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NVIDIA took the wraps off its next-generation mobile chip, the Tegra 4

NVIDIA has been one of the most important chip-makers of this young mobile era. Its Tegra 2 SoC powered the first dual core smartphones and tablets, and Tegra 3 played the same pioneering role for quad core. At CES 2013, NVIDIA unleashed its next-generation mobile chip, the Tegra 4.  Read More

Is the zippy iPad 4 flying out of Apple's warehouses?

The 4th-generation iPad is a minor upgrade. Likely launched to ramp up holiday sales ahead of a more significant upgrade in March, the tablet is almost identical to the 3rd-generation iPad. The iPad 4's biggest upgrade is its A6X chip. Though iPad 3 owners may have a hard time justifying an upgrade, early benchmarks show that the new SoC offers a significant performance boost.  Read More

Intel's close-range tracking in operation

As computers become more sophisticated, they sometimes seem almost human – especially when they refuse to download a page when you’re in a hurry. At the Intel Developer’s Forum in San Francisco, Intel revealed that it is taking that a step further by giving their new line of Ultrabooks “human-like senses to perceive the user's intentions” thanks to a new generation of processors.  Read More

A prototype “inexact” computer chip that is around 15 times more efficient than current mi...

Last year, a team of U.S. researchers applied the pruning shears to computer chips to trim away rarely used portions of digital circuits. The result was chips that made the occasional mistake, but were twice as fast, used half as much energy, and were half the size of the original. Now, building on the same “less is more” idea, the researchers have built an “inexact” prototype silicon chip they claim is at least 15 times more efficient than current technology in terms of speed, energy consumption and size.  Read More

A Texas Instruments Stellaris microcontroller which includes an older ARM Cortex-M process...

The newest entry in ARM's Cortex line, the Cortex-M0+ is claimed to be the world's most energy-efficient processor, delivering 32-bit performance on around one third of the typical energy requirements of an 8- or 16-bit processor. Targeting low-cost sensors and microcontrollers, the M0+ will come with a very modest price tag and could act as a crucuial stepping stone to a world in which everyday objects communicate with each other, sharing data to make smart, coordinated decisions that will improve our quality of life.  Read More

AMD Radeon HD 7970 utilizes AMD ZeroCore Power technology, which allows to reduce power co...

AMD has taken the wraps of the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. Billed as the world's fastest single GPU graphics card and the only GPU based on 28nm production technology, the new arrival pushes AMD ahead of NVIDIA in terms of miniaturization. The HD 7970 uses a new Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture that AMD says results in a 150 percent performance/sq mm jump over the previous 40nm-based generation, is compatible with PCI Express 3.0 and features 3GB of GDDR5 memory and 925MHz engine clock. It also supports Direct3D 11.1 to be released with Windows 8.  Read More

Samsung has announced its latest system-on-chip platform, the dual-core 2GHz Samsung Exyno...

Samsung has announced its latest system-on-chip for next-gen smartphones and tablets. Built using a 32-nm process, the Samsung Exynos 5250 will be one of the world's first hardware platforms to utilize the ARM Cortex-A15 CPU with a duo of cores running at 2GHz each that deliver support for WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution and stereoscopic 3D.  Read More

Creative has announced a new low-power, high performance multi-core sound and voice proces...

Over the years, Creative has expanded its business into media players, headphones and webcams but is perhaps best regarded for its Sound Blaster computer audio products. The X-Fi audio processing chip was added to its PCI cards in 2005 and now the company has announced the new Sound Core3D multi-core sound and voice processor. The low-power, high performance chip will come in a HD audio configuration for computer products and an embedded format for consumer electronics.  Read More

NVIDIA project Kal-El

Quad-core CPU and a 12-core GPU in a tablet or smartphone? That's exactly what NVIDIA promised three months ago and the company has now shown what its newest system-on-a-chip (SoC) is capable of. Dubbed Kal-El, it looks to be an outstanding performer in terms of dynamic lighting and movement.  Read More

Intel's 3-D transistors to keep pace with Moore's Law

NASA, the double-helix model, Elvis ... there's a long list of things that emerged during the 1950s which still resonate strongly in 2011, but none more so than the humble silicon transistor. Transistors are the bricks with which the shiny house of modern consumer electronics has been built, but for more than 50 years these bricks have been limited to two dimensions. Now there's a third. Intel has announced that it is putting its revolutionary Tri-Gate 3-D transistor into mass production. The first 22nm microprocessor (codenamed Ivy Bridge) to use the transistors will be rolled-out later this year, delivering huge gains in performance and efficiency compared with chips that use current 2-D planar transistors and helping keep pace with Moore's Law.  Read More

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