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MWC 2013 - Intel had a fairly big announcement this morning at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. The company has teased us with a promise of its third-generation 22nm Atom System-on-Chip processor by mid 2014.
The announcement came as Intel debuted it's new Atom Z2580, Z2560 and Z2520 SoC's which are built on dual 32nm processing cores running at 2GHz, 1.6GHz and 1.2GHz respectively. The new Atom chips support Hyper-Threading which brings the total simultaneous processes count up to four, allowing it to compete with recent ARM processors.
Codenamed Merrifield, the next-generation 22nm Atom's will feature tri-gate transistors, and a big decrease in power consumption. All of this sounds like exciting news, but with issues like Android Apps refusing to install on Atom based devices still plaguing Intel, we do not see the mobile market jumping on the Atom bandwagon just yet. No official release date has been set, but we should see 22nm based devices on shelves by Q2 2014.
Alongside today's GTX Titan launch, NVIDIA announced a new integrated Tegra processor that features LTE. The Tegra 4i is the first chip from NVIDIA to feature LTE and should allow the GPU giant to enter the smartphone market. Previously, Tegra chips had been relegated to tablets due to the lack of an LTE radio.
NVIDIA claims that the new Tegra 4i is the fastest and most efficient mobile chip. Jointly developed by ARM and NVIDIA, it makes use of the R4 Cortex-A9 CPU for its four cores and features a fifth battery saver core. The GPU features 60 custom NVIDIA GPU cores, so graphics performance should be stellar for a mobile device.
"NVIDIA is delivering for the first time a single, integrated processor that powers all the major functions of a smartphone," said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. "Tegra 4i phones will provide amazing computing power, world-class phone capabilities, and exceptionally long battery life."
Along with the Tegra 4i announcement, NVIDIA debuted a reference smartphone platform known as "Phoenix." NVIDIA hopes that smartphone manufacturers will be able to quickly bring devices to market using the Tegra 4i. They can consult the reference device to enable quicker development and deployment.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has gone on record saying that we will not see its latest-generation and flagship mobile processor, the Tegra 4, ship until July. This will almost certainly push back launch dates of anticipated devices such as NVIDIA's own Project Shield.
During a conference call, Huang said:
"We will ship Tegra 4 starting in Q2. We are ramping production now and we will have full production release. The second quarter is when we ship to customers. Q2 is also when we ship the Tegra 4 based Shield device. Although it is in the latter part of Q2, it is going to be in Q2."
NVIDIA's Tegra 4 uses ARM's latest design, the Cortex-A15, which uses 45 percent less power than previous models. The Tegra 4 also features a GeForce GPU with 72 cores with up to six times the graphics performance of the Tegra 3.
We are still four or five months away from the launch of Haswell, Intel's next generation CPU architecture, and that puts us at a minimum of three to four months from seeing reviews begin popping up, right? Russian overclocking site OCLab.ru has posted what appear to be the first benchmarking results from a Haswell part. The results are interesting.
An Intel Haswell B0 stepping that was clocked at 2.8GHz was used, and they compared it to an Ivy Bridge clocked at 2.8GHz. The Haswell finished a Super PI 32M run in 11:27, while the Ivy Bridge completed the run in 11:49. And a WPrime 1024M run was completed by Haswell in 07:11.181 and the Ivy Bridge finished in 07:11.8.
As with every "leaked" bit of information, we must be careful not to read much into it. If these really are genuine Haswell results then Haswell is looking pretty good so far. Our sources have told us that we should read very little into this as if this is true, it is a very early engineering sample and the results might not be indicative of true Intel Haswell performance, as things such as drivers may not yet be fully optimized. If you would like to see the rest of the results, visit source #2 below.
Specifications for AMD's upcoming Richland APU processors have leaked online. The Richland series of APUs will follow the current Trinity desktop APUs that are currently available and will continue to use the 32nm lithography process currently employed. The new chips will offer about 8 percent better performance than Trinity.
The full specifications are listed out in the chart above. The chips offer a 300MHz boost in base clock speed across the entire range. Turbo speeds are also increased and the boost ranges from 200-400MHz. AMD managed to boost these clock speeds, all while remaining in the same 65W and 100W TDPs present on Trinity.
The unlocked K-series processors are the only ones to feature the 100W TDP. Integrated graphics remain based upon the 6000-series GPU, even though they feature numbers in the 8000 range. Reports say that the Richland APUs are already in the hands of system builders, so we could be seeing a release of these parts soon.
A CPU has popped up on Ebay that the seller claims is either Ivy Bridge EP or Haswell EP. The seller says that it fits in his LGA 2011 motherboard, though the system does not boot up. Ivy Bridge EP is said to be a drop-in upgrade to LGA 2011 motherboards, though they will need an update for the BIOS before it will work.
From the post:
A Brand NEW Chip.
Says Q1DF in Qspec Code on the CPU cap.
Got this chip by chance, and I know It is either of Haswell-EP chip or Ivy Bridge-EP.
No further info is known unfortunately.
It fits to my LGA2011 socket very well but never boots up.
No power signal on the board.
The price is currently at $202.50 with $15 for shipping. Technically, this chip is property of Intel and they probably won't be happy with it being sold. That said, if you think you can get the chip to boot up on your system, you can find the auction on Ebay.
Intel has pushed the 22nm microarchitecture Ivy Bridge down into the budget line of processors. Launching seven new CPUs, Intel has finally transitioned the Celeron line from the older Sandy Bridge architecture to the latest and greatest. However, this transition comes just a few months before the release of Intel's next architecture, Haswell.
With the change, performance of these lines are improved. All of the new chips feature two cores and two threads, save for the new Core i3-3210, which features 4 threads via HyperThreading. Prices for the new chips start at $42 and run all the way up to $117 for the Core i3 model.
All of the processors are supported by existing LGA 1155 motherboards. If you're in need of a new budget CPU, Intel now has you covered with the latest architecture, though it won't remain the latest for much longer.
Intel's fourth generation processors, Core Haswell, missed an expected CES launch, but word on the street is that we will see Haswell at Computex Taipei later this year.
As it turns out the official launch of the processor line has been set for June with a press conference taking place just a few days ahead of Computex Taipei 2013, the largest tech trade show in Asia. The press conference will announce the processors downstream partners and maybe layout the new processor line.
The Haswell architecture is designed specially to optimize the power savings and performance benefits from the move to FinFET transistors on the improved 22nm process node. Intel is optimistic about the new chips, estimating them to make up 14-16 percent of its CPU shipments by the end of Q3 2013.
Intel Haswell integrated graphics goes head-to-head with NVIDIA's GeForce GT 650M, can keep its pace comfortably
Intel's Haswell chip is sure to surprise most this year, but how does its new integrated graphics power fare up at the moment? With all of the CES hoopla now close to finishing, we're beginning to see some things we didn't quite expect.
A video posted by The Tech Report shows off two systems - with one system featuring a Haswell-based Intel chip with integrated graphics, while the second system included an Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 CPU and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU. Dirt 3 was used at 1920x1080 with all details set to high.
CES 2013 - Here I am thinking Samsung would save the bigger announcements for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, but the South Korean electronics giant has unveiled their 8-core processor known as Exynos 5 Octa.
Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa is based on ARM's new big.LITTLE technology which switches between two clusters of four cores each. The two clusters come in the form of an ARM Cortex-A15 processor used for performance, and a Cortex-A7 which will handle the common tasks which will provide better battery life.
At the moment, processors can change frequency and voltage on-the-fly, which provides better battery life, or higher performance depending on the task at hand. This new Exynos 5 Octa isn't the first chip that sports separate cores for heavy and light workloads, but the South Korean company are saying that they can cut power consumption by up to 70% compared to their Exynos 5 Dual, all by being able to take on common jobs with the lower-voltage A7 cores.