Agam ShahU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

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Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips, and semiconductors for the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

Piton processor

Open source 25-core processor can be stringed into a 200,000-core computer

Researchers want to give a 25-core open-source processor called Piton some serious bite.

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Nvidia's new Tegra chip can avoid trouble with the traffic police

Buying an autonomous car may be in your future, but make sure it has a capable chip installed so the vehicle doesn't get in trouble with the police.

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IBM's 24-core Power9 chip: 5 things you need to know

IBM's latest Power9 chip is coming next year, and it stands out for its blazing speed and for technologies never seen in chips before.

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Nvidia's NVLink 2.0 will first appear in Power9 servers next year

Graphics processors with Nvidia's NVLink throughput technology have just started coming out, but a successor to the interconnect is already on its way.

Fujitsu's Post K supercomputer with have PrimeHPC FX10 servers

Meet ARM's new weapon in the race to build the world's fastest computers

ARM conquered the mobile market the day it went into Apple's first iPhone, and now it is designing high-performance chips for supercomputers.

The 1000-core KiloCore chip

See the powerful megachips that will clash at Hot Chips

Raw horsepower is the name of the game at next week's Hot Chips show, where chip geeks will get their fill on the latest processors.

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Intel's new Atom chips bring 4K video to VR headsets, robots

In 2009, Apple CEO Tim Cook memorably trashed Atom-based netbooks for being "junky" hardware that underperformed. Intel's Atom chips have come a long way since, with the latest generation being the most impressive.

Samsung DRAM

DRAM will live on as DDR5 memory is slated to reach computers in 2020

Hardware experts believed the last DRAM would be the current DDR4, but that's not the case, with DDR5 memory now under development.

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Intel's lack of potent graphics may hurt in VR and AI chase

Intel is highlighting its CPUs and VR and AI, and the lack of a GPU to chase all the fast-growing markets could be a hole in the company's product line.

Intel silicon photonics

Intel abandons copper cables for lights and lasers to speed up data transfers

Intel believes the days of using copper wires for data transfers, both between computers and inside of them, are numbered because optical communications are on the horizon.

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Intel's secretive Knights Mill mega-chip will challenge GPUs for AI domination

Intel has secretly developed a mega-chip called Knights Mill with the hope to advance artificial intelligence.

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Intel challenges Raspberry Pi 3 with tricked-out Joule board

Intel has unleashed a new competitor to Raspberry Pi 3 with its new Joule development board, which packs superior graphics and wireless connectivity.

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HP's slick Omen PCs make a splash in high-end gaming

HP said it would return to the high-end gaming PC market with a bang, and it sure has with fully loaded Omen PCs.

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ARM pact will help Intel woo Apple into new chip deal

The chances of Apple using Intel's factories to have its iPhone and iPad chips made have just rocketed up.

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Intel's tiny Euclid computer can be the brains of a robot

A compact computer called Euclid from Intel should make the development of robots much easier.