Smartwatches, Google Glass, even humble fitness trackers: all great, apart from the fact that the batteries last for what seems like minutes. But now, a new kind of low-power processor could change that.
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For more than a year, Intel's 14-nanometre Broadwell, the successor to its Haswell microarchitecture, has been consistently delayed -- due in part to early-stage manufacturing snafus. But today Intel gave a glimpse of this incredibly tiny powerhouse, and the computing future it will introduce in its wake.
Moore's Law is under threat. In the battle between chip designers and the laws of physics, it's beginning to look like it won't be long before it's impossible to double the number of transistors on integrated circuits every two years. But there could be a solution, and it involves -- of all things -- good old vacuum tubes.
The Snapdragon 800 has had a good run, powering some (bordering on all) of the Android flagship models for the last year. Now, there's an upgrade. Larger camera sensor support, Ultra HD video capture and a headline maximum clockspeed increase to 2.45GHz are the next-phone boasts of the Snapdragon 801.
Yesterday, Intel announced its plans to run Android and Windows on the same PC in perfect harmony. Now, it seems AMD has the exact same plan.
Pringles changed the world for the better when it released its perfectly stacked potato chips-in-a-can approach to snack food. But while the design helped to minimise broken chips, it also made them harder to reach as you went deeper in the can -- a problem that's now solved thanks to this brilliant contraption that looks kind of like a shoe horn that mated with a slap wrap bracelet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...