CPU, APU & Chipsets Posts - Page 1
Intel is years behind in the CPU node game allowing AMD to rip right past and take over with its Zen CPU architecture firmly placed into the leadership position on 7nm -- but it doesn't mean Intel will be taking this lying down.
Dr. Ian Cutress of AnandTech was on the ground at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) where it was revealed what Intel plans over the next 10 years. In the slide you can see above, Intel has mapped out the next 10 years that starts with its (continued struggles) on 10nm while seeing 7nm CPUs drop in 2021.
But we can also see that Intel is aiming for 5nm in 2023, 3nm in 2025, 2nm in 2027, and finally -- if you can even believe it, 1.4nm CPUs in 2029. Intel is expecting a two year flow between CPUs, even though it has been stuck on 14nm for what feels like forever now. Just how small is 1.4nm though? Cutress writes that it is the "equivalent of 12 silicon atoms across". Incredible stuff.
With the heating up of the CPU race, one thing has been touted among PC enthusiasts forum and social media users far and wide. "The death of Moores Law is coming and will limit how far we can go now" or some derivative of this.
For those uninitiated, here is a simple explanation of what Moores law is, from Intel's co-founder, engineer, and the namesake of Moores Law itself, Gordon Moore. "the number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months."
So, basically, the density of a chip as far as transistor count should double roughly every two years along with refining and shrinking the package to make these substantially more compact packages smaller while offering up to double the amount of processing muscle.
AMD's Ryzen processors have been a massive success with the first-gen starting rocky, but AMD kept with its release cadence and has pushed it to be stronger every generation.
Well, they did not stop the train yet, and there are no signs of stopping if what we see today from China Times, along with AMD's claims on investor day (back in May 2019), are accurate. AMD has been pushing not just the newest Ryzen 3000 as was released a short while ago, but already have the next few steps completed or in development.
This is where today's story stems from, where China Times reports that TSMC's 5nm process is already showing good yield potential. AMD is presently on 7nm with its Zen 2 architecture, and we already hear news of 5nm tech, which will power Zen 4. Zen 3, which is 7nm+, has already been touted as offering a performance uplift similar to what you would expect with a new architecture.
It is no secret that Intel has struggled with 10nm, and this has led to massive struggles now with 14nm delivery and fulfillment.
Intel has apologized over the past two-plus years for their shortages of shipments on 14nm supply, which has been heavily refreshed at this point. But apologies only do so much as Intel has still struggled with meeting needs of OEM vendors, let alone retail/etail users who desire a new 14nm-based CPU. Intel initially had 10nm slated for a few years ago, but as we have observed and even written about, it has been one hurdle after another.
Recently Dell announced its lack of reaching revenue goals and places blame square on the shoulders of Intel not being able to fulfill their CPU needs to outfit their fully built systems. This has far-reaching implications as it makes us question what kind of trouble Intel truly is in, and how will they pull out of this apparent tailspin.
Intel has caught a lot of flack for their lack of answers to AMD's Ryzen series, especially with the launch of Ryzen 3000.
Bob Swan, the CEO of Intel, has painted a quite vivid picture in a presentation from the annual Credit Suisse technology conference, which to put it frankly, he is pivoting the direction of Intel away from chasing CPU dominance. Here is the direct quote from the conference courtesy of WCCFTech.
"We think about having 30% share in a $230 [silicon] TAM that we think is going to grow to $300B [silicon] TAM over the next 4 years, and frankly, I'm trying to destroy the thinking about having 90% share inside our company because, I think it limits our thinking, I think we miss technology transitions. we miss opportunities because we're, in some ways preoccupied with protecting 90, instead of seeing a much bigger market with much more innovation going on, both inside our four walls, and outside our four walls, so we come to work in the morning with a 30% share, with every expectation over the next several years, that we will play a larger and larger role in our customers success, and that doesn't just mean CPUs.
If you want a new smartphone in 2020 with an insane 200-megapixel camera, then you're going to be using Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 -- as it is the only SoC on the market that supports 200MP camera sensors.
Snapdragon 865 supports up to a 200-megapixel camera sensor, but that doesn't mean every single smartphone will ramp up with a 200MP sensor out of the box, but there will be smartphone makers that want to cram the biggest and most badass beast mode camera into a smartphone and if they want that... there's only one choice for the SoC: Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865.
Snapdragon 865 can not only shoot 4K 60FPS HDR video, but it can snap 64-megapixel photos at the same time thanks to the improvements Qualcomm made to the Spectra 480 ISP.
If you thought the world of 90Hz and 120Hz gaming displays was fast, you ain't seen nothin' yet -- Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 supports even-faster 144Hz mobile displays.
There aren't any Snapdragon 865-powered gaming smartphones out, or even announced right now as I'm sitting in the middle of the Snapdragon Summit here in Maui, Hawaii and the chip is being detailed in great detail as I tap away at my keyboard.
But one of the facts we know is that the Adreno 650 GPU is the "most efficient graphics core in the world", and will power the next generation of gaming smartphones that support everything up to the deliciously-fast 144Hz refresh rate.
Qualcomm is slowly detailing its new Snapdragon 865 mobile platform at its annual Snapdragon Summit event here in Maui, Hawaii -- with more details on the GPU side of things in Adreno 650.
The new Adreno 650 GPU in the Snapdragon 865 has a very decent 25% faster graphics rendering over the previous-gen GPU, while being 35% more power-efficient. Qualcomm said that Adreno 650 is the "most efficient graphics core in the world".
Qualcomm made a strong point that the new Snapdragon 865 and Adreno 650-powered GPU offer sustained performance, versus turning up and killing benchmarks but losing power over time as speeds drop to keep heat and power consumption down.
Qualcomm announced its new Snapdragon 865 in the opening keynote at its annual Snapdragon Summit here in Maui, Hawaii -- but it wasn't created overnight.
On day two of the Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm said that IP development on Snapdragon 865 started all the way back in Q4 2016. Rewinding 3 years saw Qualcomm begin its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, with the first held in New York before trading pavement for sand in Maui, Hawaii for future Snapdragon Summit events.
Back in Q4 2016 and Q1 2017, the world of mobile technology wasn't anywhere near as advanced -- 5G wasn't in phones yet, but Qualcomm had already planted that seed. It was in 2017 that the world saw HDR playback, dual cameras, Gigabit LTE, and the first 90Hz display.
Qualcomm has a lot to share at its annual Snapdragon Summit, between their new Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G processors was the flagship Snapdragon 865.
But it is the Snapdragon 765 series that will push 5G into the mainstream, as it'll offer 5G connectivity in cheaper devices thus propelling next-gen connectivity into a much larger consumer base. Flagship device sales aren't anywhere near the mainstream market, something Qualcomm will continue to nail with Snapdragon 765.
The new Snapdragon 765 is powered by the Snapdragon X52 Modem-RF system, offering up multi-gigabit speeds of up to 3.7Gbps down over mmWave and sub-6. Impressive stuff for a mainstream chipset for future mainstream smartphones in 2020 and beyond.