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IBM to invest $3 billion into research for new computer chips

07/10, 5:13pm

Five year investment in research to look at 'seven nanometer technology and beyond'

IBM announced today that it is re-committing itself to the computer landscape, as the company intends to spend $3 billion on research into future chip technologies. Over the next five years, Big Blue will invest in two "broad research and early stage development programs" in search of an innovation in the field. The shift in strategy comes at a time when the company was rumored to be selling off its chip manufacturing business.

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Shipments of Intel Broadwell processors delayed, claims report

07/09, 11:58am

Low-powered Broadwell chips claimed for shipment before holidays

Intel's Broadwell processors may end up shipping later than first thought, according to a rumor. The majority of the 14nm-process chips will allegedly go on the market in 2015 instead of this year, though Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich's promise of Broadwell chips shipping in time for the holiday season will apparently be kept, albeit only for lower-powered devices.

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Nvidia shifts 'Denver' chips to mobile, GPUs to supplement ARM servers

06/25, 3:44pm

Denver to start as mobile Tegra chip, Tesla GPUs used to supplement ARM-based servers

In 2011, Nvidia announced that it would be developing a 64-bit processor with the "Denver" project code name for servers. This week, it appears that the company's view of servers in the future changed, causing the company to look toward ARM chips. Rather than Denver being built for server use, the company says that the chips will make an appearance in the mobile line of Tegra processors.

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Intel launches first 4GHz processor, Pentium Anniversary Edition

06/03, 5:32am

Devil's Canyon chip can be pushed to 4.4GHz

Intel has launched its first 4GHz processor aimed at the enthusiast market today, just as previously rumored. The processor range, codenamed "Devil's Canyon," consists of a Haswell-based Core i5 or Core i7 "K" chip that will ship unlocked, with the fastest in the group not only having a base clock speed of 4GHz, but can be pushed up to a 4.4GHz in Turbo mode.

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Intel's Devil's Canyon and unlocked Pentium CPU details leaked

05/26, 2:03pm

Two updated Haswell processors for enthusiasts, $78 unlocked dual-core Pentium

Information and pricing has been leaked for the upcoming unlocked Devil's Canyon and Pentium anniversary processors from Intel. Two quad-core processors will be released as part of the Devil's Canyon series, while the anniversary Pentium will be a low-end dual-core chip. Specifications who CPUs are said to be compatible with 8- and 9-series motherboards, since they are both LGA1150 sockets.

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Intel CEO claims Broadwell-based computers due by holiday season

05/19, 8:06pm

Fifth-generation Intel chips not expected to ship by July, August

Intel will be bringing its first chips running the "Broadwell" architecture in time for the holiday season, the head of the company has advised. Chief Executive Brian Krzanich claimed at the weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo, California that, though it will be out before the end of the year, computers running the new fifth-generation processors will not likely ship in time for Back to School shopping.

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Briefly: Estimates of Mac Pro performance, BookBook Travel Journal

11/06, 12:23pm

Primate Labs combines Geekbench 3 leak and Windows workstations for Mac Pro prediction

Apple's upcoming Mac Pro is set to be released in December -- and with its launch still a month away, speculations continue regarding how it will perform. Apple has not announced which processors will be used, but according to John Poole of Primate Labs, research suggests Xeon E5 is likely for all upcoming models. Furthermore, the specs of the suggested processors appear to line up with details posted on the official Mac Pro website.

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ZTE reportedly working on own mobile processors with 4G LTE support

08/13, 7:36am

New ZTE processors to be shown in late September at Chinese event

ZTE is working on developing its own applications processor for smartphones, according to a report. The Chinese smartphone producer is alleged to be developing a chip for its future mobile devices, with the processor design said to use ARM cores and include support for 4G LTE connections, though no other major details have been revealed by the company.

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AMD plans to ship first ARM-based server processors in late 2014

06/18, 8:36am

ARM server chip from AMD first step toward versions for tablets, phones

AMD will be taking its first steps in producing ARM-based processors, according to a new roadmap. The chip manufacturer will be creating "Seattle" processors for the server market which will use ARM Cortex-A57 cores, which could eventually lead to AMD creating ARM processors destined for tablets in the distant future.

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Intel Computex keynote shows LTE modem, Merrifield smartphone design

06/04, 7:06am

Intel pushing for Haswell chips in two-in-one tablet systems

Intel has revealed more of its future plans for mobile computing, as part of its keynote address at Computex. A new smartphone reference platform using the chip producer's new Merrifield processors has been unveiled, along with the company's first ever LTE modem, and new fourth-generation Intel Core processors for two-in-one convertible notebooks.

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Intel details HD5000, Iris, Iris Pro graphical options on Haswell

05/02, 12:08am

New chipsets offer up to three times the performance of HD4000

Intel has revealed limited specifications on its fourth-generation "Haswell" Core-series processors' video circuitry. The upcoming chip line features a graphical power boost well above the third generation, with three discrete levels. One tier is aimed at power efficiency, with two tailored for increased video performance.

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Intel gets go-ahead to build $4B Irish processor facility

01/24, 3:46pm

New facility to create 800 full-time jobs, manufacture 14nm chips

Intel has received permission to build a new processor fabrication facility in Ireland, after receiving the go-ahead from Irish planning agency An Bord PleanŠla. The $4 billion chip plant will be used by the processor manufacturer to create its 14-nanometer processors, with only the final decision from Intel management left before it can be constructed.

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Chipmaker TSMC drops hints of Apple processor deal

01/18, 11:00pm

Output of 28nm SoC's to triple in 2013, chairman says

A prominent Taiwanese processor maker that is already supplying Apple and other companies with chips announced on Friday that it expects to be responsible for "almost all" 28-nanometer chips made in 2013, a startling prediction that has the industry buzzing that the company has secured a large-scale deal with the iPhone maker. The news from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company that its output of the processors will triple this year, along with a possible new US-based facility, leads analysts to suspect a further Apple connection.

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Intel shows Haswell, details Bay Trail, Lexington chips

01/08, 11:09am

Mobile, low-power processors focus of Intel event

Intel has demonstrated its fourth generation of Core processors at the company's CES press event. The demonstration also gave the chip maker a chance to demonstrate a new quad-core 22nm Atom System-on-Chip processor it calls "Bay Trail," as well as low-powered versions of existing architectures and processors aimed towards developing nations.

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Report: Apple moves away from Samsung for ARM chip supplies

12/26, 9:00pm

Taiwanese 'flip-chip' maker Unimicron to ramp up to meet demand

According to reports in a Taiwanese electronics-industry trade publication, Apple is shifting orders for the base ARM chips on which the company builds its Ax line of in-house processors away from Samsung-owned SemCo and towards Taipei-based Unimicron Technology Corporation. If true, it would be yet another move away from using Samsung as a supplier, presumably due to the latter's copying of its technology and litigious SEP abuse.

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Intel denies rumors on Ball Grid Array processor-only future

12/06, 12:41pm

Chip maker to remain committed in offering LGA processors

Intel has all but completely denied the rumors that it would move towards only producing hardwired processors. The chip producer has said it would continue to make processors that use sockets in the future, though it was not able to talk about "specific long-term product roadmap plans" which could still be a socket-less existence.

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Intel Broadwell architecture reportedly not upgradable

11/30, 6:30am

Socketless move sees Intel merge processors with motherboard

Intel is moving towards creating processors that are not replaceable, according to a number of reports. It has been claimed that a new 14-nanometer architecture called Broadwell will replace the current Land Grid Array (LGA) with a Ball Grid Array (BGA), which would make processor-only upgrades effectively impossible to perform.

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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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WSJ: Apple lures leading chip designer away from Samsung

10/11, 6:58pm

Mergard a highly-regarded system-on-chip designer

Former AMD chief engineer and US-based Samsung chip designer Jim Mergard is leaving the company to work for Apple, where his expertise on desktop system processors and SoC (systems on a chip) will make him a formidable asset in yet another front in the competition between tech companies: original chip design. Both Apple and Samsung rely increasingly on their own in-house designed chips, though both use technology from ARM as a foundation for their work, which is largely used in mobile devices.

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AMD hires away noted Apple chip designer Jim Keller

08/01, 9:00pm

Needs to play catch-up against ARM, Intel low-power chips

Jim Keller, a veteran chip designer who started with Digital Equipment Corporation's Alpha processor before eventually starting P.A. Semi and subsequently joining Apple, has left the company to join Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Keller will help lead the company in an effort to develop lower-power but more-efficient processors based on the ARM design, similar to the work he did with P.A. Semi and Apple. AMD recently noted it was now licensing ARM's processor designs.

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Fujitsu, NEC, NTT Docomo form mobile chip alliance

08/01, 7:18am

Access Network Technology set to take on Qualcomm, Samsung

Fujitsu, NEC and NTT Docomo have formed an alliance to manufacture their own smartphone mobile processors. Access Network Technology will see Fujitsu taking a majority 52.8 percent stake, with Docomo holding 19.9 percent and NEC 17.8 percent - Fujitsu Semiconductor will pick up the remaining 9.5 percent stake. The partnership has been borne out necessity as mobile chip supplies are constrained due to global demand, while the Japanese companies want to reduce their reliance on chips sourced from outside Japan.

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Intel determined to make mobile chips Apple 'can't ignore'

05/11, 11:00pm

Plans to use size, technology to beat rivals, woo Apple

Intel CEO Paul Otellini has made it clear to investors and reporters that the company will continue to angle for more business from Apple in mobile devices, saying his mission was to "ensure our silicon is so compelling [that] they can't ignore us." Intel is already responsible for the chips in all of Apple's desktop and notebook products, but has longed to replace ARM-based processors as the heart of its mobile lineup, Forbes reports.

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Intel looks to second quarter for Ivy Bridge server chips

03/08, 12:35am

Carlow, Poulson, Romley all planned to launch

Intel will expand its push in server platform, chipsets and processors into the second quarter of the year, DigiTimes reports. The chip company recently unveiled the E5-2600 series processors, which some believe will end up in refreshed Mac Pros in the near future, as well as three Xeon E5-1600 processors. It's set to debut a new server platform called Carlow that combines the USB 3-supporting Panther Point (C216) chipset with Ivy Bridge processors.

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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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Apple, HP, Dell laptop owners sue Nvidia

05/11, 11:40pm

Nvidia sued over graphics

Five owners of Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard laptops have combined their lawsuits against Nvidia in an attempt to make the company replace allegedly flawed processors, according to court documents. The five plaintiffs filed an amended complaint last week in San Francisco federal court that accused Nvidia of violating the consumer-protection laws. According to one plaintiff Todd Feinstein of Louisiana, after purchasing his MacBook in April 2008, the computer ran hot, periodically shut-down without warning and displayed only grey or black at times.

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IBM unveils water-cooled 3D chip prototype

06/06, 4:40pm

IBM shows water cooled CPU

IBM on Thursday announced plans to use water to cool its next-generation of computer chips internally, allowing it to develop faster multi-layer processors that don't require additional external cooling. To this end, the company showed off a prototype 3D chip with thousands of tiny water passages in between the chip's layers. The company says interlayer cooling was necessary, as traditional heat sinks weren't efficient enough to cool today's densely packaged processors. The water-carrying tubes are just 50 microns in diameter, and integrating them into the chip necessitated the development of a new thin-film soldering technique by IBM engineers.

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VIA debuts Isaiah-based Nano chip family

05/29, 6:50am

Isiah-based Nano chips

On the heels of its C7-based OpenBook reference design, VIA Technologies on Thursday formally introduced its VIA Nano processor family based on the "Isaiah" architecture. VIA claims that the Nano family, which uses Fujitsuís 65 nanometer process, offers as much as four times the performance of its previous-generation within the same power and thermal envelope, while offering pin-compatibility with VIA C7 processors. Introduced in January, the new low-power CPU features out-of-order processing, a large 1MB L2 cache, and an improved FPU for 2-4 times the performance of the previous-generation C7 processor at the same clock speeds. While already sampling the chips to vendors, VIA says expects to ship the low-power (L-series) and ultra-low-power (U-series) Nano chips in the third quarter in speeds up to 1.8GHz.

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AMD Turion Ultra, Puma details surface

05/27, 12:25pm

Puma/Turion Ultra specs

Details of AMD's planned announcements at Computex have emerged, OEM sources for TG Daily are said to claim. The Puma platform is expected to be launched at the beginning of the show, June 3rd, and will feature the "Griffin" CPU, now named the Turion Ultra. Also said to be included is the RS780M, a mobile version of the 780G chipset; on this will be a Mobility Radeon 3200 graphics chip, and Wi-Fi receivers from the likes of Atheros and Broadcom.

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AMD introduces Business Class platforms

04/28, 1:00pm

AMD Biz Class platforms

AMD on Monday announced it will be adding Business Class platforms to its line-up of multi-core CPUs. The maker's dual-core Athlon and triple or quad-core Phenom CPUs, coupled with AMD 780V chipset and optional ATI Radeon integrated graphics support are featured in the Business Class. The benefits of the new platforms will include up to 24-month image stability when installed in first-issue desktops, and a minimum 12 months in subsequent models. Furthermore, all are energy efficient thanks to Energy Star 4.0 rating.

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AMD talks 45nm Shanghai w/12-cores, HyperTransport 3

04/19, 7:10pm

AMD reveals 45nm Shanghai

AMD engineers this week said that the company plans on introducing new 12-core processors later this year. The first processors based on 45nm Shanghai platform are due later this year and will be nearly identical to the B3 variant of the Socket 1207 Opteron (Barcelona) shipping today, according to DailyTech. The processors will reportedly use the faster HyperTransport 3.0 for inter-CPU communication and will debut later this year as a "native six-core" Shanghai derivative, currently code-named Istanbul. That processor, the report claims, is "clearly targeted at Intel's recently announced six-core, 45nm Dunnington processor." A few months later, Shanghai and its derivatives will also get twin-die per package treatment, allowing for up to 12-cores per package, the report says.

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