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History of the Personal Computer, Part 5: Computing goes mainstream, mobile, ubiquitous

The new millennium brought a closer relationship between people and computers. More portable devices became the conduit that enabled humans' basic need to connect. It's no surprise that computers transitioned from productivity tool to indispensable companion as connectivity proliferated. This is the fifth and final installment in a series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing.

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ARM-based 'Amur' chip from AMD reportedly slated for late 2015

Earlier this year AMD announced 'Project SkyBridge', a new framework at the company that's aimed at expanding their SoC portfolio to include ARM-based chips. These ARM SoCs would be pin-compatible with the company's next-generation x86 APUs, making it easy for manufacturers to design…

ARM and TSMC to shift to 10nm node in late 2015

ARM and TSMC are gearing up to shift to a 10nm manufacturing process for 64-bit ARMv8-A SoCs in 2015, a move which should improve performance and energy efficiency compared to current-generation chips. The announcement of the shift to 10nm continues…

AMD announces its first ARM SoC, the 8-core Opteron A1100

Way back in late 2012, AMD revealed plans for 64-bit capable ARM-based server SoCs, branded as 'Opteron' and set to launch in 2014. Right on schedule, AMD has delivered the first of these ARM-based server SoCs, which just so happen…

Qualcomm moves to 64-bit with mid-range Snapdragon 410 SoC

Yesterday, Qualcomm announced its first 64-bit capable ARM-based system-on-a-chip: the Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916). Destined for mainstream devices, the new SoC makes use of ARM's Cortex-A53 CPU cores, which are the first from the company to use the ARMv8 64-bit architecture,…