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Design flaw in Intel processors opens door to rootkits, researcher says

A design flaw in the x86 processor architecture dating back almost two decades could allow attackers to install a rootkit in the low-level firmware of computers, a security researcher said Thursday. Such malware could be undetectable by security products.

By Lucian Constantin | 07 August, 2015 10:40

Tags: security, black hat, Battelle Memorial Institute, AMD, Exploits / vulnerabilities, intel, malware

AMD's Zen chips to square off against Intel's Skylake next year

AMD's recent chips haven't rocked Intel's PC market dominance, but new chips based on the company's Zen architecture could change the narrative next year.

By Agam Shah | 07 May, 2015 07:01

Tags: AMD, Components, processors

IBM workforce declined 12 per cent in 2014; losses tied to corporate divestitures

IBM's global workforce declined 1212 per cent last year, with most of the decrease due to corporate divestitures.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 12 March, 2015 07:10

Tags: IBM, IT careers, globalfoundries, careers, Lenovo, IT management

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, January 21

Big day for Windows 10 ... Ellison's on stage for data center unveiling ... Net neutrality gets more presidential firepower ... and more

By IDG News Service staff | 21 January, 2015 23:25

Tags: dropbox, IBM, Microsoft, security, AMD, hardware systems, software, government, business management, internet, Oracle

IBM's chip business sale gets national security scrutiny

IBM's plan to transfer its semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries faces a government review over national security implications. It has the potential of being complicated because of IBM's role as a defense supplier.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 October, 2014 07:29

Tags: U.S. Army, IT industry, IBM, beca, globalfoundries, government, IT management

IBM prepares for a post-silicon world

IBM's decision to get out of the semiconductor manufacturing business may be of little consequence in a post-silicon world.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 October, 2014 06:45

Tags: IT industry, IBM, globalfoundries, IT management

IBM exits semiconductor business and recreates itself

With its decision today to sell its semiconductor business, IBM is shifting from manufacturing to a company that focuses on research, software and advanced systems development.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 21 October, 2014 00:22

Tags: Computer Processors, IBM, globalfoundries, Components, processors

GlobalFoundries to take over IBM's semiconductor unit in $1.3 billion deal

IBM will sell the semiconductor technologies unit that makes its Power processors to GlobalFoundries, paying the chip manufacturer about US$1.3 billion to take two factories off its hands in a move to save money.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 20 October, 2014 22:01

Tags: business issues, IBM, Components, globalfoundries, processors, Mergers and acquisitions

IBM 'major announcement' points to deal on chip manufacturing

Under pressure to boost margins, IBM is set to make what it calls a "major business announcement" Monday morning, raising the possibility that it has finalized a deal to transfer chip-making operations to GlobalFoundries.

By Marc Ferranti and Agam Shah | 20 October, 2014 10:40

Tags: business issues, IBM, globalfoundries

Samsung teams with GlobalFoundries on 3D chips

Samsung is partnering with chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries to increase the supply of low-power, high-speed chips for smartphones and tablets.

By Agam Shah | 18 April, 2014 08:04

Tags: consumer electronics, smartphones, Samsung Electronics, Components, globalfoundries, processors

GlobalFoundries names former Motorola Mobility chief as CEO

GlobalFoundries, a contract chip manufacturer that works closely with semiconductor companies, appointed former Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha as its chief executive Monday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 07 January, 2014 05:30

Tags: business issues, personnel, globalfoundries, Components

eBay sellers scalp Mac Pro cylinders for nearly double retail price

A pair of eBay profiteers are trying to cash in on the shortages of Apple's new Vader-esque Mac Pro desktop computer by pricing their machines at nearly double the retail value.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 December, 2013 12:06

Tags: hardware, Apple, AMD, ebay, hardware systems, Macintosh, intel, internet

Apple's dark tower Mac Pro ship date quickly slips to February 2014

Apple today started taking orders for its pricy Mac Pro workstation, but shipping dates almost immediately slipped to February, irritating customers who have been awaiting the 'dark tower' desktop computer.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2013 17:12

Tags: Apple, AMD, hardware systems, Macintosh

Dark tower Mac Pro goes on sale Thursday

Apple's radically redesigned Mac Pro workstation will go on sale Thursday, the Cupertino, Calif. company announced today.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 December, 2013 15:21

Tags: hardware, Apple, WD, AMD, hardware systems, desktop pcs, Macintosh, intel, PCs

DDR4 memory may not find way into PCs, tablets until 2015

Crucial last week joined the ranks of leading venders to announce it will be shipping DDR4 memory by the end of the year, but Intel and AMD aren't expected to begin supporting the new memory boards with their processors until late next year.

By Lucas Mearian | 20 November, 2013 21:24

Tags: Data storage, servers, storage, AMD, storage hardware, hardware systems, IHS, SK Hynix, intel, forum

China continues reign with top supercomputer

China has maintained its lead in the twice-yearly ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, with the Chinese National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-2 system bringing 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) to the contest, almost twice the calculations offered by the runner up, the Titan Cray system run by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

By Joab Jackson | 18 November, 2013 19:15

Tags: Clusters, supercomputers, High performance, servers, AMD, High-end servers, hardware systems, intel, IBB

AMD sows the seeds for hybrid CPU/GPU systems before January launch

AMD's new "Berlin" server APU will bring an innovative technology called HSA, or heterogeneous system architecture, when it launches in early 2014, and the company is already working hard to lay groundwork for its adoption.

By Jon Gold | 11 November, 2013 20:05

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, AMD, hardware systems, Data Center, server, OpenStack

An ultrabook workstation is not an oxymoron to HP

Usually, workstations are big and brutish. But HP is betting that workstation users are just like everyone else and want thin and light systems.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 11 September, 2013 20:09

Tags: AMD, hardware systems, Lenovo, nvidia, laptops, Fujitsu, intel, NEC, Hewlett-Packard, HP, Dell, IDC

With BlackBerry reportedly hacked, is anything secure?

Is anything secure anymore? The National Security Agency (NSA) leaks have produced a number of side effects. What we assumed was a safe form of communications is perhaps not so secure after all. The gold standard of secure mobile messaging, BlackBerry, may have been compromised.

By Jack Gold | 01 July, 2013 12:57

Tags: Blackberry, National Security Agency, security, NV, AMD, privacy, GCHQ

Desktop chips zip past 4GHz; next stop 5GHz?

Mobility has all but eclipsed speed and anything else as the capability garnering the most attention in desktop processors.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 10 May, 2013 19:33

Tags: hardware, Mobile/Wireless, Networking, wireless, AMD, hardware systems, Components, processors, mobile, intel

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