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New silicon? Yep, AMD's got it. The company this week announced the new Opteron 3200 Series CPU family, a revised outlay of chips that are sure to be useful for enterprise and cloud-based applications. AMD claims that it offers 38% better price performance and up to 19% less power per core than the competition, and that folks running rack servers will see serious gains in terms of power usage and performance. "In today's economic environment, dedicated hosting providers need their data centers to become profit centers faster than ever," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager,... Read more...
The world's most energy-efficient processor from ARM? Yep, it's here, and it's the Cortex-M0+, aimed at low-cost MCU, sensor and control markets but destined to shake up way more than that. The company is calling it the "world's most energy-efficient microprocessor." In other words, it has been optimized to deliver ultra low-power, low-cost MCUs for intelligent sensors and smart control systems in a broad Tjrange of applications including home appliances, white goods, medical monitoring, metering, lighting and power and motor control devices. he 32-bit Cortex-M0+ processor, the latest addition... Read more...
Rambus. Heard of 'em? Sure you have, and now they're making the news again, but it's a positive thing -- don't worry. The company just signed a patent licensing deal with Broadcom, resolving all previous claims related to its technology. The two were previously geared up for a court room showdown, which seems to be the norm in the tech world these days. Licensing has become a mondo issue, but it seems that these two are willing to hug it out (while exchanging some dollars, of course). Rambus said that they will agree to license their patent for "integrated circuits used in chips made by Broadcom."... Read more...
ARM's breakout might be just a step ahead. While ARM chips have always been vital, they've become even more so with the proliferation of mobile products. And now that Microsoft has committed to making Windows on ARM a reality, the sky's the limit. Now, ARM's detailing and disclosing the inner specs behind the next version of the ARM architecture. It'll be called ARMv8, the first ARM architecture to include a 64-bit instruction set.  ARMv8 broadens the ARM architecture to embrace 64-bit processing and extends virtual addressing, building on the rich heritage of the 32-bit ARMv7 architecture... Read more...
While the management shake-up over at HP is obviously the largest of the past week, a fellow California-based company is making some moves of their own. AMD recently announced that Rick Bergman is leaving AMD. President and CEO Rory Read will serve as interim general manager of AMD’s Products Group, and the company also announced that Paul Struhsaker, 49, has joined the company to lead AMD’s newly-formed commercial business division as the corporate vice president and general manager, Commercial Business Division. Struhsaker will oversee product management and roadmap planning for AMD’s... Read more...
Two companies that you don't hear too much about are joining hands, but just because they stay out of the consumer spotlight, that doesn't mean that they aren't monumentally important. Texas Instruments, the company that made your college-era graphing calculator as well as a processor in some sort of mobile or TV-related gadget that you probably own, has just wrapped up an acquisition of National Semiconductor. No big deal? Quite the contrary. National is becoming part of TI's Analog business, and it'll expand the company's ability to deliver more products, expertise and support for customers.... Read more...
Intel's got a bright future, and if you're planning to buy an Intel-based notebook in 2013 or beyond, that bright future will include you. Of course, Intel's been talking the talk with regard to power savings for years, but it's always a challenge to integrate more functionality and increase performance, while keep power in check. Intel's Atom line-up was successful, but not stellar, and we're still waiting on a commercial Intel-based smartphone. ARM-based systems have been eating Intel's lunch in the low power arena but Haswell, according to Intel, could be a game-changer. Intel is currently developing... Read more...
As a consumer, you may think the entire computer universe revolves around you. It's a "me, me, me" world, so why not? In truth, consumer sales make up just a fraction of the earnings from major silicon makers like AMD, Intel and HP, and chips like the Opteron maintain their importance despite not being marketed directly at consumers. AMD has just taken the lid off of their Opteron 6000 Series, but in a new way. That platform actually debuted in 2010, but there's more than ever happening within that department now. The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform’s compatibility with the next generation... Read more...
Embedded systems may not be the sexiest to talk about, but they're becoming increasingly powerful (and increasingly important). AMD has just announced the immediate availability of two new AMD Embedded G-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) with thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, up to a 39 percent power savings compared to earlier versions. These new builds are ideal for compact, fanless embedded systems like digital signage, kiosks, mobile industrial devices and many of the new emerging industry-standard small form factors such as Qseven. And we get the feeling that... Read more...
Given all of the attention that Intel and AMD have demanded since the year began, it's been somewhat difficult for the smaller chip makers to get any facetime whatsoever. But now, with the Embedded System Conference ongoing, VIA is stepping back into the spotlight with a new dual-core option that's sure to make waves at the component level. The company has just announced a new Nano X2 E-Series dual-core CPU series, and they'll be available in two speeds: a 1.2GHz and 1.6GHz model. These new chips are built using 40nm process technology, and they also ship with VIA VT virtualization, a technology... Read more...
If there's a big winner in the tech world over the past two years, it'd have to be Apple. The numbers are just insane. But what about ARM as the dark horse? ARM remains a relatively unknown name in the consumer world, but their products are making the gadgets tick for millions of users. Couple that with the fact that Microsoft recently revealed that Windows could run on ARM systems, and you've got a whole mess of success. This week, LG Electronics has licensed ARM's processor technology, providing yet another reason to believe in the brand. The deal provides access to the high performance, low-power... Read more...
Embedded computing hardly gets the credit it deserves. Many, many of the devices that make all of our worlds tick runs on an embedded system, and VIA Technologies is at the forefront of it all. The company has just used Embedded World 2011 to launch what they are calling the "world's most power-efficient dual core processor." That processor is the VIA Eden X2, which is optimized for fanless implementation in a broad range of industrial and commercial embedded systems. Much like netbook CPUs, we had to wait years for them to become powerful enough really take seriously. It's quite possible that... Read more...
It's Mobile World Congress, which means lots and lots of mobile innovations. Atheros is a major player in this space, and while they aren't a household name in the consumer universe, they power a lot of devices that end up in consumer hands. The latest innovation out of the company is a world's first: it's a monolithic combo of 2-stream, dual-band 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 for tablets, notebooks and netbooks. The XSPAN AR9462 isn't an easy name to remember, but the potential here is notable. The company has combined a 2-stream, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi module with a Bluetooth 4.0 module, on the... Read more...
It may be because Mobile World Congress is starting up next week, but it's probably more than that. We're talking about the increase in mobile-related news lately. In the past, mobile devices had their place, but they weren't all the rage. Now, mobile has infiltrated the mainstream, and smartphones (and wireless mobile broadband) is hotter than ever, not to mention gaming on the go, tethering, and tons of other advanced mobile features that are only enabled by cutting-edge processors. Qualcomm, Texas Instrument, Marvell and Broadcom are some of the bigger names out there trying to force their way... Read more...
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