In about a year, Altera expects to begin sampling a 64-bit system-on-a-chip device based on an ARM Holdings design that will be fabricated by Intel, Brooke Crothers writes. The chip is scheduled to go into volume production in 2015. "When this chip comes out, it will be among the largest chips ever produced on this planet in terms [of] the number of transistors," said Altera's Chris Balough. "It should pass 4 billion transistors." Meanwhile, Mouser Electronics is taking orders for Intel's Galileo open-source computer, priced at $69.90, which will be sent out by the end of this month.

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