CPUs

Last year we spotted that AMD was in the market to hire a new lead product manager for a ‘workstation division’. This was a categorically different position to the lead PM for high-end desktop, and so we speculated what this actually means. Today, AMD is announcing its first set of workstation products, under the Ryzen Threadripper Pro branding. However, it should be noted that these processors will only be available as part of pre-built systems, and no corresponding consumer motherboards will be made available.

Google’s new Confidential Virtual Machines on 2nd Gen AMD EPYC

With AMD’s market share slowly increasing, it becomes very interesting to see where EPYC is being deployed. The latest announcement today comes from AMD and Google, with news that...

19 by Dr. Ian Cutress 2 days ago

Hot Chips 32 (2020) Schedule Announced: Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, Raja Koduri Keynote

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – the best industry conference I go to every year is Hot Chips. The event has grown over...

63 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/8/2020

Intel Thunderbolt 4 Update: Controllers and Tiger Lake in 2020

Wired connectivity is converging onto two standards: USB4 and Thunderbolt 4. Both of these are set to debut by the end of the year in Intel’s upcoming Tiger Lake...

73 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/8/2020

Intel Marks Gemini Lake Atom Platform for End-of-Life

Alongside Intel’s Skylake Core CPU architecture, Intel’s other CPU workhorse architecture for the last few years has been the Goldmont Plus Atom core. First introduced in 2017 as part...

9 by Ryan Smith on 7/7/2020

New AMD Ryzen 3000XT Processors Available Today

Announced a couple of weeks ago, the new AMD Ryzen 3000XT models with increased clock frequencies should be available today in primary markets. These new processors offer slightly higher...

113 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/7/2020

The Intel Lakefield Deep Dive: Everything To Know About the First x86 Hybrid CPU

For the past eighteen months, Intel has paraded its new ‘Lakefield’ processor design around the press and the public as a paragon of new processor innovation. Inside, Intel pairs...

216 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/2/2020

Best CPUs for Gaming: June/July 2020

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data...

39 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/26/2020

AMD Succeeds in its 25x20 Goal: Renoir Crosses the Line in 2020

One of the stories bubbling away in the background of the industry is the AMD self-imposed ‘25x20’ goal. Starting with performance in 2014, AMD committed to itself, to customers...

83 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/25/2020

Marvell’s ThunderX3 Server Team Loses VP/GM and Lead Architect

One of the key drivers in the Arm server space over the last few years has been the cohesion of the different product teams attempting to build the next...

4 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/23/2020

Ampere’s Product List: 80 Cores, up to 3.3 GHz at 250 W; 128 Core in Q4

With the advent of higher performance Arm based cloud computing, a lot of focus is being put on what the various competitors can do in this space. We’ve covered...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/23/2020

The Next Phase: Apple Lays Out Plans To Transition Macs from x86 to Apple SoCs

After many months of rumors and speculation, Apple confirmed this morning during their annual WWDC keynote that the company intends to transition away from using x86 processors at the...

236 by Ryan Smith on 6/22/2020

AMD Scores First Top 10 Zen Supercomputer… at NVIDIA

One of the key metrics we’ve been waiting for since AMD launched its Zen architecture was when it would re-enter the top 10 supercomputer list. The previous best AMD...

47 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/22/2020

New #1 Supercomputer: Fugaku in Japan, with A64FX, take Arm to the Top with 415 PetaFLOPs

High performance computing is now at a point in its existence where to be the number one, you need very powerful, very efficient hardware, lots of it, and lots...

46 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/22/2020

Intel to use Nanowire/Nanoribbon Transistors in Volume ‘in Five Years’

This year, at the international VLSI conference, Intel’s CTO Mike Mayberry gave one of the plenary presentations, which this year was titled ‘The Future of Compute’. Within the presentation...

14 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/22/2020

Intel Launches Cooper Lake: 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable for 4P/8P Servers

We’ve known about Intel’s Cooper Lake platform for a number of quarters. What was initially planned, as far as we understand, as a custom silicon variant of Cascade Lake...

100 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/18/2020

AMD To Launch New Ryzen 3000 XT CPUs: Zen 2 with More MHz

One of the more frequent rumors in recent weeks has been that AMD would have some new Ryzen 3000 processors to launch. Today AMD is announcing three new processors...

81 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/16/2020

Jim Keller Resigns from Intel, Effective Immediately

Intel has just published a news release on its website stating that Jim Keller has resigned from the company, effective immediately, due to personal reasons. Jim Keller was hired by...

122 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/11/2020

Intel Discloses Lakefield CPUs Specifications: 64 Execution Units, up to 3.0 GHz, 7 W

Over the past 12 months, Intel has slowly started to disclose information about its first hybrid x86 platform, Lakefield. This new processor combines one ‘big’ CPU core with four...

79 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/10/2020

Electromigration: Why AMD Ryzen Current Boosting Won't Kill Your CPU

Electromigration is an issue that affects all electronics - the act of electrons bumping into silicon or copper atoms and moving them out of the crystal lattice raises the...

144 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/9/2020

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