News articles by Anthony Shvets


In June we reported on new ultra low voltage AMD A8-6410 processor, spotted in specifications of several HP Pavilion notebooks. The A8-6410 is the fastest from "Beema" line of accelerated processing units, and it features 4 CPU cores, 2 MB L2 cache and Radeon R5 graphics. The chip is clocked 200 MHz higher than the A6-6310, former flagship model with the same type of architecture.   [Full story]
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]
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]
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]
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]
AMD released the next generation of mobile Accelerated Processing Units for mainstream and ultra-thin laptops at Computex show in Taipei. Produced on 28nm technology, the APUs integrate up to 4 "Steamroller" CPU cores, and Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU with up to 8 compute units. One of the major improvements in new processors is a new core design, codenamed "Kaveri", that increases per clock performance, and at the same time lowers power consumption.   [Full story]
Intel this week launched Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258, Core i5-4690K and Core i7-4790K, all featuring unlocked clock multiplier. The Core branded parts use new Devil's Canyon core, that has several tweaks to improve its overclocking potential. For once, Intel changed Thermal Interface Material (TIM) to Next-Generation Polymer TIM, or NGPTIM. They also added more capacitors which was claimed to improve power delivery.   [Full story]
This week AMD launched second generation R-series accelerated processors for embedded market. Codenamed "Bald Eagle", these low-power APUs succeeded first generation R-Series products, released in 2012 and based on "Trinity" core. New processors come with a handful of improvements, such as "Steamroller" optimized CPU architecture, GCN graphics architecture with support for Heterogeneous System Architecture, and significantly higher clock speeds while operating in the same TDP threshold.   [Full story]
Intel refreshed Atom Z3700 line of "Bay Trail-T" systems-on-a-chip (SoC), aimed at tablet market. The first "Bay Trail-T" models were launched last September, and delivered significant increase in performance in both CPU and GPU intensive applications. The refresh provided a bit of extra performance boost owning to increased CPU and GPU frequencies, and it fixed several USB controller defects. Also, Intel introduced a few entry-level processors for budget Android tablets. Overall, the refresh added 9 new SKUs, namely Z3735D, Z3735E, Z3735F, Z3735G, Z3745, Z3745D, Z3775, Z3775D and Z3795.   [Full story]
AMD last week launched the third generation of ultra-low power systems on chip, including "Beema" processors for thin and light notebooks, and "Mullins" chips for tablets and hybrid notebooks. The "Beema" lineup is comprised of E2-6110, A4-6210 and A6-6310 SKUs. The "Mullins" line consists of E1 Micro-6200T, A4 Micro-6400T and A10 Micro-6700T. The "Beema" and "Mullins" products boast improved CPU/GPU performance and greatly reduced power consumption. According to AMD, "Beema" SoCs are up to 2 times faster in graphics tasks than the previous generation of chips.   [Full story]
Intel Quark family of embedded ultra low power microprocessors was expanded this week with a new X1020 SKU. Quark processors are based on a single Pentium core, that adds 512 KB of on-chip SRAM for faster memory access, an SIMD unit, a single-channel DDR3 memory controller, and several standard interfaces, such as PCI-e 2.0, Ethernet and USB 2.0. All Quark chips run at 400 MHz, and have 16 KB of unified L1 cache. With just 2 Watt - 2.2 Watt TDP, the processors are a good fit for low power applications, such as embedded devices.   [Full story]
More than 15 Haswell-based laptop processors were introduced by Intel this week, which allowed the company to refresh all mobile families beginning from Celeron and up to Core i7. Alongside the mobile chips, the company also released Core i3-4110E, i3-4112E , i5-4410E and i5-4422E embedded CPUs, planned as a replacement for the Core i3-4100E, i3-4102E, i5-4400E and i5-4402E respectively. The new processors feature 200 MHz higher operating frequencies.   [Full story]
Earlier this week Intel added information on "Haswell Refresh" processors to their official pricelist. It is suffice to say that there were no unexpected surprises there, and the new SKUs had exact same prices as the first generation Haswell microprocessors. Although the list included the full line of "Haswell Refresh" desktop CPUs, they will be available only in May, due to their release date being tied to the launch of desktop 9-series chipset. The mobile refresh, on another hand, will work with currently available 8-series mobile chipsets, and for that reason we were not surprised to see new mobile processors in Intel's product database.   [Full story]
AMD this week launched low power desktop platform utilizing socket AM1, formerly known as a "socket FS1B". The socket AM1 processors are built on "Kabini" core, which combines "Jaguar" CPU architecture and "Graphics Core Next" GPU architecture, and integrates it all together with all necessary chipset logic on a single system-on-a-chip (SoC). The SoCs have 2 and 4 CPU cores, and the graphics unit comes with 128 shader cores. Feature-wise, new "Kabini" processors are similar to mobile Kabini products with the exception of somewhat higher clocks, and a new PGA type packaging, that simplifies processor upgrade or replacement.   [Full story]
Intel this week released three Quark processors, all featuring extended operating temperature range. New X1001, X1011 and X1021D are qualified to operate from -40°C to +85°C, while offering the same performance and feature-set as Quark X1000, X1010 and X1020D models, that were released in the past two quarters.   [Full story]
Just two weeks after the launch of the Xeon Phi 7120D co-processor in dense form factor packaging, Intel is ready to introduce another member of the 71xx family. The latest Xeon Phi product, which was added today to Intel's official pricelist, has the model number 7120A. The 7120A is packaged as an add-on card with PCI-Express interface. The co-processor has an active cooling solution on the board, which distinguishes it from the launched last year 7120P (it comes with a passive cooler).   [Full story]
Intel last week introduced two entry-level Rangeley C2308 and C2508 processors. The newly launched "Rangeley" chips, together with the original line of C23xx, C25xx and C27xx systems on a chip are positioned as low end offerings for communications and networking embedded devices. The mid-end of the communications/networking market lineup so far was represented by dual- and quad-core Ivy Bridge Gladden processors, available under the Pentium, Core i3 and Xeon E3 brands. Earlier this week Intel released successors of the Ivy Bridge Gladden CPUs, namely Core i5-4402EC, Core i7-4700EC and i7-4702EC.   [Full story]
Intel recently expanded Core i5 family with a new low power microprocessor, dubbed as Core i5-4460T. In our February's story (linked below) we listed it along with Haswell desktop refresh SKUs, anticipated to arrive in the second quarter 2014. However, the i5-4460T is not a speed bump of existing product, and that may explain why it was released earlier than the refresh processors.   [Full story]
Intel this week introduced two systems on a chip from Atom C2000 series, aimed at networking and communications markets. New products, Atom C2308 and C2508, are built on the latest 22nm microarchitecture, incorporate up to 4 CPU cores, and support QuickAssist technology. Although the chips come with reduced clock speeds compared to older family members, their main advantage is not a performance, but a lower TDP at the same price point.   [Full story]
Intel this week expanded Xeon Phi 7100 family with the 7120D coprocessor. The 7100 series consists of premium Xeon Phi products, aimed at the most demanding High Performance Computing tasks. These co-processors are clocked higher and have more on-board memory than more budget oriented 5100 and 3100 series. The first two Xeon Phi models, the 7120A and 7120X, were packaged as an addon cards with and without cooling solutions. The latest Xeon Phi 7120D is a "dense form factor" product, that looks like a 5" x 6" PCB board with a 230-pin edge finger connection.   [Full story]
Intel this week launched E5-4600 v2, the last series of server processors, powered by Ivy Bridge architecture. The E5-4600 v2 CPUs have the same built-in features as Xeon E5-2600 v2 family, however they can scale up to 4 sockets. Compared to the first generation E5-4600 products, the v2 chips offer more cores, more cache, and greater memory bandwidth, which ultimately results in much higher performance. The CPUs also incorporate new float 16 instructions, APIC virtualization, Digital Random Number Generator, and support for OS Guard feature.   [Full story]
AMD today announced socket AM1 platform for entry-level and low-power desktop PCs. The platform, previously known as socket FS1b, works with dual- and quad-core "Kabini" Accelerated Processing Units, built on "Jaguar" CPU microarchitecture and Graphics Core Next GPU architecture. The APUs also integrate a DDR3 memory controller, that supports data rates up to 1600 MHz. Furthermore, the chips integrate a Fusion Controller Hub (FCH), providing such functionality as USB 2.0/3.0 and SATA 6 GB/s data I/O interfaces, as well as VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI video interfaces.   [Full story]
Last weekend Intel added Celeron N2830 "Bay Trail-M" system on a chip to the official price list. According to the latest revision of "Bay Trail" specification update, the N2830 uses a new core stepping, that fixes a number of USB defects. Also, CPU and GPU clock speeds of the SoC are slightly different from the Celeron N2820. More details on the N2830 were published by Intel this week, and they revealed that the processor has two new features. Additionally, Intel published specifications of Celeron N2930 and Pentium N3530, that were also launched this week.   [Full story]
Intel this week launched the second generation of Xeon E7 microprocessors for mission critical applications and big data computing. Branded as Xeon E7-2800 v2, E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2, the CPUs provide up to 50% more cores, up to 25% more cache, up to 4x times of I/O bandwidth, and up to 3x times of supported RAM than the first generation of Xeon E7 products. These improvements, combined with microarchitecture enhancements, allow Xeon E7 v2s to perform up to 2 times faster than their predecessors.   [Full story]
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