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Graphene Computer Chips Run On Light Instead Of Electricity

Thanks to improvements in fibre optics, most of the information that you consume on any given day is transported by light. Quite inefficiently, however, most computer chips need electricity to operate, and scientists haven’t quite figured out how to make the leap to more futuristic materials. At least not until graphene came along.


Why Your Next Smartphone Might Be Full Of Wax

It might not just be your ears that are stuffed with wax for long — because researchers want to pack your phone full of the stuff too. In the process of trying to make processors more efficient, they hit on an intriguing idea: cover the chip in a mesh of wax that can melt and absorb some of that excess heat when the processor is pushed.


IBM Is Creating An Entire Computing Architecture Based On The Brain

The brain’s an incredibly rich and complex computational core that we don’t really fully understand — but that isn’t stopping IBM from building a new form of computing architecture around what’s happening inside our heads.


Report: Apple's Next-Gen Chips Will Be Made By Samsung Again

Apple’s had a turbulent time with Samsung, both in the courtroom and the marketplace — which in part helped inspire Cook and co’s recent move away from Sammy as a chip supplier. But according to a new report Apple is hopping back into the silicon bed with South Korea’s finest.


Bloomberg: Qualcomm Chips Are Headed For Microsoft's Surface RT

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft is planning to give its Surface RT tablet an overhaul using chips from Qualcomm.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks: This Thing Has A Face-Melting GPU

While most high-end Android phones currently sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600, there’s another chip announced earlier this year waiting to hit the scene: the Snapdragon 800. Now, the first benchmarks of that new chip are in — and its GPU promises to smoke the competition.


Report: AMD Is Making Its First Ever ARM Chip

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AMD is taking a leap into unknown waters, as it readies its first ever ARM chip. The new chip — codenamed ‘Seattle’ and previously hinted at — is apparently based on the architecture designed by ARM, which is now prolific in smartphones and tablets.


This AMD Chip Is The First 5.0GHz CPU You Can Actually Buy

AMD just one-upped its own series of eight-core FX processors, and the golden child of this newest lineup is unquestionably the FX-9590, which it claims to be the world’s “first-ever 5GHz processor”. While technically that record was already beaten — and by AMD itself, no less — it is, in fact, the first commercially available 5GHz CPU processor.


Computex Taipei 2013 Preview: New Tablets, Laptops, Processors And More

The next generation of hybrid tablets and laptops is just around the corner. Luke and I, from Gizmodo AU, head to Taiwan next week for Computex — Asia’s largest computer expo (and the second biggest in the world after CeBIT). Last year, 130,000 visitors saw 1700 companies showcase their latest, led by Taiwanese brands like Acer, Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Thermaltake, Antec and Nvidia. Intel and AMD will also be there, of course, along with stacks of great new tech. Here’s a preview of what we’re expecting to see…


Intel Says Haswell Will Extend Laptop Battery Life By 50%

Intel has just made one very, very big claim: it reckons that its new Haswell chip will boost the battery life of laptops by a staggering 50 per cent.