components

What is an embedded system?
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Hardware

What is an embedded system?

We explain the key characteristics of an embedded system, their benefits and challenges
16 Apr 2021
Semiconductor revenues surged in 2020 despite shortages
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components

Semiconductor revenues surged in 2020 despite shortages

Intel was still the industry’s best performer, although Nvidia was the fastest-growing company with revenues up 45%
13 Apr 2021
Nvidia takes aim at Intel with first data centre CPU
Nvidia Grace, the company's first data centre CPU
data centres

Nvidia takes aim at Intel with first data centre CPU

The company claims the Arm-based processor will deliver 10x the performance of today's fastest server chips
13 Apr 2021
How to find RAM speed, size and type
A close-up shot of RAM installed on a socket of a motherboard
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

If you want to upgrade your PC's memory, you need to know what you already have
8 Apr 2021
Raspberry Pi: Top projects to try yourself
Raspberry PI
Mobile

Raspberry Pi: Top projects to try yourself

The best projects to try with the Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi Zero
8 Apr 2021
What is Microsoft Pluton?
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Security

What is Microsoft Pluton?

A quick look at Microsoft's new approach to CPUs that promises to revolutionise Windows security
8 Apr 2021
Apple faces iPad and MacBook shipment delays amid global component shortage
Box containing silver Apple iPad Air 2, 6th generation of the iPad, on grey background
components

Apple faces iPad and MacBook shipment delays amid global component shortage

Delays come despite recent assurances that semiconductor shortage will have a 'limited impact' on Apple
8 Apr 2021
What is cache memory?
Processor
data processing

What is cache memory?

We explain the different categories of cache memory and how it differs from RAM
26 Mar 2021
Samsung unveils 512GB DDR5 DRAM for high-performance computing
Artist rendition of Samsung's 512GB HKMG-based DDR5 RAM
components

Samsung unveils 512GB DDR5 DRAM for high-performance computing

The advanced memory comprises eight layers of 16GB units built using the HKMG fabrication process
25 Mar 2021
What is racetrack memory?
Innovation
Server & storage

What is racetrack memory?

This experimental technology could change the face of how we store data
24 Mar 2021
Intel unveils $20 billion plan to revitalise its business
The Intel logo on a white flag
components

Intel unveils $20 billion plan to revitalise its business

The company’s new foundry service will build custom chips for tech firms and governments
24 Mar 2021
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 review: A GPU worth waiting for
Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 AMP Holo
Hardware

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 review: A GPU worth waiting for

It may struggle with scientific workloads, but this card is a renderer’s dream
23 Mar 2021
Intel’s 10nm Alder Lake CPUs look set to deliver a major performance boost
Somebody placing a CPU component onto a circuit board
components

Intel’s 10nm Alder Lake CPUs look set to deliver a major performance boost

The desktop chips are said to benefit from a hybrid configuration combining high-power and high-efficiency cores
23 Mar 2021
Intel partners with DARPA to build 'state-of-the-art' security chips
The corner of a CPU chip seen on a circuitboard
components

Intel partners with DARPA to build 'state-of-the-art' security chips

A three-year partnership will see the US chipmaker develop bespoke ASICs with built-in security features
18 Mar 2021
Qualcomm reportedly struggling to cope with semiconductor demand
The Samsung S21 Ultra's back cover
Mobile Phones

Qualcomm reportedly struggling to cope with semiconductor demand

Production bottlenecks are said to be disrupting smartphone manufacturer output
12 Mar 2021
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B review
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Hardware

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B review

The latest version of the compact computer adds more power and built-in wireless connectivity
11 Mar 2021
Intel ordered to pay £1.56 billion for patent infringement
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Hardware

Intel ordered to pay £1.56 billion for patent infringement

A jury ruled that Intel engaged in “willful blindness” when it infringed patents belonging to VLSI Technology
3 Mar 2021
Foxconn: Chip shortage will have 'limited impact' on Apple
A pile of discarded processors sorted on a bin in a recycling and recovery compound
Hardware

Foxconn: Chip shortage will have 'limited impact' on Apple

The iPhone maker is set to face minimal disruption from the shortage that has crippled other parts of the tech industry
22 Feb 2021
Nvidia's RTX 3060 GPU will self-throttle if used for crypto mining
Physical manifestation of Ether cryptocurrency buried in gravel
cryptocurrencies

Nvidia's RTX 3060 GPU will self-throttle if used for crypto mining

Efficiency will collapse if the driver detects Ether mining, with the firm launching a separate crypto mining GPU to prevent stock depletion
19 Feb 2021
Samsung debuts 'industry-first' AI-powered memory
Stylised close-up photo of a supercomputer
components

Samsung debuts 'industry-first' AI-powered memory

This architecture combines high-bandwidth memory with AI processing power to boost performance and lower power consumption
17 Feb 2021
Nvidia leans on 'legacy' GPUs to combat global chip shortage
Nvidia's logo on a piece of its hardware
components

Nvidia leans on 'legacy' GPUs to combat global chip shortage

The low-end and mid-range GTX 1050 Ti and RTX 2060 chips are making a comeback
12 Feb 2021
HDMI vs DVI: What’s the best AV input?
A graphic contrasting HDMI and DVI cables
Hardware

HDMI vs DVI: What’s the best AV input?

We put the biggest AV technologies against each other in our display cable comparison
29 Jan 2021
What is the Raspberry Pi Pico?
The Raspberry Pi Pico against blueprints
Hardware

What is the Raspberry Pi Pico?

Introducing the latest $4 member of the family of single-board microcomputers
21 Jan 2021