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NVIDIA Grace CPU Superchip is a 144-core ARM processor for data centers

NVIDIA has unveiled a new Grace CPU Superchip for servers that packs 144 ARM CPU cores into a single socket using the same trick Apple used for its M1 Ultra processor: smush two chips together using a high-speed interface. For the M1 Ultra, Apple developed what it calls “UltraFusion” architecture. NVIDI calls its interconnect architecture […]

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Lilbits: AMD’s 3D V-Cache arrives, the hackers keeping iPods alive, and a mobile OS that picks up where Firefox OS left off

The first chips featuring AMD’s new 3D V-Cache technology have arrived… for servers. AMD says its new EPYC 7003 Milan-X chips have up to three times as much L3 cache as previous-gen processors. And the same technology is coming soon to desktop processors, starting with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor which should arrive in about […]

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AMD EPYC server chips with up to 96 Zen 4 CPUs coming in 2022, 128-core Zen 4c coming in 2023

AMD’s most powerful chips available at the moment feature 7nm CPU cores based on the company’s Zen 3 architecture. But the company is preparing to launch 5nm chips featuring Zen 4 technology next year. During the company’s Accelerated Data Center Premiere event, AMD CEO Lisa Su previewed next-gen EPYC server chips set to launch in […]

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Windows Server is coming to ARM, Qualcomm servers coming to MS data centers

An upcoming version of Windows 10 for PCs is expected to support ARM-based chips, starting with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. Now it looks like Microsoft is also working with Qualcomm to bring ARM support to its Windows Server operating system. The companies have announced a collaboration that will result in Microsoft using Qualcomm’s Centriq 2400 […]

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Lenovo unveils 48TB SSD, Seagate shoots for 60 terabytes, making Samsung’s 32TB SSD seem small(ish)

Remember last summer when Samsung introduced a 16TB solid state drive? That’s nothing. This week Seagate announced that it’s working on a 60 terabyte SSD, and Lenovo is also working on a 48TB SSD. Sadly, neither of these storage devices is likely to show up in your next laptop. Both Lenovo and Seagate are positioning their […]

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LeMaker Cello dev board features AMD’s 64-bit ARM chip

Chip maker AMD has long been competing with Intel and NVIDIA in the desktop CPU and graphics spaces, but recently the company tried going after the low-power service chip space with the introduction of its first ARM-based processors. While those chips are designed for servers rather than consumer applications, they could pave the way for other future […]

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AMD exit “dense server” business, puts SeaMicro brand to sleep

AMD may be best known for making processors and graphics cards that are used in some laptop and desktop computers. But a few years ago AMD acquired a company called SeaMicro which had been building “dense servers” that packed hundreds of small, low-power chips together to create high-performance, low-power servers. Now AMD is getting out of […]

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Lilbits (9-30-2014): Monitor and kill battery-draining tabs in a Chromebook

Most operating systems can give you an idea of which apps are using the most CPU power or memory. But there’s a new feature in the dev channel for Chrome OS that goes a bit further and lets you see which apps or web pages are draining the most power from your battery. This could […]

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AMD’s first ARM chip is a 64-bit, 8-core doozy (aimed at servers)

As expected, chip maker AMD is launching its first processor based on ARM technology. And as expected, it’s aimed at servers rather than smartphones, tablets, set-top-boxes, or the other places you usually find ARM chips. That said, for a first entry, the AMD Opteron A1100 Series is no joke. It’s one of the first 64-bit […]

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Lenovo to buy IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion

Chinese PC maker Lenovo might qualify for a frequent buyer’s discount with IBM. In 2005 Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computer business along with the ThinkPad brand. Now Lenovo has announced plans to acquire IBM’s x86 server division for $2.3 billion. IBM isn’t giving up its entire server division in the deal. The company is holding […]

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AMD goes “ambidextrous,” will produces ARM, x86 chips in 2014

AMD is unveiling is roadmap for next-generation processors for servers and embedded computing devices, and for the first time ARM-based chips are on the map. In addition to next-generation x86 chips and discrete graphics chips for embedded devices, the company plans to start offering ARM-based chips in 2014.   AMD’s first ARM-based chips will be […]

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Lilbits (9-04-2013): Next-gen Microsoft Surface details leaked… or made up?

Microsoft introduced the original Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets about a year ago when the company launched Windows 8. With Windows 8.1 coming in October, and with most consumer electronics companies habitually releasing new models every year, it seems likely that new models are on the way. Reports from multiple sources (including Neowin,, […]

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AMD’s first ARM-based chips coming to servers in 2014

Chip maker AMD is starting to provide details about its first ARM-based processors, and while the new chip are more efficient than a typical x86 processor, they’re kind of low-power powerhouses. In mid-2014 AMD will start shipping ARM-based chips code-named “Seattle,” packing up to 16 ARM Cortex-A57 processor cores. AMD Seattle chips will be 64-bit […]

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Intel introduces 6 Watt Atom S1200 chip for servers

Intel’s low power Atom processors may have started out as netbook chips. But in recent years we’ve seen the Atom line expand to include everything from tablets to smartphones to set-top-boxes designed to bring multimedia to your TV. Now Intel is also adding server duty to the list of things Atom chips can accomplish. The […]