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We're not even at the stage of getting the new refreshed Haswell CPUs in our hands yet, but the next generation of Intel CPUs is already on its way - with Broadwell promised to drop before the holidays are upon us.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, over the weekend that the new Broadwell chips will be ready by the holidays. Intel hopes to begin shipping the new Broadwell-based CPUs to OEMs so that they can get them baked into their systems for the holidays. We were originally meant to have Broadwell CPUs much earlier, but Intel delayed it earlier in the year due to production delays.
According to an Intel PDF that Chinese tech site EXP Review got its hands-on, Intel's upcoming "Devil's Canyon" CPUs could easily do 5GHz on air-cooling. The new Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K CPUs will be more than just a clock speed increase when compared to the upcoming Haswell refresh chips.
The new Core i7-4790K CPU will have a Base clock of 4GHz, boosting up to 4.4GHz - this chip will have 8 threads (4 physical cores, 4 x Hyper-Threaded cores), 8MB of cache and a TDP of 88W. Its little brother, the Core i5-4690K will have a Base clock of 3.5GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. It will not feature Hyper-Threading, so we're stuck with four cores. It will chip the cache down to 6MB, but contain the same 88W TDP.
Both of the new Devil's Canyon-based chips will support 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, too. The biggest thing to take away here is that the new Devil's Canyon CPUs will be the first CPUs from Intel that will have a huge off-the-shelf clock speed - 4GHz. With a Turbo Boost of 4.4GHz, EXP Review and now myself, will bring the "air-cooled 5GHz era back". 5GHz shouldn't be a problem on air-cooling, but if you were to use an aftermarket cooler - such as a Corsair H110i for example, 5GHz and beyond shouldn't be a problem. We should expect Intel to better unveil its Devil's Canyon chips at Computex, which kicks off in just a couple of weeks time.
According to a new report, Amazon is looking for engineering so that the company can build its own server chips. According to the job listing, the company is looking forward to integrate ARM chips and have been hiring many engineers for this project.
Most of the employees that Amazon have hired so far are former employees of a Texas-based company called 'Calxeda' which makes ARM-based servers. The online retail giant will also be hiring Calxeda's former CTO.
Many employees have taken positions such as Principal engineer, silicon optimization and hardware design engineer, director of silicon optimizations at Amazon web services. Currently, there's a job listing for a CPU architect/Micro-architect. Seeing that the company is very aggressive in its hiring spree and people have started working since this month, its a no-brainer that the company is really into it.
It looks like Intel is heading into the mass production of its next-generation processor codenamed Skylake. Skylake will be manufactured on Intel's 14nm process, and will be released next year.
Intel's Chief Executive Officer, Brian Krzanich, said during a conference call with financial analysts and investors: "We have a lot going on, the ramp of Broadwell, the ramp of Skylake in the second half of next year". The Skylake-based processors will be the second lineup of processors based on Intel's 14nm process.
We don't know much about Intel's upcoming Skylake processors, but we should expect four x64 cores, a high-performance integrated graphics engine, and multiple special purpose accelerators. On top of that, we should expect DDR4 support, AVX 3.2 (512-bit instructions), SHA extensions (SHA-1 and SHA-256, secure hash algorithms), MPX (memory protection extensions), ADX (multi-precision add-carry instruction extensions) and other innovations.
AMD's Athlon and Sempron lines are back and now in APU form. This morning AMD announced the launch of its new quad-core and dual-core Kabini APUs, and the new Socket AM1 platform. Kabini brings back the legendary Athlon and Sempron brands and pairs them up with AMD's award-winning Graphics Core Next architecture and Jaguar CPU cores to form a flexible and powerful APU platform.
"AMD consistently builds on its industry leading technology by continuing to offer a diversified product stack which is proven today with the availability ofthe AM1 platform with "sockete" Sempron and Athlon APUs designed for the mainstream market," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. "With quad-core performance and AMD Radeon graphics the AM1 platform is an affordable solution that provides great flexibility due to an infrastructure built to deliver a multitude of options to our end users and system builders."
Qualcomm already power countless smart devices, but the competition is heating up with Intel, NVIDIA, Apple, Samsung and much more wanting to change the game with their own devices.
The company behind the Snapdragon range of system-on-chips (SoC) has already announced its 64-bit capable Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors, which are high performance hardware designed for the best of the best Android-powered devices. Both chips are baked on a 20nm process, meaning they will use less power, will be lighter and smaller, and deliver more performance.
The eight-core Snapdragon 810 is the star of the show, featuring four Cortex-A57 cores for power-hungry tasks, while four lower-power Cortex-A53 cores will be used for everything else. We will have LPDDR4 RAM show up for the party, as well as 4K display support. There'll also be voice activation and dual Image Signal Processors for better imaging.
Today, at the Electronics Engineering Live! Conference and Expo in San Jose, CA, Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO), manufacturer of NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, will announce new additions to its Ferri portfolio with single-package Ferri-eMMC™ and ultra-high performance SATA 6Gb/s FerriSSD embedded memory solutions.
The Ferri-eMMC is available in two flavors, the SM667 for applications that require up to 30K P/E cycles and the SM661 for applications that do not require such high reliability. The new controllers are designed for a wide range of embedded applications and provide for more flexible PCB design and low-cost manufacturing. They are available in configurations ranging from 2GB to 32GB.
The new SATA 6Gb/s Ferri-SSD embedded memory series also has two models, the SM659 and SM619. Embedded DRAM extends the SSD life and delivers best-in-class performance of up to 80K random IOPs. These solutions leverage Silicon Motion technologies including PowerShield, DataPhoenix, Intelligent Scan DataRefresh, SSDLifeGuard health-monitoring, and remote firmware updates. They are available in 8GB to 64GB configurations.
Reports have indicated that Intel confirmed its specifications for the upcoming 9-Series chipsets for LGA-1150 and LGA 2011-E HEDT platform- H97, Z97 and Intel X99 desktop chipsets. Intel Z97 and H97 chipsets are available for LGA 1150 package, whereas the Z97 will be paired with current generation 'Haswell Processors, followed by its refreshed versions and 'Devil's Canyon' processor families. Intel X99 will be paired with the upcoming 'Haswell-E' HEDT platform with LGA 2011-3 package.
Motherboards with Intel Z97 chipsets will have up to PCI-Express 3.0 slots wired to the CPU, and have configurations of x16/NC/NC, x8/x8/NC and x8/x4/x4 for GPU setups. What should be noted that unlike the previous generation, H97 will support overclocking, though it will not have the same PCIe configuration that Z97 allows. Along with this, both chips will have up to 8 PCI-e 2.0 lanes for series of onboard devices and 14 USB ports, out of which 6 are for USB 3.0.
Both the H and B version of 9 series chips will allow PCI-e M.2 storage drives that provides 66.6% more bandwidth compared to SATA 6Gb/s standard. This should accelerate manufacturer's plans to release a series of high-performance SSDs by 2014- 2015. These two chipsets also will allow RAID, AHCI and Rapid Storage Technology. Intel Z97 will have Dynamic Storage Accelerator (DST)whereas Intel H97 will have Small Business Advantage (SBA) feature.
GTC 2014 - NVIDIA has just unveiled its next-generation mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC), Erista. What makes Erista an important step, is the incredible power that NVIDIA have baked into the mobile chip.
Erista isn't coming until 2015, but it will be based on the company's Maxwell architecture, which is the technology powering its next-gen GPUs on the desktop. Right now, we have Tegra K1 right around the corner, which is based on the Kepler architecture, and has around 40 GFLOPS of performance, but Erista drives that up to around 65-70 GFLOPS. We should hopefully hear more on that as 2014 comes to a close.
Intel unveiled its plans for its entire lineup of desktop processors and All-in-One PC systems as the company believes that desktop PC is getting stronger. The company started by pointing some facts observed during 2013 and 2014, which some people may not (or may) find it surprising.
According to company's statements, Intel's desktop processor volume was up by 7$ on a Year-on-Year basis as per Q4 2013's results. The following month, Intel observed that they've made an All-time record for its Core i5 and Core i7 unit shipments, as Brian Krzanich in January 2014.
This should explain why Intel accelerated its plans to release its Haswell-E lineups and Intel X99 lineups well before than previously expected. Since the company sees a certain upward growth in the DIY PC and enthusiast market, it only makes sense to offer the best they have as quick as possible, provided its all ready for retail.