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Mips adds security and SIMD

Mips adds security and SIMD

Mips Technologies had added virtualisation and 128bit SIMD instructions to its 32 and 64bit architectures, taking them to Release 5, writes Steve Bush…

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Imagination, ARM buy MIPS

Just a quick ‘flag in the sand’ story – one to note for posterity… Imagination Technologies has agreed to acquire the operating business of microprocessor firm MIPS Technologies, writes Richard Wilson. In a separate transaction, the remaining MIPS processors patents are being sold to a separate group which is led by…

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Android to overtake Windows within four years - research

One to note for posterity, perhaps – a story of more symbolic than practical significance… According to Gartner, Android will be used on more computing devices than Microsoft Windows within four years, writes Nicole Kobie on PC Pro. Apparently by the end of 2016 there will be 2.3 billion devices…

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Intel, AMD see end of desktop PC

The PC market was once the engine room of the global semiconductor market, writes Richard Wilson. But no longer. The two largest microprocessor suppliers to the PC market, Intel and AMD, see sales under pressure as smartphones and tablets take over as the chip market’s biggest revenue source…

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PC market will shrink for the first time in a decade

David Manners writes: The PC market will shrink in 2012 for the first time in over a decade, says IHS. The total PC market in 2012 is expected to contract by 1.2% to 348.7m units, down from 352.8m in 201. Not since 2001 has the worldwide PC…

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AMD opens five-year window for embedded x86 processors

AMD’s latest embedded G-Series processor is an x86 based device with a graphics accelerator and with power consumption of 2.3W on average or 4.5 watts thermal design power (TDP), writes Richard Wilson. AMD also said it is extending the planned availability for the entire G-Series…

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Microsoft hedges bets with tablet processor

Microsoft hedges bets with tablet processor

It looks like Microsoft’s Surface tablet, announced yesterday, will come in both ARM and Intel versions, writes Steve Bush. The lighter (676g) thinner (9.3mm) one running Windows RT on an ARM processor, and the 903g 13.5mm version running Windows 8 Pro on an Intel x86…

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Computex: Asus tries x86 in a tablet

Computex: Asus tries x86 in a tablet

Like Samsung in the smartphone space, Asus keeps its options well and truly open when it comes to processors and platforms for laptops and tablets… Step forward an Intel-based tablet computer from the Taiwanese maker. Asus has introduced an Intel x86 / Windows variant of its Transformer tablet-cum-netbook…

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