TSMC to Spend $19.5B Building 3nm Chip Factory

As Intel struggles to move beyond 14nm, chip maker TSMC just gained approval for what’s thought to be the world’s first 3nm chip-making factory, a factory that is expected to start churning out processors by 2022 or early 2023, ready for them to go in the latest phones and tablets. As TechNode reports, the new […]


Intel's Chip Shortage Slows PC Business for Acer and Asus

Intel’s CPU shortage is threatening to drag down PC and computer component sales from Taiwan’s top two vendors: Asus and Acer. On Tuesday, Asus CEO Jerry Shen warned investors during an earnings call that the CPU shortage may last until next Q3 2019 or beyond. In the meantime, the company’s motherboard business is taking a […]

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Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip

Enlarge / The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Samuel Axon BROOKLYN—Apple’s new iPad Pro sports several new features of note, including the most dramatic aesthetic redesign in years, Face ID, new Pencil features, and the very welcome move to USB-C. But the star of the show is the new A12X system on a chip (SoC). Apple […]


Intel Tackles Chip Shortage With $1 Billion Investment

Intel is trying to head off a PC chip shortage by investing $ 1 billion in its manufacturing sites. On Friday, Intel’s interim CEO Bob Swan said that “supply is undoubtedly tight” for the company’s processors, amid a return to growth in the PC market. Intel has been prioritizing production of its Xeon and Core […]

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Qualcomm's New Smartwatch Chip Promises Better Battery Life

Qualcomm has upgraded its smartwatch chip to focus on improving battery life. Snapdragon Wear 3100, unveiled Monday, is designed to boost battery life by four to 12 hours over the Wear 2100 platform, which it announced in 2016. The new 3100 chip takes some of the same architecture from the 2100 platform, but adds a […]

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Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake chip gets another outing in new NUC mini PC

The tall NUC case from the front. Intel The tall NUC case from the rear. Intel The short NUC case from the front. Intel The short NUC case from the rear. Intel Intel has updated its range of small form-factor PCs that it calls NUCs. We’ve generally liked the systems in the past; with a […]


The Apple T2 chip in the latest MacBook Pros offer a deeper level of security

Apple surprised customers with a sudden (but expected) hardware refresh of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros without an on-stage introduction. The updated models include the T2 security chip first introduced in 2017’s iMac Pro providing a secure boot, encrypted storage, live “Hey Siri” commands, and more. “The Apple T2 chip includes a Secure Enclave coprocessor […]

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More details leak on “Snapdragon 1000,” Qualcomm’s chip for Windows 10 laptops

Enlarge Qualcomm Details of the SDM1000, tentatively named Snapdragon 1000, a new Qualcomm chip built for Windows 10 laptops, have started to trickle out. Microsoft’s development of Windows 10 for ARM has seen the company partner with chip company Qualcomm. The first Windows 10 on ARM machines use the Snapdragon 835 processor, with designs based […]


Tencent wants to bolster China’s chip and semiconductor industry

In light of the recent sanctions against ZTE, Tencent has pledged to work to build China’s own chip and semi-conductor industry. Reuters reports that Tencent’s leadership called the recent actions against ZTE a “wake-up” call and said that Chinese firms should not have to rely solely upon foreign suppliers. “The recent ZTE incident made everyone […]

Emerging Tech

Tiny injectable chip could be used for long-term alcohol monitoring

University of California San Diego Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a tiny ultra-low power biosensor that’s designed to be injected into the body for continuous alcohol monitoring. Unlike the wearable alcohol monitors we’ve previously covered at Digital Trends, which let drinkers know if they’re over the legal alcohol limit on […]


Samsung Electronics projects record Q1 profits as analysts predict chip slowdown

(Reuters)  Samsung Electronics tipped a surprise record first-quarter profit on Friday but market reaction was muted due to growing concerns that the semiconductor boom that has driven the South Korean tech giant’s earnings is about to end. Samsung shares fell after the announcement as analysts forecast similar or lower profit in the second quarter, due […]