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Nvidia makes most energy efficient supercomputer of all time

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MIT researchers’ graphene breakthrough promises microprocessors one million times faster

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim to have developed a technique for using graphene that could lead to the development of microprocessors that can run up to one million times faster than today’s fastest chips.  They claim that by using graphene to slow down the speed of light to the extent that it moves slower than flowing electrons ... Read More »

IBM memory breakthrough could dramatically increase performance and capacity

IBM is claiming a “breakthrough” in memory technology that, it claims, could increase memory capacity at a lower cost than current DRAM technologies.  According to IBM, it has found a way to put three bits of data per cell by revisiting a 50-year-old technology called phase change memory (PCM).  Related articles Unlike standard DRAM, which can manage around 3,000 write ... Read More »

Intel to face Chinese competition as AMD licenses x86 server technology

Ailing chip designer AMD is setting up a joint venture in China intended to provide heavyweight competition to Intel in the x86 server microprocessor market. The deal will involve the licensing of high-end technology to the company, called Tiajin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Company (THATIC), which is backed by a consortium of public and private Chinese companies. Related articles The ... Read More »

Intel’s Andy Grove dies at 79

Andy Grove, the former chairman and CEO of Intel, and one of the driving forces behind its growth and success, has died at the age of 79.  A Hungarian-American, born András István Gróf, Grove is regarded as one of the kay architects of Intel’s success, masterminding the move towards microprocessors as a staple, and negotiating an exclusive deal with IBM for the ... Read More »

IBM to invest $3bn in chip research to support cloud and big data

IBM is to invest $3bn over the next five years on two research and early-stage development programmes to design the chip technology required to support cloud computing and big data. The research programmes will encompass so-called quantum computing, neurosynaptic computing, silicon photonics, graphene, low-power transistors and carbon nanotubes as the company looks towards microprocessors built on seven-nanometre process technology. Related ... Read More »

IBM claims first in ‘neuromorphic’ computing

IBM and researchers at Cornell University have developed what they claim is the world’s first production-scale “neuromorphic” or “neurosynaptic” computing chip. The development was revealed in a paper published in the journal Science.  Related articles Christened TrueNorth, the company claims that the chip works in a similar fashion to the human brain by using densely interconnected webs of up to ... Read More »

Nvidia unveils 64-bit ARM ‘Project Denver’ CPU

Nvidia, the semiconductor designer best known for its graphics processors and, increasingly, ARM-based mobile microprocessors, has unveiled its first 64-bit chip based on the ARMv8 architecture. The part combines both Nvidia’s 192-core Kepler architecture-based graphics processor with a 64-bit “Project Denver” microprocessor, which is fully pin-compatible with the 32-bit Tegra K1. The pin compatibility is intended to help OEMs to ... Read More »

Intel reveals world’s smallest wireless modem at 10mm

Intel has launched what it is calling the “world’s smallest standalone 3G modem”, designed to try and push IT firmly into the Internet of Things generation. The XMM 6255 chipset is 10mm wide and just 300mm squared in total, and uses the company’s new Power Transceiver technology to deliver what it calls the “industry’s first design to combine, transmit and ... Read More »

Huawei buys Cambridge-based Internet of Things start-up Neul

Internet of Things (IoT) start-up Neul has been snapped by telecoms hardware giant Huawei in a $25m deal. Neul, which boasts investments from DFJ Esprit and IQ Capital, among others, focuses on narrowband communications for devices. Its technology is designed to work over 3G but at frequencies from 900MHz down to 200kHz. Related articles The company has worked with Huawei ... Read More »

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