On Thursday, during AWS re:Invent 2014 conference in Las Vegas, Intel announced an exclusive Haswell processor designed specifically for Amazon. The Seattle giant said the new processors power its new EC2 instances.
HTC, Lenovo and Acer are among the manufacturers that will make cheap phones for Google’s anti-fragmentation drive in emerging markets.
Intel’s new E5 v3 family of processors comes loaded with 18 cores per socket, DDR4 memory and software that can help orchestrate the allocation of resources in a data center.
After a year of delays, Intel officially announced the Core M, a new processor family built on the Broadwell process. The new chips should be power-efficient enough to not need a fan, which opens the door for thinner and lighter tablets and laptops.
Earlier this week the Korea Herald quoted an unnamed ARM(s armh) executive as saying 128-bit processors could make their way into mobile devices within a couple of years. On Friday the British chip design house, whose designs power the vast majority of mobile devices today, said the report was simply “not true”.
In a blog post the firm said, “64-bit processors are capable of supporting the needs of the computing industry now and for many years to come” and “there are absolutely no plans underway for 128 bit ARM-based chips because they simply aren’t needed.” Quite so — the mobile industry is only just starting to move to 64-bit architecture, which is arguably overkill for a smartphone’s current requirements.
ARM now owns Cadence’s PANTA line of display controller core designs, which should help it better support multimedia applications on high-resolution displays without sucking too much battery power.
An international research team has found that graphene can cool down hot spots in electronic equipment, such as processors, enough to make a major difference to energy efficiency and equipment lifespan.
Sprint just launched a new ZTE Android smartphone that offers a lot more power than its mere $20 price tag would suggest. The ZTE Fury has the same processor embedded in devices that were considered top of the line only a year ago.
Apple has a serious advantage over an unusual competitor in a market with lots of future potential, according to Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gus Richard in a research note published this week. Richard says that Apple’s know-how and direction in mobile chips trumps that of Intel’s.
Apple will be keeping its processor manufacturing business with Samsung for its next-generation chip, according to a new report from the Korea Times on Monday. That’s despite an extensive legal dispute between the two companies that grows more tangled by the day.