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AMD teases its Zen-powered, 32-core APU with HBM2 and more

Anthony Garreffa | Aug 2, 2015 9:27 PM CDT

When we heard about AMD's upcoming Zen architecture, we were excited, but with the latest news on this new APU, the excitement level has increased ten fold.

According to WCCFTech, AMD's upcoming APU is being dubbed an "Exascale Heterogeneous Processor", or EHP. AMD's new EHP will pack 32 x86 Zen cores, a massive Greenland-powered graphics die, and up to 32GB of HBM2 on its 2.5D interposer. That's not a mistake, we're looking at a 32-core processor, with enough graphics grunt to play games at 4K, and with up to 32GB of next-gen HBM2.

AMD's EHP can pack up to 32GB of HBM2, but it can be expanded through a DDR4 channel that is baked onto the package. As for the GPU side of this new APU, we don't know how many Greenland GPU cores will be used, but we're sure that AMD will use a smaller node for it, so we should expect it to pack quite the performance punch.

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Intel's Core i7-6700K overclocked to an insane 5.2GHz on air cooling

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 21, 2015 6:35 AM CDT

The release of Intel's new Skylake-based processors is right around the corner, alongside the release of the new Z170 range of motherboards. But news has broken that the upcoming flagship Core i7-6700K has been overclocked to a huge 5.2GHz... on air cooling.

The achievement happened with an early BIOS, with the CPU hitting 5198.75MHz - an overclock of 1200MHz above its 4GHz stock clock. Better yet, just 1.35V was required to reach this, which is a damn good achievement considering you need more voltage, and watercooling to get anywhere near that on a current Core i7-4790K.

While it was sitting at 1.35V and 5.2GHz, we don't know what temperatures the overclocked Core i7-6700K was sitting at under load. We should expect many more details to arrive on the Core i7-6700K as we get closer to its launch next month.

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AMD launches the A8-7670K APU, with 4 CPU cores and 6 GPU cores

Steven Bassiri | Jul 20, 2015 7:01 AM CDT

A few months ago AMD launched their 'Kaveri' refresh, the A10-7870K, and today they are launching another refresh, the A8-7670K. The A8-7670K will feature 10 compute cores which consists of 4 CPU cores and 6 GPU cores.

Compared to its predecessor, the 7670K will have boosts in both CPU (100MHz turbo/300MHz base) and integrated GPU (37MHz) clock speeds. The 7670K is aimed at users who want strong performing integrated graphics at an affordable price, such as a family PC where games consist of online titles such as League of Legends.

Compared to a similarly priced Intel i3, AMD promises increased CPU and integrated GPU performance, especially when the program utilizes combined CPU and integrated GPU workloads.

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Intel's Brian Krzanich announces change of a few management positions

Chris Smith | Jul 6, 2015 4:33 AM CDT

In a recent press release, Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich announced some leadership changes within his company, ranging from Presidents to operational management.

First off is Intel President Renée James, said to be stepping down in order to "pursue an external CEO role" after January 2016. Intel's President of Capital, Arvind Sodhani, will retire in January after 35 years in the technology giant and Wendell Brooks, President of Mergers and Acquisitions, will also manage Intel Capital.

Further to this, Aicha Evans formerly from Intel Communication and Devices Group has been promoted into the Management Committee and Josh Walden will lead all product and research teams involved in creation and deployment of new technology categories. In addition, executives Hermann Eul and Mike Bell will leave after a transition period.

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Intel's enthusiast Skylake-S 'K-series' will ship without stock cooler

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 26, 2015 9:43 PM CDT

With Intel all set to unveil their new Skylake-S series of processors at Gamescom 2015 in August, we're hearing that the new 'K-series' enthusiast processors will not ship with a stock cooler.

Intel is set to release its Core i7-6700K processor a week after Windows 10 is released, with Intel aiming at enthusiasts buying their own high-performance air, or liquid cooling system for their new CPU. The chipmaker will be offering a new PCG 2015D high performance air and liquid cooling solutions, but the processor itself will ship without a HSF.

The next question is, will Intel drop the price to counter that the processor doesn't include a stock cooler, or will Intel make more profit per K-series CPU it ships, thanks to not giving consumers a cooler.

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Intel's 10nm processor has been delayed, replaced with 14nm processor

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 24, 2015 9:33 PM CDT

Intel had planned to jump into the 10nm processor game as early as next year, but it looks like its 10nm-based Cannonlake processor has been pushed back, indefinitely.

The chip giant planned on releasing its 10nm processor in 2016, delaying it into 2017 shortly after. But now the company has experienced serious issues with its 10nm process, deciding to intro the Kaby Lake platform instead. There's not much known on the Kaby Lake platform, other than it being a 14nm process, and the usual dual- and quad-core processors that Intel will surely offer. We should expect the same LGA1151 socket to be used, with power to sit somewhere between 4.5W and 91W.

We should take a lesson from this: while AMD isn't sitting in the best position when it comes to combating Intel in the CPU game, Intel is now at a stalemate when it comes to ushering in a next-generation processor. With 10nm off the table for the next few years, we're looking at nearly rehashed CPUs from Intel until a new technology can be released to market from the company.

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Qualcomm is interested in taking over AMD

Chris Smith | Jun 23, 2015 4:58 PM CDT

Things have heated up in the AMD space hours before the launch of the Radeon R9 Fury X, with rumors circling that Qualcomm is interested in acquiring AMD, according to a report by Seeking Alpha.

Without a large amount of success in recent times there has been many claims by public and media alike of AMD beginning a struggle, without any reports pointing out a direction or solution that AMD might undergo in order to fix its 'issues'. However, in a report by investor company Seeking Alpha, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf mentioned that he is interested in taking over a larger portion of the server scene and adjacent markets - this saw AMD pointed out as the most realistic financial possibility.

There's a few assumptions made here that Qualcomm will either buy out the AMD server business solely or the complete company itself - however, it's one of the best theories put forward yet. AMD recently denied spin-off talk, which helps solidify the idea that it may sell up completely to Qualcomm, rather than pushing away parts of its business.

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AMD shoots down spin-off talk, remains committed to long-term strategy

Michael Hatamoto | Jun 21, 2015 3:58 PM CDT

Despite previous reports that claim AMD plans to spin-off into two separate businesses, the company has been quick to deny those reports.

The Reuters report indicates AMD wants to focus on graphics and licensing away from its server business, with speculation that the ATI brand could be reborn once again.

"AMD provided official confirmation that we have not hired an outside agency to explore spinning-off/splitting the company," said Sarah Youngbauer, spokesperson at AMD, in a statement to eTeknix. "We remain committed to the long-term strategy we laid out for the company in May at our Financial Analyst Day, which encompasses all parts of the business."

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New Wi-Fi chip claims 85% power reduction for IoT, chart within

Chris Smith | Jun 4, 2015 8:11 PM CDT

Computex 2015 - Rockchip has just unveiled its new "world's lowest power Wi-Fi technology," boasting an 85% power decrease for Internet of Things (IoT) devices when compared to predecessors and claiming it to provide similar power figures to Bluetooth 4.0 LTE.

New Wi-Fi chip claims 85% power reduction for IoT, chart within

The patented RKi6000 chip out of this Chinese company was announced during a stint at Computex 2015, with Rockchip stating that its new device uses around 20 mAh of power during use across a more convenient platform than the often range-limited Bluetooth 4.0 option.

There is also the added feature of 'Adaptive Dynamic Power Control Technology' which claims to adjust the chip's power configuration depending on data transmission requirements at any given time. Allowing for a better overall power consumption model when in stand-by or low-use situations.

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Apple rumored to have 10nm processors being tested over at TSMC

Anthony Garreffa | May 26, 2015 4:35 AM CDT

The race of smaller nodes is quite exciting, with Apple reporting tapping TSMC for its future 10nm processors. We could expect TSMC to handle all of Apple's future A10 processors, which should hit production towards the end of the year.

TSMC will reportedly test out at 10nm pilot line within its 12 factories located in Hsinchu, with the company already starting a semiconductor intellectual property program, where it will partner up with other clients as we get deeper into 2015. With Samsung announcing 10nm production for 2016, the South Korean giant might be falling behind its competitors.

Sources of UDN have stated that the factory locations of TSMC that are working on 10nm are incredibly important to the Taiwanese manufacturer if it wants to secure a super client like Apple. If TSMC can indeed get its 10nm node production up to scratch in time, Samsung might lose out in its future contracts to Apple for the A10 processor.

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