CPUs

Over the last two weeks, AMD officially launched their 7th Generation Bristol Ridge processors as well as the new AM4 socket and related chipsets. The launch was somewhat muted, as the target for the initial launch is purely to the big system OEMs and system integrators, such as Lenovo, HP, Dell and others – for users wanting to build their own systems, ‘Product-in-Box’ units (called PIBs) for self-build systems will come at the end of the year. We held off on the announcement because the launch and briefings left a number of questions unanswered as to the potential matrix of configurations, specifications of the hardware and how it all connects together. We got a number of answers, so let’s delve in.

ARM Announces the Cortex-R52 CPU: Deterministic & Safe, For ADAS & More

Though it didn’t attract a ton of attention at the time, back in 2013 ARM announced the ARMv8-R architecture. An update for ARM’s architecture for real-time CPUs, ARMv8-R was...

19 by Ryan Smith on 9/19/2016

Assessing IBM's POWER8, Part 2: Server Applications on OpenPOWER

In this second part of our ongoing OpenPOWER coverage, we are taking a look at how the midrange IBM POWER8 compares to Intel's Xeon in applications that matter: Java...

45 by Johan De Gelas on 9/15/2016

Best CPUs: Q3 2016

In our series of Buyer Guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing as of (9/13). Numbers...

17 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2016

IFA 2016: Live Blog of AMD Keynote with Mark Papermaster, CTO

We're here with AMD's CTO on stage for the IFA show.

62 by Ian Cutress on 9/3/2016

Intel Quietly Launches Apollo Lake SoC: Goldmont CPU, 6 SKUs, 6 & 10 Watts

Earlier this week was the formal unveiling of Kaby Lake, Intel’s 7th generation Core CPU architecture. And while Kaby Lake was the focus of Intel’s efforts for obvious reasons...

69 by Ryan Smith on 9/1/2016

AMD Amends GlobalFoundries Wafer Supply Agreement Through 2020, Gaining New Flexibility & New Costs

This evening AMD has announced that they have updated their long-standing wafer supply agreement with fab parter GlobalFoundries. The new agreement, which makes some notable alterations to wafer order...

17 by Ryan Smith on 9/1/2016

Intel Announces 7th Gen Kaby Lake: 14nm PLUS, Six Notebook SKUs, Desktop coming in January

When Intel first announced the shift from the dual-stage ‘Tick-Tock’ methodology that had driven their core CPU design teams for over a decade into the three-way ‘Process, Architecture, Optimization&rsquo...

131 by Ganesh T S & Ian Cutress on 8/30/2016

AMD Bundles Together Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and AMD FX CPUs

Buying new hardware is almost always exciting, and purchases are even sweeter when they come with included gifts. In spirit of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided receiving DX12 support in...

19 by Daniel Williams on 8/24/2016

AMD Zen Microarchiture Part 2: Extracting Instruction-Level Parallelism

Hot Chips is an annual conference that allows semiconductor companies to present their latest and greatest ideas or forthcoming products in an academic-style environment, and is predominantly aimed as...

104 by Ian Cutress on 8/23/2016

Unpacking AMD's Zen Benchmark: Is Zen actually 2% Faster than Broadwell?

At a satellite event to Intel's Developer Conference last week, AMD held an evening soiree with invited analysts and press to talk about their new upcoming Zen microarchitecture. This...

172 by Ian Cutress on 8/23/2016

Supermicro Releases Intel Xeon Phi x200 (KNL) Systems: Servers and a Developer Mid-Tower

Supermicro has released two systems featuring Intel’s many-core Xeon Phi x200 processors: a workstation and an ultra-dense server. The platforms support up to 384 GB of DDR4 memory and...

8 by Anton Shilov on 8/23/2016

Hot Chips 2016: Memory Vendors Discuss Ideas for Future Memory Tech - DDR5, Cheap HBM, & More

Continuing our Hot Chips 2016 coverage for the evening, along with the requisite presentations on processors, several of the major players in the memory industry are also at the...

11 by Ryan Smith on 8/23/2016

Early AMD Zen Server CPU and Motherboard Details: Codename ‘Naples’, 32-cores, Dual Socket Platforms, Q2 2017

At the AMD Zen microarchitecture announcement event yesterday, the lid was lifted on some of the details of AMD’s server platform. The 32-core CPU, codename Naples, will feature simultaneous...

63 by Ian Cutress on 8/18/2016

AMD Zen Microarchitecture: Dual Schedulers, Micro-Op Cache and Memory Hierarchy Revealed

In their own side event this week, AMD invited select members of the press and analysts to come and discuss the next layer of Zen details. In this piece...

215 by Ian Cutress on 8/18/2016

More Details on Broxton: Quad Core, ECC, Up to 18 EUs of Gen9

An interesting talk regarding the IoT aspects of Intel’s Next Generation Atom Core, Goldmont, and the Broxton SoCs for the market offered a good chunk of information regarding the...

21 by Ian Cutress on 8/18/2016

Intel Announces Knights Mill: A Xeon Phi For Deep Learning

In a brief announcement as part of today’s Day 2 ketnote for IDF 2016, Intel has announced a new member of the Xeon Phi family. The new part, currently...

24 by Ryan Smith on 8/17/2016

Intel Unveils Joule: A High-Performance Atom-Powered IoT Module & Maker Kit

Today at Intel’s annual Developer Forum, the hardware manufacturer announced the latest in their Internet of Things-focused product kits: Joule. Based around Intel’s canceled-but-not-quite Broxton Atom processor, Joule is...

59 by Ryan Smith on 8/17/2016

Intel Teases Mobile Kaby Lake: HEVC Main10 Profile Support, Coming This Autumn

During the Intel Keynote presentation today at IDF Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, demonstrated several upcoming Kaby Lake 2-in-1 prototypes from HP and Dell. While no concrete details about...

35 by Ian Cutress on 8/16/2016

ASRock Rack Launches the 2U4N-F/X200: Four 72-core Knights Landing Xeon Phi CPUs in 2U

This week is Intel’s Developer Forum in San Francisco, the annual event where Intel and Intel’s partners show their latest products and discuss a number of core topics to...

33 by Ian Cutress on 8/15/2016

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