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How Intel Lost the Mobile Market, Part 2: The Rise and Neglect of Atom

Update (11/25/2020): The article below may have been written in 2016, but it still stands up as a postmortem of what went wrong with Intel’s mobile efforts — with one very important omission. Back in 2016, we didn’t know Qualcomm had been ruthlessly enforcing licensing and purchasing terms that made it effectively impossible for manufacturers […]

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How Intel Lost $10 Billion and the Mobile Market

This website might generate affiliate commissions from the inbound links on this web site. Conditions of use. Update (12/3/20): We’ve republished the story below as a dialogue of how Intel’s cellular efforts eaten so substantially of the company’s interest, still in the long run arrived to naught. In the a long time considering that this […]

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How Does Windows Use Multiple CPU Cores?

A reader lately contacted us and requested a dilemma truly worth answering in an posting. How does Home windows (and possibly all OS’s) just take benefit of many cores? Alternatively, if this perform is designed into the hardware, how do the cores know which applications to execute, and when? I suppose that extra cores are […]

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How L1 and L2 CPU Caches Work, and Why They’re an Essential Part of Modern Chips

The development of caches and caching is one of the most significant events in the history of computing. Virtually every modern CPU core from ultra-low power chips like the ARM Cortex-A5 to the highest-end Intel Core i9 use caches. Even higher-end microcontrollers often have small caches or offer them as options — the performance benefits […]

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How Do SSDs Work? – ExtremeTech

Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like […]

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