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December 12, 2018

Intel unveils a groundbreaking way to make 3D chips

As it’s getting more difficult to cram transistors next to each other in chips, and we near the end of Moore’s Law, the only choice is to go vertical. Literally. That’s the essence of 3D chip design, and it’s the crux of a major Intel announcement th…
 
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November 2, 2018

Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys

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Over the past 11 months, the processors running our computers, and in some cases phones, have succumbed to a host of attacks. Bearing names such as Meltdown and Spectre, BranchScope, TLBleed, and Foreshadow, the exploits threaten to siphon some of our most sensitive secrets—say passwords or cryptographic keys—out of the silicon microarchitecture in ways that can’t be detected or stopped by traditional security defenses. On Friday, researchers disclosed yet another leak that has already been shown to exist on a wide range of Intel chips and may also affect other makers, too.

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October 8, 2018

Intel’s 28-core Xeon CPU is built for power-hungry content creators

As promised back at Computex, Intel is unveiling its 28-core behemoth CPU today, the Xeon W-3175X, alongside the rest of its 9th generation desktop processor lineup. It’s a more specialized chip than last year’s 18-core X-series processor, but it off…
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October 3, 2018

iPhone XS Guts Test: How Fast Is the A12 Processor, and How Good Is the Battery Life?

We’ve been using the iPhone XS for exactly two weeks now. It is unsurprisingly a great phone—the best iPhone that’s ever been made, despite a smattering of complaints and issues that have cropped up. Now, after two weeks of testing, here’s a closer look at the phone’s processor and battery.

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