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Qualcomm has just unveiled its plans to enter the server CPU market with a new custom processor based on an ARM design. Qualcomm's latest chip is being aimed at the likes of hyper-scale customers like Google and Facebook, as well as many service providers and large enterprises.
The new chip was shown off last week, with the CPU being a purpose-built system-on-chip that is different to other Snapdragon processors. The first version of Qualcomm's new chip is a 24-core processor, combining PCIe, storage and other features into the SoC. According to Qualcomm Senior Vice President Anand CHandrasekher, the first pre-production processor has 24 cores, but future chips will have many more.
The chipmaker is now shipping its processor to big customers for testing, but Qualcomm isn't naming names. The company said it would provide a release window for the chip, but it would update the world in 2016.
Intel has been sitting pretty on two and four core CPUs for a long time now, but an Intel LinkedIn profile indicates the upcoming Cannonlake CPU, built on 10nm technology, will make the jump and support four, six, and eight cores.
Don't get too excited, though: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich indicated this past summer that consumers can expect Kaby Lake in the second half of 2016, and Cannonlake in the second half of 2017.
Intel isn't far away from releasing its Skylake Purley-powered Xeon processors, with the new platform set to feature a huge 28 Skylake cores, and thanks to Hyper-Threading, a total of 56 threads of CPU power.
These new Xeon processors are not destined for the consumer desktop, as they will include multi-processor setups. The new Xeon E5 and Xeon E7 processor ranges will see the Xeon E5 range packing between two and four CPUs on a motherboard, while the Xeon E7 steps it up, considerably. The upcoming Xeon E7 range will pack an 8-socket design, allowing for an insane amount of CPU horsepower, especially when each CPU has 56 threads.
Intel will be unleashing its new Omnipath Architecture inside of the new Skylake-powered Xeon processors, something it calls Storm Lake (Generation 1). This new PCH will be codenamed Lewisburg, where it will include updated Ethernet controllers. The Skylake Purley update will also pave the way for Socket P, with a TDP that's configurable between 45W and 165W. The PCIe slots will have 48 lanes of bandwidth to play with, but this could change at any time.
The Skylake Purley update is said to be the biggest update Intel has done since Nehalem, and with a 56-threaded CPU that rocks a 6-channel DDR4 architecture, as well as the new AVX 512 instruction set and 100G Omni Path interconnect, we're in for one heck of a ride.
Intel took everyone by surprise when they launched the Broadwell 5775C and 5675C desktop SKUs around Computex. The CPUs not only took the crown with the fastest desktop integrated graphics, but they also were able to overclock.
Building upon the success of their Iris Pro line with integrated eDRAM, Intel is adding eDRAM to their more affordable Iris lineup as well. For Skylake, both GT3 and GT4 integrated graphics will feature 22nm eDRAM. The eDRAM will be treated as normal system memory (instead of cache), but should prove to be beneficial for graphics performance.
While the 5775C and 5675C were both launched months ago, only recently did they start to sell. Their prices are also sky high, but we hear that there is demand for desktop CPUs with strong integrated graphics. The overclocking potential of the "C" SKUs was also low, the CPUs didn't overclock well. Intel told us that this was due to the mobile nature of Broadwell; transforming the BGA CPU to an LGA CPU proved to be cumbersome because of the eDRAM implementation and expected overclocking capabilities.
As of August 9th Intel had shipped 1 million Skylake CPUs worldwide. The new CPUs will go on sale on September 1st in Asia and in 6 weeks will be available worldwide. While Intel already launched their K series Skylake desktop SKUs last month, they are now announcing the launch of their entire introductory Skylake lineup including both desktop and mobile segments.
Intel predicts that Skylake will last approximately 4 years, meaning that we should expect even more SKUs in the future. A lot of microarchitecture information was disclosed during technical sessions at IDF and I already wrote that up here.
Qualcomm may seem like its been out of the game lately, but their upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor is shaping up to be a real beast. Not only is it going to offer up 40% more performance, while using 40% less power, but it's also going to take DSLR-quality photos, too.
The company has just announced a new technology that will be featured in the Snapdragon 820 called Smart Protect, which will use real-time, on-device machine learning to detect zero-day malware threats. Awesome. The Snapdragon 820 will do this by "looking at the actual behavior of device applications to detect and classify behavior that seems suspicious or anomalous", reports TechSpot.
Qualcomm has also said that its Smart Protect technology will work alongside existing signature-based anti-malware solutions, as Smart Protect is able to analyze and identify enw threats before the signature is even available. All of this can be done without requiring a connection to the Internet, too. Qualcomm is using Zeroth, its first cognitive computing platform, to power Smart Protect. The company has been working with many of the industry's biggest security providers including Avast, AVG and Lookout to utilize Smart Protect capabilities inside of their commercial products.
Intel is about to drop the rest of its Skylake processors into the market, after the release of the Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K just recently. There will be eight more processors released, but the rest of them will not be unlocked models for overclocking.
The chipmaker will be offering up 10 total SKUs, with two of them already in the wild. The remaining 8 processors will be made up of four 65W, and four 35W low TDP chips. All of these processors will slot into the new LGA 1151 motherboards using the Z170, H170 and B150 chipsets. The new Skylake-S processors are as follows:
- Intel Core i7-6700K
- Intel Core i5-6600K
- Intel Core i7-6700
- Intel Core i5-6600
- Intel Core i5-6500
- Intel Core i5-6400
- Intel Core i7-6700T
- Intel Core i5-6600T
- Intel Core i5-6500T
- Intel Core i5-6400T
IDF 2015 - One of the new features of Intel's Skylake architecture is that it is always listening for your voice, ready for voice commands to wake your PC up, similar to how Cortana works in Windows 10, or Google's various voice-controlled features in Android.
Intel has packed a new digital signal processor (DSP) into the Skylake processors, where you can wake your PC up by talking to it. The feature was shown off at the Intel Developer Forum, where you can wake your PC up from sleep, or have a program launched - all with your voice. The chipmaker hasn't mentioned if any additional hardware will be required, obviously outside of a microphone, but integration of this technology will work perfectly in most laptops.
The question is, will people want this feature turned on by default? Do you want your Skylake-powered PC to be always listening out for your voice? What type of security is there? There are more questions being raised over security, than it being just a cool feature for Intel's new processors.
Intel only launched its Skylake-based Core i7-6700K processor just recently, with a professional overclocker already pushing it up to just under 7GHz, sitting at 6998.88MHz.
The achievement was done using an ASRock Z170 OC Formula motherboard, where Hong Kong overclocker Chi-Kui Lam used an engineering sample of the Core i7-6700K, an overclock of 74.9% from its stock frequency of 4GHz. G.SKILL provided the RAM chops with Ripjaws 4 DDR4 RAM, alongside a 1300W PSU. The processor was keeping cool under LN2, which is normally required for these insane CPU overclocks.
The Core i7-6700K at 6.9GHz was only on a single core, with the other three physical cores and the four Hyper-Threaded cores being disabled. So we're looking at a single-core 6.9GHz, which had its voltage cranked up to 1.88V, compared to the 1.2V on the stock CPU.
Samsung has been catching up and beating the likes of Qualcomm in the mobile processor race for the last year or so, but its upcoming SoC codenamed Mongoose, is shaping up to be quite the winner.
Benchmark results of the new Mongoose have leaked, making the 8-core Exynos 7420 from Samsung look like nothing in comparison. Mongoose has each of its four cores clocked at 2.4GHz, down from the eight cores on the Exynos 7420 clocked at 2.1GHz. Mongoose was run in Geekbench, where it scored 2136 in the single-core test, and 7497 in the multi-core test.
If we compare this against the Exynos 7420 with its 1486 in the single-core test and the 4970 from its multi-core test, Mongoose has some serious power to throw around. Even in its 'power-saving mode', Mongoose still beats the Exynos 7420, with 1698 and 5363 in the single- and multi-core benchmarks, respectively. We should expect Mongoose to be unveiled in the coming months, while it should be found in Samsung's handsets sometime in 2016.