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Qualcomm's 5G preview: high frequencies, 5-gigabit speed

5G networks will be five times as fast as the quickest LTE technology by using the highest cellular frequencies ever, according to Qualcomm, which provided a glimpse of a next-generation modem on Tuesday.

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Connected cameras will get smarter with new Qualcomm chips

Connected cameras are among the hardest-working IoT devices. They’re the target of chip and software enhancements that Qualcomm is introducing on Tuesday.

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Mobileye's upcoming self-driving car chip will pack a new MIPS CPU

Mobileye is designing a next-generation chip called EyeQ5, which will be the brains for fully autonomous cars by 2020. It has a new MIPS CPU.

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Intel targets commercial market with company-branded Falcon 8+ drone

Intel has introduced a company-branded commercial drone, the Falcon 8+ in North American markets, with the eventual aim to lead in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) segment, particularly in the commercial space.

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Why Linux pioneer Linus Torvalds prefers x86 over ARM

At last week's Linaro Connect conference, Linus Torvalds preferred x86 because of the supporting ecosystem and infrastructure, something ARM lacks.

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Largest European chip-maker partners for wireless charging

Geneva-based STMicroelectronics announced it has partnered with Massachusetts-based WiTricity to develop chips for wireless power transfer.

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Adapteva's 1,024-core Epiphany V mega-chip packs serious wallop

The 1,024-core mega-chip called Epiphany V from small chipmaker Adapteva can outperform the latest gaming and server processors with its new chip

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Intel looks beyond x86, puts 64-bit ARM processor in new FPGA chip

It seems the chip war between Intel and ARM is slowly winding down, at least for the time being.

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AMD provides upgrade path to Zen with new business PC chips

AMD wants to make it easier for PC users to upgrade to upcoming Zen chips.

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AMD has its eyes on Las Vegas with Polaris GPUs

The internet of things market is becoming too big to ignore for AMD and Qualcomm. The companies this week announced CPUs and GPUs adapted from PCs and mobile devices for use in IoT devices.

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Nvidia teases Volta GPU in next-gen Xavier self-driving car computer

Nvidia's current Pascal GPUs are generating a lot of enthusiasm, but its successor, the Volta GPU architecture, is on its way next year, and there's a lot to be excited about.

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10 utterly wonderful technologies you shouldn't buy yet

These are great! But be patient, 'cause they need a bit more time to be fully baked.

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IBM shows how fast its brain-like chip can learn

Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM's mind, and it's making progress toward achieving that goal.


D-Wave will ship a 2,000-qubit quantum computer next year

Forget PCs and servers: D-Wave Systems is looking into the future with its quantum computer, up to 1,000 times faster than an earlier model.

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New braking chip will help keep you safe in autonomous cars

Autonomous cars don't have the benefit of humans slamming on brakes to avoid accidents; chips will need to swiftly crunch sensor data and algorithms.

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Intel's new PC, IoT chief brings fresh ideas to the veteran chip maker

IDG News Service spoke with Venkata Renduchintala, Intel's second-in-command, on a range of topics including VR headsets, IoT, automotive cars and competitors and the decision to cut products.

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Nvidia's updated Drive PX 2 computer will drive autonomous cabs

Recent accidents involving Tesla cars may have been a setback for self-driving cars, but Nvidia believes a fast computer under the hood could make autonomous cars and cabs truly viable.

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Intel's siloed business units unify around IoT and connectivity

Intel has many disparate business units doing their own thing. The challenging task of tethering them is a top priority for Intel's second-in-command, Venkata Renduchintala.

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