processors

Google’s TPU taking on Intel and NVIDIA for Neural Networking’s future

Google’s TPU taking on Intel and NVIDIA for Neural Networking’s future

Google is seeking a new way to make neural networking work efficiently - starting with the TPU. The TPU is a Tensor Processing Unit - to be compared to Intel's CPU or NVIDIA's GPU, made for processing data. Google's news here is their first-ever study published on how well their TPU works - compared, appropriately enough, to Intel's CPU and NVIDIA's GPU whilst neural networking.

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Qualcomm is no longer making processors (they’re calling them Platforms)

Qualcomm is no longer making processors (they’re calling them Platforms)

This week the folks at Qualcomm have announced their decision to change the way they present their hardware. Instead of calling the technology they create a "Qualcomm Snapdragon processor", they'll be calling it a "Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform." This should serve to better differentiate the full scope of what Qualcomm does - that's essentially deliver a platform, yes, from which a smartphone (or other smart devices) can process, connect, and deliver data to the end user.

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AMD Ryzen 5 launching next month to cater to the masses

AMD Ryzen 5 launching next month to cater to the masses

AMD has always been Intel’s biggest rival in the PC market though, depending on where you stand, you might think that AMD has lost that battle recently. With the announcement of its new Zen-based Ryzen line of processors, however, AMD is pushing back hard. The first line of the series, the Ryzen 7, was squarely aimed at hard-core gamers and professionals. The Ryzen 5 line, on the other hand, is targeting the mainstream, bringing the same key features of the Zen architecture, but with lower clock speeds and a matching lower price tag.

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AMD Ryzen pre-order and release date revealed VS Intel

AMD Ryzen pre-order and release date revealed VS Intel

AMD revealed details surrounding their Ryzen Summit Ridge CPUs, including pricing - ready to take on their biggest competitors. This release includes the Ryzen 7 in models 1800X, 1700X, and 1700. These three cards are aimed at out-performing and under-pricing Intel Core processors across the board.

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Xiaomi smartphone chip plans could see Qualcomm face-off

Xiaomi smartphone chip plans could see Qualcomm face-off

Xiaomi may have surged rapidly into the public eye (and all that without - officially - a phone on sale in the US) but its next ambitions are even bigger: ousting Qualcomm from its devices. The Chinese company - which has everything from smartphones through smart TVs, and portable batteries to smart home gadgets in its line-up - is notorious for its loyal and vocal fans and aggressive pricing. Now, Xioami is reportedly turning to silicon.

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AMD details Zen-based Ryzen CPU line, boasts SenseMI tech

AMD details Zen-based Ryzen CPU line, boasts SenseMI tech

AMD is looking to take the fight to Intel, detailing its new Ryzen CPUs. AMD's Ryzen CPUs will be based on its "Zen" architecture, which was previously codenamed Summit Ridge. Even though we're finding out more about these processors today, they won't hit the scene until sometime in Q1 2017.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 details tip your next phone’s features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 details tip your next phone’s features

Qualcomm has made a few major announcements today, including the reveals of its new Snapdragon 835 mobile CPU and Quick Charge 4. These product reveals are accompanied by the announcement of a new bounty program centered around the security of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors and LTE modems. All three announcements were made at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York City this morning.

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Qualcomm sets hopes on IoT with new Snapdragon chips

Qualcomm sets hopes on IoT with new Snapdragon chips

Qualcomm today revealed a new pair of Snapdragon processors meant not for smartphones, but for use in internet of things (IoT) applications. The processors, which have been named the Snapdragon 600E and the Snapdragon 410E, are being introduced by subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, and the company is quick to point out that this is the first time stand-alone Snapdragon processors have been made available through Qualcomm's third-party distribution partners.

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Intel Atom is dead! Long live Atom for IoT, cars!

Intel Atom is dead! Long live Atom for IoT, cars!

Rumors of Intel Atom's death have been greatly exaggerated. And Intel has only itself to blame for that. Now it seems that the company is clarifying, or further muddling, its plans for its low-power processor line. Intel is, indeed, axing the Atom but that is true only as far as mobile devices, laptops, and even wearables go. It still has Atoms planned, newer ones based on its Apollo Lake architecture. Those, however, will be heading towards smart cars and smart appliances as Intel tries to make a grab for the IoT market instead.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

When Lenovo unveiled the first consumer Tango-enabled smartphone, the PHAB2 Pro, it was somewhat curious that the OEM went with a Snapdragon 625 instead of the highest end 820. Although we'll probably never really find out why, Qualcomm reveals that it has, in fact, made specific tweaks to make the SD652 work perfectly with Tango. Now it has done the same for the Snapdragon 820, its current flagship, and promises it will also be the case for future generations of the 600 and 800 chip series, opening the doors for more devices to dance their way to augmented reality as well.

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E3 2016’s big winner isn’t Sony or Microsoft

E3 2016’s big winner isn’t Sony or Microsoft

The battle between the two gaming console titans continues this year at E3 2016, but we've already got a winner. That winner isn't Sony or Microsoft - not the PlayStation 4, the next PlayStation that remains under wraps, or any of Microsoft's Xbox units. Instead, it's AMD. A company that held sway over the most recent generation of gaming consoles with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and seems all but guaranteed to do it again this next time around.

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AMD reveals 7th gen A-series CPUs, VR-ready Radeon RX 480

AMD reveals 7th gen A-series CPUs, VR-ready Radeon RX 480

With Intel's discontinuation of the Atom line and its practical exit from the entry-level processor market, the time is ripe for AMD to reclaim a space that has been previously its domain. At Computex 2016, the famed chip maker revealed the 7th generation of its AMD FX, A, and E series CPUs that push the low-end a bit higher. At the same time, it is catering to the high end as well not with a new CPU but a new graphics card, the Radeon RX 480, which, like many of this week's products, are targeting the fledgling VR market.

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