Today AMD is announcing the long anticipated upgrade to Kaveri, codenamed Carrizo. Carrizo is the natural successor to Kaveri, featuring x86 ‘Excavator’ cores alongside a Radeon-class GPU and promising an increase in performance all around. The second part of today’s announcement is for Carrizo-L, an SoC pairing “Puma+” (upgraded Beema) cores also with AMD’s R-series GCN GPUs and a FCH into a single package. Both Carrizo and Carrizo-L will feature ARM Trustzone, giving potential hardware-based built-in security when used by developers. The Excavator cores are an architectural improvement over Steamroller, but are fundamentally based on the original Bulldozer concept. Excavator will be AMD’s fourth iteration of the concept, following Bulldozer, Piledriver and Steamroller. This new generation of APUs are still set to be...

Bulldozer Breaks Frequency Record Again: Overclocked to 8.46GHz

Just before the launch of Bulldozer, AMD demonstrated it at 8.43GHz, which was the world record back then. Now an overclocker named Andre Yang has achieved an overclock of...

60 by Kristian Vättö on 10/29/2011

AppliedMicro Announces 64-bit ARM Based X-Gene SoCs

AppliedMicro has released specifications of their upcoming X-Gene SoC (Server-on-a-Chip this time, not System). AppliedMicro X-Gene Specifications Architecture ARMv8 Cores From 2 to up to 128 Frequency Up to 3GHz Process TSMC 40/28nm Power Usage Up to 2W per core Above...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 10/28/2011

Details on Trinity - AMD's Next Gen APU

DonahimHaber has leaked a slide concerning AMD's next generation APU, called Trinity. The slide does not reveal any detailed specifications, it's merely an overview of Trinity. Lets begin with...

44 by Kristian Vättö on 10/25/2011

Intel Releases Core i7-2700K and Cuts the Prices of Three CPUs

Intel has quietly released a new top-of-the-line Sandy Bridge CPU: Core i7-2700K. We reported the i7-2700K "leak" about a month ago, and guessed that i7-2700K will be released around...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 10/24/2011

AMD Working on Bulldozer B3 Stepping

AMD released their highly anticipated Bulldozer CPUs last week (our review). The reception was not very warm, and a common thought was that Bulldozer didn't perform as well as...

60 by Kristian Vättö on 10/20/2011

ARM's Cortex A7: Bringing Cheaper Dual-Core & More Power Efficient High-End Devices

How do you keep increasing performance in a power constrained environment like a smartphone without decreasing battery life? You can design more efficient microarchitectures, but at some point you’ll...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2011

ARM & Cadence Tape Out 20nm Cortex A15 Test Chip

Although we won't see the first ARM Cortex A15 based designs until the second half of next year, and even then only on 28/32nm processes, ARM and design tools...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/18/2011

The Bulldozer Review: AMD FX-8150 Tested

AMD has been trailing Intel in the x86 performance space for years now. Ever since the introduction of the first Core 2 processors in 2006, AMD hasn't been able...

428 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/12/2011

Intel Focuses on Tablets, Winds Down Digital Home Group

Intel's Digital Home Group (DHG) is responsible for the consumer electronics versions of the Atom SoC family. Last year we saw the launch of the Boxee Box and Google...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/10/2011

Intel Releases Two Pentium and Two Core i-series CPUs

Intel has updated their product database (ARK) with four new CPUs. Two of these are branded as Pentiums: 967 and B960. The former is a low-power model with only...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 10/5/2011

Rick Bergman Resurfaces...as the CEO of Synaptics

Last week I regrettably posted that AMD's Products Group GP, Rick Bergman, had left the company for unknown reasons. Tonight I got an email from Synaptics telling me that...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2011

Intel Engineer Ports QuickSync Video Decoding to FFDShow

An Intel engineer by the name of Eric Gur started an AVSForum thread indicating he had begun work on enabling Quick Sync support in FFDShow's video decoder. Quick Sync...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2011

AMD Confirms 32nm Yield Issues at Global Foundries

AMD just announced revised revenue projections for Q3. Revenue is up compared to Q2 by 4 - 6%, but AMD had originally expected an increase of 10%. The reason...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/28/2011

Intel Releases Atom D2500 and D2700 Processors

Back in April, we reported the specifications of Intel's upcoming Cedar Trail platform. On Sunday, Intel quietly updated their CPU price list with two new SKUs: Atom D2500 and...

20 by Kristian Vättö on 9/27/2011

AMD Announces Next Financial Analyst Day: February 2012

For the past three years AMD has held an annual Financial Analyst Day at its HQ in Sunnyvale, CA in November. That was the case for 2008, 2009 and...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/22/2011

Products Group GM Rick Bergman Leaves AMD

For the first time in years AMD is set to really start executing on the CPU side. Although Bulldozer has faced significant delays, Brazos and Llano were both warmly...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/22/2011

A Look Into Sandy Bridge-E Overclocking

Note: Most Sandy Bridge-E information is currently under embargo, but the information below comes from Bit-tech's article detailing SNB-E overclocking. Sandy Bridge-E release is getting closer and closer all the...

11 by Kristian Vättö on 9/21/2011

Ivy Bridge GPU to Support Resolutions of up to 4096x4096

Thanks VR-Zone for the image! IDF 2011 ended on last Thursday but there is still lots of data showing up because sites are processing the data they have gathered. VR-Zone...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 9/19/2011

Intel's Ivy Bridge Architecture Exposed

Five years ago Intel announced its ambitious tick-tock release cadence. We were doubtful that Intel could pull off such an aggressive schedule but with the exception of missing a...

98 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/17/2011

There Will Be Two 32nm Atom SoCs in 2012: Medfield and One Other

Intel did a good job of showing off what it promises to deliver with Medfield at IDF: a reasonably looking smartphone and tablet built around the platform. As a...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/17/2011

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