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MWC 2104 - SoC's centered around smartphones were a big topic at this years Mobile World Congress with big hitters like Qualcomm and Broadcom announcing several new chips designed to carry mobile communications into the next-generation. Samsung was not to be left out of the party either and has announced two new additions to its Exynos line of mobile SoCs.
The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5422 is an updated version of the Exynos 5 Octa 5420. The SoC features four ARM Cortex-A15 cores and four ARM Cortex-A7 cores in what is known as a big.LITTLE configurations. Clock speeds are set to 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz respectively, and the SoC supports heterogeneous multi-processing just like its predecessor. This means that the computationally intensive task are handled by the ARM Cortex A-15 cores while the low-level duties are passed off to the lighter Cortex A-7 cores. Additionally a dual-channel 32-bit LPDDR3-1866 memory controller is featured as well as a Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. An integrated modem is not present in the SoC though, which means manufacturers will have to look to solutions such as Intel's recently-announced XMM 7160 chip for LTE connectivity.
Samsung also unveiled the new Exynos 5 Hexa 5260, a six-core SoC which also utilizes a big.LITTLE configuration. Two ARM Cortex-A15 cores are paired up with four ARM Cortex-A7 cores with clock speeds at 1.7GHz and 1.3GHz respectively. The 5260 also features a 32-bit LPDDR3-1600 memory controller and HMP support, making it a very tempting processor for applications where low-power draw is ideal. Word on the street is that the Exynos 5 Hexa 5260 will make its way into the Galaxy Note 3 Neo which is slated for a spring launch.
MWC 2014 - In the sea of Mobile World Congress 2014 news this week, Qualcomm unleashed two new system-on-chips, the new Snapdragon 600 and 615. Both of these new SoCs feature ARMv8 64-bit processing technology, 4G/LTE connectivity and refreshed Adreno graphics.
The new processors will see four (at up to 1.8GHz) and eight (four at 1GHz, four at 1.8GHz) ARM Cortex-A53 cores, respectively. Both SoCs will feature refreshed Adreno 405 graphics, which supports up-to-date graphics APIs such as DirectX 11.2, and OpenGL ES 3.0, full profile OpenCL 1.1 and hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation.
We also have an LPDDR3 memory controller, new display controller which supports up to 2560x2048 displays, improved multimedia processors (with H.265 codec support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac controller, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS, Gobi 4G/LTE cat 4 modem which supports speeds of up to 150Mb/s. Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies said: "Qualcomm Technologies is redefining the user experience for high-end mobile devices by amassing the unparalleled trilogy of an industry-leading LTE modem, 64-bit multi-core processing, and superior multimedia".
Mobile World Congress 2014 is just around the corner, and now we have news that Samsung will launch a new SoC at the event - the Exynos Infinity. The Galaxy device maker teased the new chip, which should be quite the performer.
We should expect the Exynos Infinity chip to be the first chip compatible with the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set, which should feature four ARM Cortex-A57 and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores in ARM Big.Little heterogeneous multi-core configuration for some serious mobile performance. This should be the processor that will power Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, which should arrive in two models: the standard model, and the new Premium model with the 2K display.
The Galaxy S5 should arrive with LPDDR3 support, 4K video encoding/decoding, 4K rear-camera support, and much more.
Intel is preparing a new 15-core Xeon CPU, which will feature 4.31 billion transistors, a 3.8GHz Turbo Frequency, 155W TDP, 40 PCIe lanes, and will join the Xeon E7 line-up.
This means we can expect the new native 15-core processor to be joined by seven other CPUs for a total of eight CPUs, with Hyper-Threading thrown into the mix we can expect up to 240 threads being capable thanks to this new processor. The new Ivy Bridge-EX processor will feature 15 cores/30 threads, 37.5MB of L3 cache, will support DDR3-1600MHz RAM and most likely come in at over $5000 when it lands.
The new 15-core CPU will use the LGA2011 socket and arrive as the Xeon E7-8890 v2 CPU, we will see 8 members in the Xeon E7-8xxx v2 range.
I still remember watching The Terminator, where they needed to smash the chip inside of the Terminator's head in order to fully destroy it. Well, DARPA on its path for ultimate robotic takeover of the world, is working with IBM on a self-destructing chip - something out of a sci-fi movie.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a contract to IBM that will see the company develop a CMOS chip that will self-destruct on command. The project is called Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR), that will prevent expensive, next-gen, classified military systems - such as a Terminator - from being captured, and reverse engineered by the enemy.
DARPA states on the webpage for VAPR: "It is nearly impossible to track and recover every [electronic] device [on the battlefield], resulting in unintended accumulation in the environment and potential unauthorized use and compromise of intellectual property and technological advantage".
The defense agency says that VAPR is a "broad agency agreement" program that was announced just last month, in order to fund multiple development efforts in order to create "electronic systems capable of physically disappearing in a controlled, triggerable manner...[with] performance comparable to commercial-off-the-shelf electronics, but with limited device persistence that can be programmed, adjusted in real-time, triggered, and/or be sensitive to the deployment environment".
AMD has just announced its new Opteron A1100 processor, a chip built on a 64-bit capable ARM-based server SoC. This chip has been branded as an Opteron processor, which is the first processor the two companies have worked together on.
The new Opteron A1100, codenamed "Seattle", comes in two flavors: four or eight CPU cores. These cores are based on ARM's Cortex-A57 design, which can be clocked up to 2GHz. Each core shares 1MB of L2 cache, as well as a total of 8MB of L3 cache that all shares can access. The SoC is built at GlobalFoundaries on a 28nm process.
Opteron A1100's memory controller is capable of supporting both DDR3 and DDR4 memory through its 128-bit bus, and AMD's reference platform will support up to 128GB of Registered DDR3 DIMMs. The SoC features an 8 lane PCIe 3.0 controller that supports one x8 or two x4 slot configurations, plus an 8-port 6Gbps SATA controller, and two 10GbE ports.
AMD's new Opteron A1100 chip will sample in March, with the company predicting that ARM-based solutions will occupy 25% of the server market by 2019.
Qualcomm is reportedly hard at work on a new processor, something that should blow most other chips away when it comes out. The chipmaker is rumored to be working on a new SoC that would feature 8 processing cores, and would be 64-bit compatible.
The new SoC would feature eight Krait64 general-purpose cores designed in-house at Qualcomm, and would be compatible with ARMv8 architecture with up to 4MB of cache and a 2.5GHz clock speed. We should also expect Adreno 430 graphics on-board (up from the 330 series) with a 500MHz frequency, LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller, and various special purpose hardware/accelerators.
Qualcomm's new SoC would be made on the 20nm process over at TSMC. We should expect it to arrive as the Snapdragon 810 series, with two versions: MSM8994 with integrated baseband and APQ8094 that will require an external telecommunications chip.
Today AMD announced the launch of its new 12-core and 16-core Opteron 6300 series server processors. The CPU's code named Warsaw have been highly anticipated over the last few months and now that they are here, AMD says that they have been designed with heavy emphasis on Virtualization deployments.
The new 12-core 633P processor features a Piledriver-based 12-core CPU that is clocked at 2.3GHz, and peaks at 2.8GHz during heavy loads. The 16-core 6370P is also Piledriver based and comes clocked at a base frequency of 2.0GHz and when needed can boost to 2.5GHz. Both CPUs are fully compatible with all hardware running existing 6300 series chips, and have a TDP of 99 Watts.
We reported over the weekend on the 16-core processor from AMD, but if you want to get in early, you can buy the Opteron variant of it... right now. The AMD Operton 6300-series, or "Warsaw" processor, is designed for 2- and 4-way goodness in servers.
It uses the socket G34, and are based on the Piledriver architecture. The new chips feature between 12 and 16 cores, 16MB of L3 cache, quad-channel DDR3 memory and much more. They should have a much better performance-per-watt ratio over today's Opteron 6300 series, too. The company were poised to release these new CPUs later in Q1 2014, but ShopBLT is offering a pre-order on the 12-core version for $421, and the 16-core Operton for $663.
The details on the processors are as follows: the 12-core version is the Opteron 6338 HE, which has a 99W TDP. The 16-core processor, is the Opteron 6370 HE, and also has a 99W TDP. The HE stands for high efficiency, and should feature moderate clock speeds to keep the power numbers down.
Intel should fully unveil its 9-series chipset as we get closer to Computex 2014 in Taipei in June, but between now and then we'll have to tease you a little on what to expect from Intel's upcoming Haswell refresh-capable chipset.
The new 9-series chipset won't bring many new technologies to the consumer, but it will feature six SATA 6Gbps ports, 14 USB ports, PCI Express 3.0, and the usual array of other technologies. Where things are new, we have support for SSDs in the PCIe M.2 form factor - capable of driving 1GB/sec bandwidth. Intel device protection with boot guard technology, as well as Intel Rapid Storage technology which will support PCI Express-based drives.
There shouldn't be SATA Express support, which is a disappointment, as it is capable of driving 2GB/sec maximum bandwidth. We can't complain about 1GB/sec, as it is much higher than SATA 6Gbps' maximum rate of 600MB/sec.