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Intel’s first Cannon Lake 10nm processor revealed

Intel’s first Cannon Lake 10nm processor revealed

Intel has finally begun shipping a 10nm processor, though this first Cannon Lake Core i3 is a tidbit ahead of what will be the main event next year. The chip-maker has been struggling to meet its own 10nm manufacturing promises, discovering that transitioning to the new architecture was trickier than it initially expected.

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Facebook’s making chips! Or at least researching silicon

Facebook’s making chips! Or at least researching silicon

Rumor has it Facebook is aiming to create their own semiconductors in the near future. That's chips, processors - the things in your smartphone that make it able to think. If Facebook did indeed take up arms to create chips, they'd be going up against competition like Samsung, Qualcomm, AMD, Intel, and a few more that'll be getting into the game soon - think Apple.

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AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Processors: Everything you need to know

AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Processors: Everything you need to know

It's time for the second generation of the AMD Ryzen brand of PC processors. The first lineup includes the Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 2600. Two of these CPUs roll with 8-core, 16-thread tech, and the other two are 6-core, 12-thread models. Each of these AMD Ryzen (2nd-gen) CPUs have advanced AMD SenseMI technology under the hood.

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Intel Core i9 six-core brings gaming CPU to notebooks

Intel Core i9 six-core brings gaming CPU to notebooks

Intel announced a new batch of 8th-generation Core CPUs for laptops today, with the star of the show being the new Core i9-8950HK. This CPU is notable for a lot of reasons, but perhaps the biggest is the fact that this is the first six-core processor Intel has made for laptops. Obviously, we're probably only going to see this CPU in top-of-the-line notebooks, which means that most people probably won't experience its benefits.

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AMD Ryzen may have major security flaws

AMD Ryzen may have major security flaws

AMD processors were the subject of a report on security vulnerabilities by CTSlabs this week. In the report, CTSlabs reported that some of the most secure portions of several different sorts of AMD processors were at risk of exploit by malicious parties. Those malicious parties would need to have access to the computer with the AMD processor, but once they've got that, they'd potentially be free to do one whole heck of a lot of damage.

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AMD expands Ryzen and EPYC with new embedded processors

AMD expands Ryzen and EPYC with new embedded processors

AMD has been doing pretty well with PC hardware meant for consumers, but today, the company is turning its attention to enterprise. AMD has announced new embedded processors featuring both Ryzen and EPYC branding. It has also announced a number of product and manufacturing partners who have signed on to use these processors, which could be good news for its ongoing efforts in the embedded space.

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Samsung coming to Bitcoin with ASIC chips

Samsung coming to Bitcoin with ASIC chips

Overnight news from South Korea spoke of Samsung's efforts to enter the bitcoin mining industry. Samsung was reported to be joining said market with mass production of bitcoin mining hardware starting this month. Their first move will hit the ground running with ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) production this year, with the company's efforts in developing said semiconductor technology throughout 2017.

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Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X

Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is just one of three big-name smartphones the company will reveal this year. The company is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. These three devices will be very similar to one another, and the first two will inform the details of the third. This morning we're going over the latest batch of details from South Korea and China on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, both of which are expected to be revealed in late February of 2018.

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Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google has revealed its Project Zero findings on the "speculative execution" security flaws that have sent processor-makers into a tailspin today. The issue - which had initially been circulating as an Intel processor flaw, but which it now appears affects chips from multiple manufacturers - is, in fact, a number of vulnerabilities that exploit critical aspects of many processors since 1995. They're generally being known as Meltdown and Spectre.

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Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

This week Intel found themselves on the wrong end of the controversy stick as a bug, flaw, or whatever you'd like to call it, appeared on Intel computers. What they suggest is that they are not the only company whose products are "susceptible to these exploits." Intel made clear several times in a comment to the press that they were not the only hardware manufacturers that are part of this mess.

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CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

An Intel bug was just announced which could have negative effects on the performance capabilities of computers all over the world. Before we go any further, I need to be clear in saying this will not have a significant effect on most users, or so we're lead to believe thus far. Intel has not released all the details on the issue, but we do have a general idea of what's happening and what to expect.

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Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel isn’t exactly having a good few months as far as security goes. Just two months ago, the chip maker admitted to having discovered quite a number of severe security flaws in its firmware, specifically those related to its Management Engine. Now another, still undisclosed vulnerability has both Linux and Windows kernel programmers scrambling to put out a fix. Unfortunately, this is a case where the cure is almost, just almost, as bad as the disease, potentially causing almost all modern Intel processors to perform significantly slower than they do today.

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