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Arm launches 'Project Trillium' machine learning platform

Arm has announced a new suite of hardware IPs and software solutions for machine learning and edge computing. The company has developed "highly scalable" processors to consolidate its position in the increasingly competitive on-device AI market.

Intel launches new processor for edge computing workloads

Intel's announced a new system-on-chip processor for edge computing workloads. The rise of technologies such as IoT, connected sensors and automation requires new chip designs. Intel's tailored its new Xeon D-series products to meet these requirements.

Samsung starts making cryptocurrency mining chips

Samsung has confirmed it's producing specialist processing chips used for cryptocurrency mining. Now the largest semiconductor business in the world, the company is diversifying its operations to increase revenue. It has begun manufacturing an ASIC chip.

New 'emergency' Windows update removes the last one

Microsoft's released a new emergency Windows update which disables Intel's patch for the Spectre processor flaws. It comes after Intel admitted the update could cause data loss and make computers spontaneously reboot.

Intel tells users to stop installing its buggy Spectre patches

Intel's patches for the Spectre chip flaw are in some cases causing more problems than they solve. The company's executive vice president said Intel has identified the cause of random reboots but advised customers not to continue installing the update.

In rare show of unity, cloud firms team up to patch Meltdown bugs

Rival cloud providers are collaborating online as they develop patches for the Meltdown and Spectre processor flaws. Faced with incomplete information from Intel and other hardware vendors, "second-tier" companies are choosing to help each other.

Samsung's new flagship processor is optimised for AI

Samsung announced its new Exynos 9810 mobile processor, the chip set to power the company's upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship. The chip has been optimised for AI applications and enhanced media, hinting at mobile features similar to those on Apple's iPhone X.

Patch for critical Intel CPU flaw could slow PCs by up to 35%

A "fundamental" flaw in the design of Intel processors could allow attackers to access kernel memory. Developers of the Linux and Windows kernels are scrambling to release patches but they might include significant performance penalties.

Complete quantum silicon chip design revealed by researchers

Researchers have announced a "complete" design for a quantum silicon computer chip. The component allows quantum calculations to be run on existing semiconductor components. The blueprint shows how a quantum computer could be made from standard tech.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 845 chip for next year's phones

Qualcomm's officially unveiled its upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor, the chip set to power many of next year's top-tier Android devices. As expected, the company has moved to add new AI capabilities, increase power efficiency and improve raw performance.

Microsoft, Qualcomm launch ARM-based 'Always Connected' PCs

Microsoft's launched Windows 10 on ARM, a project that brings its desktop operating system to a new category of hardware. The company has partnered with Qualcomm to build Windows devices with smartphone processors, offering month-long battery life.

Samsung starts mass-production of new 10nm smartphone processors

Samsung's announced that mass production of 10nm chips based on its second-generation FinFET technology has begun. The processors should start showing up in smartphones next year and will offer considerable performance and battery life improvements.

Marvell Technologies to buy rival chipmaker Cavium in $6bn deal

Semiconductor firm Marvell Technologies has announced it will buy its rival Cavium in a deal valued at $6 billion. The acquisition comes during a time of increased consolidation in the chipmaking business, with several mergers underway or anticipated.

Analyst: Intel's investments in AI could boost stock by 20%

Intel's investments in AI could help its stock price rally by over 20%. Analysts see the company as being in a "better position" in the machine learning market than is recognised. Intel's long-term strategy could prove more effective than its rivals.

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's 'dramatically undervalued' takeover

Broadcom has announced it has rejected the $105 billion takeover bid proposed by rival Broadcom earlier this month. What would have been the biggest tech deal in history was described by Qualcomm as a "dramatic" undervaluation of its business.

Google's Pixel 2 has a hidden AI chip to make your photos better

Google's revealed its Pixel 2 smartphone houses an hitherto undisclosed processing chip specifically tasked with improving photos. The custom coprocessor was designed by Google and will be enabled in a software update.

Qualcomm's profits plunge as Apple patent battle begins to bite

Processor manufacturer Qualcomm, the largest producer of the ARM-based chips used in smartphones, has announced a dramatic decline in its profit forecast. The company is being hit hard by an ongoing patent dispute with Apple, one of its largest customers.

Google Sheets used to create a virtual machine that computes data

A developer has demonstrated how he used a Google Sheets spreadsheet to emulate the operation of a computer processor. The spreadsheet, written using scripts, features four registers, a memory area and the ability to calculate Fibonacci numbers.

Liquid helium lets Intel's Core i7-7740K hit record 7.5GHz speeds

A team of boundary-pushing overclocking enthusiasts at PC gaming hardware company Gigabyte has broken records by using liquid helium to get Intel's new Core i7-7740K processor to run at 7.5GHz. It went on to set several benchmarking records.

Intel 'Core i9' is now reality, costs up to $2,000

Intel has announced the most significant change to its desktop processor line-up in over half a decade by adding a new sub-brand to its "Core" series. The new Core i9 is aimed at enthusiasts and power users. It offers up to 18 processing cores.

Apple to build its own graphics chips, crushing its supplier

Apple will build its own graphics processors for upcoming mobile devices. The company's current supplier, Imagination Technologies, has seen its stock price fall by 70 percent in the wake of the announcement. The chips will be ready in two years.

AMD unveils new set of Ryzen processors for mainstream users

AMD has officially announced its new range of Ryzen 5 CPUs. The gaming-oriented chips are designed to undercut Intel's rival offerings by offering comparable performance at a much lower price, bringing competition back to PC components.

AMD's new processors are faster than Intel's, half the price

AMD has unveiled its next-generation line of processors, known as Ryzen. Anticipated for years and marking AMD's return to competitive performance-focused CPUs, Ryzen could be highly disruptive. The chips are faster and cheaper than Intel's rival line-up.

Serious processor flaw makes hacking devices much easier

A significant flaw in a key security feature of computer processors could allow attackers to gain control of devices far more easily than was previously possible. There's currently no cure because the problem lies in the chip's firmware.

Microsoft hints at the Surface Phone with new Windows 10 for ARM

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 desktop can now run on the ARM-based processors used in mobile devices. The development hints at the emergence of a new class of devices capable of powering smartphone and desktop experiences.

Report: Future Intel processors could feature AMD graphics

Intel has struck an unusual deal with rival AMD, according to reports circulating online. The company may be planning to integrate AMD's superior graphics technology into its own processors. If true, the arrangement could prove to be mutually beneficial.

Intel plans to make AI '100x faster' with new computing chips

Intel has unveiled a new series of chips that it says could improve one metric of artificial intelligence performance by up to 100 times today's benchmarks. The next-generation processor range is aimed firmly at deep learning and neural networks.

New ARM GPU to bring VR to low-end phones by 2018

ARM has launched a new GPU design that's built to bring virtual reality to low-end smartphones. The Mali-G51 uses ARM's Bifrost architecture to create an affordable chip that's optimised for virtual reality and augmented reality content.

Attackers turn off critical security system in Intel processors

A flaw in Intel's processors could allow attackers to bypass security mechanisms and inject malware into code, security researchers have warned. The technique works on almost every operating system and enables more effective software exploits.

Intel hints it's quietly planning a return to mobile processors

Earlier this year, Intel suddenly bowed out of the mobile processor market. It ceased development of its Atom chips for smartphones and tablets, ceding defeat to the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek. It has now hinted it could return in the future.
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