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Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon comes out swinging at AMD’s Epyc Milan

Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon comes out swinging at AMD’s Epyc Milan

Enlarge / Thirty-six individual models of Ice Lake Xeon Scalable processor launch today, with immediate retail availability expected from major system vendors, including Supermicro, HPE, and Dell. Intel launched a new batch of third-generation Xeon server processors today. Significantly, these are Ice Lake processors—meaning Intel's 10 nm process, not the increasingly outdated 14 nm process…
Intel 11th-generation Rocket Lake-S gaming CPUs did not impress us

Intel 11th-generation Rocket Lake-S gaming CPUs did not impress us

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Enlarge / Our test rig is a little more unlovely than usual, due to Asus' decision to entomb the CPU socket in surrounding high-rise heatsinks, with the system's RAM closing in just as tightly from the bottom. (Note the empty pair of DIMM slots.)Jim Salter Today marks the start of retail availability for Intel's 2021…
Want some Ryzen in your Surface? Rumor has it Microsoft does, too

Want some Ryzen in your Surface? Rumor has it Microsoft does,...

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Enlarge / Microsoft's x86_64 Surface Laptop (right) looks to be in for an AMD-flavored refresh, alongside the usual Intel varieties. According to a report by German news site WinFuture, Microsoft's new Surface 4 Laptop—set to debut this April—will offer AMD and Intel processor options side by side. With 2020's Surface Laptop 3, only the larger…
Intel hit with $2.2 billion patent judgment

Intel hit with $2.2 billion patent judgment

A Texas jury has ordered Intel to pay $2.18 billion in damages for infringing two patents. The lawsuit was filed by VLSI Technology LLC, a 4-year-old firm that Intel says has no products and no sources of revenue besides patent litigation. The patents at issue in the case previously belonged to NXP Semiconductors, a Dutch…
Tesla’s main self-driving rival isn’t Google—it’s Intel’s Mobileye

Tesla’s main self-driving rival isn’t Google—it’s Intel’s Mobileye

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Enlarge / Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua shows off a silicon photonics lidar chip slated for introduction in 2025. One of the most underrated companies in the self-driving technology sector is Mobileye, an Israeli company that Intel purchased for $15 billion in 2017. Mobileye is the largest supplier of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that ship with…
Activist hedge fund advises Intel to outsource CPU manufacturing

Activist hedge fund advises Intel to outsource CPU manufacturing

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Andrew Cunningham Activist hedge fund Third Point has taken a stake of nearly $1 billion in Intel and called on the chipmaker to consider shedding its manufacturing operations, throwing a core part of its strategy into question. The firm with $15 billion in assets run by Daniel Loeb made a number of demands in a…
Apple is full-steam ahead on replacing Qualcomm modems with its own

Apple is full-steam ahead on replacing Qualcomm modems with its own

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Samuel Axon As rumored many months ago, Apple's silicon ambitions don't end with replacing Intel CPUs with its own in Macs—it plans to ditch Qualcomm modems in favor of its own custom-designed chips for iPhones, according to Apple hardware tech lead Johny Srouji. Srouji confirmed the company's plans when speaking to employees during an internal…
AMD laptops have a hidden 10-second performance delay. Here’s why

AMD laptops have a hidden 10-second performance delay. Here’s why

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Enlarge / When it's on battery, your new Ryzen 4000 series laptop doesn't deliver its true performance until about 10 seconds into a full-throttle workload. In an embargoed presentation Friday morning, Intel's Chief Performance Strategist Ryan Shrout walked a group of tech journalists through a presentation aimed at taking AMD's Zen 2 (Ryzen 4000 series)…
“We are giddy”—interviewing Apple about its Mac silicon revolution

“We are giddy”—interviewing Apple about its Mac silicon revolution

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The graphic representing the Apple M1 chip, as presented by Apple at an event earlier this month. Some time ago, in an Apple campus building, a group of engineers got together. Isolated from others in the company, they took the guts of old MacBook Air laptops and connected them to their own prototype boards with…
Hackers can use just-fixed Intel bugs to install malicious firmware on PCs

Hackers can use just-fixed Intel bugs to install malicious firmware on...

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Getty Images As the amount of sensitive data stored on computers has exploded over the past decade, hardware and software makers have invested increasing amounts of resources into securing devices against physical attacks in the event that they’re lost, stolen, or confiscated. Earlier this week, Intel fixed a series of bugs that made it possible…

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