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Intel transforms operations in Costa Rica, set to fire 1500

Intel Corp. this week announced that it would relocate its test assembly and test operation to Asia from Costa Rica. As a result, it would fire about 1500 of its employees in the country. Still, Intel’s engineering and design center and shared services operations will remain in Costa Rica. Intel …

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ImgTec MIPS-based platform for wearable electronics announced

With the introduction of Google Android Wear operating system, hardware makers developing ultra-low-power chipsets started to unveil their platforms for wearable devices, such as smart-watches or smart-eyewear. Imagination Technologies, a leading designer of general purpose processing cores as well as multimedia and graphics processing engines, said this week that it …

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Toshiba launches application processor for wearable devices

Toshiba Corp. has introduced its first application processor designed for wearable computing devices. The system-on-chip will be available later this year. The new ApP Lite TZ1001MBG chip will power such devices as activity monitors, smart watches, bracelet- and glasses. Toshiba ApP Lite TZ1001MBG integrates ARM Cortex-M4F processor (with 48MHz clock-rate) …

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Intel and Altera to co-develop 14nm multi-die devices

Intel Corp. and Altera this week said they would extend their collaboration to the development of multi-die devices that leverage Intel’s world-class package and assembly capabilities. The multi-die devices will feature Altera’s Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs made using 14nm process technology as well as other components. This will allow …

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AMD and HP quietly debut FX-670K microprocessor

From time to time large PC makers unveil hardware that chip companies like Advanced Micro Devices would rather not discuss with the general public. Recently it turned out that some of the desktops sold by Hewlett-Packard carry a strange microprocessor called AMD FX-670K, which does not seem to be exactly …

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How Intel plans to reinvent the desktop

The desktop is dead, that’s something you’d think was pretty much cemented. Not for everyone of course, like those in corporate offices and certainly not for gamers – they need the space for those monstrous GPUs – but for the average consumer? Definitely. Just look at the climate we’re in …

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Intel pulls-in launch of Core i7 Extreme ‘Haswell-E’ 5000 to Q2

Intel Corp. has decided to speed up introduction of its next-generation microprocessors and platforms designed for enthusiasts who demand maximum performance. The new Core i7 Extreme “Haswell-E” chips along with Intel X99-based mainboards will be introduced at Computex Taipei 2014 in early June, several months before planned originally, according to …

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AMD debuts low-cost socketed APUs, introduces AM1 platform

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced a new breed of accelerated processing units (APUs) featuring new-generation low-power Jaguar x86 cores that will be available in pin-grid array (PGA) packaging and will be compatible with FS1b sockets (commercially known as AM1). The new chips will be branded as Athlon and Sempron. …

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MediaTek reveals its first 64-bit octa-core mobile chip

MediaTek has announced its first system-on-chip for smartphones that features ARMv8-compatible 64-bit general-purpose cores, advanced graphics engine as well as 4G/LTE connectivity. The MT6752 is pin compatible with the previously announced quad-core MT6732 and can be installed into already developed devices. MediaTek MT6752 integrates eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores with up to …

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610, 615: 64-bit, 4G/LTE, advanced graphics

Qualcomm this week introduced its new performance-mainstream Snapdragon 600-series system-on-chips for smartphones and tablets. The new SoCs feature ARMv8 64-bit processing technology, 4G/LTE connectivity as well as new-generation Adreno graphics. The new chips will be used inside devices due late this year. Qualcomm Snapdragon 610, 615 application processors integrate four …

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Intel unveils Atom “Merrifield” SoC for smartphones, tablets

Intel Corp. on Monday introduced its new Atom Z3400-series system-on-chip code-named “Merrifield” designed for smartphones and tablets. The new application processor is powered by the latest low-power Silvermont micro-architecture, features Imagination Technologies PowerVR 6-series “Rogue” graphics and integrates a host of promising technologies. Intel Atom Z3400-series “Merrifield” SoC features two …

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Intel: we’ve changed chip design approach in the recent years

Historically, companies like Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices designed microprocessors and then software developers developed applications that took advantage of those chips. According to the head of Intel, that pattern was changed several years ago and now, before designing a new central processing unit, the world’s largest chipmaker first …

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Intel reveals new Xeon E7 v2 processors with up to 15 cores

Intel Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its new family of Xeon E7 processors for enterprise-class servers that brings unprecedented compute performance and introduces new reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features never-before-seen on Xeon products. The new central processing units are designed for up to 32-socket servers and will power various machines …

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Intel is working on 15-core ‘Ivytown’ processor for servers

At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) conference this week, Intel Corp. revealed the first details about its next-generation processor for enterprise-servers code-named Ivytown. The new chip will pack 15 cores and will feature an all-new floor plan and internal interconnections. The next generation enterprise Xeon server processor has 15 …

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ARM unveils Cortex-A17 core for mainstream devices

ARM Holdings, a leading developer of microprocessor technologies for mobile and low-power devices, on Tuesday introduced its new general-purpose core designed for entry-level and mainstream devices based on Google Android operating system in 2015 and beyond. In addition, ARM revealed its new cost-optimized Mali-T720 graphics processing unit. ARM Cortex-A17 processor …

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