Heterogeneous compute has been on the tip of the tongue for many involved in integrating compute platforms, and despite talk and demos regarding hardware conforming to HSA provisional specifications, today the HSA Foundation is officially launching the ratified 1.0 Final version of the standardized platform design. This brings together a collection of elements: - the HSA Specification 1.0 defines the operation of the hardware, - the HSA Programmers’ Reference Manual for the software ecosystem targeting tools and compiler developers, - the HSA Runtime Specification for how software should interact with HSA-capable hardware The specifications are designed to be hardware agnostic as you would imagine, allowing ARM, x86, MIPS and other ISAs to take advantage of the HSA standard as long as it conforms to the specifications. The HSA...

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

IDF 2011 Recap and Announcing Pipeline

A little over a month ago we quietly introduced a new section to AnandTech called Pipeline. You'll find it in the right hand column of the site where we...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/16/2011

Rattner Shows off Near Threshold Voltage Intel Architecture CPU

Most modern day Intel CPUs run at or above 1V depending on clock speed. For years we had seen decreasing core voltages as Intel transitioned to lower power manufacturing...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Intel and Micron Develop Hybrid Memory Cube, Stacked DRAM is Coming

During the final keynote of IDF, Intel's Justin Rattner demonstrated a new stacked DRAM technology called the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC). The need is clear: if CPU performance is...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Counting Transistors: Why 1.16B and 995M Are Both Correct

Yesterday we published Ivy Bridge's transistor count as 1.48 billion. It turns out that was wrong as Intel's Mooly Eden accidentally read the B in billion as an 8...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Look Out Bulldozer, Here Comes Trinity: AMD's 2012 Demo on Video at IDF

AMD's Bulldozer CPU is on the verge of being released. Sever markets will see the CPU soon, while desktop customers will have to wait until Q4 (which is only...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

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