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Thanks to some sleuthing from various readers, AMD has accidentally let the cat out of the bag with regards to the official Ryzen launch date. While they haven’t specifically given an exact date, the talk to be given by AMD at the annual Game Developer Conference (GDC) says the following: Join AMD Game Engineering team members for an introduction to the recently-launched AMD Ryzen CPU followed by advanced optimization topics. From http://schedule.gdconf.com/session/optimizing-for-amd-ryzen-cpu-presented-by-amd The GDC event runs from February 27th to March 3rd, and currently the AMD talk is not on the exact schedule yet, so it could appear any day during the event (so be wary if anyone says Feb 27th). At this time AMD has not disclosed an exact date either, but it would be an...

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...

133 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...

173 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...

64 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...

60 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

The Skylake Core i3 (51W) CPU Review: i3-6320, i3-6300 and i3-6100 Tested

Out of every generation of Intel processors, the headline acts are the high core count parts, the ones with a high-frequency or the most expensive models. Of course, any...

91 by Ian Cutress on 8/8/2016

Ten Year Anniversary of Core 2 Duo and Conroe: Moore’s Law is Dead, Long Live Moore’s Law

Today marks a full 10 years since the first Core 2 processors, and hence Intel’s 64-bit Core microarchitecture, were made officially available. These included a number of popular dual-core...

159 by Ian Cutress on 7/27/2016

Battle of The CPU Stock Coolers! 7x Intel vs 5x AMD, plus an EVO 212

End users need to be aware of the performance of their current cooling solutions in order to reasonably assess the upgrade that will fit their needs. In this review...

80 by E. Fylladitakis on 7/22/2016

AMD Releases Q2 FY 2016 Financial Results

This afternoon, AMD announced their second quarter earnings for the 2016 fiscal year. It’s been a while, but AMD finds itself in the black for this quarter, with higher...

42 by Brett Howse on 7/21/2016

Assessing IBM's POWER8, Part 1: A Low Level Look at Little Endian

A few months ago, IBM brought the relatively cheap S812LC server to the market, making sure the IBM POWER8 is within the budget of almost every datacenter. In this...

124 by Johan De Gelas on 7/21/2016

Intel Announces Q2 FY 2016 Earnings

In addition to the interesting tidbit about Kaby Lake, Intel also found time today to announce their second quarter earnings for fiscal year 2016. Revenue was up 3% year-over-year...

4 by Brett Howse on 7/20/2016

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