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AMD unleashes 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs on Intel: Pricing and Specs

AMD unleashes 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs on Intel: Pricing and Specs

AMD has revealed its newest 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors, adding a release date to the chips the company says are its most potent desktop silicon for creators and enthusiasts. Running the gamut from 24- through to 32-cores, the new 7nm CPUs were revealed alongside the Ryzen 9 3950X, a 16-core flagship AM4 chip targeting more demanding mainstream users.

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Samsung Exynos in trouble as major layoffs announced

Samsung Exynos in trouble as major layoffs announced

When it comes to mobile processors, Qualcomm may be the household name but it's far from being the only one. In addition to long-time rival MediaTek, there's also Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin, Samsung's Exynos, and, now, Apple's A chips. One of those, however, may be changing significantly and perhaps not for the better. Samsung has just posted a letter that reveals it will be laying off 290 employees at its R&D office in Austin, Texas that may see the end of Samsung's custom ARM cores used in its Exynos chips.

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Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition launch details are finally here

Intel Core i9-9900KS Special Edition launch details are finally here

Some people complain about the gap in time between a smartphone announcement and its availability but those have nothing on Intel when it comes to waiting periods. Never mind the 10nm delay, Intel promised the best gaming desktop processor back in May, which is now almost exactly five months ago. At long last, the chipmaker is spilling the last beans on its Core i9-9900KS Special Edition processor but you'll still have to wait two more days before scrambling to get this limited edition product.

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Intel Tremont microarchitecture wants to win back tablets from ARM

Intel Tremont microarchitecture wants to win back tablets from ARM

There is a lot of excitement going on in the mobile computing space, be it phones, tablets, or especially those that straddle both worlds. All but one of these new devices, however, are unsurprisingly powered by an ARM chip from Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei, or even Apple. As it stands, Intel has all but completely lost space and lost face in this segment of the market but it seems to be trying anew with its Tremont low-power x86 microarchitecture that could, unfortunately, bring up ghosts from its past.

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Exynos 990, new 5G modem, 12GB RAM to debut on Samsung phones soon

Exynos 990, new 5G modem, 12GB RAM to debut on Samsung phones soon

As far as major announcements go, Samsung is practically done for the year. In a little over three months, however, it is expected to reveal its 2020 bet in the rat race that is the smartphone market. The Galaxy S11 has already leaked in bits and pieces but Samsung itself may already be providing the bread crumbs that paint the picture of a mighty Next Galaxy that may finally see a long-overdue upgrade in at least one aspect.

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Sharp 8K TV touts its own ARM processor for high computing performance

Sharp 8K TV touts its own ARM processor for high computing performance

CEATEC 2019 is naturally filled with technological wonders, some of which look too futuristic to be available today. In a sea of such forward-looking prototypes and products that may or may not hit the market, Sharp is bringing a comforting and familiar presence in the form of an 8K TV. Make no mistake, however, as this 8T-C70BW1 8K LCD TV AQUOS does have a special trick inside, an ARM system-on-chip (SoC) that could make it one of the most powerful computer TVs in the market.

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Intel has quietly axed its weird combo chips with AMD graphics

Intel has quietly axed its weird combo chips with AMD graphics

Intel's oddball Kaby Lake-G chip collaboration with AMD is being axed, with the combo CPU and Radeon GPU product failing to catch the attention of laptop-makers. Announced back in late 2017, Kaby Lake-G came as an unexpected surprise: an 8th Gen Core processor from Intel, paired with custom AMD Radeon graphics, all in a single chip.

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Intel Cascade Lake X surprise price drop preempts AMD November launch

Intel Cascade Lake X surprise price drop preempts AMD November launch

With media and the industry covering AMD's almost triumphant return to the CPU arena, there is undoubtedly no small amount of pressure on Intel to respond in kind. Perhaps relieved that AMD delayed the launch of its 16-core Ryzen processor to November, Intel saw an opportunity to steal the spotlight even before AMD has a chance to take center stage. That is effectively what it is doing by revealing the prices for its new Cascade Lake X family of CPUs which, although still pricey, is a huge step down from the company's usual portfolio.

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Huawei Kirin A1 chip is made for wearables and earbuds

Huawei Kirin A1 chip is made for wearables and earbuds

Huawei has started to portray an image of independence from US companies, at least as far as some hardware components go. It has touted its own Kirin system-on-chip (SoC) to rival Qualcomm's and even Samsung's and Apple's on the smartphone side of things. Now it's doing the same for wearables with the newly revealed Kirin A1. But more than just a processor for smartphones, Huawei is billing it as the first chip to support both traditional smartwatches and fitness trackers as well as Bluetooth earphones and headphones.

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AMD Ryzen 9 3950X delayed due to strong demand for 16-core CPU

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X delayed due to strong demand for 16-core CPU

Although it had a few missteps along the way, AMD has regained its lost prestige and place in the market, threatening Intel's dominance in the CPU market. That said, AMD may have also bitten off more than it could chew by drumming up the hype, or at least according to its official explanation for delaying the Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core CPU by two months, launching in November along with a never before heard third-gen Threadripper.

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Samsung Exynos 980 drops a digit, gains integrated 5G modem

Samsung Exynos 980 drops a digit, gains integrated 5G modem

Samsung's Exynos chips aren't exactly the easiest to remember, having four digits to each model that don't always make sense from one generation to another. Not like, say, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series or the Kirin 980. Samsung may finally be ditching its old numbering scheme and switching to just three. And once that initial shock is over, you might finally realize that the new Exynos 980, which has no relation to the Kirin 980, has that integrated 5G silicon that the Kirin 990 is still supposed to bring to IFA 2019 in a few days.

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Huawei Kirin 990 chip confirmed, 5G implementation still in question

Huawei Kirin 990 chip confirmed, 5G implementation still in question

It may have been given a slight reprieve but Huawei is definitely not wasting time in preparing itself for a dark future. It is lining up its game pieces to ensure that, even without key US products, it will still be able offer premium smartphones to the market. It may not yet be keen on turning its Harmony OS into a smartphone OS but it is hastening its position in the mobile chip race. The Chinese manufacturer has finally confirmed the existence and upcoming announcement of the Kirin 990 chip and, unsurprisingly, it is focusing on 5G yet again.

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