Semiconductors 101: Computer chips shortages lead to national security concerns

Computer chips, otherwise known as semiconductors, are quickly becoming a top national security priority for the United States and foreign governments, according to an anonymous industry insider who spoke exclusively with the Fox Investigative Unit. 

And they argued the stakes couldn’t be higher, to both the private sector and government bodies, when it comes to securing the supply chain of these fingernail-sized building blocks of nearly every aspect of the modern world. 

“Whoever wins the race for the next generation of semiconductor products eventually will have a major military, and maybe a dominant political and economic force on the global

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Intel Launches Rocket Lake Xeon E-2300 Chips

Intel announced the launch of ten Rocket Lake-based CPUs for the server market, marking the first update to its Xeon 2000 series since the release of the previous-gen Coffee Lake-E Xeon E-2200 family in Q2 2019. The CPUs are part of the Intel Xeon E-2300 series, which make up the company’s entry-level, server-bound offerings that aim for stability more than actual benchmark dominance (Intel has validated compatibility with Windows Server 2022 already). The lineup spans from a $182 quad-core Xeon E-2314 up to a $539 eight-core E-2388G, all powered by Intel’s latest Cypress Cove architecture etched onto the 14nm process. 

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Global Shortage of Computer Chips Hits US Manufacturing | Chicago News

A global shortage of computer chips is causing major headaches for American manufacturers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the disruption of supply chains and manufacturing the world over. Manufacturers of computer chips in Asia have been especially hard hit. And that means companies that make products that rely on such chips are feeling the pinch.

It’s been estimated that U.S. automakers alone will make 1 million fewer cars this year because they’re unable to source the computer chips they need. That in turn has driven up prices of new cars, but also driven a sharp rise in the price of

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Why Windows 11 is forcing everyone to use TPM chips

Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows 11 will require TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chips on existing and new devices. It’s a significant hardware change that has been years in the making, but Microsoft’s messy way of communicating this has left many confused about whether their hardware is compatible. What is a TPM, and why do you need one for Windows 11 anyway?

“The Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) is a chip that is either integrated into your PC’s motherboard or added separately into the CPU,” explains David Weston, director of enterprise and OS security at Microsoft. “Its purpose is to protect

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Qualcomm to Challenge Intel With Nuvia-Designed Notebook Chips

Christiano Amon, the new chief executive of Qualcomm, outlined the company’s intentions for its own processors based on technologies developed by Nuvia, a CPU startup the company acquired earlier this year. Qualcomm plans to roll out notebook chips featuring Nuvia’s architecture next year, but it will not return to the market of datacenters chips even with Nuvia’s promising technologies. Instead, Qualcomm will try to license these cores to other companies.

Nuvia was originally co-founded by ex-Apple engineers in a bid to build Arm-based system-on-chips (SoCs) for servers. Based on the company’s own simulations, its Phoenix core could deliver at least

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Google Replaces Millions of Intel’s CPUs With Its Own Homegrown Chips

Google has designed its own new processors, the Argos video (trans)coding units (VCU), that have one solitary purpose: processing video. According to a recent report, the highly efficient new chips have allowed the technology giant to replace up to tens of millions of Intel CPUs with its own silicon

For many years Intel’s video decoding/encoding engines that come built into its CPUs have dominated the market both because they offered leading-edge performance and capabilities and because they were easy to use. But custom-built application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) tend to outperform general-purpose hardware because they are designed for one workload

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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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Intel Ships Record Number of Laptop Chips on Rising PC Demand

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In another sign of surging demand for PCs, Intel shipped its most ever laptop processors during Q1, the company announced in a Thursday earnings call.

The chipmaker didn’t break down the exact shipment number for laptop processors, but in Q1, volumes soared by 54% year over year, according to an Intel stock exchange filing. “The PC ecosystem in particular is experiencing resurgence,” Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said on the call.

Indeed, demand for PCs has soared to levels not seen in a decade, due to COVID-19 forcing millions of people to work and study at

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