AMD explains dummy dies in Threadripper CPUs
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Dies are there but can't be enabled

There has been a lot of noise generated regarding the recent discovery that AMD Threadripper CPUs actually have four dies and not two dies and two "substrates" as it was originally believed but, according to AMD's James Prior, these are inactive dies and there is no way to enable them.

China could have an AI chip processing advantage
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Death of Moore’s Law opens new opportunities

The CEO of China-based Horizon Robotics, Yu Kai, claims that China could become very important in the development of AI chips.

Microsoft has nothing to report on ARM64  plans
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Executive shrugs

Software king of the world, Microsoft, clearly has no clue about the ARM64 support coming in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK.

Ryzen 5 APU Mandolin is detailed
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Time will tell if it is a Nicholas Cage or the novel 

Details of a new Ryzen 5 APU, with onboard Radeon Vega Graphics, has been spotted on Geekbench, giving both a hint of its performance, and specifications.

MediaTek likely to fall behind in node race
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10nm and 7nm process technologies unlikely for 2018

MediaTek is likely to fall behind its rivals when it comes to using advanced 10nm and 7nm process technologies.