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AMD allegedly considering a split to return to profitability

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It is no secret that AMD has been struggling to earn money lately. Historically, the legendary chip maker has maintained a steady “runner-up” position behind Intel, especially in terms of desktop hardware, but it looks like the huge shift to mobile devices took the US company by surprise and it is yet to fully adapt.

The possibility of various partnerships and buy-outs has been tossed around quite a lot recently and it really seems like AMD is way overdue for some kind of restructuring if it is going to survive. Industry sources now suggest that chief executive Lisa Su is considering the possibility of splitting AMD businesses, a move which was previously protested against internally and is still officially denied by the company. Read more »

LG unveils 27″ 4K display with FreeSync, 10-bit color

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If you’re serious about your gaming hardware and are on the lookout for a new monitor, the new LG 27MU67 offers 4K resolution, 10-bit colors and AMD FreeSync support.

LG already showed off a FreeSync monitor at CES 2015, though that one had “only” 1080p resolution (in 21:9 widescreen format). Read more »

AMD launches 6th Generation Carrizo A-Series processors

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AMD has announced the new 6th Generation A-series processors previously codenamed “Carrizo” and built on the 28nm fabrication technology. Three new Carrizo family A-Series models are announced – A8, A10, and FX – for the notebook platform. These new mobile chips promise twice the gaming performance and two times the battery life against the Intel’s offerings.

The new AMD A-series processors pack 12-computing cores which include 4 CPU cores based on the Excavator microarchitecture and 8 GPU cores based on the 3rd Generation Graphics Core Next architecture. The new A-series aim to deliver the premium level Windows 10 experience along with the support for new DirectX 12 graphics standard. Read more »

Intel announces Thunderbolt 3

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After two years since Thunderbolt 2, Intel has taken the wraps off the new Thunderbolt 3 protocol, and there are some major and exciting new features here.

By far the biggest improvement is the switch from the standard DisplayPort that we saw for Thunderbolt 1 and 2 to the more modern USB Type-C. Along with making it more modern and infinitely easier (since there is no wrong way to plug in a USB Type-C cable) it also provides Thunderbolt access to the USB protocol with Intel’s new Alpine Ridge controller, which was absent in the previous versions of Thunderbolt. This means Thunderbolt 3 has support for USB 3.1, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, and PCI-Express protocols. Read more »

Intel brings more graphics power to new fifth generation Core, quad-core processors

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Intel has managed to maintain supremacy on the CPU front for quite some time now. The company has built such a formidable reputation for itself, that it is truly a household name. Few people, however, tend to associate the chip maker with graphics and beastly GPU performance.

With its fifth generation Broadwell architecture, Intel pushed the envelope even further in terms of power to performance ratios. Yet, if you want a truly capable onboard graphics solution, Intel chips typically get outshined by what AMD’s APUs have to offer. The California company has been trying hard to bridge this gap in performance and its latest additions to the Broadwell lineup are a testament to this effort. Read more »

Asus also unveils ProArt 32-inch 4K monitor with full Adobe color gamut

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Asus had the busiest day of the year today. Selfie phones, ZenPads, ZenWatches, and Transformer Books aside, the Taiwanese company also found time to make a new ProArt monitor official. It’s the ProArt PA329Q, which is in fact the successor to the PA328Q from last year.

If at this point you’re wondering why you should care, well, know that we’re talking about a monitor that delivers 100% of the Adobe color gamut. That’s incredibly important if color accuracy is required for your job description. Read more »

Apple patents hybrid keyboard with touch-sensitive keys

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Apple received a patent for a hybrid keyboard with touch-sensitive keys. The innovative setup will allow users to to apply multitouch gestures without removing their hands from the keyboard.

The keys of the “Fusion keyboard” feature capacitive touch sensors. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 is as powerful as 2.9M IBM 704 supercomputers from 1954, infographic reveals

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Seventy years of technological advancements have lead us to a point where pocket-sized devices now pack enough computing power to put to shame supercomputers of old. A recently published infographic by Experts Exchange shows some intriguing comparisons between supercomputers, consoles, smart watches and smartphones.

For example, the current top dog on the supercomputer front, the Chinese Tianhe-2 is capable of a staggering 33.86 PFLOPS (peta floating-point operations per second), which would take 18,400 Sony PlayStation 4s consoles to match. Read more »

Oculus Rift retail launch may slip into 2016

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The launch of the retail version of the Oculus Rift has always been a nebulous “soon” and it may be undergoing another revision. Until recently the target was by the end of 2015, but the launch may slip into next year.

HTC and Valve are hoping to bring their Vive VR headset for the holidays this year and may be cheering at the delay. Read more »

Devs can now sign up for a free HTC Vive VR headset from Steam

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Valve and HTC developed the first VR headset for the upcoming Steam VR platform. The new platform will need games and devs can now sign up for a free HTC Vive Developer Edition headset.

Batches of headsets will be distributed every couple of weeks, but supplies will be limited. Read more »

Samsung SSDs led the market last year, doubled Intel SSD sales

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Samsung’s semiconductor business is having a ball – first there’s talk of Qualcomm switching to Samsung foundries, now the SSD division has something to brag about. Last year Samsung SSDs had double the market share of arch rival Intel.

The info comes from market research firm IHS. Read more »

Intel 750 SSDs come in PCIe and SATA Express formats, offer lightning speeds

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If you need ultimate performance on your PC then SATA drives just don’t cut it – fast SSDs need to be hooked up to the faster PCIe bus. The new Intel 750 SSD promises read speeds of up to 2,400MB/s and writes up to 1,200MB/s.

The drive offers high performance in random reads and writes too. Read more »

AMD might soon become part of the Samsung family

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AMD has definitely lost a lot of its former glory. Once on top of the food chain, the company is now struggling to make ends meet with shrinking CPU and GPU sales. This decline has naturally been felt on the stock market as well, where AMD is now priced at around $2.64 a piece – a number which was as high as $40 in 2006.

This has put the company in a tough spot, but its extensive R&D capacity really makes it a desired target for acquisition. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about such buy-outs, most recently Mediatek was cited as a prospective buyer, but none of the plans has actually stuck. A new rumor now hints that Samsung might have its sight set on the struggling semiconductor company. Read more »

HP will feature Bang & Olufsen audio in its products going forward

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Hewlett-Packard will feature Bang & Olufsen audio in its products going forward. Previously, the PC manufacturer had a partnership with Beats Audio, which was struck before its acquisition by Apple.

The first HP products with audio tech from the Danish company will appear this spring. Read more »

The beastly GTX Titan X by NVIDIA gets a $999 price tag

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NVIDIA spilled all the beans on its freshly announced, beastly GTX Titan X GPU during the opening keynote of its GPU Technology Conference. The graphics powerhouse is available today for $999.

NVIDIA GTX Titan X features Maxwell GPU architecture, which offers “twice the performance and double the power efficiency of its predecessor.” Read more »