NVIDIA joins Intel in bidding war for major Israeli chip maker

If you needed any further evidence that NVIDIA is becoming more of a direct competitor for Intel, you might just have it. A Calcalist source claimed that NVIDIA has made an offer to acquire Mellanox, a chip maker best known for its high-performance computing and networking tech. While it’s not clear how much NVIDIA has […]

Samsung’s next smartphones may have new 1TB storage chip inside

Enlarge (credit: Samsung) Smartphones hold most of our lives now in photos, videos, music, and more, and Samsung’s latest tech will make it so they can store even more. The Korean manufacturer announced that it has created the first 1TB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) chip for smartphones, which will allow future handsets to have […]

Why millions of lasers on a chip could be the future of lidar

Enlarge (credit: Ouster) Dozens of startups are working on lidar, a type of laser sensor that many experts see as essential for fully self-driving cars. In my view, one of the most interesting companies is called Ouster. I first wrote about Ouster back in May, when I explained how it was bucking an industry trend […]

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

Enlarge / The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. (credit: 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). […]

Musk Claims Tesla’s New Autopilot Chip Is Only Six Months Away

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says a new chip aimed at improving its vehicles’ Autopilot features will be available in about six months. However, if you’re hoping the automaker is preparing to light some candles and knock its vehicles up with legitimate self-driving technology, you’ll need to keep on wishing. During a string of tweets on […]

TSMC reportedly wins exclusive Apple A13 chip deal through 2019

Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC won all of Apple’s 2018 chip orders for the A12 Bionic processors used in the latest iPhones and upcoming iPads; now Digitimes says that TSMC has won a 2019 exclusive on Apple’s A13 chips, as well. Today’s news won’t come as a huge surprise to industry watchers for a couple of […]

Homeland Security has ‘no reason to doubt’ China spy chip refutals

Amazon and Apple have an unusual ally in their attempt to shoot down Bloomberg‘s claims of Chinese hardware surveillance: the US Department of Homeland Security. The agency joined the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre in saying it had “no reason to doubt” refutals at the moment. Supply chain protection is “core” to Homeland Security’s mission, […]