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Valve provides a deep dive into Steam Deck’s custom hardware design

Valve’s full, hours-long, developer-focused presentation. Valve’s portable Steam Deck hardware may be delayed by a couple of months, but that didn’t stop Valve from discussing plenty of interesting details about the system during a wide-ranging developer-focused livestream Friday. That included a lot of nitty-gritty talk about hardware specs and software interpolation, but also design decisions […]

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Nvidia will add anti-mining flags to the rest of its RTX 3000 GPU series

Enlarge / Coming soon: Nearly identical versions of these GPUs, only with “LTR” logos—and new measures to reduce their mining hash rates. (credit: Sam Machkovech) Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000-branded graphics cards are receiving an update off the factory lines starting this month: hardware-level flags meant to slow down the mining of the popular cryptocurrency Ethereum. […]

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Nvidia wants to buy CPU designer Arm—Qualcomm is not happy about it

Enlarge / Some current Arm licensees view the proposed acquisition as highly toxic. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Nvidia) In September 2020, Nvidia announced its intention to buy Arm, the license holder for the CPU technology that powers the vast majority of mobile and high-powered embedded systems around the world. Nvidia’s proposed deal would acquire Arm from Japanese conglomerate […]

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Amazon begins shifting Alexa’s cloud AI to its own silicon

Amazon engineers discuss the migration of 80 percent of Alexa’s workload to Inferentia ASICs in this three-minute clip. On Thursday, an Amazon AWS blogpost announced that the company has moved most of the cloud processing for its Alexa personal assistant off of Nvidia GPUs and onto its own Inferentia Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC). Amazon dev Sebastien […]