Intel has found itself in seriously hot water, issuing a new security alert that management firmware on a bunch of new PC, server, and Internet-of-Things processor platforms are vulnerable to a remote attack.
Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy of Positive Technologies Research found the new vulnerabilities, which could see attackers remotely launching commands on Intel-based computers. We're talking about most desktop and laptop CPUs launched under the Core brand since 2015, and even Xeon and Atom lines of processors.
Intel CPUs Affected By Remote Attack Bugs:
- Intel Core processors from the 6th generation ("Skylake"), 7th generation ("Kaby Lake"), & 8th Generation ("Kaby Lake-R" and "Coffee Lake") families-the processors in most desktop and laptop computers since 2015;
- Multiple Xeon processor lines, including the Xeon Processor E3-1200 v5 & v6 Product Family, Xeon Processor Scalable family, and Xeon Processor W family;
- The Atom C3000 Processor Family and Apollo Lake Atom Processor E3900 series for networked and embedded devices and Internet of Things platforms, and
- Apollo Lake Pentium and Celeron™ N and J series Processors for mobile computing.
If you want to see if your system is part of the wave of vulnerable to remote attacks, the company has released a detection tool that you can download right here.
HPE, the enterprise division of HP, has just unveiled their new ProLiant DL835 Gen10 system that arrives as a dual-processor, 2U rackmount system with 24 drive bays for some serious storage.
The new HPE ProLiant DL385 rocks up to two AMD EPYC 7601 processors with 32C/64T each, making a total of 64C/128T per system. Each machine will also have up to 4TB of DDR4 and 128 PCIe lanes that can drive up to 24 x NVMe SSDs or 30 x 2.5-inch SATA drives. It can also house 3 dual-slot or 5 single-slot graphics cards.
HPE will have its new DL385 system powered by AMD EPYC starting in December.
Qualcomm has announced that commercial shipments of their new Centriq 2400 family of server CPUs, which are made on Samsung's fresh 10nm FinFET process and pack a huge 18 billion transistors into an area of 398 mm².
Inside, Qualcomm's new Centriq CPUs have up to 48 single-thread 64-bit ARM v8-compliant cores, a custom design that Qualcomm has dubbed Falkor. These cores have a base clock of 2.2GHz while the peak clocks ramp up to 2.6GHz on the Centriq 2460.
Each and every Falkor core has 64GB of L1 instruction alongside something Qualcomm calls "24KB single-cycle L0 cache" that is made for low-power operation, bringing it up to a total of 88KB of l-cache per core. In total, the Centriq 2460 has 48 cores, 60MB of cache, 2.2/2.6GHz base/peak frequency, and 120W TDP.
The Centriq 2452 is knocked down to 57.5MB of L3 cache, the same base/peak CPU clocks, and same 120W TDP. The lower-end Centriq 2434 has 40 CPU cores has 50MB of L3 cache, and 2.3/2.5GHz base/peak frequency with a slightly lower 110W TDP.
It wasn't even a couple of hours ago that news broke that Raja Koduri, the boss of Radeon Technologies Group, left AMD. Now rumors are starting with "sources closed to the related companies" telling WCCFTech that Koduri would be joining Intel.
Raja leaving AMD and joining Intel will surely be interesting, with AMD CEO Lisa Su currently in talks with analysts to try and minimize the impact of Raja's departure to AMD. Raja's future at Intel could truly be bright, since Intel just yesterday announced a collaboration with AMD using their semi-custom division to build a new chip that would use Raja's work from Vega, into Intel's new Kaby Lake-G products.
This new Intel/AMD team up was birthed from Raja's vision, and a day after it was announced he's out of the company. I reached out to industry sources to confirm the news earlier today, and then asked about Intel, to which they said nothing is concrete yet. They did confirm that Raja would fit perfectly at Intel, either working in their new Intel/AMD products, or working on a new discrete GPU for Intel, with Intel's near unlimited pockets.
Radeon Technologies Group boss Raja Koduri took a leave of absence, or a sabbatical, or something a couple of months ago, but has now officially departed the company.
Before we get into the letter that Koduri wrote to AMD, this news comes just 24 hours after Intel announced its new Kaby Lake G processors will have AMD Radeon Vega GPU technology inside. It's almost as if Koduri waited until that news broke, and then strategically (see: stock prices) left the company.
AMD launched their Radeon RX Vega graphics card family a few weeks ago now, and were instantly put nearly out gamers' minds when NVIDIA launched their offensive against Radeon RX Vega 56 with the new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti last week.
Raja leaving the company isn't a good sign for the future of Radeon, which is already up in the air as it is. Losing a visionary and brainiac chief architect like Koduri is a big, big deal for AMD.
He is a crazy passionate man, and I will truly miss Raja. He is one of the most genuine people in the industry, someone you can sit down with and talk about life - not just tech. I've personally spent many, many hours with Raja and he truly is one of the best human beings I know. We've talked for hours about his passion for ice cream and cricket, something I've admired and looked forward to year after year.
Intel has officially unveiled its new Kaby Lake G processor family, infused with AMD's next-gen Radeon Vega GPU with 4GB of HBM2 on-board. This new Intel/AMD processor has now had some benchmark numbers leak, and I don't really know what to expect from here on out.
We now know that there are prototypes in the wild, which should arrive as the Core i7-8809G and the Core i7-8705G. The flagship Core i7-8809G has a board name of 694E:C0, while the Core i7-8705G is the 694C:C0.
AMD's custom multi-chip modules (MCMs) will feature the Vega GPU and offering up 24 compute units, with 1536 stream processors in total. GPU clocks should be at 1000MHz for the 694E variant, while the 649C variant is 20% faster at 1190MHz. The faster version should rock 3.3 TFLOPs of compute performance, which is around half that of the APU inside of the new Xbox One X console, a semi-custom design that AMD also worked on.
Inside, the chip features 4GB of HBM2 memory, while the CPU side of things is a 4C/8T processor with Intel's current-gen Kaby Lake CPU architecture. We should see the CPU clocked at 3.1GHz base, and 4.1GHz under Turbo, while the HBM2 is clocked at 800MHz on the faster SKU, and 700MHz on the slower SKU.
Intel has been rumored to use AMD Radeon Vega GPU technology inside of its upcoming mobile CPUs, and now the company has confirmed the news 100% with their new Core processor featuring custom discrete graphics from AMD.
This new CPU will be an "evolution" of Intel's work on the 8th generation Core processors, with the H-series chips to power manage the entire module (that now has a CPU, GPU, and HBM2) in order to squeeze the best battery life out of notebooks. We should expect the first samples to begin shipping in Q1 2018.
Intel said they first approached AMD, with AMD treating their Radeon GPU as a single, semi-custom design in the same way they look at their semi-custom designs for Microsoft and Sony with the Xbox and PlayStation consoles. It's a gutsy move by Intel, and a is-it-even-real moment for AMD and the consumer world that never saw this coming. Seeking Alpha went as far to call it fake news, showing they had no clue what they were talking about, and should now be eating the words off their screen.
Intel might have launched its new Core i7-8700K and Core i9-7980XE flagship processors for the Z370 and X299 platforms, but the company will be releasing some form of 10nm CPU this year with volume production and new SKUs in the second half of 2018.
Intel boss Brian Krzanic said that the company is "on track to ship our first low-volume 10-nanometer part by the end of the year". During Intel's recent earnings call, he said that the company will be increasing 10nm production in the first half of 2018, with "high volume and system availability in the second half of 2018".
This means we can expect a 10nm CPU released this year, with the new Cannon Lake CPU family to make an appearance in a lower-end SKU at first. We should see super limited supplies of this new 10nm processor, which could be a reaction to Qualcomm's impending release on the 10nm node, sending Intel scurrying to get 10nm off the ground and into consumers' hands.
AMD is hitting Intel where it hurts with a huge price drop on their flagship Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor from its introductory price of $999, with $120 slashed from the price bringing it down to $879.
Intel's current-gen Core i9-7960X costs a magnitude more at $1739 on Amazon at the time of writing, nearly double the price of the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. For the megataskers and enthusiasts, the X399 chipset rocks 64 PCIe 3.0 lanes which is plenty for massive amounts of super-fast storage, as well as allowing multi-GPU users to ramp up to x16/x16/x16/x16 configurations for the ultimate in performance.
This price drop is pretty significant, at $120 it will hurt Intel in the long run even more than they are now. Intel will have to react to this yet again, and with their track record we can expect another CPU series announced next week.
There will be smiles all round at AMD with a huge 307% increase in year-over-year quarterly earnings, with a reported $110 million profit for Q3 2017, compared to the $27 million in Q3 2016.
AMD was expected to make $0.08 per share by analysts, but blew past those delivering $0.10 per share. AMD's total revenue rose to $1.64 billion, a 25.2% increase over the $1.31 billion from last year. AMD has had a successful year of putting it to Intel, making Chipzilla react in ways they've never done before. Ryzen has been a success, and even more so for Ryzen Threadripper and AMD's exciting new server range with EPYC.