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Computers

  • Rockchip is latest processor brand to jump on AI bandwagon

    Chinese brand Rockchip has quietly carved out a niche in the processor world, powering a range of set-top boxes, Android TV devices and even a few Chromebooks. Now, the company's latest chipset, the RK3399Pro (h/t: Liliputing), has been revealed. And yes, it's packing AI hardware in the form of a neural processing unit (NPU). The manufacturer claims that its NPU delivers 2.4 TOPS of performance. By comparison, Nvidia touts 47 TOPS for its Tesla P40 data centre GPU. The NPU offers support for TensorFlow Lite, OpenVX and the AndroidNN frameworks, while Rockchip adds that it supports computer vision, voice processing and deep learning tech. Rockchip is...

  • Intel, AMD reveal new CPU wares ahead of CES 2018

    It's time for the biggest tech expo of the year in the form of CES, and Intel and AMD have already shown new processors for desktops, laptops and more. Intel shed more light on its eighth generation Core chips with AMD Radeon Vega graphics, marking a notable partnership between the CPU rivals. Intel, AMD's collaboration The new chips will feature a quad-core CPU (all packing eight threads) and Radeon Vega RX graphics, as well as 4GB of HBM2 (high bandwidth memory). And all of this will come in a size that makes the range suitable for two-in-one designs and other lightweight devices, Intel claims. "With...

  • Processor exploits: what are affected companies saying?

    The recent disclosure of exploits in several processors, chiefly Intel's x86 chips, has resulted in a firestorm of controversy as companies scramble to fix the issue or deflect blame. The exploits, discovered by Google researchers, involve the processor speculation feature in many chips, with Intel relying on this most aggressively. However, other companies are also affected by the news, so what are they saying? Apple The Cupertino company is also affected of course, using Intel chips in its Mac computers and the ARM instruction set in its iOS devices. "All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers...

  • Intel speaks after critical processor exploit found

    The tech world has been inundated with reports after it emerged that there was a major security flaw with Intel's range of processors. The flaw, which could be used to gain access to sensitive data on computers, affects Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. This has resulted in platform-holders scrambling to issue patches. Now, Intel has spoken out on the issue, claiming that it isn't specific to Intel and that AMD and others are affected as well. "Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. Based on the analysis to...

  • GPD Win 2 specs revealed: what to expect from mini laptop?

    The original GPD Win was a rather unique device, essentially being a Windows laptop in a Nintendo DS-style form factor. It wasn't the most powerful device, featuring an Intel Atom X7 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. But the integrated gamepad and meant it was ideal for emulation and indie titles. Now, the GPD Win 2 specifications have been revealed (as spotted on reddit), looking like a solid step up from the predecessor. The new mini console, expected to hit Indiegogo on 15 January 2018, packs an Intel Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 6-inch 720p...

  • How do Intel’s new budget chips compare to Qualcomm laptops?

    Last week saw Qualcomm and partners finally peel the curtain back on Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 laptops at the Snapdragon Summit. We saw the Asus NovaGo and the HP Envy X2 devices, packing Snapdragon 835 processors, hybrid designs and touting lengthy battery life. This week has seen Intel strike back in a sense, revealing the Pentium Silver and new Celeron chips. But you have to wonder whether these are viable challengers to Qualcomm's laptops just yet. They'll probably be more powerful... To be fair, the Snapdragon laptops are still a largely unknown quantity at this point in the performance department. We spent a bit of...

  • Snapdragon 835 PCs: what about games?

    Qualcomm and Microsoft have been really keen to point out the battery life in their upcoming Windows 10 PCs, touting up to 20 hours of juice for these Snapdragon 835-powered laptops. But what about games? It stands to reason that these devices aren't as powerful as Intel's Core range, given the fact that they use power-efficient mobile processors. But what can you get away with playing? Should older PC titles run fine? Microsoft Windows general manager Erin Chapple and Qualcomm's Miguel Nunes told Snapdragon Summit attendees that while you shouldn't expect a hardcore gaming experience, they did test a host of...

  • Hands-on: HP, Asus reveal two Snapdragon Windows PCs

    HP and Asus have announced two new convertible Windows 10 laptops, powered by Snapdragon 835 processors, and set for 2018 launches. First up, we have the Asus NovaGo, a two-in-one design that packs the Snapdragon 835, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The firm is also claiming up to 22 hours of video playback and over 30 days of "modern standby" time. Otherwise, expect a $599 price tag for the 4GB/64GB entry-level variant, while the 8GB/256GB model packs a $799 price tag. HP also offering device HP also stepped onto Qualcomm's stage, revealing the Envy X2. Inside the 6.9mm...

  • A ton of Chromebooks now support Android apps [List]

    Google has been pushing Chromebooks in the last year or so, bringing Android app support to the platform via the Google Play Store. Buying a Chromebook with Android app support wasn't easy though, as the functionality took its sweet time to arrive on various laptops. But since our last look at compatible Chromebooks, the list has grown in a very big way. So who has stepped up to deliver? We see stable entries from: Acer (R13, 11 N7, C771, C771T, 14, 14 for Work, CB3-532, CB515-1HT), Asus (C101PA, C202SA, C300SA/C301SA, C302), CTL (NL61, J2/J4), Dell (3180, 3380, 3189), eduGear (K Series, M Series), Edxis (Education Chromebook),...

  • HP website reveals Snapdragon 835 laptop with 4GB RAM

    Microsoft has been working on Windows 10 ARM for a while now, bringing the desktop operating system to mobile-focused chips as well. It's also chosen Qualcomm as its partner, with the US chip colossus expected to power a variety of Windows 10 devices. Now, HP's website (via Gizmochina) has revealed a Windows 10 ARM computer, packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, at least if the "SD835" line is anything to go by. The page also seems to list 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This puts it in line with ultrabooks, then. ARM chips are expected to provide quite an endurance boost over...