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October 2013:

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Intel Celeron J1800 / 2.41GHz / 1MB L2 / 2 cores / BGA1170
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December 2013:

Intel Celeron G1820T / 2.4GHz / 2MB L3 / 2 cores / Socket 1150
Intel Celeron G1820 / 2.7GHz / 2MB L3 / 2 cores / Socket 1150 / Benchmarks
Intel Celeron G1830 / 2.8GHz / 2MB L3 / 2 cores / Socket 1150 / Benchmarks

January 2014:

A10-7700K / 3.4GHz / 4MB L2 / 4 cores / Unlocked / Socket FM2+
A10-7850K / 3.7GHz / 4MB L2 / 4 cores / Unlocked / Socket FM2+

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Yesterday Intel released new mobile products, including 4 "Bay Trail" systems on a chip for budget market segment, 4 Haswell CPUs for high-performance notebooks, and 3 "Haswell" SoCs for ultrabooks and ultra-thin laptops. The released processors boast higher clock speeds compared to older models, while retaining all of the features of their predecessors.   [Full story]
Intel today added 8 new Pentium and Core i3 desktop microprocessors for socket 1150 platform to the official price list. New SKUs for mainstream desktop PCs are Pentium G3250, G3460, Core i3-4160 and i3-4370. Intel also released Pentium G3250T, G3450T, Core i3-4160T and i3-4360T low-power models. All processors boast 100 MHz higher clock speeds compared to their predecessors, which results in up to 3% - 4% better performance.   [Full story]
Entry-level Intel processors for desktop and mobile markets currently utilize Bay Trail core. Designed with power savings in mind, Bay Trail products cannot perform on a par with Haswell counterparts, however they are less expensive, and they boasts much lower power consumption. Next year Bay Trail core will be succeeded by Braswell core, which is expected to bring better CPU and GPU performance, and improved power efficiency.   [Full story]
Intel moves forward with phasing out microprocessor products, built on previous generation microarchitecture. In June, the company announced plans to retire 18 Ivy Bridge desktop processors, and last week they published several Product Change Notification (PCN) documents, detailing upcoming discontinuation of mobile and server Ivy Bridge CPUs.   [Full story]
Intel is readying next generation Core i7 extreme microprocessors, that will be formally introduced this fall. The new line of CPUs, based on Haswell-E core, will include the first ever 8-core desktop microprocessor from Intel. The Core i7s will also feature a number of microarchitecture enhancements, support for DDR4 memory, and they will available with a new chipset. All in all, the company will launch three SKUs, namely six-core Core i7-5820K and i7-5930K, and eight-core i7-5960X. All three processors are already available for pre-order in US.   [Full story]
Intel this week released three new Z3700 series Atom systems on a chip for tablets. On the high end, the company added Z3785 model, which has a comparable CPU performance to existing Z3775, but faster graphics. We believe that this SKU is aimed at premium 10" tablets, priced at $200 and higher. Two new SKUs for low-budget tablets are Z3736F and Z3736G. These models match most of the features of the Z3735F and Z3735G parts, however they should perform a bit better due to higher CPU burst frequency.   [Full story]
In the near future Intel is going to release 8 desktop Haswell- based microprocessors, including several low power SKUs, for budget and mid-class PCs. The list of new models is comprised of Pentium G3250, G3250T, G3450T and G3460, together with Core i3-4160, i3-4160T, i3-4360T and i3-4370. The chips will have 100 MHz higher clock speeds compared to current Pentium and Core i3 products, which should translate to a few percent better performance. The processors are already referenced by support lists of some socket 1150 motherboards.   [Full story]
At the end of 2013 Intel launched first Quark systems-on-a-chip, aimed at industrial and automotive applications, wearables, and other embedded applications. Quark chips have very simplistic design, consisting of a single CPU core, 16 KB of L1 cache, a DDR3 memory controller, 512 KB of on-chip SRAM, and a host of standard communication interfaces, such as PCIe 2.0 and USB 2.0.   [Full story]
This week we posted characteristics of first Intel Broadwell Y series processors, namely Core M 5Y10, 5Y10a and 5Y70. The key feature of these CPUs is extremely low, only 4.5 Watt, Thermal Design Power, which makes them ideal for fanless ultra mobile devices like 2-in-1 computers. According to Intel roadmap, the Core M CPUs will be available in the 4th quarter of this year. More detailed release schedule of Broadwell based products was published this week by Chinese Edition of VR-Zone hardware news site.   [Full story]
Chinese website GamerSky have published pictures and details of supposedly the GeForce GTX 880 graphics card, based on the Maxwell architecture. Previous rumors have suggested the GTX 880 will use the GM204 GPU, but the GamerSky article shows what they believe to be the GM210 GPU. The card detailed is an engineering sample, so may not be indicative of what the final production cards will look like.   [Full story]
AMD announced today three A-Series Accelerated Processing Units, an A4-7300, A6-7400K and A10-7800. The new APUs are based on the same "Kaveri" core as previously launched A10-7700K and A10-7850K SKUs, while boasting lower power consumption. The processors have up to 4 CPU cores, and GCN-based Radeon graphics. At least two models, the A6-7400K and A10-7800, started shipping in OEM desktop PCS last month, but now they will be available in retail (boxed) packaging.   [Full story]
The latest Intel Broadwell microarchitecture, fabricated on 14nm technology, will debut in the last quarter of this year, when the company will officially release first "Y" series processors for highly mobile devices. Preliminary model numbers of these SKUs are 5Y10, 5Y10a and 5Y70, and they will be followed by at least two new SKUs in Q1 2015. The distinctive feature of first Broadwell "Y" microprocessors is an ultra low 4.5 TDP. To meet the TDP requirement, the new CPUs will run at very low CPU and GPU frequencies.   [Full story]
VR-Zone published a slide, depicting Intel desktop roadmap for the next 5 quarters. While information in this slide is not new, it confirms previous reports regarding Intel's plans to launch next generations of desktop products. That includes introduction of Haswell-E extreme CPUs in time for this Holiday season, and release of Broadwell and Skylake processors in 2015.   [Full story]
AMD launched the second card in the FirePro Wx100 series workstation graphics cards, the FirePro W8100, this week. This card follows the earlier release of the top end FirePro W9100 in March 2014, and replaces the FirePro W8000 as the cheaper, more mainstream workstation product. It uses the Hawaii Pro GL GPU, which is the same GPU used on the consumer SKU Radeon R9 290, albeit at lower speeds to guarantee longer term stability in critical operations.   [Full story]
Next year Intel is expected to introduce Skylake, a completely new x86 microarchitecture, fabricated on 14 nm technology. Skylake CPus will have a number of improvements, the most major ones being DDR4 memory support and beefed up graphics unit. Two weeks ago we reported on features of integrated Skylake graphics, and now we have some insight on memory support and TDP of future processors. The information is more than a month old, but we believe that most of it still holds true.   [Full story]
AMD plans to introduce new desktop FX microprocessor with unlocked clock multiplier. A picture of the new CPU, that comes with a liquid cooling solution, was posted over last weekend by AMD employee Roy Taylor. It is impossible to tell from the picture a model number of the processor. Characteristics and expected launch date of the CPU are also not known.   [Full story]
The latest AMD "Kaveri" dual-core APUs started shipping in desktop PCs earlier this month, and at least one "Kaveri" model may be offered as a boxed product in the near future. The A6-7400K, which packs 2 CPU "Steamroller" cores and GCN graphics with 4 compute cores, can be pre-ordered now in US for less than $100. Based on our past experience with pre-order items in the linked (ShopBLT) store, we expect A6-7400K availability within a month.   [Full story]
Earlier this week we posted details of forthcoming "Haswell Refresh" microprocessors, expected to bump clock speeds of current Pentium and Core i3 products by a mere 100 MHz. New CPUs are Pentium G3250, G3460, Core i3-4160 and Core i3-4370. There will be also low power Pentium G3250T, G3450T, Core i3-4160T and i3-4360T, although they probably will not be available in retail channel as boxed products.   [Full story]
New A8-6410 "Beema" APU surfaced in HP Pavilion notebooks, specifically in Pavilion 14z Touch, Pavilion 15z, 17z and 17z Touch. "Beema" processors were launched back in April, and the fastest model up to this moment was a quad-core A6-6310, clocked at 1.8 GHz, or up to 2.4 GHz with the Turbo Core technology active. The A8-6410, offered as an upgrade option in mentioned above laptops, is a new flagship "Beema" chip with higher base frequency and better graphics than the A6-6310.   [Full story]
New CPUs: AMD A8-6410
New generation of "Haswell" server processors is coming in Q3 2014. The first to launch will be Xeon E5-2600 v3 series for dual-socket systems, and it will be followed by quad-socket Xeon E5 products in Q1 2015. The Xeon E5-2600 v3, or the third generation of E5-2600 CPUs, will utilize all Haswell features, including integrated voltage regulator, as well as AVX 2 and TSX extensions to the instruction set. The chips will have 4 memory channels, each supporting 3 DDR4 DIMMs with data rates up to 2133 MHz.   [Full story]
NVidia today launched the entry level GeForce GT 730 graphics card. The card comes in three variants. The first uses DDR3 memory with a 128-bit interface. The second uses DDR3 memory with a 64-bit interface, and finally there is a GDDR5 version with a 64-bit interface. Most models will use a low profile design and a single slot active cooling system.   [Full story]
Last month Intel launched 25 "Haswell Refresh" desktop microprocessors, that replaced full range of Haswell desktop products with slightly faster models. According to Intel's roadmap, there won't be new mainstream and premium processors from Core i5 and i7 families until the second quarter of 2015, when the company is going to introduce Broadwell-K and Skylake-S successors. Entry-level and mid-range CPUs, represented by Celeron, Pentium and Core i3 families, will stay with the Haswell architecture until second half of 2015, or for a year.   [Full story]
At the beginning of this month AMD announced A Pro-Series Accelerated Processing Units for business desktop and notebook PCs. Previously called "business-class" processors, these APUs will feature longer life support, and they will be shipped exclusively in OEM systems. In total, AMD announced 7 SKUs, including 3 mobile and 4 desktop PRO APUs. On top of that, AMD may release two business-class APUs from A4 series, A4 PRO-7300B and A4 PRO-7350B.   [Full story]
Currently the line of Intel low-power products for microservers and embedded applications is comprised of Atom C2000 systems on a chip and Haswell-based Xeon E3 microprocessors. Sometime in 2014 or later they will be succeeded by Atom "Denverton" chips, Broadwell CPUs and Broadwell SoCs.   [Full story]
A week ago AMD published specification of long-awaited desktop APUs, rated at 65 Watt. Three new chips are A6-7400K, A8-7600 and A10-7800, all based on the latest AMD "Kaveri" core, that combines 2 or 4 "Steamroller" CPU cores and HSA-enabled GCN graphics. Other interesting features in these SKUs are integrated Audio processor, and configurable TDP, that allows the APUs to operate in lower 45 Watt power envelope at reduced clock speeds. Last week we speculated that processors may appear in OEM computers, and now we have a confirmation of that.   [Full story]
Earlier this year Intel released new Atom "Bay Trail-T" systems-on-a-chip, that targeted full spectrum of tablet market, from $100 budget devices and up to $200+ premium tablets. Two low end models from the lineup, Atom Z3735F and Atom Z3735G, had an official price of $17 and were designed for Android only tablets with MSRP $129 or lower. Based on information from a recent Product Change Notification (PCN) document, published by Intel last week, we may see more entry level "Bay Trail-T" processors in the near future.   [Full story]
AMD expanded embedded G-Series family at Computex show at Taipei last week, launching 6 new systems on a chip (SoCs). New processors come with 2 or 4 CPU cores, Graphics Processing unit on some SKUs, and chipset logic integrated on a die. The chips have increased clock speeds, up to 2.4 GHz, while operating in the same or lower power envelope compared to previous generation of embedded processors. G-Series SoCs feature such technologies as platform security processor (PSP), memory ECC, as well as Heterogeneous System Architecture on models, equipped with the GPU.   [Full story]
Westmere was the first Intel x86 microarchitecture to integrate a graphics unit together with CPU cores, since then the company made quite an effort to improve graphics performance. Intel implemented sharing of last level cache between the CPU and GPU, increased the number of shaders, or execution units (EUs), and optimized them. Current Haswell architecture introduced GT3 graphics, that increased the number of EUs to 40. It is anticipated that upcoming Broadwell GT2 and GT3 GPUs will have the number of execution units increased by 20% to 24 and 48.   [Full story]
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