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MIT turns to experimental 36-core chips and 'shadow networks' in quest for speed

The chip reduces the number of cycles it takes to execute a task, boosting overall performance

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Micron's revolutionary Hybrid Memory Cube tech is 15 times faster than today's RAM

Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube, which stacks memory modules, is 15 times faster than DDR3 and also more power efficient

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Meet Knight's Landing: Intel's most powerful chip ever is overflowing with cutting-edge technologies

Intel's Knights Landing, which has new memory and interconnect technology, will be in supercomputers by the middle of 2015

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Panasonic's rugged 5-inch 'handheld tablet' can heat itself in extreme weather

The Toughpad line of mobile devices also offers built-in heaters to keep the products warm in freezing environments

Nvidia abandons 64-bit Denver chip for servers

Nvidia cancels plans to develop a 64-bit ARM chip for servers as questions linger about the viability of such products

PCWorld News

Looking beyond iPhone, ARM 64-bit chips get into servers with GPUs

Small server makers Cirrascale and E4 Engineering will be the first to ship 64-bit ARM servers

AMD tackles thorny problem of laptop battery life

AMD will improve its chips' power consumption over the next 6 years, hoping for idle battery life in laptops of up to 50 hours.

PCWorld News

You can take home a Surface Pro 3 on Friday -- if it's a Core i5

Versions with Core i3 and Core i7 chips may take two months to ship

PCWorld News

Dell improves mini PC usability with software updates

Dell's updates will make the Wyse Cloud Connect easier to use with touchscreens and remotely

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Intel's Pocket Avatars chat app packs 3D avatars that mimic your face and mood

Intel's Pocket Avatars app maps human expressions to avatars in a mobile chat

AMD wants to improve gaming in Linux and Steam boxes with its Mantle tools

AMD is getting requests from game developers to port its Mantle API to Linux.

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Unisys phasing out decades-old mainframe processor for x86 chips

Unisys is shifting to Intel's Xeon chips for its flagship servers, like most major server makers.

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab S shows innovation in short supply

Samsung's Galaxy Tab has good hardware, but isn't a game-changing product.

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Strong PC demand unexpectedly boosts Intel's Q2 forecast

The stronger demand could be because of the Windows XP PC upgrade cycle, an analyst says.

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AMD's Lisa Su is now second in command

The struggling company is trying to create operational efficiency, making Lisa Su the chief operating officer.