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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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New 10th Gen Intel Core ‘Comet Lake’ processors detailed: i3 to i7

New 10th Gen Intel Core ‘Comet Lake’ processors detailed: i3 to i7

A new collection of 10th Gen Intel Core processors were detailed with units from Core i3 all the way up to Core i7. Included this morning in the release from Intel were the Intel Core i7-10710U, i7-10510U, i5-10210U, and i3-10110U all in the "U-Series." Also included were the Y-Series processors Intel Core i3-10110Y, i5-10210Y, i5-10310Y, and i7-10510Y.

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New state of matter has major compute power potential

New state of matter has major compute power potential

Topological superconductivity is the name for the new state of matter shown by scientists in a research paper published this week. But it's not the name that's most important to us - it's the implications lit up by the possibility of the existence of this new state. If we siphon down the most complicated bits down to the simplest potential results, we get the following: The possibility that we'll be able to break through barriers in both computing and data storage.

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Qualcomm 215 brings dual-cameras and more to $100 phones

Qualcomm 215 brings dual-cameras and more to $100 phones

Qualcomm has added a new smartphone chip to its 2-series, and while it may not have the flagship appeal of the Snapdragon 855, the new Qualcomm 215 Mobile Platform could be a game-changer in phones around $100. Borrowing features like dual camera support, Quick Charge, and higher screen resolutions, it'll make a big difference in whether or not budget handsets are a pleasure or a chore to use.

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Intel Performance Maximizer released: Overclocking made super easy

Intel Performance Maximizer released: Overclocking made super easy

Users of the latest round of Intel processors will be able to make use of the Intel Performance Maximizer (IPM) as of this afternoon. Today the download for this system was released by Intel as promised earlier this year at Computex 2019. Users will be able to safely and reliably overlock their 9th-gen Intel Core desktop processors at will - but if it's safe, is it really overclocking?

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Intel Core i9-9900KS promises eight 5GHz cores, all the time

Intel Core i9-9900KS promises eight 5GHz cores, all the time

Intel may have its 10th Gen Core range to show off at Computex 2019, but gamers are much more likely to be interested in a potent new 5 GHz Core i9 that also made its debut in Taiwan this week. The special edition 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900KS doesn't stint on promises for performance: indeed, the chip-maker says it should be "the world's best gaming desktop processor" when it hits PCs.

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Intel 10th Gen “Ice Lake” CPUs official: Project Athena sets PC blueprint

Intel 10th Gen “Ice Lake” CPUs official: Project Athena sets PC blueprint

Intel's 10th Gen Core processors - aka "Ice Lake" - are now shipping, the chip-maker has confirmed, promising a particular leap in graphics performance and connectivity. The Ice Lake chips are based on Intel's 10nm processes, and were unveiled at Computex 2019 in Taiwan this week.

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