MediaTek eyes ARM Cortex-A50 chips

Earlier this year, Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek announced it was working on designing an ARM Cortex-A15 chip with big.LITTLE technology. This week, MediaTek confirmed it had also licensed ARM's Cortex-A50 technology.

AMD lags behind Samsung, Qualcomm

AMD has fallen behind rivals Qualcomm and Samsung on IC Insights' list of microprocessor vendors.

Infotmic dual-core chips tip up in tablets

Processors manufactured by Chinese chip designer Infotmic have tipped up in a number of tablets in recent weeks.

Prank lands Intel in court

Intel is being dragged to court by an employee who was the target of a childish prank, perpetrated by fellow co-workers at the company’s Rio Rancho plant.

AMD's Steamroller rumbles into view

AMD has released a presentation in which it hinted that Steamroller might come out nearly a year early.

3D chip market shows steady growth

The global 3D integrated circuit market is forecast to grow by 19.7 percent between 2012 and 2016, with the major growth driver being strong demand for memory products, particularly flash memory and DRAM.

Allwinner rolls out quad-core chip for phablets

China-based chip manufacturer Allwinner recently launched a quad-core processor targeted at phablets, or 5-7 inch tablets with cellular connectivity options.

The changing battlefield of the mobile chip wars

The real battle in the mobile silicon space may soon focus almost exclusively on power and performance, rather than raw speed. 



Super-cheap chips for NFC

Near-Field Communication (NFC) could become a lot more widespread, with the development of an all-in-one device costing just a penny.

Report: TSMC ready for new Apple chips

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is reportedly in the running to fab Apple’s next-gen ARM-based processors, which include the indigenously designed A6 and A7 chips.

New material gives boost to optical fibers

British and American scientists say they've found a way to embed electronics into optical fibers, simplifying and speeding up telecommunications.

'3D' transistors promise faster circuits and lighter laptops

A new type of transistor based on a 3D structure could replace silicon chips, say researchers from Purdue and Harvard universities.

SPIDER chip could help speed up the Web

A new chip that requires little energy and runs at ultrafast speeds could eventually replace some of the power-hungry, expensive and bulky equipment which currently resides at the core of the Internet.

IBM designs chips that mimic the human brain

IBM researchers have created experimental computer chips designed to experience the world and learn in the same way as the human brain.

SuVolta technology halves gadgets' power requirements

Silicon Valley start-up SuVolta says it's found a way of cutting the power requirements of chips by half, without affecting performance.

Five apprehended in California chip heist

Two months ago, almost 1.7 million Intel flash memory chips were stolen from a Unigen facility in California. The total value was initially assessed at $26 million, but since then, has increased to almost $37 million.

Hacker steals billions of Zynga game chips

A British hacker has admitted stealing 400 billion virtual poker chips from Zynga, valued at as much as $12 million.

Now your medicine might spy on you in the future

Getting tired of the global movement to spy on everyone, everywhere? Too bad - because it looks like your prescription pills are the next consumer item that will be modified to transmit data (spy) on you.

Syndicate challenges x86 server architecture with low-powered chips

The Smooth-Stone syndicate has amassed a $48 million war chest to challenge traditional x86 processors with new, low-powered chips designed for use in servers and data centers.

Logic chips built from DNA

A Duke University engineer says he can produce more simple logic circuits in a day than the world's entire monthly output of silicon chips.