July 23rd, 2012, 2:03 PM

ARM’s Advances Into Sub-20nm Chips Puts Pressure on Legacy Chipmakers

ARM announced today that it had began collaboration with Taiwan Silicon Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) to produce sub-20nm 64-bit CPUs based upon new 3D transistor technology. “By working closely with TSMC, we are able to leverage TSMC’s ability to quickly ramp volume production of highly integrated SoCs in advanced silicon process technology,” said Simon Segars, executive [...]

July 23rd, 2012, 10:50 AM

Report: SSDs Are “No Threat” to Hard Disk in Notebook Sector

The death of Hard Disk-based notebooks in favour of Solid State Drives has been greatly exaggerated, according to analyst group IHS iSuppli. The research group’s main argument about the lack of market dominance by SSD devices? Price. On average, the price of a notebook with 500 GB HDD is between $450 and $550 while an [...]

July 20th, 2012, 11:33 AM

Microsoft Reports First Quarterly Loss

For the first time in its history as a public company, Microsoft has posted a quarterly loss. Microsoft posted a net loss of $492 million, or a loss of $0.06 per share, this quarter compared to the net income of $5.87 billion it had in the same quarter of last year. The company’s loss mostly [...]

July 19th, 2012, 3:37 PM

In a Sluggish Quarter, AMD Manages to Post a Profit

As the summer of silicon discontent drags on with weak earnings across the board for silicon companies, AMD has managed to remain profitable. While revenues continued to slip, AMD managed to bring in $37 million in profit on revenues, which dipped 11 percent from the last quarter, of $1.41 billion. Last year during this reporting [...]

July 19th, 2012, 2:12 PM

Former AMD Engineer Turns Up at Apple

According to a Linkedin profile update first noticed by Semi Accurate, former AMD system engineer John Bruno — who is seen to be one of the ‘fathers’ of Trinity — has turned up at Apple. Mr. Bruno joined AMD when it acquired graphics manufacturer ATI, but was laid off in November 2011 as part of [...]

July 19th, 2012, 12:56 PM

Is Seagate Looking to Up Its SSD Game with OCZ Acquisition?

Industry sources that have spoken to Fudzilla say that Seagate, who has notoriously struggled in the SSD game, is apparently in acquisition talks with OCZ. An acquisition of the venerable memory maker by Seagate would allow Seagate to significantly bolster its offerings in the consumer, enthusiast, and enterprise SSD markets. Seagate has yet to make [...]

July 19th, 2012, 11:19 AM

Apple Appealing Court Ordered Samsung Apology Ad

Apple says it will appeal an order from a U.K court that it must publish an ‘apology’ ad to Samsung on its website and major publications stating that Samsung did not copy Apple’s design with its Galaxy series of tablets. According to Bloomberg, Judge Colin Birss of the U.K’s High Court ordered Apple to post [...]

July 18th, 2012, 5:04 PM

Microsoft Sets Windows 8 Release Date

Microsoft announced Wednesday afternoon that Windows 8 will be released on October 26. “Mark your calendar: Windows 8 will be available on October 26th, 2012,” Microsoft’s Windows account tweeted. Microsoft seems to have a preference of launching operating systems in October, as Windows 7 was launched in October of 2009. The official announcement was made [...]

July 18th, 2012, 4:31 PM

Desktop Trinity is Available,Yet Rumours Persist on Delays

DigiTimes recently filed a report which claimed that due to “production and design issues with the Trinity processors” AMD’s desktop variation of Trinity would be delayed until the fall, and launched alongside the company’s Vishera FX-series — built on the Piledriver core that is shared with Trinity. SemiAccurate’s Charlie Demerjian first reported on similar rumours in [...]

July 18th, 2012, 11:58 AM

Sapphire Takes GPU Bragging Rights With 6GB Radeon 7970

Sapphire has taken the fastest consumer grade GPU trophy from EVGA with the AMD Graphics Core Next architecture based HD 7970 6GB Toxic Edition, clocking in at 1050MHz (1100MHz via PowerTune Dynamic Boost) and 6000MHz (effective) memory. The 7970 Toxic Edition has built-in overclocking via what Sapphire calls the “Lethal Boost Button” that pushes the [...]