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Microsoft wants Intel to develop 16-core Atom chips

There’s a common misperception that multi-core chips are always more powerful than single-core computer chips. But the truth of the matter is that while multi-core chips can be faster than their old school brethren, especially when used with software optimized for multithreading, there’s another reason to develop chips with multiple cores: They can use less […]

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NVIDIA may be working on 3D, quad-core Tegra chips

There was a time when ARM-based chips were viewed as the low powered wimps of the computing world. But that’s all changing. ARM-based chips today can be multi-core processors that can handle 1080p HD video playback, a decent bit of number crunching, and low power consumption. And things just keep getting better: a leaked product […]

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AMD launches next-generation low power chips

AMD has unveiled its new line of CPU and GPU products, with a heavy emphasis on low power chips for netbooks, ultraportable laptops, and low power desktops. Probably the most interesting new chips in AMD’s lineup are the new Fusion chips which combine graphics and CPU functions onto a single chip. We’ve been hearing about […]

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Rockchip to introduce RK29xx mobile chips at CES

Chinese chip maker Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics makes the chips that power a number of the cheap Android tablets we’ve seen coming out of China over the past year or so. Now the company plans to introduce a new line of chips, aimed specifically at devices running Android 2.2, Google TV, and similar software. The Rockhip […]

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Texas Instruments introduces multicore 1.5GHz ARM-based CPU

Texas Instruments has just unveiled its latest mobile chip, and the new OMAP4440 kind of makes NVIDIA’s blazing fast 1GHz dual core Tegra 2 chip seem like last year’s news. The TI OMAP4440 has twin 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores… but it also has two ARM Cortex-M3 low power chips to handle less resource-intensive tasks, while […]

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Next-gen Qualcomm chips to be 5 times faster, use 75% less power

Chip maker Qualcomm has announced plans for an upcoming 28nm chip which the company says will offer 5 times the performance of one of the company’s original Snapdragon chips. At the same time, it will use 75% less energy than today’s chips, which could mean phones, tablets, and other mobile devices with better performance and […]