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AMD snaps up fellow chipmaker Xilinx for £26.8bn

AMD is buying Xilinx for 35 billion dollars (£26.8 billion) in an all-stock deal that will combine the two Silicon Valley chip makers.

The deal puts AMD in a place it wants to be – competing more fiercely with Intel.


Government to examine Nvidia’s £31 billion purchase of Arm

The Government is examining the sale of UK-based computer chip design firm Arm to US tech giant Nvidia, with Boris Johnson taking a personal interest in the deal, his spokesman said.

Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the firm is to be bought by the US graphics chip maker in a deal worth 40 billion dollars (£31.2 billion).


Researchers say “totally secure” Internet within reach after quantum breakthrough

The world is one step closer to having a totally secure internet and an answer to the growing threat of cyber-attacks, according to scientists.

A prototype, designed by a team at the University of Bristol, could transform the security of online communication for millions of people across the globe.


NASA taps Nvidia GPUs to predict solar flares with cutting-edge deep learning

NASA researchers have developed new deep learning techniques powered by Nvidia GPUs that can understand what’s happening beneath the sun’s surface and predict earth-damaging solar flares.

The intense heat created by our nearest star creates a boiling reaction which makes its surface bubbly. These bubbles (or granules) are visible when magnified through telescopic images and offer an indication of what’s happening beneath the sun’s outer layer.


IBM unveils first 7nm processor, tailor-made for the containerised cloud

After five years of research and development, IBM has taken the wraps off its first 7nm processor, which is packed with features to cater to the demands of modern-day hybrid cloud computing.

The tiny chip is the tenth iteration of IBM’s flagship Power processor range and is destined for enterprise data centres by the second half of 2021.

7-nanometre fabrication is the cutting edge of bitesize chip manufacturing and affords major gains in power efficiency and performance compared to the 14-nanometre process, like that used for IBM’s current-generation Power9 semiconductor. IBM said Power10 will deliver a three-fold improvement in capacity and processor energy efficiency compared to Power9.