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Intel's Ivy Bridge notebook chips have been tested, and have shown up with some impressive results. Bulgaria's Laptop.bg was given a reference notebook with an unreleased 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM which has shown some serious power over the current 2.2GHz Core i7-2670QM.
For the CPU tests in Cinebench 10 and 11, the performance increase was eight and 22-percent, respectively. Photoshop didn't show the same improvements, but that could be because it was wanting some of that graphical power for some of its filter. The upgraded HD 4000-series graphics still isn't enough to keep up in current games, but this is an integrated solution, so it's to be expected, for now.
Gaming wasn't too bad on the HD 4000, details needed to be dropped, but that still doesn't put the HD 4000 in the box of "it can't run games", because it can. Just not amazingly well. Intel is expected to launch their first Ivy Bridge-based CPUs on April 29, with all first mobile processors to be the quad-core Core i7 models, and should hit mid- to large-size notebooks, including Apple's MacBook Pro or Dell's XPS15.
VR-Zone Chinese has leaked spec sheets on NVIDIA's upcoming system-on-a-chip (SoC) detailing the next-generation of Tegra chips codenamed "Wayne". We should expect four different Tegra 4 models in 2013, all using the same 4-PLUS-1 tech from NVIDIA.
We have two "Flagship" models, the first of which should drop in Q1 2013 dubbed "T40" and will clock in at 1.8GHz and be made from the Cortex-A15 architecture, the second Flagship model is the "T43" and clocks in at 2GHz, this is from the same Cortex-A15 tech. We then have two "Mainstream" products that should arrive in Q3 2013.
These two models are "AP40" and "SP3X", with the latter coming in between 1.2-1.8GHz, and the former arriving in 1.2-2.0GHz. They will be based off of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 designs for the AP40 and SP3X, respectively. One thing to note of the SP3X chip, is that it will finally bring with it LTE connectivity in the form of LTE100/HSPA42 tech, it will also be designed for 7-inch tablets, with the other three models made for 10-inch designs.
It's pretty far out, and having to wait over twelve months to see LTE connectivity on an NVIDIA Tegra-based smart device is pretty lame in my opinion. The tech world will change so much between now and then.
Good old leaks, you got to love them to get some insight into upcoming products. In this case, we have a leaked AMD marketing slide which was meant to be for AMD's industry partners. The slide is claiming that Trinity will provide up to 29% faster productivity, or CPU performance in other terms, and up to 56% faster graphics performance than the current Llano.
The graphics performance appears to be on-par with early test results which lends credibility to the numbers quoted. The slide also claims that Trinity is optimized for Windows 8, and looking at the instruction set, this could very well be true. It is said to feature the third generation auto-overclocking technology, TurboCore 3.0. The mobile version is designed to give 12 hours of resting battery-life.
These are set to launch in this quarter, or in other words, before July.
As always, this is just a rumor, and it comes from SemiAccurate, which by name alone isn't accurate all the time. But, Charlie has some interesting news, and according to his sources, "GT3 variants" of Haswell will sport an insane 64MB of memory sitting on the CPU package itself, right next to the processor die.
This memory will be enough to accommodate the frame buffer, which should help performance bottlenecks which are tied to the main memory interface. Earlier reports were talking about desktop variants of Intel's Haswell sporting a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, and we all know that there's only so much bandwidth you can suck out of a dual-channel memory controller.
In an earlier report by Charlie, he said that Haswell's integrated GPU will have five times the shader performance of Sandy Bridge's IGP. If we take into consideration the 64MB of onboard memory, we should be in for some pretty big performance improvements, if this rumor turns out to be true, that is.
Details are leaking for NVIDIA's next-generation Tegra, which for now is called Tegra 4. Tegra 4 is built on a 28nm process, and according to VR-Zone's tipsters, should bring with it GPGPU support to use its graphics core for boosting CUDA, OpenCL and other general-purpose tasks.
The addition would push it a few notches up the road, as it would sport a graphics core that is multiple generations newer than what is in the Tegra 3, which dates back to the 2006-era PlayStation 3. What's being thrown around as a rumor right now is that NVIDIA could opt to use the current-generation Kepler core in Tegra 4.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has already teased that Kepler would arrive in smartphones, but he didn't state whether this would be sooner rather than later. If NVIDIA's trend continued, we won't see Kepler-based cores in Tegra for years, as the current Tegra 3 only sports NV40-class cores. There are more speculative rumors, though.
AMD have integrated a real-time operating system (RTOS) into their G-Series of processors. What does this entail, you ask? Well, AMD is now loading Green Hill's Integrity OS into the platform. The embedded system is capable of a bunch of tasks where space and power are at a premium.
This would include devices such as TV set-top boxes, other electronic home devices, industrial control systems, networking, the military, and medicine. You know, just a few of the largest markets in the world.
AMD's G-Series of processors combine a low-power CPU with a discrete graphics core into a single form-factor. The RTOS then provides intelligence upon which application specific code can be written. The Green Hill Integrity OS has integrated middleware functionality that includes support for a bunch of necessities like USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and IP routing and switching.
The tech is used across the market in devices like printers, network routers, and cars, which often have to handle actions immediately and with a minimum of overhead.
After a couple of delays, it looks like Intel is on track to deliver one side of the Ivy Bridge coin on April 29 according to two different sources, Sweclockers and Donanimhaber. Both desktop and mobile IBs will be released at the same time if these reports are correct.
Just over a week from now on April 8, Intel will announce Z77, Z75, H77 and B75 chipsets. On the same day, we should see a slew of reviews for Z75- and Z77-based boards, sporting Sandy Bridge-based CPUs. Ivy Bridge processors are expected to take the stage in the fourth week of April, somewhere between April 22 and April 28.
The announcement will only include quad-core models, Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme families, desktop Core i7, Core i5-3570K, i5-3570T, i5-3550, i5-3550S, i5-3450 and i5-3450S. The chips that get announced should be made available for sales on April 29, with benchmarks and reviews hitting the same day. Specifications and pricing on said processors is below:
On June 3, we should get the second side of the Ivy Bridge coin with the following chips: Core i5-3570, i5-3570S, i5-3475S, i5-3470, i5-3470S and i5-3470T desktop CPUs, and Core i5 dual-core mobile microprocessors. Below is a full list of third-generation Core-branded processors:
What do we have here? An official document on Samsung's upcoming Exynos 5 dual-core System-on-a-Chip (SoC). From the document, we can see it will sport 12.8GB/sec of bandwidth that runs through two 32-bit 800MHz memory ports, capable of providing support for both LPDDR3 and standard DDR3.
The chip will also support USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0, which is a great step forward for Samsung and future devices that will feature this Exynos chip. It will also feature support for HSIC and C2C interfaces, which will give the chip the capability of LTE. High resolution image sensors are also getting baked in, which should provide support for handling 8-megapixel at 30fps, very nice.
The nitty-gritty is that the new Exynos chip sports an ARM Mali-T604 GPU and a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 which should be clocked between 1.7 and 2.0GHz, where we should expect performance to reach 14,000 DMIPS, which is 0.2DMIPS/MHz per core faster than Qualcomm's new Snapdragon S4 CPU, and 1.0 DMIPS/MHz per core faster than NVIDIA's Tegra 3.
Everyone knows how GlobalFoundries' 32nm yields started out; its no secret that they were quite poor. AMD even went so far as to go onto record regarding the issue, blaming the poor yields for their lackluster financial performance. The occasional rumor was even heard that AMD may part ways with them at 28nm.
But, the firm is claiming that its 32nm process ramped up quicker than its 45nm process, allowing more than double the amount of wafers to be made during the first five months of production. GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha acknowledges the initial poor yields, but explains that some operational and organizational changes were made. He hints that these changes will carry over to 28nm.
"In just one quarter, we were able to see more than a doubling of yields on 32nm, allowing us to exit 2011 having exceeded our 32nm product shipment requirement," he says. "We are committed to moving ahead on 28nm with GLOBALFOUNDRIES." AMD appears to be happy with GlobalFoundries and they seem to be planning on using them for their 28nm production. Only time will tell if the changes have really helped with 28nm.
Sandy Bridge-E owners can breath a sigh of relief, their LGA2011-based CPUs will still be the king of the hill for a while longer now thanks to an X-bit Labs report. Ivy Bridge-E, the hypothetical successor of Sandy Bridge-E, which is an Ivy Bridge take on the LGA2011-HEDT platform, won't see the light of day until 2H of 2013.
It's being reported that we won't see Ivy Bridge-E for quite some time because of Ivy Bridge's delay, which has caused a massive shift in Intel's roadmaps. This will also delay the Haswell-based chips several months to March-June 2013.
This all doesn't really mean much, as Intel aren't really being pushed by their competition, AMD, at all. Could this be a sly way of just delaying their products, and polishing them in case AMD do come out with something unexpected? Or are Intel just widening the gap of CPU releases because, well, they can?