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How Intel's modded chips make your smartphone a better listener

Mark Hachman | July 24, 2013
For years, Intel and other chip makers designed processors like stock engines, dropping them into PCs, notebooks, and servers. Now, Intel has shown a newfound willingness to mod custom silicon for server customers, tweaking them with hardware and software accelerators to improve their performance.

The talk now is of a software-defined future, where applications "ask" for resources, which are managed by a central server--powered by Intel, the company hopes. ARM is hoping to cash in on the third trend, with low-power 64-bit server processors it will ship later this year. For right now, however, Intel hopes it can control the conversation--part of the reason executives are holed up with analysts and customers this week.

 

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