CPUs

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 processor parts, including the seemingly ubiquitous E6400 and the Core 2 Extreme X6800. These were built on Intel’s 65nm process, and marked a turning point in the desktop processor ecosystem. To quote Anand in our launch review: ‘you’re looking at the most impressive piece of silicon the world has ever seen’. Today’s anniversary is somewhat bittersweet, as this week saw the official launch of the ‘final’ biannual International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors report which predicts the stalling of smaller silicon manufacturing nodes and the progression of new design paradigms to tackle the next 10-15 years...

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...

146 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

Software Guard Extensions on Specific Skylake CPUs Only

Through the staggered release of Intel’s 6th Generation Core processors, known as Skylake, we reported in our architecture deep dive that Intel would be introducing a raft of known...

18 by Ian Cutress on 10/5/2015

AMD Releases New PRO Mobile APUs: Carrizo up to A12-8800B

We touched upon this very briefly in our recent HP Elitebook news, but at the end of September AMD officially launched four new professional mobile APUs under the AMD...

53 by Ian Cutress on 10/2/2015

Apple’s A9 SoC Is Dual Sourced From Samsung & TSMC

Picking up from our conversation this morning on Apple’s A9 SoC, the crew over at Chipworks has been working hard over the weekend to decap A9 and their first...

99 by Ryan Smith on 9/28/2015

Jim Keller Leaves AMD

AMD’s history has been well documented, especially given several reorganizations in the early part of this decade along with changes in senior staff and how both its market share...

125 by Ian Cutress on 9/18/2015

The Death of Intel’s Broadwell Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - Socketed Broadwell Continues

To hop right into the heart of matters, IT World published an article earlier this afternoon stating that Intel was discontinuing their two desktop Broadwell socketed SKUs, the Core...

43 by Ryan Smith on 9/17/2015

Updates to Skylake Discrete Graphics Performance: PCIe Optimizations Incoming

In our initial review of the two 6th Generation Intel Skylake-K processors launched on August 5th, the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K, our comparative analysis to the previous generations of...

37 by Ian Cutress on 9/8/2015

The Intel Skylake Mobile and Desktop Launch, with Architecture Analysis

Intel’s 6th Generation of its Core product line, Skylake, is officially launching today. We previously saw the performance of the two high end Skylake-K 91W processors, but that was...

173 by Ian Cutress on 9/1/2015

The Intel Skylake i7-6700K Overclocking Performance Mini-Test to 4.8 GHz

At the time of our Skylake review of both the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K, due to the infancy of the platform and other constraints, we were unable to probe...

107 by Ian Cutress on 8/28/2015

The Intel Broadwell Xeon E3 v4 Review: 95W, 65W and 35W with eDRAM

Our Broadwell coverage on the desktop has included reviews of the two consumer processors and a breakdown of IPC gains from generation to generation. One issue surrounding Broadwell on...

72 by Ian Cutress on 8/26/2015

Skylake CPU Package: Mini-Analysis

As a short side piece from our in depth review on Intel's 6th Generation Core processors, codename Skylake, the well-known overclocker Splave has posted some very interesting images on...

86 by Ian Cutress on 8/10/2015

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