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Nvidia Tegra X1 flaw allows all Nintendo Switch consoles to be hacked

HACKERS HAVE REVEALED how Nintendo’s Switch can be made to run arbitrary code through an exploit of an unpatchable flaw in the console’s Nvidia Tegra X1 chip. Katherine Temkin, a self-confessed hardware hacker from the ReSwitched hacking team, posted details of a proof-of-concept exploit the team is calling Fusée Gelée. The exploit makes use of a vulnerability at the silicon level ... Read More »

ARM unveils two new processor architectures designed for on-device AI

ARM IS ARMING a brace of processor designs with artificial intelligence (AI) tech, jumping on-board the machine learning train. The two processor architectures will be brand-new rather than based on previous ARM designs. The first will take aim at supporting machine learning (ML) workloads, while the other has been designed for object detection (OD). The former, dubbed ARM ML for ... Read More »

Facebook is hiring a chip designer in apparent AI hardware push

WHILE IT WEATHERS a data scandal courtesy of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook is looking at building its own chips as part of a push into hardware. You’d think Zuckerberg and pals already have plenty on their plates, what WhatsApp, Instagram, plans to beam the internet to remote areas and a host of other projects, but the social network is looking to hire new ... Read More »

AMD’s Ryzen 2 processors have been overclocked beyond 5GHz

AMD’S RYZEN 2 processors are set to be proper powerhouses as the Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X chips have been overclocked beyond a preposterously nippy 5.8GHz. The chipmaker didn’t achieve these superfast speeds, rather it was the efforts of a PC enthusiast going by the name of ‘TSAIK’, according to TechPowerUp. Out of the box, the upcoming second-generation ... Read More »

Intel boosts bug bounty program in wake of Meltdown and Spectre flaws

INTEL IS OPENING UP its bug bounty program to more researchers in the hope of in the wake of the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities.  Having been caught with its pants down over Meltdown and Spectre, it’s no surprise the chip maker is looking for a little more bug spotting help. Launched back in March 2017, the Intel Bug Bounty Program was set ... Read More »

AMD confirms it’s started developing ‘exciting’ Zen 5 architecture

CHIPMAKER AMD has confirmed that the company currently in the process of developing Zen 5, the microarchitecture that will power the Ryzen microprocessor several generations from now.  Speaking in a roundtable discussion video entitled “Ryzen Processors: One Year Later” (below) on Tuesday, several AMD executives revealed that they are already working on Zen 5, adding that they have to plan the technology several ... Read More »

Qualcomm unveils its first chips designed for IoT gadgets

AMERICAN CHIPMAKER Qualcomm has unveiled its first chipsets built specifically for Internet of Things (IoT) devices as part of its new Vision Intelligence Platform. In a bid extend its dominance beyond smartphones, Qualcomm’s new venture aims to get the firm’s chips into IoT gadgets, from security and wearable cameras to robots and smart displays. The company’s first two chips, the QCS605 and ... Read More »

Nvidia GTC: The new Disneyland Star Wars ride runs on Nvidia Quadro graphics

SAN JOSE, USA One of the highlights of yesterday’s GTC keynote was a demonstration of the next big Disneyland ride – a new Star Wars attraction called Galaxy’s Edge. NVIDIA has confirmed that it is working with Disney to create the look of the VR ride alongside Epic Games. The ride will involve a trip on the Millennium Falcon to ... Read More »

Apple plans to ditch Intel in favour of in-house Mac chips

APPLE REPORTEDLY PLANS to ditch Intel chips and start using its own processors in Macs from 2020 onward.  So says Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, who has learnt that the initiative – codenamed Kalamata – is in the “early developmental stages”, but has already been approved by executives at the company. The report says that Apple could ship computers based on its ... Read More »

Intel’s ‘most powerful’ six-core Core i9 chips are coming to laptops

INTEL HAS UNCOVERED laptop versions of its top-end Core i9 processors, which make use of the chipmaker’s eighth-generation Coffee Lake architecture. The Intel Core i9-8950HK comes sporting six cores and 12 threads and can hit clock speeds of up to 4.8GHz when boosted, promising some serious performance in a chip suitable for laptops. Intel is promising a 29 per cent ... Read More »

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