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SgxSpectre: Boffins exploit CPU flaw to break into Intel’s SGX secure environment

INTEL IS STILL getting grief over the Spectre security flaw, this time from a more unexpected group: university researchers. A bunch of cyber academics from Ohio State University claim to have found a way to use the Spectre vulnerability to break into a security feature of Intel’s CPUs called SGX secure environment and steal information in the process. SGX, which stands for Software ... Read More »

AMD’s comeback means it’s finally time to get excited about CPUs again

GETTING EXCITED over slices of silicon is quite a task. And it’s even harder when you take into account the general lack of anything particularly significant in the processor world, at least until AMD showed off its Ryzen CPUs in 2017. For a good few years, Intel has dominated the desktop and laptop processors market, offering CPUs that outperformed AMD ... Read More »

Intel sets sights on Qualcomm, promises 5G-powered laptops in 2019

CHIPMAKER Intel has announced plans to bring 5G-equipped laptops to market in the second-half of 2019. Setting its sights firmly on Qualcomm, which is gearing up to launch the first ‘always-connected’ LTE Windows 10 laptops, Intel on Thursday confirmed that it’s working with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft to create 5G-connected notebooks powered by its XMM 8000 series modem. Unveiled last year, ... Read More »

Samsung will make Qualcomm’s next-gen 5G chip using 7nm process

QUALCOMM FIRST 5G CHIPS will be manufactured by Samsung, using the South Korean tech giant’s 7nm fabrication process, which is a big step in extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV). Despite concerns that Moore’s Law is on the brink of death, with Intel having struggled to make significant leaps in performance with its Core i chips over the past few years, the ... Read More »

Intel claims quantum computing ‘breakthrough’ silicon-based spin qubit chip

INTEL HAS CLAIMED a major quantum computing development by “inventing” a silicon-based spin qubit chip. “But what the hell does that mean?” you may ask. Well, a qubit is like a bit, only it exists in multiple states at once; so while a bit is either 1 or 0 (on or off) a qubit can be both 1 and 0 until it is ... Read More »

Intel releases stable Spectre fix for Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake chipsets

INTEL HAS PUSHED OUT fresh microcode patches to tackle the Spectre flaw on Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake chipsets. The latest Spectre-mitigating updates from Intel have passed “extensive testing by customers and industry partners to ensure the updated versions are ready for production,” according to Intel’s Navin Shenoy.  The chipmaker was forced to advise its customers to not to use the initial patch it ... Read More »

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 set to launch as ‘world’s first’ 7nm SoC

THE AS-YET-UNANNOUNCED Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will reportedly be the ‘world’s first’ 7nm SoC. So says notorious tipster Roland Quandt (below), who claims that the successor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 is currently in development and will be the first chip to be built on the 7nm FinFET production process. Qualcomm won’t say it, but their contractors do. Snapdragon 855 (SDM855) is ... Read More »

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 LTE modem trounces fibre broadband speeds

QUALCOMM HAS KNOCKED-OUT an LTE modem chip that claims to deliver speeds twice as fast as a fibre connection. The Snapdragon X24 LTE might not sound like anything to get the tech glands all fizzy, but it claims to be the ‘world’s most advanced 4G chip’ able to deliver frankly ridiculous 2Gbps download speeds. It hits such download speeds by aggregating ... Read More »

Intel’s new 18-core Xeon chip takes aim at self-driving cars and IoT tech

INTEL WANTS to get up all inside devices that lurk on the edge of networks with its new 18-core Xeon D-2100 processor. Traditionally, Xeon chips have been the domain of workstations and server machines, churning away at video rendering or crunching enterprise workloads. But Intel’s new Xeon chipset is a SoC that’s designed to bring beefy performance to devices that sit ... Read More »

Intel pushes out fresh Spectre patch for Skylake machines after initial borkage

INTEL HAS RELEASED a fresh microcode update to tackle the Spectre flaw for Skylake processors after the initial patch made a right mess of things. The chipmaker was forced to advise its customers to not to use the initial patch it pushed out to exorcise the Spectre flaw, as the rushed fix was causing Broadwell and Haswell CPUs to randomly ... Read More »

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