Articles about Chips

Linux kernel development

Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

Linux 4.0 is upon us. Linux Lord Linus Torvalds made it official with a typically brief post and slightly longer explanation to the Linux kernel mailing list. The new number isn't a sign of a major upgrade. As we've chronicled, Torvalds thinks that it looks a bit silly when version numbers go beyond x.19. He therefore decided …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2015
14nm Samsung Exynos 7 Octa

Samsung grows 'custom ARM' brains to outsmart arch-nemesis Apple

Samsung will join Apple and other mobile semiconductor rivals in producing chips powered by homegrown, proprietary application cores in 2016, according to a new report. The South Korean goliath has been shipping mobes featuring its own Exynos system-on-chips (SoCs) for a good while now, but the application processor cores in …
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2015

Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

Fedora 20 has been released with expanded support for ARM-compatible processors and a guarantee of continued heavy development for the low-power chips. The latest version of the venerable Linux distribution was announced on Tuesday, and comes with official support for ARMv7hl (hardware floating-point, little endian) devices, and …
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013

AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January

APU13 The desktop version of AMD's next-generation accelerated processing unit, an APU code named "Kaveri", will hit the streets on January 14, the company announced at its developers conference, APU13, in San José, California, on Monday evening. AMD's upcoming 'Kaveri' processor - overview Kaveri: AMD's next big thing incorporates …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013
Scrooge McDuck

While AMD, Apple et al thrash around, chippery fat-cat TSMC is grinning all the way to the bank

Chip-baking industry heavyweight Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) emerged from another quarter of gangbusters year-on-year growth on Thursday, even as it reported flat revenue from the previous sequential quarter and it warned that the next quarter might be somewhat less spectacular. The firm – which fabs chips …
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2015

Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

Chip biz Marvell is still trying to wriggle out of paying a whopping $1.5bn to Carnegie Mellon University after infringing the college's patents. The design firm has now warned the penalty could have "sweeping consequences" – to its existence, we presume. Marvell, based in Santa Clara, California, was found guilty in 2012 of …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2015
Qualcomm

EU to Qualcomm competitors: So how's that competition going?

Qualcomm may have settled its antitrust issues in China but EU regulators are still scrutinizing the chipmaker closely, a new report claims. The European Commission has sent questionnaires to Qualcomm competitors in Europe, Reuters reports, asking them to weigh in on the US firm's business practices. Among the roughly 40 items …
Neil McAllister, 09 May 2015

Intel boosts low-end PCs, laptops with Atom-powered 'Braswell' SoCs

Without much fanfare, details have begun to emerge about Intel's latest line of Atom system-on-chips for low-end desktop PCs, and laptops. CPU World reports that Intel will offer four new Atom products based on its 14-nanometer "Braswell" process, to be marketed under the Celeron and Pentium brands. Each will be based on two or …
Neil McAllister, 31 Mar 2015

ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

The last person that you'd expect to tell you that eight-core smartphone SoCs are overkill would be a man whose company licenses and gets royalties from those cores – but that's exactly what ARM's director of mobile solutions James Bruce told attendees at last week's ARM Tech Day. "Trying to utilize eight cores on a smartphone …
Rik Myslewski, 07 May 2014
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Cognitive computing: IBM unveils software for its brain-like SyNAPSE chips

IBM has unveiled a new computing language to help boffins better program the mad scientist brain-like silicon chips first envisaged in the first three phases of what is known at The Reg as DARPA's "mad cat brain chip" project. Prototypes of the chips with the cool cognitive computing architectures have already been unveiled to …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Aug 2013

UK chip champ ARM flexes muscle: Shows strong profit and sales

UK processor core design biz ARM today posted double-digit profit and turnover growth for its full-year results 2014, with the company reporting a "record" number of licences signed in its fourth quarter. Profits rose 13 per cent to £411.3m at the Cambridge-based group, on revenue up 16 per cent to £795m for the year ended 31 …
Kat Hall, 11 Feb 2015

Quantum CPU upstart D-Wave drills into physics simulations to boost vital magnetic shielding

Physics upstart D-Wave has shed some light on its work simulating quantum computer processors to improve their performance and capabilities. Canada-based D-Wave builds chips made up of 512 superconducting semiconductor circuits called qubits, which are run at ultra-high frequencies in absolute-zero temperatures with minimal …
Team Register, 01 May 2015
Russia

Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

Russian news outlet Kommersant has reported that the nation's government wants to ditch Intel and AMD processors in favour of a locally-developed ARM effort. The outlet's report suggests three state-owned Russian companies are banding together to develop to be called “Baikal” that will use ARM's 64-bit kernel Cortex A-57 as its …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014
The Register breaking news

Texas Instruments: Screw smartphones, put our chips in the dishwasher

Apple and Samsung are squeezing smaller chip manufacturers out of the market by only using their own chips, said a VP at chipmakers Texas Instruments. Greg Delagi senior vice president for embedded processing at Texas Instruments announced that his company was winding down its investment in smartphone and tab chips, and instead …
Anna Leach, 27 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Hold the chips: Apple axes Samsung RAM order for iPhone 5

Apple has cut down its order of memory chips from Samsung, reducing its reliance on its smartphone rival for components, say supply chain sources cited by Reuters. The iPhone 5, widely expected to be announced next week, will feature fewer Samsung components than its predecessors, say the sources. The newswire speculated that …
Anna Leach, 07 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Cambridge White Space boffins cook up Weightless chips

UK White Space pioneer Neul has got its Weightless protocol into silicon, ready for devices which will then drain batteries as slowly as they'd leak energy when not in use. That's the promise of Weightless, a radio protocol designed to operate in White Space frequencies that are empty of local TV broadcasts. The idea is that …
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2013
graphene

Graphene sheaths could boost processor signal speeds by 30 per cent

Scientists at Stanford have found a new use for graphene that will significantly increase the speed of standard computer processors. Most chips use copper interconnects to route signals around their semiconductor circuits, and these are typically insulated with a coating of tantalum nitride. The Stanford team instead used an …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2015

Inside Intel's secret super-chips: If you've got the millions, it's got the magic

Analysis This year, Intel announced a strategic change in its philosophy: if you show it a mountain of cash, it will ship you chips with customized processor instructions or altered clock speeds. Bespoke silicon for the data center is Intel's answer to easily configurable, custom-built ARM-compatible chips: electronics giants are able to …
Jack Clark, 06 Nov 2013

Speaking in Tech: 'ARM makes enterprise chips? Over my dead body!'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's enterprise tech cast, with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Ian Ferguson, vice-president of Segment Marketing at ARM, who talks about the growth of the chip-design company from 12 people in …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2013
HP Chromebox

HP has Chromeboxes with Intel Core i7 chips, but they'll cost you

HP has started taking orders for its new line of Chromeboxes, but while some carry the low price tags we've come to expect from Chrome OS devices, others are surprisingly expensive. Intel spilled the beans last September that hardware makers would be offering desktop Chrome OS kit with Haswell processors this year, and Asus …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2014
AMD's HBM architecture - on-substrate memory

AMD promises 100 gigabyte/second memory

Lower power, higher capacity, less PCB real estate: that's the list of wins being touted by AMD for its coming High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) architecture. The previously-sketchy details of HBM have been filled out in this AMD white paper. The architecture is slated to roll in some of the Radeon 300 series cards when they land, …
Intel cloud GM Jason Waxman sports shows off an Avoton Atom

Intel lifts veil on future 14nm Xeon, Atom server chips

Intel owns the data center, ­ or at least a large portion of it when it comes to servers - and wants to not only keep it that way. Chipzilla also wants big chunks of the adjacent networking and storage businesses. The company therefore hosted a day-long shindig with press and analysts today, complete with all the top brass from …

AMD releases new 'Elite' laptop chips

AMD has released its latest A-Series laptop chips, codenamed "Richland" and replacing the "Trinity" chips released last spring. Is it a giant leap from Trinity to Richland? Well, no, but the new chips are clearly a step forward – if, in some cases, only incrementally. Before we dig into Richland's upgrades, a refresher course …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Mar 2013
Mellanox SwitchX-2 ASIC and its switches, not to scale

Mellanox boffins concoct chips for 100Gb/sec InfiniBand

Mellanox Technologies reported its first quarter financial results today, and Eyal Waldman, chairman and CEO at the networking chip and switch maker, said in a conference call that the company had taped out its first experimental chip that would run at 100Gb/sec and support the future Enhanced Data Rate (or EDR) version of …

Self-healing chips survive repeated LASER BLASTS

Modern high-speed integrated circuits can be fragile things. Even a single fault can often render them completely inoperable. But a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) says it has developed an "immune system" for chips that can allow circuits to route around problems and keep working in the …
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2013

Nvidia stretches CUDA coding to ARM chips

ISC 2013 Nvidia's new CUDA 5.5 release aims to overcome the inherent mathematical suckiness of the ARM architecture by unleashing the powers of GPUs working in conjunction with those popular low-power chips – and not just ones from Nvidia. Nvidia is working on its own implementation of a 64-bit ARM processor, code-named Project Denver, …

Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

If you have been wondering when the chip designers at Qualcomm were going to come up with an eight-core processor, as have competitors Samsung and MediaTek, you can stop wondering. They're not. Why? Because octo-core chips are "dumb." "We don't do dumb things," Qualcomm SVP and marketing headman Anand Chandrasekher said in …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013

Intel 80386 queen Renée James quits as chipmaker's president

Intel president Renée James is leaving the silicon giant to become chief exec of another firm as part of a set of leadership changes announced by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Thursday. "When Brian and I were appointed to our current roles, I knew then that being the leader of a company was something that I desired as part of my …
Neil McAllister, 02 Jul 2015
Han Solo

It's not over yet: Now South Korea launches Qualcomm antitrust probe

Mere days after settling its antitrust dispute with China, mobile chipmaker Qualcomm faces a new investigation into its business practices, this time in South Korea. Perhaps sensing blood in the water, South Korea's Fair Trade Commission – the country's top antitrust regulator – has launched a probe into whether Qualcomm is …
Neil McAllister, 12 Feb 2015
Pwned

ASML‬ plays down mystery hack attack

‪Semiconductor supplier ASML‬ has admitted that unnamed hackers broke into its systems. In a statement issued on Sunday, the Dutch firm played down the scope of the breach, stating that the compromise was brief and it hadn't found evidence that anything was taken. ASML Holding recently discovered unauthorised access to a …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2015
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IBM opens up Power chips, ARM-style, to take on Chipzilla

With its embedded Power chip business under assault from makers of ARM and x86 processors – and to a lesser extent MIPS chips – and having lost the game console business to AMD, IBM had to do something dramatic to expand the addressable market for its Power processors. And that something, which Big Blue has just rolled out, is …

Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle

LinuxCon 2014 It's practically a given that the ARM processor architecture – so beloved by makers of small devices everywhere – will graduate to servers soon. But before ARM servers can ship in any significant volume, a standardized hardware platform that specifically targets the data center is a must. So sayeth Jon Masters, chief ARM …
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2014

Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS

With new CEO Brian Krzanich and new president Renée James in control of Intel, all kinds of changes are very likely in store: the chip giant wants to expand beyond its dominance in PCs (a declining market) and servers (one that is profitable but not growing very much) to other aspects of the computing landscape. And one such …
Facebook hardware VP and Open Compute chairman Frank Frankovsky

Hard Man of Facebook: We might just eat those cheap TLC flash chips

Micron has built the world's smallest 3-bits per cell NAND chip, targeting USB stick memory and the like, while Facebook's open source hardware guru has indicated such chips could be used in its cloud's data centres providing ultra-cheap flash storage. TLC (Triple-Level Cell) NAND Technology has 3 bits per cell, one more than in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2013
Foxconn has forged a bid ol' storage server using ARM processors

Calxeda lines up ODM partners for EnergyCore ARM server chips

Computex Upstart ARM server chip maker Calxeda has lined up three new ODM partners to make web servers and storage servers using its 32-bit, quad-core EnergyCore processors. Calxeda says the fact that Gigabyte, Foxconn, and Aaeon have lined up to use the current 32-bit parts in machines they have crafted proves there is demand. Data …
No Sale

It's Friday or as we call it, What Is Intel Buying Now Rumor Day: Not Altera, but Broadcom?

Insider sources say Intel won't be buying Altera after all, but the reported collapse of talks between the two companies has already spurred talk that Chipzilla may turn its attention to acquiring someone else – with Broadcom topping the list of candidates. Bloomberg was first to report that Altera, a maker of field-programmable …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015
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Micron fires off some in-memory flash data rockets

Comment Micron’s Storage Business Unit (SBU) wants to shake up the server status quo with a dynamic upstart duo: in-memory app accelerating data processing rockets and instant access, cold data flash vaults. How it’s going to do that begins with its NAND chip development plans, which we learned about at a Silicon Valley briefing. It …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2015
Qualcomm

Qualcomm bungs ARM's beefy 64-bit A72s into new mobe brains

Qualcomm today unveiled four additions to its family of Snapdragon system-on-chips – revealing the specs of some smartphones and tablets that'll appear later this year. Indeed, the California-based chip designer said its new Snapdragon 620, 618, 425 and 415 packages will turn up in gear shipping in the second half of 2015. Here …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2015

El Reg talks chips with Intel server strategist

Video Danny Bradbury from The Register heads down to Intel to talk about the new 2nd Gen chips, the E7 family of Xeon chips, with Dylan Larson, director of server technology initiatives for Intel. ® Watch Video var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pW-YXNSpt4': { screencolor: '000000 …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Jun 2011
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ARM wrestles analysts' guesses to floor after slurping IP Kool-Aid

The first three months of 2015 have been good to ARM, which saw revenues of $348.2m and pre-tax profits of $120.5m in the first quarter, with 3.8 billion ARM-based chips shipped - or more than 450 chips per second. That’s an increase of 14 per cent on revenue and 24 per cent on profit – well ahead of what analysts predicted, …
Simon Rockman, 21 Apr 2015
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Everyone's getting flashy: Intel and Micron want to feed you their wafers

Four months after revealing their 3D NAND flash tech, Intel and Micron say they are now sampling product - the day after beleaguered SanDisk announced its 48-layer tech would enter pilot production in the second half of the year. As our IMTF (Intel Micron Flash Technologies) pair, the boys from Boise, said last November their …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015

Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

Intel's long-reigning top dog in the x86 server market, the Xeon E7 "Westmere-EX" of April 2011, can finally enjoy a well-deserved retirement: its "Ivy Bridge–EX" replacement, prosaically named the Xeon E7 v2 series, has finally arrived. Intel's 15-core 'Ivy Bridge–EX' Xeon E7 v2 die Count the compute cores on this Xeon E7 v2 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Feb 2014
HP

ARMs head Moonshot bodies: HP pops Applied Micro, TI chips into carts

HP taking another shot at its Project Moonshot by today announcing two new ARM-powered servers, one 64-bit and the other 32-bit. The US giant hopes its two new ProLiant models will live up to the hype: for years now the ARM world has claimed the architecture will provide high-density, power efficient systems for data centers. …
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Intel touts tardy Broadwell Core CPUs for laptops, PCs

CES 2015 Intel kicked off this year's CES conference in Las Vegas by taking wraps off the much-delayed fifth generation of its Core line of processors, along with the newest generation of its Atom chips for tablets. The new Core line, codenamed "Broadwell-U," brings Chipzilla's 14-nanometer process technology to mainstream desktops, …
Neil McAllister, 05 Jan 2015

BOOM! MediaTek parks tanks on Qualcomm's lawn

MWC 2015 This time last year MediaTek was still smarting about sniffy comments made by Qualcomm. "You can’t take eight lawnmower engines, put them together and now claim you have an eight-cylinder Ferrari," Qualcomm's senior VP Anand Chandrasekher had said, referring to MediaTek’s 610 and 615 eight core smartphone chips. Octo-Core chips …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Mar 2015
Supercap power density

Boffins hide supercapacitors on silicon chips

Scientists at Vanderbilt University have created a silicon-based supercapacitor they say could scale all the way from grid-level storage down to consumer electronics. The reason they're trumpeting it as a breakthrough is that silicon, while abundant and with well-established fabrication techniques, doesn't work well in …
Costa WiFi 2

Computex: Broadcom and Qualcomm surf Wave 2

While the show floor gets headlines for consumer gadgets, Computex is also a venue for sand-slingers to try and get a handshake from Asian kit companies for their next round of chips. And with Wave 2 802.11ac on the manufacturing schedules, it's no surprise that Qualcomm and Broadcom are duking it out in the exhibition with …
Paul Winchell and dummy

Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

Rumors flew fast and furious on Friday about possible acquisitions in the chip industry, with both Intel and Samsung said to be eyeing purchases that could strengthen their positions against rivals. First up, Intel is thought to be planning to gobble specialty chipmaker Altera, in what could become the largest acquisition in …
Neil McAllister, 27 Mar 2015

Ericsson, Telstra and Qualcomm up the ante with 600Mbps demo

MWC 2015 Qualcomm, Ericsson and Telstra are set to demonstrate a new tri-carrier LTE-A solution capable of delivering 600Mbps over mobile at this week's Mobile World Congress. Nokia has already managed the same speeds using two carriers with a four-antenna MIMO. However, the Ericsson technology meets the specs of LTE CAT 11, and (so it …
Simon Rockman, 02 Mar 2015

Remember SeaMicro? Red-ink-soaked AMD dumps it overboard

Tattered AMD says it's done with its SeaMicro server division, following a grim quarter that saw the ailing chipmaker weather losses beyond the expectations of even the gloomiest of Wall Street analysts. In guidance issued alongside AMD's earnings report for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, CFO Devinder Kumar said the …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015