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Friday night topic: The trouble with Best Buy
— 5:05 PM on February 10, 2012

While I was out traveling last week, someone remarked to me that Best Buy may be having some financial trouble, a fact they found somewhat...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous

CPU makes good prefetcher for GPGPU computing
— 11:16 AM on February 10, 2012

With a little help from AMD, researchers at North Carolina State University have been able to increase the performance of general-purpose GPU computing by an...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics

A closer look at the new AMD
— 4:08 PM on February 9, 2012

AMD has a new management team and a new direction. They recently shared their vision for the company's future, and we were there, listening...

Type: Feature article Tags: CPUs Graphics Servers

Haswell to offer new extensions for transactional synchronization
— 1:07 PM on February 9, 2012

Ivy Bridge isn't yet out the door, but Intel is already talking about more enhancements coming in Haswell. The next-generation chip will bring a...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

— 12:29 PM on February 8, 2012

Howdy, all. I was out traveling all of last week, first visiting Intel up in Oregon and then down to Santa Clara for AMD's...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics The Tech Report

AMD adds a couple of IGP-less Llano chips
— 9:37 AM on February 8, 2012

Little-known fact: AMD sells a handful of Socket FM1 processors based on its Llano design but without integrated graphics. Those chips are branded as Athlon II...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

AMD loses another top executive
— 4:59 PM on February 7, 2012

These are volatile times at AMD. The chipmaker has lost yet another top executive: Emilio Ghilardi, former Senior VP and Chief Sales Officer, whose...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics

Faster quad-, six-core AMD FX chips coming
— 2:34 PM on February 3, 2012

We've spent a lot of time covering AMD's eight-core FX-series processors, but there's a whole line of FX chips out there, including more affordable quad-...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

AMD to go 'ambidextrous,' grow another ARM?
— 1:31 PM on February 2, 2012

Here at AMD's Financial Analyst Day, a procession of top AMD executives—from new CEO Rory Read to new CTO Mark Papermaster and new Sr. VP...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

Molybdenite pegged as potential silicon replacement
— 10:13 AM on January 31, 2012

Move over, graphene. Another new material is making waves as a potential replacement for silicon: molybdenite. Swiss researchers have created the first integrated...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs

GPU dropped in new Sandy bridge CPUs
— 10:31 AM on January 30, 2012

Remember those IGP-less Core i5 CPUs we mentioned last month? They've now appeared on Intel's official price list (PDF). The chips...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics

IBM researchers create 9-nm nanotube transistors
— 11:48 AM on January 27, 2012

Carbon nanotubes are pretty awesome. In addition to possessing attractive mechanical properties, they're also pretty good at carrying electrons. Researchers have already figured...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics

PCs in decline? Not for enthusiasts
— 5:19 PM on January 26, 2012

Have you read the tea leaves? The PC is an endangered species, doomed to obscurity at the hands of tablets, smartphones, or whatever new...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous

AMD posts net loss for the holiday quarter
— 9:44 AM on January 25, 2012

Compared to Apple's whopper of a news release, AMD's quarterly results announcement is a bit of a downer. After the bell yesterday, the chipmaker

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics

Gartner: Apple was top semiconductor buyer in 2011
— 4:10 PM on January 24, 2012

Apple has gotten big lately. Really big. So big that, last summer, it briefly became the highest valued company by market capitalization in the...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous Mac

Friday night topic: Winter driving madness
— 4:38 PM on January 20, 2012

After a mild start, it looks like this winter is gearing up a bit, dropping snow and ice around various parts of the U.S. this...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous

Of CES 2012 and missed expectations
— 10:10 AM on January 20, 2012

Ah, Las Vegas. I had hoped never to return. Yet there I was last week, in the ticket line at the Vancouver airport, cursing myself...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous

Intel sets $54 billion revenue record
— 3:58 PM on January 19, 2012

Despite all the doom and gloom about the PC industry being destroyed by tablets, Intel had a record year. The company raked in $54...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Chipsets