Microsoft Preparing To One-Up AMD’s Mantle With New Version of DirectX – Forbes

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Last year AMD debuted a new application programming interface (API) called Mantle alongside their new Hawaii GPU architecture. Primarily designed to run on discrete Radeon graphics cards and their new Kaveri APUs, Mantle was designed to give game developers a means to work more closely with the GPU, freeing up some of the CPU’s workload and generally extracting more performance from a Radeon graphics card than was typically possible with…

Mobile Chip Makers Tip Their Hands at MWC – PC Magazine

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014

You may have a good idea about the smartphone you’d like to buy in the next month or two, but it’s never too early to think about the devices you’ll be eyeing closer to the end of 2014 and beyond. At Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona, chip makers like Qualcomm, Intel, MediaTek, Nvidia, and Broadcom gave us a good look at the mobile platforms they’ll be…

Intel wants its new mobile chips in your phone, tablet, toaster and more – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Desktop who? Windows what? The classic Windows-based PC remains Intel’s bread and butter, but it’s needed to diversify its diet for a long time. At an event on Monday morning at Mobile World Congress, the company announced two new Atom chips, code-named Merrifield and Moorefield, that could be its first truly competitive mobile solutions. And not a product cycle too soon. In case you didn’t know how high the stakes…

Intel Touts New Ultra-High-Speed Wireless Data Technology – MIT Technology Review

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Intel says it has prototyped a chip-based antenna array that can sit in a milk-carton-sized cellular base station. The technology could turbocharge future wireless networks by using ultrahigh frequencies. Intel’s technology, known as a millimeter wave modular antenna array, is expected to be demonstrated today at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, says Ali Sadri, director of the millimeter wave standards and advanced technology group at Intel. The…

European Union Approves Tough Rules on Electronic Cigarettes – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Qualcomm overtakes Apple with eight-core, 64-bit mobile processor – PCWorld

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Qualcomm has leaped ahead of Apple in 64-bit mobile chip development with its first eight-core Snapdragon 615 chip for mobile devices, which has integrated LTE and 4K video rendering capabilities. The Snapdragon 615 will go into high-end smartphones and tablets, which should become available in the fourth quarter, a Qualcomm spokesman said in an email. High-end smartphones are typically priced above $500. The 615 could be one of the fastest…