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NVIDIA DRIVE PX2 Powered by Two GP106 Chips

NVIDIA showed of its DRIVE PX 2 system – the new iteration of its autonomous and driver assistance AI platform – at last week’s GTC 2016 conference, and eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed that the board…

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Semiconductor Marvell Could be up for Sale

The semiconductor industry is a tough area to operate in and it is a dog-eat-dog world, and now it looks like Marvell Technology Group could be the next to be swallowed by a bigger dog on the…

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Energy-Friendly Chip Could Boost Neural Networks

The quest to gain a greater insight into artificial Intelligence has been exciting and has also opened up a range of possibilities that have included “convolutional neural networks”, these are large visual networks of simple information-processing…

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Bug Causes Intel Skylake PCs to Freeze During Hyperthreading

Intel has confirmed that its Skylake processors can freeze during complex workloads. The bug, that “can freeze any system that has a Skylake processor,” was discovered by the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), which uses…

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Amazon Enters the Semiconductor Market With its First ARM Chip

Amazon’s Annapurna Labs has announced that it is entering the semiconductor market, selling its first ARM-based processors, a “foundation for next-generation digital services for the connected home,” according to a press release. Annapurna Labs, established in…

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Intel Buys Altera for $16.7 Billion

Altera, the US-based manufacturer of programmable logic devices, has been purchased by Intel in an all-cash deal worth $16.7 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled, via Engadget). “Altera is now part of Intel, and…

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Judge Rules NVIDIA Violated Three Samsung Patents – Sales Ban Threatened

NVIDIA must be regretting filing the lawsuit accusing of Samsung of building GPUs without permission – surreptitiously claiming that NVIDIA invented the GPU – that it subsequently lost back in October. Samsung filed a countersuit against…

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US Researchers Develop Light-Based CPU

A group of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of technology have created a CPU that eschews electricity to transfer data in favour of light, which…

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AMD Begins Transition to Socket AM4 Zen Architecture

Documents have surfaced, via Benchlife.info, that suggest AMD is starting its transition from Excavator architecture to Zen architecture, with the company’s new Socket AM4 arriving on new motherboards by March 2016. AMD has been using its…

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Smaller & Cooler Night Vision Thanks To Graphene

Everyone knows that green hue of the night vision goggles, from TV or games you’ve seen them help police and search and rescue teams with spotting people from a distance or soldiers using them to gain…

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Intel’s Broadwell-E i7-6950X Rumoured to Have 10 Cores and 20 Threads with 25MB Cache

Intel’s new Broadwell-E processors are due for launch during the first quarter of 2016, and a potential leak has revealed that its top-end model, the i7-6950X, will feature 10 cores, up to 20 threads, and a…

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Qualcomm Officially Unveils the Snapdragon 820 Processor

Qualcomm has officially unveiled its new Snapdragon 820 Processor at an event in New York City. A number of leaks have already revealed the Snapdragon 820’s benchmark, as well as rumours that the chip is prone…

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AMD Investing Heavily to “Win the Graphics Battle”

AMD has been having a rough time as of late, reporting a net loss of $197 million during the third-quarter of 2015, forcing the company into initiating a restructure that will cut 5% of its workforce…

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GlobalFoundaries Builds First AMD Chips on 14nm FinFET process

GlobalFoundaries has proudly revealed that it has built its first AMD chips on its advanced 14nm FinFET process, involving LPP silicon, with AMD planning to integrate the results into its products, including CPUs, GPUs, and APUs,…

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Class Action Lawsuit Launched Against AMD Over Bulldozer Core Count

AMD is set to face legal action over claims that it falsely advertised one of its previous generation CPU architectures. The Bulldozer CPU had a mixed response when released, due in part to its unique design…

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Google Could be Building Its Own Processors

Reports suggest that Google will soon start building its own processors. While the Cupertino company has long relied on other vendors for its chips, with the new Google Pixel C tablet, set for release later this…

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Leak Reveals Intel’s 14nm Xeon-D and Pentium-D Line-up

Intel first unveiled its Xeon-D processors, built on the 14nm Broadwell architecture and high-powered SoCs, way back in September 2014, but now, thanks to CPU World, we now have an updated line-up for both the Xeon-D…

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iPhone 7 to Feature Innovative new Intel LTE Chip

A new report suggests that the new Apple handset, the iPhone 7, is set to feature the Intel 7360LTD modem chip, which doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but given that it’s also reported that Intel already has…

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Upcoming AMD 8-Core CPU Performance Leaked

Benchmarks of AMD’s upcoming “Heirofalcon” SOC have been leaked which indicate the chip’s capabilities and astonishing power to performance ratio. The SOC features 8 ARM 64-bit A57 cores operating at a frequency of 2.0GHz while only…

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Apple Guilty Of Using University of Wisconsin’s Patents Without Permission

We all use technology every day, and within those thousands of pieces of technology we find thousands more built up with designs and ideas from hundreds and thousands of areas. To protect companies interests in these…

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DARPA Developing On-Chip Liquid Cooling

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is helping to develop on-chip liquid cooling for field-programmable gate array (FPGA) systems that could easily be adapted for use with CPUs and GPUs. On-chip cooling of this manner…

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Intel to Enable SGX on Latest Batch of Skylake CPUs

Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX) originally arrived on the Haswell architecture and provides an instructions set which allows programs to offset private memory subsets for data purposes. On launch, the first batch of Skylake CPUs had this…

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AMD’s Carrizo APU Reduces Carbon Footprint by 46%

Earlier this year, AMD launched the A-series APUs under the “Carrizo” codename which strive for energy efficiency and lower wattage demands. In 2014, AMD outlined the 25×20 energy strategy to produce chips 25 times more efficient…

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Intel Expands Its Skylake Line-Up

Intel has announced the expansion of its 6th generation Core processor line-up, revealing seven new models in its Skylake series. The chips, built-in the LGA1151 package, are compatible with motherboards running Intel’s 100-series chipset. The overclockers’…

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Intel Processors Vulnerable to Rootkit Exploit Since 1997

A researcher from the Battelle Memorial Institute has revealed that every Intel x86-based processor – and possibly some AMD processors – since 1997 are vulnerable to a rootkit exploit that could grant hackers access to the…

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Intel Skylake Series Prices Revealed

With the Intel Skylake-S series of processors is set to officially unveiled on 5th August, prices for each model have been leaked, and a cursory glance at the list below suggests a performance boost over the…

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19-Year-Old’s Supercomputer Chip Startup Gets DARPA Funding

Ambitious 19-year-old Thomas Sohmers, who launched his own supercomputer chip startup back in March, has won a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the US) contract and additional funding for his company, worth $100,000. The startup,…