TSMC Uses AMD’s EPYC Chips to Make Chips

TSMC produces chips for AMD, but it also now uses AMD’s processors to control the equipment that it uses to make chips for AMD (and other clients too). Sounds like a weird circulation of silicon, but that’s exactly what happens behind the scenes at the world’s largest third-party foundry.

There are hundreds of companies that use AMD EPYC-based machines for their important workloads, sometimes business-critical workloads. Yet, when it comes to mission-critical work, Intel Xeon (and even Intel Itanium and mainframes) rule the world. Luckily for AMD, things have begun to change, and TSMC has announced that it is now

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10 Best Hardware Stocks to Buy Now

In this article we will take a look at the 10 best hardware stocks to buy now. You can skip our comprehensive analysis of these companies and go directly to the 5 Best Hardware Stocks to Buy Now.

The world economy was mostly shuttered throughout 2020 as governments around the world scrambled to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the side effects of the restrictions placed on business activity was that companies making tools and hardware required for other businesses to function took a huge hit in sales as economic activity ground to a complete halt.

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Intel CEO Gelsinger Resigns from VMware Board, Effective Immediately

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger

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Pat Gelsinger recently resigned from his role as CEO of VMware to become the CEO of Intel. At the time, Gelsinger had planned to keep his position on VMware’s Board of Directors. Now, as spotted by CRN, VMware has filed regulatory paperwork with the SEC saying that Pat Gelsinger notified VMware on April 21, 2021, that he would resign his post on the company’s Board of Directors and all other VMware committees, “effective immediately.”

Gelsinger certainly has his hands full as he embarks on an ambitious plan to transform Intel, which has plenty of challenges

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Huawei focuses on software as U.S. sanctions hurt hardware business

GUANGZHOU, China — Huawei is boosting its efforts in software areas like cloud computing and smart cars as U.S. sanctions hurt its hardware business.

Last week, Arcfox, a brand under automaker BAIC Group, launched a car with Huawei’s vehicle technology. It included a cockpit kitted out with HarmonyOS, the operating system Huawei launched in 2019, as well as autonomous driving capabilities. Huawei will not be making cars and will instead focus on the technology that powers them.

And on Sunday, Huawei launched some new cloud computing products as it looks to challenge China’s market leader, Alibaba.

Huawei said in a

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REvil Ransomware Group Reportedly Drops Apple Threat

The hacking group known as REvil has reportedly pulled all references to a ransomware attack against Apple supplier Quanta Computer from its home on the dark web, MacRumors reports.

Last week, the group had threatened Quanta with ransomware, demanding $50 million by April 27 in order to stop it from leaking product blueprints. It appears, per BleepingComputer, that after Quanta didn’t budge, it turned to Apple for the money.

“Quanta Computer’s information security team has worked with external IT experts in response to cyber attacks on a small number of Quanta servers,” a Quanta spokesperson told BleepingComputer last

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YouTube Designed Its Own Video Transcoding Hardware

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The rate of video on the internet has been exploding upwards, year after year, as has the number of videos YouTube serves per year. Unfortunately, CPUs and GPUs don’t deliver the kind of yearly performance improvements they once did. Faced with a slowing rate of silicon improvement and rapidly increasing amounts of video, YouTube decided to build its own video transcoding unit, or VCU, codenamed Argos.

The company has disclosed its Argos effort in both a blog post and a paper, depending on

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Apple Gives the iPad Hardware Brawn. Now It Needs to Give It Mac Software

Hi, Mark here. Apple Inc. just wrapped up it first product event of the year and the star of the show was the new iPad Pro, a piece of hardware that is so powerful it’s arguably better than some Mac computers. But the iPad’s software is holding it back.

It’s time for Apple to pull off the Band Aid and merge the iPad and Mac—at least their operating systems.

The company seems to have done everything it can to delay the inevitable. Over the past few years, it has danced around the idea of combining the Mac and iPad software

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Microsoft’s DirectStorage Will Support PCIe 3.0, All DX12-Capable Hardware

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Last year, Microsoft announced that DirectStorage would deliver the same benefits of the Xbox Velocity Architecture to the PC side of gaming. The company has shared some details of how DirectStorage can accomplish this goal, and what the required specs for the feature are.

If you want to use DirectStorage, you’ll need a PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD and a GPU that supports DirectX 12, though Microsoft apparently says a DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU will provide the best solution. A limited preview of the feature

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Bitcoin’s Value Plummets as Biden Mulls Nearly Doubled Capital Gains Tax

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Bitcoin is falling back to earth. This morning, the cryptocurrency’s price was nearly 25% lower than the all-time high set a few weeks ago, and reports that U.S. President Joe Biden plans to nearly double the capital gains tax might be partly responsible.

The cryptocurrency’s value peaked at nearly $65,000 per coin on April 13 as the Coinbase trading platform prepared to go public. Its per-coin price fell as low as $47,467 this morning, according to Coindesk, before starting to rebound.

It’s possible that Bitcoin’s value would have fallen even without the Bloomberg report Thursday afternoon

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