CPUs and Processors

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New braking chip will help keep you safe in autonomous cars

Autonomous cars don't have the benefit of humans slamming on brakes to avoid accidents; chips will need to swiftly crunch sensor data and algorithms.

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Q&A

Intel's new PC, IoT chief brings fresh ideas to the veteran chip maker

IDG News Service spoke with Venkata Renduchintala, Intel's second-in-command, on a range of topics including VR headsets, IoT, automotive cars and competitors and the decision to cut products.

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Nvidia's updated Drive PX 2 computer will drive autonomous cabs

Recent accidents involving Tesla cars may have been a setback for self-driving cars, but Nvidia believes a fast computer under the hood could make autonomous cars and cabs truly viable.

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Intel's siloed business units unify around IoT and connectivity

Intel has many disparate business units doing their own thing. The challenging task of tethering them is a top priority for Intel's second-in-command, Venkata Renduchintala.

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IBM's new Power8 server packs in Nvidia's speedy NVLink interconnect

Inside IBM's new S822LC server for high-performance computing is a new interconnect that gives a five-fold speed boost to communication between a CPU and graphics processor.

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Intel buys chip maker Movidius to help bring computer vision to drones

Low-power chips from Movidius could help Intel-powered drones recognize what their cameras are seeing

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AMD's new Bristol Ridge processor is faster and more power efficient

Company says desktops based on its faster Bristol Ridge APU and AM4 socket to soon ship

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Intel's low-cost 'Apollo Lake' Celeron and Pentium processors quietly debut

The next generation of Celeron and Pentium processors are coming to budget laptops and desktops soon.

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AMD thinks beyond Zen chips as it sets manufacturing goals

AMD has set high hopes for its upcoming Zen PC chips, but the company also has offered some clarity on how it will manufacture successor chips.

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Qualcomm's all-in-one VR design aims for a sweet spot

Hard-core virtual reality enthusiasts can shell out for a high-end display and a gaming PC, while casual users buy cheaper headgear that relies on their smartphones. This week, Qualcomm unveiled a reference design for self-contained...

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 will power Google Daydream phones

The first smartphones to use Google's Daydream virtual reality platform are coming later this year, and many could have Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 821.

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Intel's Kaby Lake chip is a must-have for 4K video fiends

Intel's Kaby Lake chip brings a modest bump in performance and some amazing video optimizations, as the third chip on the company's aging 14-nm process.

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Intel's new Kaby Lake chips for PC: Here's the company's vision

New chips can be a reason to upgrade PCs. But does Intel's latest 7th Generation Core chip, code-named Kaby Lake, have enough bite to trigger replacements of old PCs?

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Microsoft's new Catapult v2 server design is targeted at AI

For years, Microsoft has been delivering speedy and accurate Bing results with experimental servers called Project Catapult, which have now received an architectural upgrade.

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Why distributed networks and smart sensors won’t survive in self-driving cars

Today's disconnected, high-latency sensors and processors in vehicles will have to be replaced by centralized, high-power networks that can deliver integrated decision-making for effective collision avoidance.

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Open source 25-core chip 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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Inside AMD's development of the Zen CPU

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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