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AMD’s Ryzen 5 Launches To Predominantly Positive Reviews

AMD Ryzen Last Tuesday, Advanced Micro Devices officially started selling their Ryzen 5 desktop CPUs, the mid-range follow-on to the more premium-priced and positioned Ryzen 7 desktop processor I wrote about here.  AMD has been shipping Ryzen 5 for weeks into the channel and into system builder OEMs but Tuesday was the first day that …

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Google’s TPU For AI Is Really Fast, But Does It Matter?

After nearly a year since the introduction of the Google TensorFlow Processing Unit, or TPU, Google has finally released detailed performance and power metrics for its in-house AI chip. The chip is impressive on many fronts, however Google understandably has no plans to sell it to its competitors, so its impact on the industry is debatable. …

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AMD Acquires IP And Acquihires Nitero Team, Maker Of 60 Ghz Wireless Chips For VR/AR

There have been many acquisitions in the VR and AR space in both the hardware and software in the least 24 months, but none of them could have been less expected than the one Advanced Micro Devices did today with Nitero.  Today AMD announced the company acquired the IP and acquihired all the employees of …

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Intel Touts Manufacturing & Technology Leadership: Moore’s Law Is Alive And Well

For quite some time now, many chip industry watchers have questioned the future sustainability of Moore’s Law. Named after Intel founder Gordon Moore, this industry constant observes that semiconductor densities double every 2 years, and has underpinned the industry for 52 years. Recently, some have also begun to question whether Intel has lost its vaunted …

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Samsung Galaxy 8 Event: Analyst Quick Take

Today I attended the Samsung launch of the Galaxy 8 and 8+ smartphones in New York City and wanted to provide my quick take. Overall, the value proposition is very strong for both of the phones, and it appears Samsung has a winner on its hands. Any price surprises could change that assessment, of course. …

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NVIDIA Scores Yet Another GPU Cloud For AI With Tencent

NVIDIA’s speedy GPUs and Machine Learning software have unquestionably become the gold standard for building Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. And today, NVIDIA added TenCent to their list of cloud service providers that offer access to NVIDIA hardware in their clouds for AI and other compute intensive applications. This marks a significant milestone in the global …

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