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'Megaprocessor' lets you watch a processor compute in real time

A unique processor has been put on public display. Created from a desire to learn how transistors work, the "megaprocessor" has been hand-built to help people visualise a computer's operation. It allows viewers to watch a machine compute in real time.

Samsung to 'exclusively' build next-gen Snapdragon 830 processors

Samsung has signed a deal with Qualcomm to "exclusively" manufacture the company's next-generation Snapdragon 830 processing chips for flagship smartphones. The Snapdragon 830 is likely to be the dominant processor in high-end mobile devices next year.

New processing chip makes computations up to 18x faster

MIT has unveiled a new processing chip design that could allow future devices to operate as much as 18 times faster as today's PCs. The chip relies heavily on multi-core technology and parallel processing to dramatically speed up programs.

World's first 1000-core processor can be powered by an AA battery

Researchers have unveiled the world's first 1,000-core processor chip. Dubbed the "KiloCore," the supercomputing chip is capable of running 1.78 trillion instructions every second and is built from a record-breaking 621 million transistors.

Intel's new 10-core processor costs more than your whole PC

Intel has unveiled the most powerful desktop processor ever created, a 10-core enthusiast chip retailing for $1,700. The new Broadwell-E-based CPU is the first deca-core processor aimed at consumer machines instead of servers and datacentres.

Moore's Law ending as Intel abandons 'tick tock' CPU cycle

Intel is changing the way it releases new processors, an alteration that could end Moore's Law. It will extend the lifetime of each process it releases instead of following its traditional "tick tock" cycle. Three phases will now be involved.

Raspberry Pi 3 goes 64-bit and adds Wi-Fi, still a $35 computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an updated version of the infamous Raspberry Pi microcomputer. The Raspberry Pi 3 is 10 percent faster than the original Pi Model B unveiled four years ago today and now features on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

New Qualcomm chip makes 1Gbps LTE a reality, coming this year

Qualcomm has introduced three new mid-range mobile processors set to power smartphones released later in the year. The chips are its fastest yet in the segment but have been overshadowed by a new LTE modem with gigabit speeds.

Intel may be working on a 5.1GHz CPU for customers including NSA

A rumour regarding Intel's upcoming range of next-generation processors claims the company may be building one very special chip for its Xeon family. It is said to have a clock speed of 5.1GHz and will be sold to limited customers, including the NSA.

Microsoft: Windows 7, 8.1 won't support Intel's new processors

Microsoft has found yet another way to get the world using Windows 10, this time by making preventing users from running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on newer computers. It announced the old operating systems won't be supported by new processors.

Samsung to exclusively build the chip inside 2016's top phones

Samsung has reportedly scored an exclusive contract to manufacture Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 flagship mobile processor in a deal worth over $1 billion. Samsung already builds its own Exynos-branded processors as well as the chips in Apple's iPhone.

Intel confirms its newest processors may freeze under heavy load

Intel has confirmed a bug in its Skylake family of processors can cause freezes and complete system lock-ups when the chip is placed under heavy load. The issue was discovered while calculating very large Mersenne prime numbers.

Intel's newest computer is the same size as a stick of gum

Intel has unveiled the next-generation version of its Compute Stick dongle-based computer. Resembling a large USB stick and small enough to fit into the palm of the hand, it lets you take a Windows 10 PC with you anywhere that has an HDMI display.

Google's quantum computer '100 million times faster' than your PC

Google has developed a working quantum supercomputer that has 100 million times greater performance than a typical desktop machine. D-Wave can compute in a second what a standard desktop would take 10,000 years to do.

PS4 processor changes let future games get a performance boost

Sony has quietly rolled out an update to its PlayStation 4 software development kit that will give game creators access to more of the processor's power, should it be required. It opens the door to more graphically intense games next year.

Rumour: Intel Broadwell-E series to include a 10-core processor

Intel may be working on a new processor for true PC enthusiasts. The upcoming chip is rumoured to have 10 individual cores, a selling point that will only give noticeable performance gains in applications like video editing and big data crunching.

Sony could build a 'high performance' PlayStation 4

Sony is open to building a high-performance variant of its PlayStation 4 console, its senior vice president of entertainment said in a recent interview. An updated version could extend the PS4's life-span, giving Sony more time to work on a successor.

Intel has an 'army' of 1000 working on chips for Apple's iPhone 7

Apple is reportedly turning to Intel to help manufacture the processor for its next iPhone after controversy surrounding its dual-sourcing of the chips inside the iPhone 6S series. Intel is apparently very keen to replace Qualcomm for the next phone.

iPhone processors infringe on patents, Apple may face $862m fine

Apple could be fined as much as $862 million for being found guilty of infringing on patents owned by the University of Wisconsin. Several of Apple's recent processor designs used the technology without proper licensing.

Apple: iPhone 6S batterygate claims are 'misleading'

It has been a few days since reports that some iPhone 6S handsets have as much as two hours more battery life than others began circulating online. The time has been enough for Apple to issue a response in which it dismisses the claims as "misleading."

iPhone 6S caught in 'batterygate' complaints

Some owners of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are reportedly experiencing major battery life issues. The culprit appears to be the processor which has been discovered to vary between handsets, giving some devices more stamina than others.

Carbon nanotube processors could be 1000x faster than silicon

A new method of engineering the processors that power computers could result in chips with 1000 times the performance of today's best offerings, according to a group of researchers.

Next year's phones to charge to 80% after just 35 minutes

Mobile processor manufacturer Qualcomm has unveiled the next generation of its ultra-fast charging technology, revealing that next year's phones will be able to reach 80 percent capacity after just 35 minutes of external power.

Intel pledges $50m investment in quantum computing research

Intel has announced that it is making a long-term investment into the development of quantum computing systems. It will contribute $50 million over the next 10 years to help shape the future of computing for when semi-conductors are obsolete.

Next-gen phones will defend against malware from the processor

Phone processor manufacturer Qualcomm has announced that it is building malware protection directly into the core of its Snapdragon 820 chip, destined for next year's flagship devices. It will use machine learning to intelligently protect a host device.

iPhone 6S could be up to 30% faster than its predecessor

Apple's iPhone 6S looks set to become one of the fastest phones on the market when it launches next month. Leaked benchmarks show a robust 30 percent improvement over its predecessor, leading to stronger performance than comparable Android flagships.

Intel's new processors offer 20% more power, 30% more battery

Next month, Intel will be unveiling a new range of processors for desktops and mobile devices. A leak has revealed we can expect 10-20 percent improvements in performance while saving 30 percent battery, creating an all-new generation of powerful devices.

Moore's Law continues as IBM announces new smaller computer chips

IBM has announced that it has successfully halved the size of the smallest components on today's computer chips to create the fastest processor ever seen using a circuit of the same area. The development continues Moore's infamous law.

Apple's iPhone 6S is identical to the 6 but improves performance

The first images of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6S handset have emerged online. They show a phone that is externally identical to the current model. There are many changes inside, including a faster processor and the revolutionary Force Touch display.

Researchers create a working wooden processor for future PCs

U.S. and Chinese researchers have successfully created a processor made nearly entirely of a material derived from wood. Biodegradable, cheap and fully functional, our phones and computers of the future may be powered by the most basic of materials.
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The Megaprocessor, a hand-soldered computer to help people visualise how processors operate
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Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition
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A handful of transistors. Modern computer processors contain hundreds of thousands of these in the same area.
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KiloCore, the 1,000-core processor
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A 3D carbon nanotube computer chip design
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Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 [screenshot of introductory video]
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Intel's old "tick tock" (left) and new "PAO" (right) CPU release cycles
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A developer has emulated a processor with a spreadsheet
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