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For the better part of the year, one of the most sought after System-on-Chips (SoCs) for flagship devices in the mobile world has been Qualcomm's speedy Snapdragon 820, an efficient chip highlighted by the company's first ever custom designed 64-bit Kyro CPU with clockspeeds up to 2.2GHz. Well, now  there's the Snapdragon 821, an even faster SoC that delivers a 10 percent bump in performance, according to Qualcomm.The heart and soul of the of the Snapdragon 821 is still Kyro, a potent part built on a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. But instead of topping out at 2.2GHz, Snapdragon 821 can... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to play a classic video game on a massive computer? James Newman of Cambridge, United Kingdom has you covered. He has completed his 33ft wide and 6ft high “Megaprocessor”. Newman started building the “Megaprocessor” in 2012 and recently finished it this past June. He has spent £40,000 GBP ($53,000 USD) on the project. It includes five 8-bit ladders at roughly a foot long, 40,000 transistors, 10,000 LED lights and it weighs around half a ton (500kg). Why did Newman build such a massive processor? His short answer was, “Because I want to”. Newman is a digital electronics engineer... Read more...
It has been suggested that the microprocessors we use each and every day could pack in a bit more than we bargained for; namely, the tools needed for spying or undetectable access. And unfortunately, according to security researcher and developer Damien Zammit, there's a potential reason to be concerned over the "ME" or Management Engine module found in all Intel chipsets manufactured after the Core 2 era. If you've built your own Intel-based PC in recent years, or have at least reinstalled the OS and needed to install all of the drivers on your own, you've probably noticed a piece of software... Read more...
Back in March, Intel launched its Xeon Processor E5 v4 family of products, based on the Broadwell-EP core. We had the chance to evaluate a dual Xeon E5-2697 v4-based system with a total of 36 cores (72 Threads) and detailed some of the changes and new features in Broadwell-EP. As powerful as that 36-core system was, the E5 v4 family is not Intel’s top-end server offering. That designation belongs to the Xeon E7 v4 product family being announced today, which typically features more cores, more cache, and support for additional sockets.Xeon E7 v4 Processor, Top And BottomThough they are a different... Read more...
It's almost hard to believe, but it's already been over 9 months since Intel released its latest processors based on the Skylake microarchitecture. If you'll recall, Skylake landed at a bit of a strange time, as its predecessor, Broadwell, had been released only a couple of months earlier. Never before did we see an CPU series replaced so quickly, but as we found out not long after, Broadwell wasn't going to be the only odd duckling in Intel's processor lineup. In November, a new leak showed us that Skylake's original successor, Cannonlake, was definitely not going to be happening on time. Instead,... Read more...
AMD reported its first quarter financial results for 2016 earlier today, which continued to show losses and increased expenses in multiple areas. The company showed a net loss of $109 million, a loss per share of $0.14, and a non-GAAP net loss of $96 million, or $0.12 per share. Revenue was $832 million, which was down 13 percent sequentially, and down 19 percent year-over-year. According to the company, the losses and increased expenses were primarily due to lower sales of semi-custom SoCs and client notebook processors, and increased R&D expenses related to new and upcoming products.But slipped... Read more...
AMD just released some details regarding its upcoming seventh generation of A-Series and FX APUs, formerly codenamed Bristol Ridge. Bristol Ridge is essentially a refresh of the previous generation Carrizo design and uses the same 28nm process. In lieu of a die shrink, however, AMD has made improvements to the manufacturing process, tweaked the transistor mix, and enabled new features that were previously dormant in Carrizo, and the end result is higher frequencies at a given power level, in addition to some IPC (instructions per clock) improvements. The newly activated features... Read more...
It's a good thing Intel waited until the weekend to let slip a mention of its forthcoming Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition processor on its website, because had the Santa Clara chip maker jumped the gun, everyone might assume it was an April Fool's Day prank. That's not the case for what we surmise is a mighty 10-core CPU (more on that in a moment).To be clear, Intel hasn't launched the Core i7-6950X, not yet anyway. But what the company did do is update its support website for its latest Management Engine software, listing the much anticipated Broadwell-E part as a compatible chip. So in that way,... Read more...
Intel is officially launching a brand new series of Xeon processors today, the Xeon Processor E5 v4. Unlike mainstream desktop products, which feature Intel’s latest core technologies like the Skylake-based Core i7-6700K, mission-critical, big-iron parts like the Xeon E5 v4 series are more complex and go through much more qualification, and as such tend to leverage core technologies that have long been proven in the consumer space. The the Xeon Processor E5 v4 family, for example, is based on Broadwell, or more specifically Broadwell-EP. We’ve already got a plethora of Broadwell coverage up here... Read more...
For nearly a decade, Intel has followed a "tick-tock" release strategy for its processors. However, as Intel attempts to transition its manufacturing process from 14 nanometers to 10 nanometers, it's running into challenges that has the Santa Clara chip maker seemingly thinking about abandoning its tick-tock model.Before we go any further, let's talk about the tick-tock model for a moment. Starting in 2007, Intel followed a cadence that consisted of transitioning existing architectures to a new process node (tick) followed by releasing a new architecture on that same node (tock). For example, Broadwell... Read more...
It's 2016, and it feels like we've been waiting forever for AMD to launch a strong attack against Intel with a fresh group of desktop processors that compete in the high-end. With Intel dominating the CPU scene for so long, three user groups have emerged: those who still buy AMD chips because the value proposition is still quite good, those who want to buy AMD to support the company but can't resist the allure of higher-performing competitive CPUs, and those who are completely indifferent to a brand and just buy whatever suits them. With Zen, AMD is hoping that the latter two groups will... Read more...
We've said it before and we'll say it again, it's ridiculously difficult to keep a secret in the Internet era. That applies to companies both small and big—even Intel isn't immune from this. Case in point, you're not supposed to know this yet, but Intel is preparing to launch a new flagship Xeon D processor.It's the Xeon D-1571 based on Intel's 14nm Broadwell architecture. Intel hasn't announced the CPU yet, but for a short while, it appeared on an updated CPU price list. Intel yanked the price list offline and replaced it with an old one, but not before the folks at CPU World could screenshot... Read more...
GIGABYTE is a big fan of giving its customers choice on the motherboard front, which sometimes involves releases that support brand-new architectures on older hardware, or hardware you might not even expect. This past spring, for example, the company released EFI updates to allow its FM2+ boards to run AMD's Godavari chips, and it did the same thing for Intel's Broadwell-based chips. Now, the company is releasing a full series of motherboards that targets a different niche: workstation. Its X170 and X150 series of motherboards are based on Intel's C236 and C232 chipsets and are designed for use... Read more...
Although Intel is holding many of the architectural details regarding its latest Skylake-based, 6th generation Core processors back until the Intel Developers Forum goes down in San Francisco in a couple of weeks, the company is announcing a pair of new processors and a companion chipset today. Skylake is a “tock” in Intel’s release cadence, which signifies a new microarchitecture, built using a mature process—in this case the same 14nm process that brought us Broadwell. The new Skylake-based Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K squarely target performance enthusiasts, and pack all of the goodness we’ve... Read more...
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