Processors - Infoworld en PC market rebound doesn't help AMD's earnings <p>A rebound in the PC market aided Intel's earnings earlier this week, but did not help rival Advanced Micro Devices, which recorded a net loss for the second quarter, even as a shift in its business focus to graphics cards and custom chips boosted revenue.</p> <p>AMD reported a net loss of $36 million, an improvement from the $74 million loss reported in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue in its Computing Solutions division, which deals in chips, was $669 million, declining by 20 percent year over year, due to a drop in processor shipments, AMD said in a statement.</p> Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Desktop PCs Processors Technology Business Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:44:57 +0000 admin 246521 at IBM rethinking decades-old computer design with $3 billion investment <p>IBM will pour $3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years as it rethinks computer design and looks to a future that may not involve silicon chips.</p> <p>The computer design initiative could pave the way for functional quantum and cognitive computers that mimic brain functionality.</p> Computer Hardware Desktop PCs Processors Thin Clients Computer Hardware Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:57:56 +0000 admin 245914 at MIT experimental 36-core chip spurs speed experiments <p>Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a 36-core processor in an effort to find new ways to eke more performance out of chips.</p> Computer Hardware Processors Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:29:31 +0000 admin 244904 at Intel's most powerful chip ever packs emerging technologies <p>Intel hopes to take hardware performance to the next level with its latest Xeon Phi supercomputing chip, which packs an array of new hardware technologies that could ultimately find their way to laptops and desktops.</p> <p>The new Xeon Phi chip, also called Knights Landing, is Intel's largest and also most powerful chip package to date. It can deliver over 3 teraflops of peak performance, which is in the range of high-performance graphics chip used to crunch complex math calculations in the world's fastest computers.</p> Computer Hardware Intel Processors Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:53:00 +0000 admin 244876 at Nvidia abandons 64-bit 'Denver' chip for servers <p>Nvidia has cancelled plans to develop a 64-bit CPU processor for servers, three years after it said it would build such a chip.</p> <p>"That's not something we're doing today," said Ian Buck, vice president of accelerated computing at Nvidia.</p><p><strong>[ Keep up on the day's tech news headlines with InfoWorld's <a href=";source=ifwelg_fssr">Today's Headlines: Wrap Up newsletter</a>. ]</strong></p> Computer Hardware Processors Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:44:17 +0000 admin 244802 at AMD tackles thorny problem of laptop battery life <p>Advanced Micro Devices is reworking its core PC chip design to be 25 times more energy-efficient over the next six years, possibly resulting in laptop battery life of up to 50 hours on idle time.</p> <p>So said Sam Naffziger, corporate fellow at AMD, adding that estimated battery life on active use would also be significantly better, although he couldn't quantify that expected improvement.</p> Computer Hardware Laptop PCs Processors Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:53:55 +0000 admin 244784 at Intel expands custom chip work for big cloud providers <p>Intel is stepping up its efforts to build custom chips for online giants like eBay and Facebook, giving them a boost in performance and, Intel hopes, another reason to keep buying its microprocessors.</p> <p>The chipmaker is working with the big online firms to embed programmable chips, called FPGAs, in the same chip package alongside its Xeon server processors. Those FPGAs can be programmed to run unique algorithms that each online firm depends on to run its services.</p> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Processors Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:53:53 +0000 admin 244599 at Unisys phasing out decades-old mainframe processor for x86 chips <p>Unisys is phasing out its decades-old mainframe processor, which lags behind in speed and scalability compared to newer chips.</p> Computer Hardware High-Performance Computing Processors Servers Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:15:12 +0000 admin 244467 at Bing to get performance boost from reconfigurable chips <p>Microsoft is planning to use programmable chips to boost the performance of the servers for its Bing search engine, by accelerating certain services using these devices.</p> <p>The project, called Catapult, used field-programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs, which as the name suggests can be configured by customers on the field after they are manufactured. FPGAs are now seen as powerful computing devices in their own right, which can be used for accelerating certain programmable tasks, researchers working on the project said.</p> Applications Computer Hardware Microsoft Microsoft Bing Processors Search Engines Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:02:40 +0000 admin 244441 at Intel loses appeal against $1.44 billion European antitrust fine <p>Intel lost its appeal against a €1.06 billion ($1.44 billion) antitrust fine on Thursday when the General Court of the European Union upheld a 2009 ruling by the European Commission that the company had abused its dominant market position.</p> <p>The Commission had found that&nbsp;Intel had abused its dominant position by offering rebates to customers on the condition they buy all their x86 CPUs from the company.</p> The Industry Standard Intel Federal Regulations Processors Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:18:14 +0000 admin 244204 at Qualcomm chip combines Wi-Fi and LTE <p>Qualcomm is bringing 4G coverage to offices and homes with a low-cost chip that will power wireless routers with both Wi-Fi and LTE.</p> <p>The introduction of the FSM90xx SoC (system-on-a-chip) is a change of pace for Qualcomm. When the company entered the small cell sector it did so with high-performing products, but has now started to scale down the underlying technology, according to Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president at Qualcomm.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology LTE Wi-Fi Processors Mobile Technology Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:32:38 +0000 admin 244128 at Intel wants your next PC to have no wires <p>Intel wants to completely eliminate wires from computers, and is working on a series of wireless technologies to make that a reality in the coming years.</p> <p>PCs are on the way to a "true no-wire" experience, and Intel is working on technologies to remove the clutter of power cords, display connectors and peripheral cables, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president, and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during a speech at the Computex trade show in Taipei.</p> Computer Hardware Intel Desktop PCs Processors Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:17:44 +0000 admin 243702 at AMD's 'Kaveri' processor packs lots of muscle -- but for whom? <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="AMD's 'Kaveri' processor packs lots of muscle -- but for whom?" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>AMD has whipped the drapes off a new mobile processor, code-named <a href="">Kaveri</a>, that powers thin and light notebooks Computer Hardware The Industry Standard Laptop PCs Processors Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 243682 at Intel to bring PC chips to tablets with new Core M chips <p>Intel wants to deliver more performance to tablets while curbing power consumption, and has launched a new Core M line of processors to meet those needs.</p> <p>The Core M will be based on the architecture used in the popular Core i3, i5 and i7 processors mainly found in laptops and desktops. The Core M line will draw less than 10 watts of power, distinguishing it from other Core chips that draw more than 10 watts of power.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Intel Processors Tablets Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:42:55 +0000 admin 243625 at Hands on: First tablet with Intel's Broadwell thinner than iPad Air <p>The future of speedy paper-thin tablets running Intel's Broadwell chips seems promising, after we tested the first-ever prototype shown by the chip maker.</p> <p>We got an exclusive hands on, albeit for a short while, with a paper-thin tablet called Llama Mountain, which ran on an as yet unreleased fifth-generation Core processor, at the Computex trade show in Taipei. The tablet was fully operational and running Windows 8, and it wasn't the typical dummy unit often shown at many press conferences.</p> Mobile Technology Intel Processors Tablets Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:19:22 +0000 admin 243621 at Intel to show thin tablet-laptop hybrid with delayed Broadwell chip <p>A new but delayed chip from Intel that promises better performance and lower power consumption for tablets and laptops will take a small but important step forward this week with a planned demonstration at the Computex trade show.</p> <p>The chip, called Broadwell, is Intel's next major processor but production problems have pushed back its launch and Intel hasn't said much about it for months. That will change when Intel shows off a 2-in-1 device -- which can be a laptop or tablet -- based on the chip at the event in Taipei.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Intel Laptop PCs Processors Tablets Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:01:44 +0000 admin 243520 at ARM developing processors to make wearables 'invisible' <p>In the gold rush for wearables, the key to success is invisibility and long battery life. ARM is pursuing the development of tiny processors that fit the profile.</p> <p>The new CPUs and microcontrollers are being developed for the whole range from tiny data-collecting wearables to sophisticated wearables such as smartglasses that require more processing power, ARM executives said Monday at a press conference at Computex in Taipei.</p> Computer Hardware ARM Consumer Electronics Processors Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:45:51 +0000 admin 243525 at Intel wants more cheap tablets with x86 through Rockchip deal <p>Low-cost Android tablets from little-known vendors with 3G capabilities may soon hit shelves with chips from Intel, which is looking to replace ARM processors in devices starting at $100.</p> <p>Intel on Tuesday struck a deal with Chinese chipmaker Rockchip to jointly make an Intel-based x86 Atom chip with an integrated 3G modem. The quad-core chip, based on Intel's Sofia architecture, will ship in the first half of 2015 and go into entry level tablets, said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, during a conference call to discuss the deal.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Intel Processors Tablets Wed, 28 May 2014 11:15:15 +0000 admin 243193 at MIPS makers ally to steal some of ARM's thunder <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="MIPS makers ally to steal some of ARM's thunder" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Imagination Technologies is <a href="" target="_blank">rallying a consortium</a> of hardwar Computer Hardware Data Center Enterprise Architecture Open Source Software Processors Open Source Software Thu, 22 May 2014 18:55:12 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 243013 at Linux group builds 64-bit Android KitKat for ARM developers <p>Google is being tight-lipped about when the 64-bit version of Android will be released, but Linux development group Linaro has built a version of the open-source operating system so mobile applications can be written and tested by manufacturers and developers rushing to catch up with Apple.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Android Application Testing Mobile Apps Mobile Development Processors Wed, 14 May 2014 11:04:06 +0000 ccraig 242490 at