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Gigabyte: Lock and Load for Intel’s Kaby Lake

On April 19, 1965, in anniversary issue of Electronics magazine, director of research and development at Fairchild Semiconductor, Gordon E. Moore had a short article named “Cramming more components onto integrated circuits”. There he has presented his views on the future of semiconductor components industry. In essence, an observation expressed in this article was later popularized as “Moore’s Law” (Number of transistors on a microprocessor chip will double approximately every two years). Moore’s Law has held the line for many years and only in 2015 Intel stated that the pace of advancement has slowed. Now a second, much less quoted Moore’s law, comes to the

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AMD, CPU, Graphics, Guides, Hardware, Intel

How To: Build Your Liquid Cooling Computer

Even though we’ve been seeing liquid cooling PCs since the late 1990s, this form of cooling only became a big thing over the last couple of years. If you are thinking about crossing that line you might want to read this post. First thing first, when it comes to liquid cooling, you need to make a decision; go with a custom loop or AIO (All-in-One)? In my opinion today’s AIO’s are “good enough” and as EKWB proved, you can even add a GPU to your loop later. Personally, I think that if you want a silent gaming PC with great overclock potential – go for the custom loop. If you still

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AMD Discloses Impressive ZEN Performance

During the recent 2016 Annual Shareholding Meeting, AMD’s leadership disclosed their targets for the upcoming three years. The company is building its strategy on the only possible growth plan – building the fastest technology their engineers came come up with, and then produce the silicon which will come to market branded either as AMD, an AMD-THATIC joint-venture or as Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony… and a new mysterious client for the semi-custom business. “We have new Semi-Custom business in the back half of the year that commences then, and we have the traditional Semi-Custom business with our game console partners that seasonally peaks in the third quarter. So a

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AMD Confirms Sony PlayStation Neo Based on 14nm CPU and Polaris?

During AMD’s 2016 Investor Day, the company disclosed its growth strategy. Many of the focal points are in motion already, or even public. For example, AMD sealed the deal with THATIC, Chinese government owned investment fund – which will see their x86 processors enter Chinese enterprise and government sectors in a big way. Second part of the strategy was to finally become a fabless semiconductor, with all the risks and rewards involved with that move. The company spun off its packaging facility, making a total cash intake in excess of $664 million – plus all the unannounced grants that the company is bidding for. Still, perhaps one of the biggest future announcement

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TSMC Tapes out 10nm A11 Processors for Apple

Ten years, even five years ago Intel was the undisputed process leader, and if you wanted to see how the new process node would look like, you would wait to see a new processor coming from Intel architecture. That was the unwritten law of the semiconductor industry, with an occasional blimp when TSMC would introduce a half-node step, beating Intel’s 90/65/45/32nm with 80nm, 55nm, 40nm and 28nm GPUs for ATI and Nvidia. Today, Intel’s missed approach to mobile resulted in company loosing the process node advantage, and ultimately being forced to cancel the most of Atom product family. And now, to add insult to injury, DigiTimes (also known

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Future 2016 and 2017 Intel Processors Benchmarks Leaked

Over the course of 2016 and 2017, Intel will introduce two new architectures for the desktop platform – Broadwell-E and Kaby Lake. Broadwell-E will succeed the venerable Haswell-E as a drop-in replacement for the X99 platform. On the other side, Kaby Lake is Intel’s third (and last?) processor architecture that uses 14nm FinFET process. First to launch will be Broadwell-E processors in six-, eight- and ten-core versions (sexa-, octa-, deca-core). Branded as Core i7-6800 and i7-6900 Extreme Edition series, these processors represent the best Intel can offer to the market. The company adopted a two-fold approach; i7-6850K, a six-core processor for ultimate overclockers clocked at

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New AMD Corporate Strategy Starts to Pay Off

Over the course of last year, AMD’s upper management started to split the company into two key elements – one that would drive the technology forward (Radeon Technologies Group) and one to make sure the technology brings back ‘best bang for buck’, mostly through licensing agreements and new industry collaborations. Radeon Technologies Group is being lead by Raja Koduri and his management and engineering team, while Dr. Lisa T. Su is driving the monetization aspect of AMD as the corporate entity. Less than a year after making an announcement that AMD is ‘open for business’ by licensing the core IP technologies such as CPU or GPU cores. We’ve

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Tick-Tock is Dead: Intel Confirms New Processor Cadence

Several months ago, we exclusively disclosed the new architectural cadence for Intel processors. After a decade of manufacturing processors in an bi-annual cycle (Tick – new architecture, old process; Tock – new process and ‘old’ architecture), Intel’s SEC 10-K filing (PDF download) officially killed the Tick-Tock cadence, moving to a three-fold product line-up for a single manufacturing process. Approximately four years ago, Tick-Tock encountered a first significant hiccup with Ivy Bridge being a 22nm version of Sandy Bridge. Ivy Bridge was the first processor from Intel that we could call APU, instead of a CPU – as 40% of the die was allocated for new graphics architecture. The

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AMD Enhances its Desktop Processor line up

AMD announced new additions to its 2016 Desktop processor family, offering increasingly powerful processor options available for anyone seeking outstanding gameplay and power efficiency for their desktop PC. AMD refreshed their lineup with what is their fastest desktop APU released to date, a powerful Athlon X4 and joined by the powerful A10-7870K now comes with the new, near-silent 125W AMD thermal solution featuring the same capable hardware and performance of the Wraith Cooler, without the illuminated shroud. AMD A10-7890K Setting a new APU Standard, the new AMD A10-7890K is the fastest AMD desktop APU released to date, with 1.02 TFLOPS of single-precision compute performance (theoretical figure). This

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AMD Announces New Embedded Processors

At the Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, AMD announced the third generation of Embedded G-Series and LX SoCs, hoping to provide customers a broadened portfolio of performance options. The latest offerings expand ability to scale x86 platforms, starting with the entry-level AMD Embedded G-Series LX SoC, which is pin compatible to the previous generation of SoC devices. Besides low-power processors, AMD also announced two higher performing SoCs, codenamed “Prairie Falcon” and “Brown Falcon,” which introduce pin compatibility between G-Series processors and high-performance AMD Embedded R-Series SoCs. The new products expand upon AMD’s low power capabilities, bringing scalable performance, power, and price across the CPU, GPU, multimedia, and I/O controller hardware, helping to lower

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AMD, Business, Companies, CPU, Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile Computing

AMD Increases Notebook Market Traction And Exposure

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced increasing momentum for the 6th Generation AMD PRO A-Series mobile processors, based on the introduction of two new HP notebook design wins, new large-scale enterprise deployments, and the expansion of HP adoption of AMD FreeSync™ technology in its notebooks and displays. The 6th Generation AMD PRO A-Series processors, which efficiently integrate extensive AMD CPU, graphics, security, and video processing IP into a single SoC design, will now power two new HP 600 series ProBooks. The HP ProBook 645 14-inch and HP ProBook 655 15.6-inch notebooks allow businesses to equip their workforces with widely configurable and extremely cost-effective HP notebook PCs, enabling

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AMD ZEN CPU and APU Specs Confirmed?

It looks like 2016 is turning into a year of anticipation and redemption for AMD, not just to its consumers, but also to customers which purchased millions of dollars of AMD hardware in the past, and then felt left out. We all saw Oak Ridge National Laboratories, one of first Opteron adopters – ditching a decade old AMD collaboration for IBM+NVIDIA team up. Luckily for all involved, AMD seems to have finally “get their s*** together” and started a sales campaign which might be the most successful since Henri Richard led the sales team taking over more than 50% market share from Intel (albeit only in 4P and 8P

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Intel Kills Overclocking on Non-K Skylake Processors

For the last couple of months, enthusiasts ‘on a budget’ were buying Intel processors based on latest ‘Skylake’ architecture and overclocked them to obtain extra performance. What made overclocking especially attractive was the possibility to overclock cheaper, ‘non-K’ processors using the old method of raising the base-clock (BCLK). Given that the company faced ‘Skylake crashes in Prime95’ affair, Intel decided to push microcode updates which would not just prevent Skylake-based CPUs from crashing but to prevent all non-K CPUs from overclocking as well. This update should not surprise anyone, as lack of any meaningful competition in the performance space meant the company was free to limit the overclocking capabilities. In order to overclock an Intel processor, you

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Analysis, Breaking, CPU, Hardware

Next Gen Processor Performance Revealed

There is a trend of large companies snapping up smaller chip designers, all at the time when several next=generation processor designers are starting to exit stealth modes and gain traction. Over the last couple of months, companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Oracle – all have acquired at least one promising hardware designer or manufacturer. Soft Machines is one of the ‘new kids on the silicon block’, planning to do a ‘one up’ and build all-new processing architecture. Variable Instruction Set Computing or VISC is their brainchild, and on paper, we’re talking about a seriously efficient and flexible processor architecture which just may take sweep the rug

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CPU, Hardware, Mobile, Mobile Computing, News, Qualcomm, Samsung, Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S7 to Feature Gen2 14nm Exynos 8890, 5.1″ Display

As Mobile World Congress draws near, more information is coming out about all the new phones from key players in the industry. One such hotly expected family of smartphones will be 7th generation of Galaxy phones, more commonly known as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Samsung Galaxy S7, codenamed SM-G930F (the international version of S7) is expected to use a ‘Exynos 8890 version 7.0’ processor. From the information we managed to obtain, it will use Gen2 14nm FinFET process, designed and manufactured in Austin, TX. Given that 14nm is starting to look like a long node for Intel as well, as we reported yesterday

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AMD, Companies, CPU, Hardware

AMD Opteron™ A1100 SoC Welcome to the 64-bit ARM Datacenter Arena

AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) marks a major step toward delivering choice and innovation in the datacenter with the launch of the AMD Opteron™ A1100 System-on-Chip (SoC), formerly codenamed “Seattle.” Jointly with its software and hardware partners, AMD is accelerating time-to-deployment of ARM®-based systems and driving forward ecosystem support for ARM in the datacenter. “The ecosystem for ARM in the datacenter is approaching an inflection point, and the addition of AMD’s high-performance processor is another strong step forward for customers looking for a datacenter-class ARM solution,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions, AMD. “The macro trend of convergence between networking, storage and servers

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CPU, Hardware, Intel, News, VR World

Did Intel Got Lucky with the Skylake Freezing Bug?

UPDATE January 18, 2016 – MSI released a beta version of the BIOS which contains micro-code update that should remove the Skylake crashing bug. You can download the beta version of the BIOS for select products on their OneDrive account. Intel recently reported its quarterly and full year results, and they’re quite impressive. The company reported fourth quarter revenue of $14.9 billion, or 1% down from Q4 2014. Net income (profit) also declined to $3.61 billion. Once we look at full year results, they’re more than interesting – 2015 saw Intel recording a revenue of $55.4 billion with $11.4 billion net income. The results are quite

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AMD, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CPU, Hardware, News

AMD Prepares Wraith, First New Product in a Decade

For the first time since the acqusition of ATI Technologies Inc., in 2006, AMD / RTG is preparing a launch of a new product line-up. If you thought that merger between Continental and United Air Lines lasts for too long, think of this – AMD had engineers between Server and Desktop CPU teams and the APU team not talking to each other nine years (!) after the integration of ATI Technologies into the AMD family. Luckily, things are finally changing (after both Intel and NVIDIA walked all over AMD, taking full advantage of AMD’s mistakes due to its  HEO 1.0 – ‘Heterogeneous Engineering Organization’) and the company is getting ready

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3D, AMD, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CPU, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

AMD to Launch Polaris Graphics Architecture with a Mainstream Card

Back in early December 2015, AMD invited their preferred media partners to brief them about the new company structure, where Radeon Technology Group (RTG, also known as ATI 2.0) will continue to bring products to market under the AMD banner until the (almost inevitable) spin-off occurs. In a run-up to CES 2016, which takes place in Las Vegas, NV, AMD made a formal announcement introducing the Polaris GPU architecture. In a video bewlo, Raja Koduri (head of RTG) spoke of innovation that was enabled by a logical transition from planar transistors (single-gate, i.e. 2-D) to multi-gate (i.e. 3-D) technology, with a variant of 3-D transistors being called FinFET. If

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3D, AMD, Companies, CPU, Graphics, Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), VR World

Samsung Set To Produce 14nm Chips For AMD In 2016

According to HotHardware, Samsung is set to produce of 14nm chips for AMD, starting next year. This news comes as a bit of a surprise. AMD currently produces all its chips through one company, namely GlobalFoundries. In a nutshell, AMD now keeps all of their chip production with one single company – not a good business model in any situation. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) also used to build chips for AMD. But after yield and supply woes were constantly happening, it forced AMD to look elsewhere for help, and right now it’s looking in the direction of Samsung. The idea is to have at least

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