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IBM shows how fast its brain-like chip can learn

Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM's mind, and it's making progress toward achieving that goal.

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D-Wave plans to ship a 2,000-qubit quantum computer in '17

Forget PCs and servers: D-Wave Systems is looking into the future with its quantum computer, up to 1,000 times faster than an earlier model.

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ARM's braking chip will help keep you safe in autonomous cars

Autonomous cars don't have the benefit of humans slamming on brakes to avoid accidents; chips will need to swiftly crunch sensor data and algorithms.

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Intel's new PC, IoT chief brings fresh ideas to the veteran chip maker

IDG News Service spoke with Venkata Renduchintala, Intel's second-in-command, on a range of topics including VR headsets, IoT, automotive cars and competitors and the decision to cut products.

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AMD's Vega GPUs to ship in the first half of 2017

AMD has been tight-lipped about its upcoming GPUs code-named Vega, but here's one key detail: they will start rolling out in the first half of 2017.

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Nvidia's updated Drive PX 2 computer will drive autonomous cars

Recent accidents involving Tesla cars may have been a setback for self-driving cars, but Nvidia believes a fast computer under the hood could make autonomous cars and cabs truly viable.

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Nvidia's new Pascal GPUs can give smart answers

Nvidia's new GPUs called the Tesla P40 and P4 are built for those kind of deep-learning systems that help correlate and classify data. The P4 -- which is based on the Pascal architecture -- is designed for use in servers or computers...

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Intel's siloed business units unify around IoT and connectivity

Intel has many disparate business units doing their own thing. The challenging task of tethering them is a top priority for Intel's second-in-command, Venkata Renduchintala.

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Intel eyes chips for mixed reality headsets

Intel believes untethered headsets could be a new class of PCs in the future, and the company may develop chips dedicated to those devices.

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IBM's Power8 server packs in Nvidia's speedy NVLink interconnect

Inside IBM's new S822LC server for high-performance computing is a new interconnect that gives a five-fold speed boost to communication between a CPU and graphics processor.

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Intel buys Movidius to help bring computer vision to drones

Low-power chips from Movidius could help Intel-powered drones recognize what their cameras are seeing

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AMD thinks beyond Zen chips as it sets manufacturing goals

AMD has set high hopes for its upcoming Zen PC chips, but the company also has offered some clarity on how it will manufacture successor chips.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chip will power Google Daydream phones

The first smartphones to use Google's Daydream virtual reality platform are coming later this year, and many could have Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 821.

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Intel's new Kaby Lake chips for PC: Here's the company's vision

New chips can be a reason to upgrade PCs. But does Intel's latest 7th Generation Core chip, code-named Kaby Lake, have enough bite to trigger replacements of old PCs?

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Microsoft's new Catapult v2 server design targets AI

For years, Microsoft has been delivering speedy and accurate Bing results with experimental servers called Project Catapult, which have now received an architectural upgrade.

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Why distributed networks and smart sensors won’t survive in self-driving cars

Today's disconnected, high-latency sensors and processors in vehicles will have to be replaced by centralized, high-power networks that can deliver integrated decision-making for effective collision avoidance.

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Inside AMD's development of the Zen CPU

When AMD chip designers sat down four years ago to sketch out the Zen design, they had two things in mind: To drive up CPU performance as much as possible and to keep power efficiency stable.

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GDDR6 memory could hit GPUs in 2018

Virtual reality and gaming are changing the way PCs are built and driving the development of new types of memory for GPUs.

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