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Why AMD had to change the Zen name to Ryzen for its new chip

AMD branded its Zen chip architecture to Ryzen to provide a defensible trademark, crossing a space probe with Japanese Buddhist calligraphy.

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AMD's Ryzen launches March 2, outperforming Intel's Core i7 at a fraction of the price

With an aggressive mix of price and performance, AMD's Ryzen will charge into the high-end PC processor space next week. Analysts say Intel may be forced onto the defensive.

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AMD Ryzen benchmark preview: Ryzen 7 outperforms Intel's best

Everyone wants to know how AMD's Ryzen compares to Intel's Kaby Lake. AMD showed benchmarks indicating the new chip will be every bit as impressive as the hype says it is.

Intel Atom

Intel supercharges Atom chips with 16 cores and pro-level features

Intel's Atom was mostly known as a low-end chip for mobile devices that underperformed. That may not be the case anymore.

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LTE speeds outpace home internet with new Qualcomm and Intel modems

With every new generation of smartphone, LTE connections get faster. That's because the devices have faster modems that can transfer data at unprecedented download speeds.

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ARM buys Mistbase and NextG-Com to extend its reach in IoT

Chip designer ARM has a new strategy for the internet of things: to offer complete solutions "from application software to antenna."

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This chip adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and smart device chops to maker boards and gadgets

Qualcomm crams new wireless technologies -- Bluetooth Low Energy 5, OpenThread, and ZigBee 3.0 -- on a new chipset.

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The Full Nerd Episode 17: Ryzen price and performance leaks, GTX 1080 Ti vs. Radeon Vega

With competing events from Nvidia and AMD planned at GDC, and Ryzen CPUs launching soon, the Full Nerd crew goes full nerd on what to expect in hardware this month.

AMD bundles Ashes of the Singularity with FX processors ahead of Ryzen's launch

AMD and Newegg's new promotion offers a free copy of Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation with the purchase of AMD FX-series processors.

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Pondering post-PC life, Intel dabbles in drones with $1,099 quadcopter

Intel has made a name for itself in PCs and servers but is now dabbling in a new product category with its first-ever quadcopter now on sale.

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Intel ships latest Itanium chip called Kittson, but grim future looms

Intel's Itanium chip is hanging by a thread, and after more than three years, the company is now shipping the next and possibly final version of the processor, which is code-named Kittson.

Intel now supports Vulkan on Windows 10 PCs

Intel is bringing more options to improve gaming and virtual reality experiences on Windows PCs with official support for Vulkan.

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Intel's 8th-gen 'Coffee Lake' chips reuse 14nm process as other Core CPUs ease into new tech

Intel has indicated not one but two new chips—a 14nm chip for desktops, known as Coffee Lake, alongside the 10nm Cannon Lake—will launch sometime before the end of the year.

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Intel researches quantum computing and neuromorphic chips for future PCs

Intel realizes there's a limit to Moore's Law and is already investing in technologies to drive computing beyond today's PCs and servers.

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US chipmaker plans new factory in China

GlobalFoundries will open a new factory to make cheap wireless chips in Chengdu, China, next year.