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Imagination takes on ARM and x86 with free MIPS CPU access

UK processor designer Imagination Technologies is offering a free and open access complete MIPS CPU to universities. While this initiative is positioned as a boost to computing and electronic engineering studies, it could also serve to boost the adoption of MIPS architecture as it battles giant rival microarchitectures ARM and Intel’s x86.

ARM launches fastest mobile CPU core yet

UK low power chip designer ARM has announced the launch of its latest flagship CPU design – the Cortex-A72 – which promises almost double the performance and the energy efficiency of the previous high-end CPU design, the Cortex-A57.

Intel makes its wearables move

The US chip giant unveiled its Curie wearable module at CES 2015, based on its Quark SoC and intended for the nascent wearables market. However, with a bunch of ARM-based wearables already launched at the show, Intel is once more playing catch-up in mobile.

Nvidia focuses on the connected car with new Tegra X1 chip

Graphics giant Nvidia unveiled the latest version of its mobile SoC – the Tegra X1 – in Las Vegas ahead of the official start of CES 2015. The chip doubles the performance of the year-old K1 and supports a number of new features focused on the connected car.

Intel moves to resuscitate mobile offering

According to an internal Intel email seen by the WSJ, the chip giant is making some major changes to breathe new life into its struggling mobile operations. Intel is merging its loss-making Mobile and Communications group into the cash-cow PC Client group. The move is expected to take effect early next year.

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