If you are experiencing poor battery life on Windows laptop, you should probably stop using Google Chrome for web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. Effect of the same? Indeed, in ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft is planning to replace traditional CPUs in data centers with field-programmable arrays, or FPGAs, processors that Microsoft could modify specifically for use with its own software. These FPGAs are already available in the market and Microsoft is sourcing it from a company called Altera. The FPGAs are 40 times faster than a CPU at processing Bing’s custom algorithms. Overall system will be twice as fast as Bing’s existing system and Microsoft can decrease the number of servers that they already use in half. Doug Burger, the man behind this Project Catapult talks about this new era of computing.   Larry Larsen speaks with Doug Burger about the findings of a Microsoft Research and Bing research project that equipped servers with reconfigurable hardware, in the form of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), to accelerate datacenter services. Based on the success of the pilot, Bing will roll out FPGA-enhanced servers in ...

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AMD today revealed its new 2014 Performance Mobile APUs designed for ultrathin and high-performance mobile PCs. This mobile APUs comes with Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture for mobile devices for the first time. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba and others expected to launch devieces based on this new APU unit in the coming months. AMD 2014 Performance Mobile APU Features: Revolutionary Architecture Up to 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU)1 deliver amazing performance and responsiveness, bringing to life the full capability of the APU on various workloads and applications The breakthrough new Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) allows the CPU and GPU to work together in harmony by quickly dividing and directing the right tasks toward the appropriate cores for new levels of performance and efficiency in consumer and commercial desktop and notebook PCs, thus enabling a new era of compute ...

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Microsoft revealed the new Surface Pro 3 device earlier this week. As announced by Microsoft, Surface Pro 3 will come in various SKUs. You can buy Surface Pro 3 ranging from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7 processor, 64GB to 512GB SSD, 4GB to 8GB RAM. All these devices come with the same display with active pen digitizer support. While there are various versions of Intel Core ix processors, you can know the specific versions that will come in Surface Pro 3 from the list below (Thanks to Ed Bott), The lowest configured Surface Pro 3 comes with Intel Core i3-4020Y processor, running at 1.5 GHz, with Intel HD4200 graphics. The Intel Core i5-4300U processor runs at a clock speed of 1.9 GHz and Turbo boost up to 2.9 GHz, with Intel HD4400 graphics. The Intel Core i7-4650U processor, runs at a clock speed of 1.7 GHz with Turbo frequency of 3.3 GHz ...

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Microsoft has invited the press for a Surface related event on May 20th. Microsoft is expected to reveal Surface Mini which will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have a full stylus support as well. Bloomberg later reported that Microsoft will also reveal a Intel based Surface at the same event in addition to the rumored Surface Mini. Today, CNET reported that the Intel based Surface will based on a new power-optimized Haswell variant as opposed to the widely believed Intel Atom processor. “There’s definitely a new Intel-based Surface,” a chip industry source told CNET, who added that the media attending the event may “go back” with the Intel-based product. “From what I can assess so far I think it’s going to [have] a new power-optimized Haswell variant,” the source said, not an Atom processor like Intel’s Bay Trail. Microsoft already has a Intel Haswell based product ...

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AMD today announced the availability of its next generation APUs codenamed Kaveri from today. This is the first time AMD has included heterogeneous system architecture support in its APU. The chip is based on new generation of Steamroller CPU which offers great efficiency. AMD A10-7000 Series APU, codenamed “Kaveri”. These new processors pack an all-new architecture, including HSA features, Radeon™ R7 graphics and AMD TrueAudio technology. AMD is also claiming that this new APU offer better performance over comparable Intel counterparts. Also, the top end AMD APU costs about $180 while Intel Core i5 processor costs around $240, so there is a significant price advantage for AMD too. Read the full review of this CPUs from AnandTech.   ...

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