CPUs

The super-high-end of Intel’s Xeon CPU range, based on servers with as many cores and as much memory as you can throw at them, represent a good part of Intel’s business with the potential to offer large margins: some customers want the most, the best, the powerful, and are willing to pay for it. For a number of generations, this has come via the Intel E7 line, consisting of two families of products designed for quad-socket servers (the E7-4000 v4) and eight socket servers (the E7-8000 v4). The new element to this launch is the use of ‘v4’, meaning that following the launch of Broadwell-EP for 1S/2S systems a couple of months ago and Broadwell-E (high-end desktop, HEDT) two weeks go, Intel has now...

ARM on AMD: The A1100 Seattle Silicon at SuperComputing 15

Anyone loosely following AMD’s efforts with ARM intellectual property would have had on their periphery the noise of the A1100 product aimed at servers, codenamed Seattle. The idea was...

18 by Ian Cutress on 11/24/2015

Broadwell E3 v4 Xeons: Cirrascale at SuperComputing 15

The hubbub about the Broadwell Xeon family was relatively interesting. We managed to get hold of the models that came in a socketed form for testing, the E3-1285 v4...

4 by Ian Cutress on 11/23/2015

Intel Introduces New Braswell Stepping with J3060, J3160 and J3710

When a processor is manufactured, it has a series of designations to identify it, such as the name. But alongside this, as with almost every manufactured product ever, each...

18 by Ian Cutress on 11/23/2015

SuperComputing 15: Intel’s Knights Landing / Xeon Phi Silicon on Display

There are lots of stories to tell from the SuperComputing 15 conference here in Austin, but a clear overriding theme – in order to reach ‘Exascale’ (the fancy name...

26 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2015

The AMD A8-7670K APU Review: Aiming for Rocket League

Over the past couple of years, AMD has slowly released their mainstream brand of Kaveri processors. In turn, we have reviewed them, and they consistently aim to provide a...

153 by Ian Cutress on 11/18/2015

A Few Notes on Intel’s Knights Landing and MCDRAM Modes from SC15

When learning about new hardware, there are always different angles to look at it. For the most part, manufacturers talking to the media will focus on the hardware aspects...

10 by Ian Cutress on 11/16/2015

Intel @ SC15: Launching Xeon Phi “Knights Landing” & Omni-Path Architecture

The fourth and final of the major SC15 conference announcements/briefings for today comes Intel. As Intel is in the middle of executing on their previously announced roadmap, they aren’t...

7 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2015

IBM & Xilinx @ SC15: Collaborating For Better POWER/FPGA System Integration

Kicking off this week is the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, better known as SC. Along with the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), SC...

4 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2015

ARM Announces New Cortex-A35 CPU - Ultra-High Efficiency For Wearables & More

Today as part of the volley of announcements at ARM's TechCon conference we discover ARM's new low-power application-tier CPU architecture, the Cortex-A35. ARM follows an interesting product model: The...

23 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/10/2015

ARM Announces ARMv8-M Instruction Set For Microcontrollers – TrustZone Comes to Cortex-M

Kicking off today in Santa Clara, California is ARM’s annual developer conference and expo, TechCon. Although ARM announces products year-round, they always have a couple of announcements reserved for...

10 by Ryan Smith on 11/10/2015

Examining Intel's New Speed Shift Tech on Skylake: More Responsive Processors

Modern computer processors are constantly changing their operating frequency (and voltage) depending on workload. For Intel processors, this is often handled by the operating system which will request a...

49 by Brett Howse on 11/6/2015

The IBM POWER8 Review: Challenging the Intel Xeon

We recently got our hands on a S822L, an dual socket OpenPOWER server. IBM claims that this is an affordable, high performance and highly expandable alternative to the typical...

145 by Johan De Gelas on 11/6/2015

GlobalFoundries and AMD Announce First 14nm FinFET Sample Production Success

GlobalFoundries, AMD’s former chip manufacturing arm, is a fab that has seen some hard times. After being spun-off from AMD in 2009, the company has encountered repeated trouble releasing...

58 by Ryan Smith on 11/5/2015

AMD Launches Excavator Based R-Series APUs for Embedded with DDR4 Support

Despite the recent news surrounding AMDs reorganization and financials, today AMD is announcing the launch of its first DDR4 processors. But rather than aiming at the high end or...

34 by Ian Cutress on 10/21/2015

Intel Launches ‘Greenlow’: C236 Chipset and Skylake E3-1200 v5 Xeons

One of the recent notable aspects about the Xeon E3 family was the lack of a significant presence with Intel’s Broadwell architecture. A handful of them were released under...

31 by Ian Cutress on 10/19/2015

AMD Announces FY 2015 Q3 Results: Decreased Computing And Graphics Sales Hurt Bottom Line

Today AMD has announced their third quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015. AMD saw a 13% increase in revenue over Q2 2015, but revenues were down almost 26% over...

78 by Brett Howse on 10/15/2015

AMD To Spin-Off Back-End Testing & Assembly Operations Into Joint Venture For $371 Million

AMD’s Q3 2015 earnings release just hit the wire a bit ago, and while we’re still working on putting together that story we wanted to immediately jump into what...

41 by Ryan Smith on 10/15/2015

Intel Announces FY 2015 Q3 Results: Strong Earnings Despite Client Computing Drop

Intel released their third quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015 today, and it was certainly a rocky quarter. Their revenue for the quarter was $14.5 billion, which was in-line...

23 by Brett Howse on 10/13/2015

AMD Corporate Fellow Phil Rogers Leaves Company, Joins NVIDIA

With respect to both structure and personnel, the last few months have been busy – if not tumultuous – for AMD. The company recently reorganized itself so that their...

83 by Ryan Smith on 10/13/2015

HSA Foundation Update: More HSA Hardware Coming Soon

When AMD set about bringing their CPU/GPU fusion initiative to life with the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) earlier this decade, one point AMD made early-on was that while they...

20 by Ryan Smith on 10/6/2015

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