Online retail giant Amazon will soon sell its own brand of silicon on its digital storefront.
According to reports from Bloomberg, Amazon will start selling its own custom platform-on-chip and semiconductor line as part of its move into the data-center market.
The chips--called Alpine--are based on ARM's 32-bit v7 and 64-bit v8 chips, and are being manufactured by the Israel-based Annapurna Labs facility which Amazon acquired in January 2015 for an estimated $360 million. The Seattle-based retailer purchased the facility to bolster its Amazon Web Services and fold in IC technology into its ever-expanding brand.
A doctorate thesis co-authored by one of AMD's higher up graphics engineers Mike Mantor has revealed a new Zen APU with some tantalizing features.
The key takeaways are High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) and 128GB/s bandwidth, but there's also the Onion3, a next-gen interconnect said to be fully memory coherent and capable of 50GB/s total bandwidth, and some notes about more graphics compute units (CUs), so you can assume a larger onboard GPU.
Last we heard, Zen APUs were said to come in 2017, but this sighting may mean plans have changed and they could arrive sooner.
Intel has just finished their acquisition of Altera, another chip designer that focuses on FPGA's, for a whopping $16.7 billion. This is one of the largest acquisitions that Intel has ever made, and is one that is designed to allow them to compete in a variety of new areas without having to completely reinvent the wheel.
FPGA cards have become highly useful for some industries, particularly the financial sector, for intense computational tasks. Drop-in cards that bypass the host machine and are connected directly to the network via an RJ45 connection. This'll allow them to enter that highly specialized market with products that are already developed. They also want to use this to help with their presence with connected devices and the Internet of Things.
In regards to the acquisition, Intel said that "We will apply Moore's Law to grow today's FPGA business, and we'll invent new products that make amazing experiences of the future possible â€" experiences like autonomous driving and machine learning." Intel continues by explaining that "In addition to strengthening the existing FPGA business, PSG will work closely with Intel's Data Center Group and IoT Group to deliver the next generation of highly customized, integrated products and solutions."
Intel has released a new driver for its 6th gen Core, Core M, and related Pentium processors used in combination with Intel HD Graphics 510, 515, 520, 530, Intel Iris Graphics 540, or Intel Iris Graphics 550. Note this should include all Surface Pro 4 models.
The purpose of the driver is to fix various graphics corruption, display flickering, and stability issues. Hit the source for the full details and the download.
AMD's next-gen AM4 platform is beginning to take shape, with the Bristol Ridge-based family of CPUs and APUs appearing on the Zauba shipping database.
The leaked processors have been sent over to AMD's testing facilities in India, with one batch being the quad-core APU prototypes with a 65W TDP, while the other batch are quad-core CPUs with the same 65W TDP. Both the CPUs and APUs were shipped in late October, with the new AM4-based motherboard shipping on November 16. You'll notice that the motherboard was shipping with "FOC" stamped on it, which stands for Full Operational Capacity - meaning the AM4 motherboard is ready for action.
AMD's new Bristol Ridge parts will allow for DDR4 support, with big performance-per-watt gains, and more.
AMD is working on what it refers to as Zen+ and Zen follow-on CPUs: new generations of CPUs all set to arrive within the next three to five years, each aimed at satisfying high-end customers.
The news was announced by AMD CEO Lisa Su at the 19th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference this week. While the company has previously indicated there would be more to come from Zen, it was all very vague and lacking a concrete timeline as we have now.
If you're currently rocking a non-K Intel Skylake processor and are interested in doing a little overclocking of your own, ASRock might just be the next motherboard manufacturer for you.
Providing what ASRock has named in its recently issued press release as "a nice Christmas present for the overclocking community named SKY OC," this new SKY OC technology means that you're able to update your BIOS through the official ASRock website and play around with overclocking values on various Intel Z170 chipset processors, including Intel i7, i5, i3 and Pentium chips.
This update has been tested in-house on an Intel Core i5-6400 processor, with MSI engineers being able to push a 60% frequency boost out of the chip, sitting on an ASRock Z170 Pro4 motherboard. As with most great news, there are also some minor negatives, explained by this Taiwanese manufacturer as coming in two forms. Firstly, the Intel onboard graphics will be disabled when SKY OC is running, meaning you'll have to run a video card, in addition to the CPU Turbo Ratio and C-State becoming disabled when using this new technology.
Recently we reported that Intel Skylake processors were bending under the pressure of some after market coolers, urging a few select manufaturers to issue press releases addressing the issue as a whole.
In another advancement, MSI has announced what it calls 'CPU Guard 1151', designed as a tool that is placed around your socket and "strengthens the corners to withstand more vertical pressure," suitable for Intel 6th Generation processors, including Intel Xeon E3 v5, Core, Pentium and Celeron models.
While MSI claimed in its press release that this new technology "was used during an overclocking event, helping top overclockers push their Skylake CPU to the max, breaking world records," there isn't any substantial information provided about the product just yet. We'll let you know if there is further published information on how you can buy this product for yourself, or if it will come pre-attached to new MSI motherboards.
The Core i7-5960X is a beast of a CPU on its own, but when it's clocked up to 5GHz and beyond, it enters a world of its own. But what about 6GHz, you say? Well, that mountain has been conquered by legendary Australian overclocker 'dinos22'.
Dino 'dinos22' Strkljevic smashed the XTU World Record with his GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion motherboard and 16GB of DDR4 with timings of 12-14-15-15, and the assistance of LN2 cooling. Dino now sits at the top of the XTU World Record leaderboards and is currently overclocking his heart away in the Country Cup competition as part of Team AU. Strkljevic is the AU Marketing Manager for GIGABYTE, so this is only going to work in both his personal, and professional favor.
Strkljevic has livestreamed his overclocking adventures before, with the most recent livestream tackling a tutorial on the entire overclocking process - from overclocking DDR4 memory, right up to the CPU overclocking itself.
AMD has launched its FX-6330 processor exclusively for customers in the Asia-Pacific region. Based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture, it's aimed at budget minded builders intent on sticking with AM3+, and bridges the gap between the last FX-6000 series CPU in 2012 and the upcoming Zen processors set to arrive late 2016.
The key technical differences between the 6330 and its brethren are the 3.6/4.2 GHz base/boost clock and the silent S3.0 cooler, said to offer 24% more surface area, 34% higher air volume, and steady 39dB noise output. Otherwise, they're identical or nearly so.