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Inside Zen: How AMD designed its powerful new processor

When AMD chip designers sat down four years ago to etch out the Zen design, they had two things in mind: to drive up CPU performance as much as possible and to keep power efficiency stable.

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Open source 25-core processor can be stringed into a 200,000-core computer

Researchers want to give a 25-core open-source processor called Piton some serious bite.

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MIT is dragging hard-wired network chips into the agile era

Cloud computing is changing the demands on networks more quickly than ever. Now researchers say it’s possible to program routers all the way down to their packet-forwarding chips in the quest to keep up.

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Nvidia's new Tegra chip can avoid trouble with the traffic police

Buying an autonomous car may be in your future, but make sure it has a capable chip installed so the vehicle doesn't get in trouble with the police.

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IBM's 24-core Power9 chip: 5 things you need to know

IBM's latest Power9 chip is coming next year, and it stands out for its blazing speed and for technologies never seen in chips before.

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Meet ARM's new weapon in the race to build the world's fastest computers

ARM conquered the mobile market the day it went into Apple's first iPhone, and now it is designing high-performance chips for supercomputers.

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See the powerful megachips that will clash at Hot Chips

Raw horsepower is the name of the game at next week's Hot Chips show, where chip geeks will get their fill on the latest processors.

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Are your fragile packages safe? Ask Intel's tiny IoT chip

An IoT shipping label Intel demonstrated at IDF this week could report on shipping conditions in real time without needing a battery to stay powered.

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Intel's new Atom chips bring 4K video to VR headsets, robots

In 2009, Apple CEO Tim Cook memorably trashed Atom-based netbooks for being "junky" hardware that underperformed. Intel's Atom chips have come a long way since, with the latest generation being the most impressive.

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Intel's lack of potent graphics may hurt in VR and AI chase

Intel is highlighting its CPUs and VR and AI, and the lack of a GPU to chase all the fast-growing markets could be a hole in the company's product line.

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Intel abandons copper cables for lights and lasers to speed up data transfers

Intel believes the days of using copper wires for data transfers, both between computers and inside of them, are numbered because optical communications are on the horizon.

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Intel's secretive Knights Mill mega-chip will challenge GPUs for AI domination

Intel has secretly developed a mega-chip called Knights Mill with the hope to advance artificial intelligence.

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Intel challenges Raspberry Pi 3 with tricked-out Joule board

Intel has unleashed a new competitor to Raspberry Pi 3 with its new Joule development board, which packs superior graphics and wireless connectivity.

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ARM pact will help Intel woo Apple into new chip deal

The chances of Apple using Intel's factories to have its iPhone and iPad chips made have just rocketed up.

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Intel's Kaby Lake chips will include integrated 4K graphics processors

Intel isn't known for its graphics processors, but the company is promising a big improvement with its 7th-generation Core processors, code-named Kaby Lake.