Don't-Miss Component Stories

Intel's Quark chip

Users should have their hands on Intel's Galileo computer within two weeks

Intel's Galileo board will be based on the extremely low-power Quark processor.

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Store closure marks the end of an era in Tokyo's Akihabara

Tokyo's world-famous Akihabara district lost one of its signature stores on Saturday, and with it a piece of the area's rich electronics history faded away.

DDR4 memory won't show up in PCs, tablets until 2015

Another memory vendor expects to ship DDR4 this year, but Intel and AMD don't expect to support the new memory boards with their processors until late 2014 or early 2015.

AMD transient error study

SC13: Elevation plays a role in memory error rates

A study by AMD and the Department of Energy showed a higher supercomputer had more memory problems.

Crazy ASRock motherboards support 6 graphics cards for hardcore Bitcoin mining

Bitcoin's street price is surging, and even mainstream PC makers are scrambling to make money off the gold rush.

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Researchers boost wireless range in smartphones

Researchers have found a new way to tune the radio frequency in smartphones and other wireless devices that promises to reduce costs and improve performance of semiconductors used in defense, satellite, and commercial communications.

Of punchcards, platters, and wooden mice: The PC's origin story

As the computing world splinters into diverse niches and form factors, let's remember that all these devices share the same background.

Chinese professor builds Li-Fi system with retail parts

The equipment is big and expensive, with the research costs at almost US$500,000. But by just using retail components, Chinese professor Chi Nan has built her own Li-Fi wireless system that can use LED lights to send and receive Internet data.

Considering a new video card? Check your monitor first

GPUs get faster and faster with each generation. Now they are at the point where they no longer give a benefit to certain monitors.