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.

Load Value Injection: A New Intel Attack Bypasses SGX with Significant Performance Mitigation Concerns

Microarchitectural attacks have been all the rage. For the past two years, we’ve seen attacks like Meltdown, Spectre, Foreshadow/L1TF, Zombieload, and variants all discuss different ways to probe or...

43 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/11/2020

Amazon's Arm-based Graviton2 Against AMD and Intel: Comparing Cloud Compute

It’s been a year and a half since Amazon released their first-generation Graviton Arm-based processor core, publicly available in AWS EC2 as the so-called 'A1' instances. While the processor...

92 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/10/2020

AMD Financial Analyst Day 2020 Round-Up: Laying A Path For Bigger & Better Things

AMD’s first Financial Analyst Day since 2017 has just wrapped up. In the last three years AMD has undergone a dramatic change, launching its Zen CPU architecture, and greatly...

54 by Ryan Smith on 3/5/2020

AMD Clarifies Comments on 7nm / 7nm+ for Future Products: EUV Not Specified

As part of AMD’s Financial Analyst Day 2020, the company gave the latest updates for its CPU and GPU roadmap. A lot of this we have seen before, with...

36 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/5/2020

Updated AMD Ryzen and EPYC CPU Roadmaps March 2020: Milan, Genoa, and Vermeer

Everyone is interested in roadmaps – they give us a sense of an idea of what is coming in the future, and for the investors, it gives a level...

60 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/5/2020

AMD Discusses ‘X3D’ Die Stacking and Packaging for Future Products: Hybrid 2.5D and 3D

One of AMD’s key messages at its Financial Analyst Day 2020 is that the company wants to remain on the leading edge when it comes to process node technology...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/5/2020

AMD Shipped 260 Million Zen Cores by 2020

Today’s Financial Analyst Day 2020 from AMD is full of small nuggets of information. With the company building its foundation on its new x86 Zen high-performance architecture, keeping...

33 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/5/2020

El Capitan Supercomputer Detailed: AMD CPUs & GPUs To Drive 2 Exaflops of Compute

Back in August, the United States Department of Energy and Cray announced plans for a third United States exascale supercomputer, El Capitan. Scheduled to be installed in Lawrence Livermore...

54 by Ryan Smith on 3/4/2020

Intel CFO: Our 10nm Will Be Less Profitable than 22nm [Morgan Stanley Transcription]

This week at Morgan Stanley’s Analyst Conference, Intel’s CFO, George Davis, sat down to discuss the future of where Intel’s profitability lies. No stranger to the odd comments relating...

92 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/4/2020

Next Generation Arm Server: Ampere’s Altra 80-core N1 SoC for Hyperscalers against Rome and Xeon

Several years ago, at a local event detailing a new Arm microarchitecture core, I recall a conversation I had with a number of executives at the time: the goal...

69 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/3/2020

AMD Launches Ultra-Low-Power Ryzen Embedded APUs: Starting at 6W

While it doesn't get the same attention as their high-profile mobile, desktop, or server CPU offerings, AMD's embedded division is an important fourth platform for the chipmaker. To that...

40 by Anton Shilov on 2/27/2020

Testing a Chinese x86 CPU: A Deep Dive into Zen-based Hygon Dhyana Processors

In 2016, through a series of joint ventures and created companies, AMD licensed the design of its first generation Zen x86 processors to be sold into China. The goal...

133 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Wendell Wilson on 2/27/2020

Intel Launches Atom P5900: A 10nm Atom for Radio Access Networks

Continuing Intel’s run of Mobile World Congress-released announcements this morning, the chip maker is also announcing an interesting product in the form of a mobile-related Atom. Dubbed the Atom...

13 by Ryan Smith on 2/24/2020

New Intel Cascade Lake Xeon 'Performance' CPUs: Cutting Prices Too

While this year’s official Mobile World Congress event may have been canceled, a number of vendors are still going ahead with their previously scheduled product announcements and launches. Among...

37 by Ryan Smith on 2/24/2020

AMD Expands EPYC Lineup with 64-Core EPYC 7662 & Large Cache EPYC 7532 CPUs

Today AMD has added two new processors into the EPYC lineup: the EPYC 7662, its fifth 64-core CPU for applications that need loads of cores, as well as the...

24 by Anton Shilov on 2/19/2020

Arctic Reveals Freezer 7 X: A $20 Tower Cooler With LGA1200 Compatibility

When it comes to cooling, the attention of most PC enthusiasts is drawn towards high performance air or liquid CPU coolers that can handle overclocked high-end processors without breaking...

15 by Anton Shilov on 2/19/2020

The 64 Core Threadripper 3990X CPU Review: In The Midst Of Chaos, AMD Seeks Opportunity

The recent renaissance of AMD as the performance choice in the high-end x86 market has been great for consumers by enabling a second offering at the top-end of the...

281 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Gavin Bonshor on 2/7/2020

Zhaoxin’s x86-Compatible CPUs for DIY Enthusiasts Now Available

Zhaoxin, a joint venture between Via Technologies and the Chinese government, has been selling processors for various client systems for years, but recently the company rolled out its latest...

100 by Anton Shilov on 1/29/2020

AMD's 4Q/FY19 Financial Report: Revenue up 50% from 4Q18, Debt Halved

AMD just announced its Q4 2019 and Financial Year 2019 Earnings Report. Here are the key points, along with AMD's presentation.

122 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/28/2020

Intel Joins CHIPS Alliance, Contributes Advanced Interface Bus

Intel this week became a member of CHIPS Alliance, an industry consortium that is working to accelerate the development of open source SoCs (and SiPs) for various applications. As...

17 by Anton Shilov on 1/24/2020

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