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Intel 'Jarvis' smart headset to process voice recognition offline

01/28, 12:22pm

On-processor voice recognition offered by Intel to smartphone manufacturers

Intel's wearable computing efforts will attempt to trump other voice recognition systems from Apple and Google by using offline processing, it has revealed. Rather than taking advantage of the cloud infrastructure, Intel plans to include voice recognition software from a third-party company on the Intel mobile processor itself, in order to quickly understand a verbal request without connecting to the Internet.

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AMD launches 2014 range of A-Series 'Kaveri' APUs with 12 cores, HSA

01/14, 11:13am

HSA architecture combines CPU, GPU, allows task switching between core types

AMD has launched its 2014 A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU) range, one which combines the CPU and GPU cores into a single Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA). The A-Series desktop and notebook chip, codenamed Kaveri, pairs up to four CPU cores and up to eight GPU cores, with HSA helping the chip gain a considerable speed boost.

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Intel reveals new low-powered Bay Trail chips heading to tablets

09/11, 1:51pm

Windows 8, Android-compatible chips could be used fanless in tablets

Intel has revealed a trio of system-on-chip(SoC) processor families, aimed for use in tablets, smartphones, and notebook computers. The new SoCs, based on the 22nm Bay Trail Atom designs and the Silvermont architecture, all of which offer improved performance while also preserving battery life, something that should make it more attractive for manufacturers of mobile devices.

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AMD prepares 5GHz, 4.7GHz 'Piledriver' processors for summer sale

06/11, 11:19am

Eight-core processors supplied unlocked, use AMD Turbo Core 3.0

AMD has unveiled what it calls the world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU processor at the E3 gaming show. The FX-9590, an eight-core chip using the 'Piledriver' architecture that reaches 5GHz in turbo mode, is accompanied by the FX-9370, which also has eight cores and the same architecture, but is clocked at the slightly slower speed of 4.7GHz.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 alleged to use Intel Atom instead of ARM

05/31, 11:30am

Multiple reports make claim of Clover Trail+ in Samsung tablet

Samsung may be moving from ARM-based processors to one from Intel for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, according to reports. An alleged agreement between Intel and Samsung will see the chip producer's Clover Trail+ architecture used in the tablet, which if true could be a massive coup for the chip producer in its efforts to be used in mobile devices.

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AMD upgrades FX line with new FX 4350, FX 6350 processors

05/02, 3:24pm

New processors give up to 10 percent speed increase over predecessors

AMD has deployed a pair of new processors to the component channel. The new AMD FX 4350 and 6350 chips have been added to the line. Both processors are fully AM3+ compatible, fit in a 900-series motherboard and bring up to 10 percent more performance than the processors they replace.

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Qualcomm to start Snapdragon 800 SoC mass production in late May

04/26, 6:49am

Follow-on from Snapdragon 600 to offer 2.3GHz clock speed, 4K playback

Qualcomm is preparing to put the Snapdragon 800 processor into mass production, starting in late May. The system-on-chip follows on from the highly sought-after Snapdragon 600, which has been used in such devices as the LG Optimus G Pro and reportedly had "strong traction" in recent quarterly results, and promises to provide a significant speed boost compared to its 1.7GHz predecessor.

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ARM first quarter results show higher revenues, profit

04/23, 5:26am

Mali quarterly shipments five times that of Q1 2012

ARM is seeing favorable results again in its quarterly results, continuing on from the rising revenues of the last quarter. The financials for the first quarter of 2013 show revenues rising year-on-year by 26 percent to 170.3 million ($263.9 million), while pre-tax profits earned the company 89.4 million ($136 million), a 44-percent increase compared to Q1 2012.

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Intel CEO: $200 touch-based Windows 8 devices in future

04/17, 11:09am

Bay Trail Atom architecture to help cut device prices

Touch-based devices running Windows 8 and using the upcoming Bay Trail processor could cost as little as $200 each, according to Intel 's CEO, Paul Otellini. The upcoming Atom Micro architecture due to be released by the end of 2013 will help bring device prices lower, as well as allowing for improved device designs and features.

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ARM CEO East to retire, replaced by current president Segars

03/19, 6:36am

Retirement of CEO follows 19 years at company, 12 as CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of ARM will be stepping down from his position in the company on the first of July, in order to enter retirement. Warren East will relinquish his role after 19 years at the company, nearly twelve of those as CEO, and is set to be replaced by the current President of ARM, Simon Segars.

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ARM Q4 revenues up 21 percent, pre-tax profits hit $126M

02/05, 6:40am

Revenue rise down to 2.5 billion in chip shipments

Processor designer ARM has revealed pre-tax profits have risen 16-percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the same period the year before. The rise sees the company earning 80 million ($126 million) from revenues of 164.2 million ($262.8 million), itself up by 21-percent from the 137.8 million ($217 million) in Q4 2011.

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Intel Atom processor used in Safaricom Yolo in Kenya

01/25, 7:03am

Lexington processor makes first African appearance

Intel's Atom processor is being used in an Android smartphone in Africa for the first time, courtesy of Safaricom. The Yolo, based on Intel's smartphone reference design shown at CES this year, appears to be a mid-range offering that has been designed for the "cost-conscious and first-time buyers" in the Kenyan emerging market.

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Apple said to be hiring TI engineers for Israel R&D centers

12/04, 1:22am

'Dozens' of former Texas Instruments workers recruited

After the announcement in September that Texas Instruments (TI) would be laying off up to 250 engineering jobs (out of a planned cut of more than 1,700 employees), Apple may be using the opportunity to recruit "dozens" of engineers and specialists for its research centers in Hertezliya and Haifa in Israel, according to reports. Many of the engineers came for TI's own Israel-based OMAP and other smartphone and mobile chips. TI is said to be shutting down all Israeli operations, creating a pool of available processor talent.

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Intel researchers work on 48-core processors for smartphones

10/31, 5:27am

Multi-core chips to aid in multitasking, mobile power consumption

Researchers from Intel are working on processors for mobile devices which will use high numbers of cores. The lab hopes to put a 48-core chip into a smartphone or tablet, dwarfing the dual and quad-core processors currently used, and suggest such a technology could hit the market within the next five to ten years.

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Intel formally announces 'Haswell' processor family

09/11, 11:20pm

Latest low-power design in the 'Core' family of processors

Opening the 15th Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel Chief Product Officer Dadi Perlmutter unveiled the new "Haswell" processor family. The keynote speech demonstrated test systems running the fourth-generation Core processor, based on the same 22nm process used in the third-generation Ivy Bridge family of processors.

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Intel delaying Cedar Trail-M platform until November?

08/17, 11:35pm

First chips originally expected in September

Intel has reportedly delayed its launch schedule for Cedar Trail-M chips, which were initially expected to arrive as early as September. Unnamed sources associated with notebook makers have told DigiTimes the platform is now scheduled to arrive in November due to graphics driver issues that needed resolved before passing Windows 7 certification.

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Intel's Cedar Trail CPUs to undercut Atom pricing by 30-50%

05/25, 11:30pm

Leak suggests CPUs will range from $42-$47

Intel is reportedly planning an aggressive pricing strategy for its Cedar Trail CPU lineup. Unnamed sources from netbook makers have told DigiTimes the chips will sell for as low as $42 to $47, which would effectively undercut the current entry price for Atom processors by 30 to 50 percent. Companies are said to be paying between $64 and $86 for the N400- and N500-series offerings.

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iSuppli: Intel, AMD hold ground against each other

12/15, 11:00pm

Market grows generally, dominated by Intel

Intel continues to reign as the dominant player in the general microprocessor market, accounting for 80 percent of global revenue for the silicon chips that drive early every electronic gadget today -- but is unable to steal significant market share from rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Likewise, AMD cannot break out and "steal" any market share from Intel, figures from an iSuppli study show.

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AMD adds 3GHz Athlon II X4 as part of new platform

05/11, 2:15pm

First quad-core AMD desktop CPU to top 3.0GHz

AMD on Tuesday introduced its 2010 lineup of components for mainstream desktop PCs, including a 3.0GHz Athlon II X4 offering. The X4 640 is said to be the company's first quad-core desktop CPU in the Athlon II family to run at 3.0GHz, a modest increase over the current X4 635 model that offers 2.9GHz performance.

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AMD readying six-core Thuban CPU for consumer desktops

09/21, 11:15pm

New chip will be compatible with AM3, AM2+ sockets

AMD has confirmed that it is readying a six-core processor, codenamed Thuban, that is geared for consumer desktops. The component is based on the company's six-core Opteron series that was recently announced for server configurations.

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DealNN: Mac Mini, iPod touch, Magellan GPS, more

03/04, 3:25pm

DealNN: Mac Mini

Today at DealNN there is a variety of discounted products from iPods to GPS units. First off is the Mac Mini from MacMall. It is regularly priced at $499.99, but until 3/31/09 save $25 with a mail in rebate offer that drops the price down to $474.99. The Mac Mini has a 1.83GHz processor 1GB of memory and a 80GB hard drive.

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Mac mini clone uses Intel Atom processor

07/23, 11:20pm

Ripple's newest Mini clone

Korean OEM manufacturer Ripple has introduced an updated version of its Mac Mini clone using a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor in the Mini-ITX form factor. The Ripple Mini Chocolate uses the 45nm i945GC-Northbridge and ICH7Ssouthbridge chipsets, and supports up to 2GB of RAM. Intel specs show the low-cost motherboard with 2 USB ports, a pair of 3.0GBs SATA conntectors and single IDE socket.

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Intel drops price of Nehalem Extreme chip by $500

07/18, 4:00pm

Intel scales down pricing

Intel will go back to the old days of pricing its flagship chips at $999 apiece when ordered in bulk, thousand-piece quantities, says a Friday report that cites mainboard manufacturers as its sources. The move is believed to have been made in order to speed up the adoption of quad-core CPUs, and pertains specifically to the chipmaker's upcoming 3.2GHz Extreme-series desktop Nehalem processors nicknamed Bloomfield.

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Intel engineer pushing for 1000-core chip code

07/01, 4:30pm

Intel thousand-core chips?

Yesterday's entry on Intel's Research@Intel blog by the company's Microprocessor Technology Lab Principal Engineer, Anwar Ghuloum, suggests the chipmaker will eventually offer chips with cores that count in the thousands, and tens and hundreds before that. In the blog, Ghuloum writes about working with external developers to take advantage of multi-core and terascale chips his company is developing.

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Mellel 2.5 adds cross referencing prowess

06/13, 1:20pm

Mellel 2.5

RedleX has released Mellel 2.5, a significant update to the leading word processor for Mac OS X. The new release adds robust cross referencing capabilities, allowing users to refer from one point in the text to another (e.g., "see page 15"). Mellel's reference entry dialogue allows, accordingly, to create reference formats, composed of different elements such as reference to the page number, position in the text (above, next page, below, etc.), page range, and so on. Users can also save and re-use such formats again and again, making the necessary modifications as they go along.

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VIA to ship 45nm and dual-core processors next year

05/15, 11:00pm

VIA 45nm, dual-core chips

Mobile processor manufacturer VIA on Thursday announced it would commence shipments of 45nm processor fabrications in 2009, as well as the company's first dual-core chips. DigiTimes writes that insiders have brought to light some of the specs, with the Isaiah-based dual-core processor allegedly featuring a 2GHz core frequency. The chip will sit on an 800 to 1333MHz bus, and will feature two pairs of 64KB L1 cache, and 1MB L2 cache.

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AMD announces 6-, 12-core Opterons

05/07, 6:40pm

AMD 6 and 12 core Opterons

AMD on Wednesday unveiled definitive plans for 6- and 12-core Opteron processors, made with a 45nm fabrication process, which will be available most likely during 2009. TG Daily writes that the company will continue to support the Socket F (1207) platform through to its 6-core, single-die Istanbul, but will make a departure from the standard in 2010, when AMD unveils its Maranello platform. Production samples of the 45nm chips have already been made available to vendors.

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Apple wants PA Semi's technology, minds

04/23, 10:55pm

Apple wants PAs technology

Apple's recent acquisition of PA Semiconductor appears to revolve around the latter company's intellectual properties and expertise, not its current products as was initially believed. AppleInsider reveals that Apple is more concerned with PA's technologies and engineers, since the semiconductor manufacturer has in the past created a dual-core 64-bit chip which only uses 15 watts of power to operate. This could allow for integration of low-consumption processors like the Intel Atom.

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SDK comment leaks 3G iPhone plans?

04/08, 11:15pm

SDK leaks iPhone plans

The next iteration of the iPhone is likely to use the Infineon S-Gold3H processor in its 3G incarnation, an examination of the latest SDK beta suggests. According to ZiPhone.org, code in the SDK beta implies that the next generation iPhone will see "3.5G" HSDPA functionality, with a connection speed of 7.2 Megabits per second, as well as several other advanced features. No official word has been given on the status of a "3.5G" iPhone.

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