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Intel teases its Ice Lake & Tiger Lake family, 10nm for 2018 and 2019

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 20, 2016 8:28 PM CST

Next year, Intel will launch its new 10nm processor family with the Cannonlake CPUs, replacing the current 14nm processors. The CPU family to replace Cannonlake in 2018 will be Ice Lake, which is also based on the 10nm node, which will be followed by Tiger Lake in 2019.

Intel has been having issues in getting their 10nm-based Cannonlake CPUs to the market, but we had these issues with the 14nm-based Broadwell processors - where they were delayed by months in both the desktop, and mobile markets. Intel will launch the Cannonlake processors in 2017, a year after the upcoming Kaby Lake CPUs debut. After that, we'll see Intel introduce its 10nm-based Ice Lake processors in 2018, followed by the Tiger Lake processors in 2019 - both based on 10nm.

But now Intel is facing competition in TSMC, which has just announced their 7nm node for 2017, which will be followed through with 5nm in 2020.

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MSI rolling out fix for Skylake freeze bug

Sean Ridgeley | Jan 18, 2016 1:01 PM CST

Last week we reported on a discovered bug with Intel Skylake CPUs causing freezing in specific usage scenarios. If you're running Skylake in combination with an MSI motherboard, you'll be pleased to know MSI has released a fix for its Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium and Z170A Gaming M7 boards and will be releasing it for the rest of its Skylake lineup later on.

The company has confirmed the bug and says it will very rarely affect typical users. But, as they say, it's better to be safe than sorry.

You can grab the update here. Note it is a beta BIOS update, so if everything has been running smoothly for you, we recommend waiting for a non-beta update, given how delicate the BIOS can be.

Continue reading: MSI rolling out fix for Skylake freeze bug (full post)

Samsung to make Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processors

Sean Ridgeley | Jan 14, 2016 6:59 PM CST

Samsung not long ago elected to use its in-house Exynos chip over Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 in its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge; today it confirms it has begun manufacturing Snapdragon 820 mobile processors utilizing its new 14nm LPP process for the semiconductor company. The new process is said to deliver up to 15 percent faster speeds and 15 percent less power consumption over its 14mn LPE process (found in the Exynos 7 Octa chip).

Samsung wouldn't say whether the new chip would find its way into its future phones, but rumors indicate a Galaxy S7 is on the horizon and will indeed contain the 820. Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy (and formerly of AMD), says, "I do believe Samsung must use the 820 to be more competitive with Apple. 820 hits performance per watt levels Exynos just can't hit."

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AMD shows off their 64-bit ARM Opteron A1100 series SoC

Jeff Williams | Jan 14, 2016 1:03 PM CST

A new family of Opterons from AMD has arrived, and they fill a growing niche of low-power, dense and highly available devices in datacenters. The Opteron A1100 SoC combines 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores with 10GbE networking solutions for their first entry into the ARM datacenter market.

The Opteron A1100 SoC has been in the news in the past when we first heard about the revival of the Opteron brand and a new direction that AMD wanted to head in the server market. A1100 is part of a plan to saturate all aspects of the market from the bottom on up to the high-performance.

This new A1100 SoC starts off with an off the shelf ARM Cortex-A57 that hasn't been modified and has 4MB of shared L2 cache and 8MB of L3 cache. For memory it has two channels of either DDR3 or DDR4 and can support up to 128GB of ECC memory as fast as 1866MHz. The most exciting feature is the dual 10GbE network connections and 14 SATA III ports, making it a natural choice for web servers and even databases of a certain size. There are also 8 lanes of PCIe gen 3., but this isn't intended as a GPU compute platform.

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Intel's NUC and Compute Stick just got faster with Skull Canyon

Steven Bassiri | Jan 12, 2016 10:09 AM CST

CES 2016 - In a meeting room at Intel's CES 2016 Mega-Booth, I had a chance to go hands-on with Intel's latest small and tiny form factor PC offerings. This includes the new line-up of Compute Sticks, the latest 4th generation NUCs, and a secret NUC which we reported on last month called Skull Canyon.

The new lineup of Intel Compute Sticks is said to be night and day compared to the original model, which many agree has limited applications outside turning dumb-TVs into smart-TVs with a Windows OS. The original compute stick fell short in a few tasks, and Intel has worked to remedy these pitfalls. For starters, the entry Compute Stick, based on a Cherry Trail SoC, will have much more powerful graphics. One issue with the original was that the fan would turn on if it was stuck behind a TV after about 15-30 minutes of streaming, but Intel focused heavily on improving the graphics processor, so tasks such as streaming do not make the SoC work too much harder.

Intel has also introduced more powerful Core m3 and Core m5 (with vPro) variants, which they hope, will satisfy the demands for digital signage. All three new Compute Sticks address the slow Wireless N WIFI on the original with 2x2 Wireless AC. All three variants will also have a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

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Amazon will soon sell its own custom ARM chips

Derek Strickland | Jan 7, 2016 7:33 AM CST

Online retail giant Amazon will soon sell its own brand of silicon on its digital storefront.

Amazon will soon sell its own custom ARM chips

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.

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Intel buys a smaller rival for $16.7 billion, enters the FPGA business

Jeff Williams | Dec 29, 2015 3:11 PM CST

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 are sometimes used 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."

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AMD's new AM4-based CPU, APU and motherboard appears on Zauba

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 19, 2015 10:35 AM CST

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.

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ASRock opens overclocking for Intel non-K Skylake processors, SKY OC

Chris Smith | Dec 16, 2015 10:34 AM CST

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.

ASRock opens overclocking for Intel non-K Skylake processors, SKY OC

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.

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AU overclocker 'dinos22' smashes 6GHz barrier with the Core i7-5960X

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 15, 2015 10:03 PM CST

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.

Continue reading: AU overclocker 'dinos22' smashes 6GHz barrier with the Core i7-5960X (full post)