processors

Raspberry Pi and OpenScan make a better 3D scanner than your phone

Raspberry Pi and OpenScan make a better 3D scanner than your phone

I have a question about 3D scanning devices: Why aren't they easier to access? Today a project by Thomas Megel made the rest of the handheld smart device universe look silly by comparison. With OpenScan project software, Raspberry Pi, and the Pi camera v2.1, Megel created a budget-friendly 3D-scanning system that's able to capture highly accurate 10-micron 3D scans with relative ease.

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Intel benchmark swipe at Apple Silicon M1 sounds a bit desperate

Intel benchmark swipe at Apple Silicon M1 sounds a bit desperate

Apple's M1 processor and Macs were undoubtedly the biggest tech news that closed last year. Its performance, especially for a first try at a desktop-class ARM-based processor, left many questioning Intel's supremacy in that space. There are, of course, still things that Apple's silicon may not be capable of at this time but that is also just a matter of time. Meanwhile, Intel is seemingly going on the offensive with a set of benchmarks that it claims show how actually inferior the Apple M1 is.

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GM slows production at four manufacturing facilities due to chip shortage

GM slows production at four manufacturing facilities due to chip shortage

The coronavirus pandemic has put a crimp on manufacturing operations all around the world. As infection caused manufacturing operations to slow in China, where much the world's supply of electronics and microchips comes from, the downstream effects of that have been impacting other manufacturers all around the world. The latest to be impacted is General Motors. It has announced that the global shortage of semiconductor chips is forcing the automaker to cut production at four of its manufacturing facilities.

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Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU claimed to beat Apple A12 Bionic

Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU claimed to beat Apple A12 Bionic

Samsung's Exynos has been the subject of much controversy and drama in the past months, especially as its performance gap with Qualcomm's equivalent Snapdragon chips became more prominent. The company's semiconductor business has been trying to turn that ship around quickly, especially with a favorable outlook for the new Exynos 2100. That said, the real highlight might still be coming later this year, especially if the combined powers of Samsung and AMD are indeed able to run circles around Apple's 2019 A12 Bionic chip.

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Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU might actually arrive this year

Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU might actually arrive this year

Smartphone hardware has become crazy powerful in the past years, sometimes comparable with lower-end or older desktops and laptops but with better energy-efficiency. Of course, there's always room for more improvement, especially when it comes to trying to maximize processing power without sacrificing energy, heat, and size. Lately, it seems that the ball is being played in the graphics court and Samsung's biggest gamble in that game might be coming sooner than initially expected after all.

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Raspberry Pi Pico released: microcontroller launches RP2040 chip

Raspberry Pi Pico released: microcontroller launches RP2040 chip

Today the first Raspberry Pi microcontroller was released for approximately $4 USD. This device is the Raspberry Pi Pico, built on RP2040, a "brand-new chip" developed at Raspberry Pi. This device bridges the gap between the still relatively heavyweight computation handled by the Raspberry Pi proper, and the computing that should be handled by a much lower power microcontroller. Today Raspberry Pi began rolling forth into the microcontroller universe.

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Hybrid chip containing processors and memory runs AI on smart devices

Hybrid chip containing processors and memory runs AI on smart devices

A group of researchers from Stanford have developed a way to combine processors and memory on multiple hybrid chips to allow AI to run on battery-powered devices such as smartphones and tablets. The team believes that all manner of battery-power electronics would be smarter if they could run AI algorithms. The problem is efforts to build AI-capable chips for mobile devices have run up against something known as the "memory wall."

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These Apple chip experts set up their own company – Qualcomm just bought it

These Apple chip experts set up their own company – Qualcomm just bought it

Three star chip designers from Apple and Google formed a company called NUVIA in late 2019. They aimed to create silicon processing chips that'd eventually take on the likes of Intel and AMD, and raised a whole bunch of money in Series A and B funding and became a force to be reckoned with in a relatively short amount of time. Today, Qualcomm announced that they'll be acquiring NUVIA for $1.4 billion USD.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors detailed for release

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors detailed for release

This week the folks at AMD revealed their newest round of mobile processors in AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors, with Zen 3 core architecture for laptops aplenty. Devices will be available with this new generation in mobile processors from ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and more, starting in the first quarter of the year 2021. AMD announced that this new mobile processor system is expected to appear in "more than 150 consumer and commercial notebooks" in the year 2021.

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Intel’s latest processors will usher in fast ultraportable gaming laptops

Intel’s latest processors will usher in fast ultraportable gaming laptops

Intel has introduced its four new lines of processors designed for a variety of platforms and users, including for education, gaming, and business. The new lineup includes the 11th-Gen Intel Core vPro designed for business, N-series Pentium Silver and Celeron processors for education, and 11th-Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors for gaming.

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Microsoft Surface and servers may be next to dump Intel for in-house ARM chips

Microsoft Surface and servers may be next to dump Intel for in-house ARM chips

Intel's breakup with Apple may only be the start of the chip-maker's problems, with Microsoft rumored to be planning a similar strike out for independence with its own processor designs. While Intel's long-standing rivalry with AMD has given the computing world two main choices for the past decades, industry heavyweights are increasingly looking to Arm-based chips as an alternative.

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RTX 3060 Ti is today’s best graphics card for a 1440p monitor

RTX 3060 Ti is today’s best graphics card for a 1440p monitor

If you have a 1440p monitor and a gaming PC that's in need of a graphics card upgrade, look to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. As NVIDIA revealed today, and as reviews of the card have proven in the first hours after the card's official reveal, the RTX 3060 Ti is the 2020-generation NVIDIA graphics card that delivers the biggest bang for your buck. Let's take a peek at the reasons why.

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