an ideal situation. That, however, is exactly what one YouTuber found in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro running on an eighth-gen Intel Core i9, the fastest and the hottest model. Literally, too.

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MediaTek Helio A22 to deliver AI features to mid-range

MediaTek Helio A22 to deliver AI features to mid-range

Qualcomm may have become the household name in the mobile application processor (AP) market but it is hardly the only one. Even before Apple’s A chips or Samsung’s Exynos, there was MediaTek. Often the preferred processor of Chinese brands and less expensive smartphones, MediaTek has been making promises of high-end features at affordable prices, at least as far as its chips are concerned. Now the Taiwanese company is trying to nibble at Qualcomm’s bottom line with its new Helio A series designed to bring camera and AI features to the budget smartphone market.

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Facebook lures Google engineer to head its own chip development

Facebook lures Google engineer to head its own chip development

One of the more recent trends in Silicon Valley is for the biggest tech companies to bring chip development in-house, rather than rely on third-party suppliers like Qualcomm and Intel. Apple has been doing this years already, and Google is already looking to catch up, but it seems the latest to have interest in developing its own processors is Facebook. Earlier this year it was revealed that the company had plans to start designing custom chips for consumer hardware, and now they've made a fairly big hire.

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