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Exiting the computing business
Exiting the computing business

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With chip fabs gone, IBM's hardware future will be in high-end design

IBM may have sold off its chip manufacturing business, but don't count it out as a hardware force to be reckoned with. It still plans to fight on, developing faster computers and cognitive computing systems like Watson.

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IBM CEO defends bumpy financial ride as company strategy shifts

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is moving quickly to quell concerns about the company's sinking earnings and defend a deal to pay more than a billion dollars to pass off its money-losing microelectronics business to GlobalFoundries.

IBM earnings slump as company shifts to cloud, mobile and analytics

IBM is hitting a rough patch financially as it shifts its strategy from hardware to cloud, mobile and analytics technology.

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IBM exits semiconductor business and re-creates itself

With its announcement today that it will sell its semiconductor business, IBM is shifting from manufacturing to a company that focuses on research, software and advanced systems development.

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IBM expected to unveil chip manufacturing deal Monday

IBM is set to make what it calls a "major business announcement" Monday morning, an indication that it has finalized a deal to transfer chip-making operations to GlobalFoundries.

AMD plans to cut staff by 7%

AMD's new CEO is making her mark quickly: By the end of the year, the chipmaker will cut worldwide headcount by about 7% as part of a restructuring plan.

Chipmaker AMD will cut staff by 7%

AMD's new chief is making her mark quickly: By the end of 2014, the chipmaker will cut worldwide headcount by about 7% in a restructuring plan it hopes will put it on the path to improved profits.

Qualcomm to buy Bluetooth and GPS chip designer CSR for $2.5B

Qualcomm has agreed to buy chip company CSR in a move to strengthen its focus on the Internet of Things and connected cars.

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Dell pushes laptop chip clock speed to 4.4GHz in Alienware 18

Dell is cranking up laptop performance with an overclocked 4.4GHz Intel Core i7 chip in its new Alienware 18 laptop.

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AMD replaces CEO with chip veteran Lisa Su

Advanced Micro Devices has a new CEO, Lisa Su, who will now try to stabilize a company that's looking to move into new markets outside PCs and servers.

After a long road to the server market, ARM CEO Segars looks ahead

At TechCon this week, ARM will celebrate and show off hard-won successes.

Cisco and Netgear line up behind new Helix 64-bit ARM chips

AppliedMicro is looking to disrupt the embedded chip market with the new system-on-a-chip.

HP's Moonshot server now packs 64-bit ARM chips

Hewlett-Packard has added a 64-bit ARM chip as one of the options for Moonshot, a new type of HP server that can accommodate different chip architectures to address specific workloads.

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Smarter algorithms will power our future digital lives

Researchers are working on deep-learning algorithms that will power better search, autonomous cars, smarter smartphones and the Internet of Things.

Intel to invest $1.5B in two Chinese chip firms

Intel is investing $1.5 billion in two Chinese chip companies with an eye to boosting its presence in the country's booming mobile phone market.

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ARM's Cortex M7 chip could usher in feature-rich robots, appliances and wearables

ARM's new 400MHz Cortex M7 processor could find its way into robots, drones, medical devices and even wearables.

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Nvidia pumps more horsepower into its flagship graphics chips

Nvidia is bringing brighter images and sharper special effects to its new flagship GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics processing units.

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In Depth

Beyond FLOPS: The co-evolving world of computer benchmarking

Benchmarks have been evolving along with the hardware they measure, and both are getting more complex.

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