processors

AMD unveils 4GHz+ FX Series Vishera processors

AMD unveils 4GHz+ FX Series Vishera processors

AMD has revealed the latest in its FX Series of processors: the Piledriver Vishera chips. Aimed at computer users with demanding hardware needs, the new series comes in 4, 6, and 8-core variants with a "default" speed of 4GHz. The chips feature a variety of enhancements and improvements over previous offerings.

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Calxeda announces plans to use 64-bit ARM chips in 2014

Calxeda announces plans to use 64-bit ARM chips in 2014

Calxeda, which claims to be the first company that implemented ARM processors in servers, has announced its plans to use 64-bit ARM chips in its servers by 2014. The server start-up company detailed its roadmap, which outlines plans for two new generations of hardware built on its own version of 64-bit and 32-bit ARM processors.

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Apple reportedly moving chip production away from Samsung

Apple reportedly moving chip production away from Samsung

Apple and Samsung, as many of you already know, have not had the most civil of professional relationships. Samsung has long been a provider of hardware for Apple products, but with the recent high-profile patent suit between the two, it seems that relationship has soured a bit. New reports from CNET and Taiwan Economic News (via MacRumors) are claiming that Apple is looking to move away from Samsung when it comes to the chips for its products, instead striking a deal Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and having that company produce quad-core processors for future devices.

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Samsung investing billions in mobile chip plant

Samsung investing billions in mobile chip plant

Samsung has announced that it will be spending $3-$4 billion on upgrading one of its chip manufacturing plants in Austin, Texas. The Austin Statesman reports that Samsung will be upgrading "roughly half" of its plant in order to make higher quality chips for mobile phones and tablets, and that this process is expected to take around a year. That section of the plant was shut down last month, and when it opens back up in 2013, Samsung will have a variety of new equipment at its disposal.

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ARM Q2 ’12 sees profits jump by 23%

ARM Q2 ’12 sees profits jump by 23%

It’s the end of the second quarter, so a whole host of financial results are flooding in from technology companies. ARM continues to see strong growth, seeing a 23% increase in net profit at £66.5 million (~$102.9 million). That’s up from £54.2 million (~$83.9 million) earned during the second quarter of last year. Revenue has also increased to £135.5 million (~$209.7 million) from £117.8 (~$182.3 million) million, a 15% increase, and operating margin has jumped ever so slightly to 46.4%.

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AMD Trinity desktop launch reportedly delayed until October

AMD Trinity desktop launch reportedly delayed until October

Intel continues to dominate the desktop processor market, and it looks like its reign may continue for a while if the latest report from Digitimes is to be believed. The publication reports that AMD will be delaying the launch of its new Trinitydesktop processors from August to October in order to make changes to the platform. Motherboard manufacturers will also be affected by the sudden change, with companies scrambling to accommodate the new designs in time for a launch in the second half of the year.

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NVIDIA brings Industrial Light and Magic in to show off Kepler

NVIDIA brings Industrial Light and Magic in to show off Kepler

At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) this week NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang spoke on the innovations they'd been pushing with their next-level Kepler GPU architecture, in their last show of power bringing in the big guns from the film industry with ILM. The folks at Industrial Light & Magic are responsible for some of the greatest film triumphs in our modern movie world, and the guest NVIDIA had on stage this week, Visual Effects Supervisor Grady Cofer, has worked on such hits as Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Avengers.

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NVIDIA Kepler GPU power gets virtual on the iPad

NVIDIA Kepler GPU power gets virtual on the iPad

This week at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has demonstrated the way in which NVIDIA is taking graphics processing to the cloud, starting with Kepler running massive amounts of GPU power on an iPad - virtually! In his first keynote speech of the event, Huang noted that he'd be showing off three new technologies - the first being the most powerful GPU NVIDIA's ever built, the second being a GPU "so small it can fit into an iPad", third he'd reveal a GPU "we can all share." This third reveal works with Kepler, NVIDIA's GPU technology which today Huang revealed would no longer need to connect directly to a display, instead rendering and streaming instantaneously "right out of chip to a remote location."

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Intel roadmap reveals plans for 5nm chips

Intel roadmap reveals plans for 5nm chips

Slides were released during Intel's annual Investor Meeting that revealed an ambitious roadmap for the chip maker. Intel plans to shrink its chip fabrication process down to a mere 5nm, with a 10nm process set to release in 2015 and work having already begun for the 7nm and 5nm processes. The company's latest Ivy Bridge chips are 22nm and the next iteration for 2013 will jump down to 14nm.

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Asus motherboards break 7GHz speed, set new world records

Asus motherboards break 7GHz speed, set new world records

Asus has announced that it is breaking all sorts of world records in the semiconductor world, thanks to Intel's latest Z77 chipset and third-generation Core i7 processors. Among the high-level achievements are the P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard, which reaches an astonishing 7 GHz CPU clock frequency when using the Intel Core i7-3770K processor with 16 GB of DDR3 and clocked at 2800 MHz.

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Intel Ivy Bridge launch confirmed for April 29

Intel Ivy Bridge launch confirmed for April 29

After being delayed a couple different times, the Ivy Bridge CPU is set to debut on April 29. This after Intel had first pushed back the launch from the first quarter of 2012 to the second quarter, and then announced that it would be delayed even further. But computing enthusiasts are hoping that it will be worth the wait, and if the hype is anything to believed, it will be.

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iRobot and TI team up to work on our inevitable downfall

iRobot and TI team up to work on our inevitable downfall

We’re not quite at the point where Cylons are going to murder us all in our sleep, but we’re moving in that direction rather quickly. iRobot and Texas Instruments have announced a partnership that will see OMAP chips working their way into future iRobot products.

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