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No new CPU architectures from AMD until at least 2016

Intel has just launched its new high-end Haswell-E platform, but what is AMD doing? Well, according to a recent interview with Bloomberg, AMD won't be releasing a new micro-architecture until 2016, with any CPU or APU products released between now and then based on current architecture.

 

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AMD CEO, Rory Read, talked with Bloomberg, but didn't reveal any information on future microarchitecture, but he did say that the hardware coming out next year will be based on existing architecture, and won't be much better than what AMD has on the market now. Read said: "AMD engineers are now proving they can deliver new designs on time, something that didn't happen in the past."

 

In 2015, we can expect AMD to release new APUS that will be based on the low-power Puma+ and high-performance Steamroller architecture. Both of these architectures aren't expected to deliver much additional performance, but we should expect lowered power consumption and heat output.

Intel outlines Core M processor for 2 in 1 systems, available soon

Intel has dominated the PC and server CPU markets, but has struggled to keep up in emerging businesses, though expects its Core M will help shake things up. The platform is able to offer greater CPU and GPU performance, thin, fanless PCs, and increased battery life - and is ideal for 2 in 1 devices. The Intel Core M processor will be used by Acer, ASUS, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Toshiba, with some models available as soon as next month, according to Intel.

 

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Due to a manufacturing glitch that pushed back Core M, there will be only around 20 Core M notebooks from OEM partners available in time for Christmas. Core M is the fifth-generation of Core processors, titled Broadwell, cutting down from 22nm to 14nm.

 

"We've been on a multi-year mission to address end-user requirements and transform mobile computing," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel SVP and GM of personal computing, in a statement. "The introduction of Core M marks a significant milestone in that journey. Core M is the first of a new product family designed to deliver the promise of one of the world's thinnest laptops and highest performance tablets in a single 2 in 1 device."

Intel's new Core i7-5960X overclocked to 6.45GHz on LN2

If you thought the previous attempt at overclocking Intel's just-released Core i7-5960X was good, hitting 6.2GHz, HiCookie's achievement is a little better, hitting 6.45GHz.

 

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HiCookie used GIGABYTE's X99 SOC Force motherboard to hit the massive milestone, with 6451.88MHz to be exact. He disabled most of the 16 threads on the CPU, down to just two cores. Windows XP Professional was his OS of choice to get the record, with 1.847V being used, and a single stick of DDR4 memory.

Digital Storm includes Intel X99 to enthusiast PC models for gamers

Boutique gaming PC company Digital Storm has rolled out the Intel X99 chipset to its high performance gaming systems, such as the Aventum II. PC enthusiasts look forward to using X99 to push their hardware benchmarks, as Digital Storm and OEMs roll out X99-related product announcements.

 

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The Intel Core i7 5960X will be introduced into Digital Storm Level 3 and Level 4 builds, with the Core i7 5960X overclocked to 4.6GHz - an impressive 150 percent faster than the Core i7 4960X. In addition, gamers can look forward to seeing X99 support DD4 RAM, which will increase bandwidth so applications run faster and can more easily handle data-intensive video games.

 

"The goal with all our systems is to maximize performance," said Harjit Chana, Digital Storm Chief Brand Officer, in a press statement. "That means arming each Digital Storm system with the bleeding edge technology needed to dominate the competition."

Intel's Core i7-5960X CPU has already been overclocked to 6.2GHz

Intel will be launching its new Haswell-E based Core processors tomorrow, but some leaked benchmarks are already surfacing over at Videocardz and WCCFTech. When it comes to games, the new Core i7-5960X is around 14% faster than its predecessor, the Core i7-4960X.

 

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The new Core i7-5960X is Intel's first 8-core processor for the consumer market, with a stock frequency of 3GHz, and Boost frequency of 3.5GHz. We have 20MB of L3 cache, 140W TDP and support for DDR4 memory. We should expect a price of $999, which isn't too bad for a processor of this calibre.

 

When it comes to 4K video editing the new Core i7-5960X is around 20% faster than the 4960X, and around 32% faster in 3D rending. 'Thayn3' in the coolaler forums was able to overclock the Core i7-5960X to 4GHz using just 1.2V, but there has been an insane overclock found online, with the new 16-thread CPU clocked up to 6.2GHz on LN2.

Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E CPU spotted in leaked photos

It shouldn't be long until Intel officially launches its new X99 chipset along with a slew of new high-end processors, with the star of the Haswell-E show being the upcoming Core i7-5960X processor. This new CPU has been spotted in some newly leaked photos that Hermitage Akihabara got its hands-on.

 

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Intel's new LGA 2011-based Haswell-E processors are expected to be released on August 29, with three models to be unveiled: the Core i7-5960X, the Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K. The top-of-the-line Core i7-5960X will have eight physical cores and eight provided through Hyper-Threading for a total of 16 threads - a monster of a consumer CPU.

 

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The new Core i7-5960X will also feature 20MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR4 RAM support, and 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes in total. The default clock speed on the Extreme CPU will be 3GHz, and it'll be built on Intel's 22nm process.

Intel teases Broadwell-based Core M processors for mobile devices

Just as NVIDIA teased its new 64-bit Tegra K1 processor just now, Intel has released some information on the development of its new Broadwell-based mobile processor, the Broadwell Core M.

 

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Intel's Broadwell Core M is designed from the ground up for low-power devices such as PC/tablet hybrids with fanless cooling systems. The new processor uses second-generation Tri-gate (FinFET) trnsistors that Intel claims will provide industry-leaving "performance, power, density and cost per transistor". This technology was first used with Intel's 22nm process back in 2011, but is now much better on the smaller 14nm process.

 

The company's new 14nm process will be "used to manufacture a wide range of high-performance to low-power products including servers, personal computing devices and Internet of Things" according to Intel. Intel has also said that its engineers have achieved more than "two times reduction in the thermal design point" when compared to its previous generation processors. The new Broadwell Core M processor will arrive before the end of the year, with more devices being built around it in the "first half of 2015".

NVIDIA's new Denver-based Tegra K1 is 64-bit, very powerful

NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor is quite the performance powerhouse, with a quad-core processor with four A15 CPUs, up to 2.3GHz clock speed, and a 192 Kepler-based GPU cores for the graphics side of things. We've seen the Tegra K1 power NVIDIA's cheap, but very powerful Shield Tablet, but the company is already showing off the next version of its SoC.

 

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At HOT CHIPS, a technical conference in the world of high-performance chips, NVIDIA has unveiled more details on the 64-bit version of its Tegra K1 processor. The 64-bit Tegra K1 is powered by the 192-core Kepler GPU, with NVIDIA's own custom-designed 64-bit, dual-core "Project Denver" CPU, which is fully ARMv8 architecture compatible. The big shift here is that the Denver part of the Tegra K1 is a dual-core variant, with a clock speed of up to 2.5GHz, but is 64-bit capable. The current Tegra K1 is a quad-core chip, with 32-bit capabilities. This makes the 64-bit Tegra K1 the world's first 64-bit ARM processor for Android, demolishing the competition when it comes to performance.

 

NVIDIA has used some clever optimizations, as well as its advanced technology in its Denver CPU cores, to deliver performance from its dual-core Denver-based Tegra K1 that rivals even four or eight-core CPUs that we find in our mobile devices today. Better yet, The 64-bit Tegra K1 processor offers PC-class performance, extended battery life, better gaming and multi-tasking, and much more. NVIDIA will see its 64-bit Denver-based Tegra K1 processor baked into mobile devices later this year, with the company also teasing that it is already working on support for the upcoming release of Android L on its 64-bit Tegra K1.

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IBM develops 4096 core processor that mimics a brain

Researchers at IBM are working on a new chip that is designed to mimic a human brain. The chip has 4096 cores and according to IBM, it is able to simulate millions of neurons. The chip was fabricated by Samsung and is known as SyNAPSE. Samsung used 28nm process to build the chip and it features 5.4 billion CMOS transistor gates.

 

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Total power consumption for the chip is 70mW and IBM says that the processor architecture is compatible with today's CPUs. The development of this processor was funded by DARPA with $53 million being contributed to the team for development.

 

IBM designed the chip with 16 TrueNorth chips on one circuit board allowing the chip to mimic sixteen million programmable neurons and four billion programmable synapses. Development of the chip continues with IBM working to improve density and power aiming at 20mW per cm2.

Intel has made no delays for its 10nm process technology

Intel is facing troubles with its schedule of 14nm manufacturing process, however the chipmaker said that this won't affect 10nm fabrication's schedule. Intel may be under the pressure to reassure its investors as its postponed its 14nm processor production plans that was supposed to roll out from its Fab 42 plant in Arizona, USA. 10nm is scheduled for mass-production for 2016.

 

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Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich said during its quarterly conference call with financial analysts and investors,"We have done no changes or shift to our 10nm schedule, but we will not really talk about 10nm schedules until next year". However, Intel didn't reveal details about the production of these chips.

 

This might be the reason why Intel may show-off its first 10nm wafer during the upcoming Intel Developer Forum 2014. The demonstration of these wafers should reinvigorate investor's faith in Intel's schedule and in its tick-tock strategy, despite 14nm delays. It is also rumoured that Taiwan-based semi-conductor maker TSMC is also making plans to fabricate 10nm chips, which may also pressure Intel to go ahead of schedule with its 10nm roadmap.

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