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.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 Showdown: AMD's Ryzen Picasso vs. Intel's Ice Lake

Occasionally the stars align. It is very rare in the laptop space that we're able to test two devices, with two very different CPU platforms, with the fewest number...

174 by Brett Howse & Andrei Frumusanu on 12/13/2019

Samsung to Use SiFive RISC-V Cores for SoCs, Automotive, 5G Applications

At the annual RISC-V Summit this week, Samsung disclosed the use SiFive’s RISC-V cores for upcoming chips for a variety of applications. The company is joining a growing list...

18 by Anton Shilov on 12/12/2019

Early TSMC 5nm Test Chip Yields 80%, HVM Coming in H1 2020

Today at the IEEE IEDM Conference, TSMC is presenting a paper giving an overview of the initial results it has achieved on its 5nm process. This process is going...

62 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/11/2019

EUV Wafers Processed and TwinScan Machine Uptime: A Quick Look

One of the interesting elements that came out of some of our discussions at the IEDM conference this year revolve around the present deployment of EUV. Currently only one...

29 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/11/2019

Intel’s Manufacturing Roadmap from 2019 to 2029: Back Porting, 7nm, 5nm, 3nm, 2nm, and 1.4 nm

One of the interesting disclosures here at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has been around new and upcoming process node technologies. Almost every session so far this...

138 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/11/2019

Intel: Lakefield in 2020, Possible 5G on Foveros

At the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) 2019, Intel had two package integration presentations, one on its Omni-Directional Interconnect and one on its 3D stacking Foveros technology. In...

37 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/11/2019

Intel Un-Discontinues Pentium G3420 ‘Haswell’ CPU

As spotted by ComputerBase.de, in a rare event, Intel has canceled its plan to EOL one of its low-end Haswell-generation processors, resuming processor shipments for the foreseeable future. Curiously...

49 by Anton Shilov on 12/9/2019

Arm Server CPUs: You Can Now Buy Ampere’s eMAG in a Workstation

One of the critical elements to all these new server-class Arm processors is availability. We are not yet at the point where these chips are freely sold on the...

19 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/6/2019

AWS Designing a 32-Core Arm Neoverse N1 CPU for Cloud Servers

Amazon Web Services’s CPU design unit is working on a new multi-core processor for AWS servers. The new CPU is said to use Arm’s new Neoverse N1 architecture and...

12 by Anton Shilov on 12/2/2019

Dell: Intel CPU Shortages Worsened in Q4, Premium & Commercial PCs Impacted

Shortages of Intel’s CPUs have persisted for well over a year now, but according to Dell, they actually got worse in the ongoing quarter because of unexpectedly high demand...

82 by Anton Shilov on 11/27/2019

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and 3970X Review: 24 and 32 Cores on 7nm

One of the constant themes of 2019 has been to ask AMD employees about the future of its Threadripper line of products. Since the start of the year we’ve...

243 by Dr. Ian Cutress, Andrei Frumusanu & Gavin Bonshor on 11/25/2019

It’s a Cascade of 14nm CPUs: AnandTech’s Intel Core i9-10980XE Review

The most profitable process node in the history of Intel has been its 14nm process. Since 2014, the company has been pumping out CPUs built on a variety of...

79 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/25/2019

AMD Pre-Announces 64-core Threadripper 3990X: Time To Open Your Wallet

Ever since AMD announced its latest enterprise platform, Rome, and the EPYC 7002 series, one question that high-end desktop users have been wondering is when the 64-core hardware will...

52 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/25/2019

AMD Clarifies "Best Cores" vs "Preferred Cores" Discrepancies For Ryzen CPUs

Over the last several weeks there’s been increasing discussions in the AMD enthusiast community about how the company’s new Ryzen 3000 processors interact with Windows, and in particular on...

62 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/21/2019

Intel Publishes Letter to Customers Apologizing for CPU Shipment Delays

In a move that I don’t believe has precedence within the x86 CPU industry, Intel this afternoon has publicly published a letter to its customers and partners apologizing for...

48 by Ryan Smith on 11/20/2019

Dell’s Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition Comes w/ Ryzen 5 3500 or Ryzen 9 3950X

Dell’s Alienware division has started sales of its Aurora Ryzen Edition desktops. The latest Aurora systems not only put AMD’s processors back into mid-tower Aurora machines for the first...

17 by Anton Shilov on 11/18/2019

Intel’s 2021 Exascale Vision in Aurora: Two Sapphire Rapids CPUs with Six Ponte Vecchio GPUs

For the last few of years, when discussing high performance computing, it has been tough to avoid hearing the word ‘exascale’. Even last month, on 10/18, HPC twitter was...

43 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/17/2019

Raja Koduri at Intel HPC Devcon Keynote Live Blog (4pm MT, 11pm UTC)

Prior to the annual Supercomputing conference, Intel hosts its HPC Developer Conference a couple of days before. This year's HPC Devcon keynote talk is from Intel SVP, Chief Architect...

55 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/17/2019

ASUS: Intel CPU Shortages Easing, But Future Is Uncertain

During its earnings call with analysts and investors, ASUS commented that while the tight supply of Intel’s processors persisted, it is no longer as severe as it was in...

20 by Anton Shilov on 11/15/2019

NUVIA: New Server CPU Startup Going After Intel and AMD

Founded by former senior Apple CPU architects, NUVIA for the first time publicly revealed its existence with the announcement of a successful first investment round. The company broke cover...

41 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/15/2019

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