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.

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AMD's Polaris-based Radeon Pro WX GPUs can create VR content for under $1,000

Apple's decision to use the FirePro professional GPU in its Mac Pro line was a signature win for AMD; otherwise, it is getting crushed by Nvidia in the workstation market.

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Nvidia's Quadro P6000 GPU packs 24GB of RAM and can drive four 4K screens at 120Hz

Nvidia keeps upping the performance with each new GPU based on the Pascal architecture. Its latest, the Quadro P6000, can deliver 12 teraflops of single-precision performance, a teraflop more than the Titan X unveiled just last week.

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Sailfish mobile OS, thought dead, comes back to life in Indian smartphone

Alternative mobile operating systems are struggling to survive while Android and iOS dominate, but an operating system called Sailfish -- which was on the brink of disappearing -- is back after a short absence.

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AMD mulls a CPU+GPU super-chip in a server reboot

AMD is rebooting its server business around chips with the Zen CPU, which will also be used in PCs. AMD is getting creative with Zen and considering merging the CPU with a high-performance GPU to create a mega-chip for high-performance tasks.

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Gaming desktops with AMD Zen chips will be hard to come by this year

If you're expecting widespread availability of gaming desktops with AMD's Zen chips by year end, don't hold your breath.

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Chromebook shipments are exploding, but not replacing Windows PCs

Chromebook shipments will grow in double digits this year, but not as Windows PC replacements, which is what Google had hoped for.

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Intel experiments with 3D Xpoint as it ships out SSDs to testers

Intel's groundbreaking 3D Xpoint technology is poised to shake up computer memory and storage with its blazing fast speed and high capacity, but the chipmaker is still trying to figure out the best fits for the technology.

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Intel ships Kaby Lake chips, pointing to PC availability in a few months

Tablets and laptops with Intel's new 7th Generation Core chips code-named Kaby Lake should become available by holiday season.

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Nvidia's next-generation Tegra mobile chip is on its way

From smartphones to self-driving, Nvidia's Tegra chips have been used in many ways. And the next-generation Tegra is just around the corner.

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How ARM set itself up for a $32 billion acquisition

The TV you watch perhaps has an ARM processor chip in it. So does the Amazon Echo that helps switch on the light and air-conditioner through voice commands.

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ZTE's $99 Zmax Pro smartphone packs in top-line features

For $99, ZTE's new Zmax Pro delivers serious bang-for-the-buck with some premium features.

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3 things to know about Softbank's plan to acquire ARM

Since the release of the iPhone, ARM's chip designs have driven a mobile revolution. The small chip company has kept giants like Intel on their knees, and now it's on the verge of being acquired by Softbank for a stunning US$32 billion.

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HP's Elite x3 will give Windows 10 a new flagship phone later this month

Not many are using smartphones with Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile, but HP's flagship Elite x3 -- which ships this month -- could boost the sagging fortunes of the OS.

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After conquering the iPhone, chip designer ARM chases supercomputers

ARM -- the company whose CPU design is in Apple's iPhone -- dominates mobile devices, and it's now going after the fastest computers in the world.

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Raspberry Pi 3 creator hopes for Windows 10 desktop OS support

Raspberry Pi started off as a hobbyist device, and can now function as a Linux computer. And if support for Windows 10 desktop OS is added to the board computer, it could threaten the shipments conventional PCs.