News articles by Anthony Shvets


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]
AMD today launched two server microprocessors for two- and quad-socket servers. New Opteron 6338P and 6370P chips integrate 12 and 16 CPU cores respectively, utilize lower power envelope, and offer better performance per watt per dollar than existing products from the same family. The 6338P model is priced at $377, and the 6370P is priced at $598.   [Full story]
Intel today added 9 Haswell-based mobile microprocessors to the official price list. The list of new models includes Core i5-4310M, i5-4310U, i5-4340M and i5-4360U, along with Core i7-4610M, i7-4810MQ, i7-4860HQ, i7-4910MQ, and Core i7-4940MX Extreme Edition. Based on brief specifications in the pricelist, the CPUs provide only a minor speed boost over their predecessors, launched in the summer and the fall of last year.   [Full story]
New AMD "Kaveri" processors, that were announced last week at CES show in Las Vegas, have been launched. The first two retail models are A10-7700K and A10-7850K, both boasting 4 "Steamroller" CPU cores and HSA-enabled Radeon R7 graphics. Furthermore, AMD introduced A8-7600 quad-core model with 65 Watt and 45 Watt TDP. The A10-7700K and A10-7850K are available in stores now. The boxes come with a free coupon for Battle Field 4 PC game. The A8-7600 has an official price of $119, and it will be available later in Q1 2014.   [Full story]
Earlier this week we reported on a launch of Xeon E5-2400 v2 family for Romley-EN (socket B) platform. Utilizing all features and enhancements of Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, new "Ivy Bridge-EN" CPUs have more cores, larger L3 cache size, and higher clock speeds than previous generation of Sandy Bridge-EN based microprocessors. The E5-2400 v2 products work in single- and dual-processor servers, but this week Intel also introduced several Ivy Bridge-EN SKUs, targeting only single-processor embedded systems.   [Full story]
Intel today launched second generation of Xeon E5-2400 products for Romley platform, featuring more cores, larger caches and higher clock speeds, while operating in the same power envelope as previous generation of server chips. New microprocessors are built on Ivy Bridge-EP core, that provides a number of performance and power enhancements, such as internal speed optimizations, new Float 16 instructions, APIC virtualization, and lower idle power consumption. The chips also have such security technologies as Secure Key and OS Guard. The E5-2400 v2 CPUs are targeted at dual-processor systems, and use socket B (LGA1356).   [Full story]
In October we reported on several Haswell-based mobile microprocessors, planned to be released in Q1 2014. The list included Celeron 2957U and 2981U, along with Pentium 3558U and 3561Y ULV chips. The main new feature of these microprocessors was support for Wireless Display technology, while the rest of the specifications was identical to Celeron 2955U, 2980U, and Pentium 3556U and 3560Y. Two of upcoming models, the 2957U and 2981U, were launched in November, and the other two were added to Intel's product database this week.   [Full story]
AMD "Richland" processors were launched in June 2013, and since then the company released about a dozen of consumer models, ranging from a dual-core 370K CPU and up to a quad-core A10-6800K APU with unlocked clock multiplier. In addition to consumer processors, AMD also planned 4 business class products with model numbers A4-6300B, A6-6400B, A8-6500B and A10-6800B. Recently these processors appeared in HP Compaq Pro 6305 Desktop PCs.   [Full story]
Earlier this month Intel quietly launched ultra low voltage Celeron and Pentium systems on a chip (SoC), based on "Bay Trail-M" core and aimed at mobile devices. Several key improvements in new mobile processors were higher CPU clocks, added support for Burst technology, and increased maximum GPU speed. Mobile Celerons and Pentiums were not the only "Bay Trail" products released this month. Last week Intel added specifications of desktop "Bay Trail-D" chips to their product database.   [Full story]
AMD yesterday provided details on upcoming mobile microprocessor cores, including low power "Beema" and ultra-low power "Mullins" cores. The company also revealed performance estimates of future APUs, and released updated desktop and mobile CPU roadmaps for 2014.   [Full story]
In September Intel launched the latest generation of "Bay Trail-M" ultra low voltage processors for netbooks and mobile devices. New mobile CPUs, branded this time as Celeron and Pentium, offered up to 2x times better CPU performance, and up to 3x time faster graphics, while operating in the same power envelope as their "Cedar Trail" predecessors. As if those improvements were not enough, Intel this week refreshed Bay Trail-M lineup, releasing faster versions of Celeron and Pentium products.   [Full story]
AMD announced new Accelerated Processing unit this week. The AMD A10-6790K is a quad-core processor with integrated Radeon HD 8000 series graphics, that should perform a bit slower than the flagship A10-6800K, while on the other hand it is expected to cost less. Specifications of this model already appeared on AMD's website, but the official pricing is not known yet.   [Full story]
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