News articles by Gennadiy Shvets


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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
Earlier this week AMD launched mobile "Kaveri" products, which was widely reported on by all hardware news sites. In addition to new mobile Accelerated Processing Units, AMD also published specifications of new desktop Kaveri APUs on their website, and added some of them to the AMD product database. The line of new processors includes A6-7400K, A8-7600 and A10-7800 products for consumer PCs. What's more, AMD is going to release "PRO" versions of consumer processors, that will have similar specification and longer life support.   [Full story]
Earlier this week Intel published a few Product Change Notification (PCN) documents, detailing discontinuation of large number of Core i5 and i7 desktop microprocessors. The list includes all Core i7-3xxx models, specifically the i7-3770K, i7-3770S, i7-3770T and boxed i7-3770. Retired Core i5 models include the i5-3330, i5-3330S, i5-3340, i5-3340S, i5-3470, i5-3470S, i5-3470T, i5-3475S, i5-3550, i5-3570, i5-3570K, i5-3570S and i5-3570T.   [Full story]
Intel announced more details on upcoming mobile "Broadwell" systems-on-a-chip, and revealed a reference design of future mobile PC platform at Computex event in Taipei. Broadwell processors will be built on 14nm manufacturing technology, and have such enhancements as 20% - 40% better performance, 60% lower TDP and about twice smaller footprint compared to their Haswell predecessors. According to Intel, the mobile Broadwell chips will be branded as "Core M", and there will be also Vpro enabled SKUs, branded as Core M Vpro.   [Full story]
Recently there were several leaks, all pointing to a Q4 2014 release of Broadwell mobile processors. Reuters reported that Broadwell PCs should be on shelves in time for the Holidays. VR-Zone provided preliminary dates of production availability of "Y", "U" and "H" series chips, and their another report placed the release date of "Y" ultra low voltage processors in September or October 2014. This information is confirmed by the latest Intel roadmap.   [Full story]
It is anticipated that Intel will announce three unlocked Haswell microprocessors this week, Core i7-4790K, Core i5-4690K and Pentium G3258. The top of the line i7-4790K is built on Devil's Canyon core and, if preliminary specifications are correct, boasts 4 GHz clock speed and 4.4 GHz Turbo speed. On top of that, the Devil's Canyon CPU core was redesigned for better overclocking, and has such improvements as enhanced packaging and thermal interface material.   [Full story]
Intel Broadwell microarchitecture and "Y" series of ultra low voltage processors will be introduced in the second half of this year, just in time before the Holiday season. It is anticipated that "Y" parts will come with 2 CPU cores, 4 MB of L2 cache, GT2 graphics, and will have extremely low 4.5 Watt Thermal Design Power, comparable to TDP of Atom microprocessors. Their exact specifications are not known yet, but, thanks to a recently leaked slide, posted by VR-Zone Chinese Edition, we now know model numbers of upcoming Broadwell chips.   [Full story]
Coolaler published this week details of Core i7 Extreme desktop processors, coming in the second half of this year. The new products will be branded as Core i7-5xxx, and will incorporate 6 or 8 CPU cores, and up to 20 MB of L3 cache. The parts will utilize Haswell-E core, which in many ways is similar to unreleased Haswell-EP server core, as a result future i7-5xxx desktop parts and server products will share a lot in common. That includes such new features as Haswell instruction set extensions, and support for DDR4 memory.   [Full story]
Back in December we described some details of Broadwell mobile microprocessors, including the type of integrated GPU. Like current generation of Haswell CPUs and systems on a chips, Broadwell parts will be produced in "H", "U" and "Y" versions, aimed at different sectors of mobile market. Consequentially, there will be some variations in the type and specifications of on-chip GPUs. In the past, we mentioned basic GPU types for each Broadwell processor version, but now we have information on how different types will be branded.   [Full story]
Although it has been more than 4 months since the launch of "Kaveri" architecture, AMD currently offers only two desktop "Kaveri" models, A10-7700K and A10-7850K. Both APUs have 4 CPU cores, unlocked multiplier and 95 Watt TDP. AMD has also announced a quad-core A8-7600, a 65 Watt chip that can be configured to fit into 45 Watt thermal envelope. It was rumored that the company will launch more energy efficient processors, including dual-core ones, in the second quarter 2014. The rumored SKUs are A4-7300, A6-7400K and A10-7800, all with 65 Watt TDP.   [Full story]
For a number of years Intel utilized "tick-tock" architecture release pattern, where each "tick", that represents a move to new manufacturing process and insignificant core tweaks, is followed by a "tock" architecture, completely redesigned from ground up using established technology. Last year's Haswell was a "tock" microarchitecture, produced on refined 22nm process. Haswell added a handful of new features, such as integrated voltage regulator, reduced idle power consumption, and support for AVX2 instructions just to name a few.   [Full story]
AMD is readying new mobile platform, that will consists of a mix of dual- and quad-core "Kaveri" Accelerated Processing Units with TDP ranging from 17 Watt to 35 Watt. Details of mobile "Kaveri" processors have been leaked earlier this month by a user in baidu forum. According to the leaked slides, AMD prepares five A-Series APUs and two FX models, operating as high as 3.6 GHz in Turbo Core mode. As the launch of new platform is nearing, the company published specifications of future mobile products on AMD's website.   [Full story]
After recent refresh of Haswell desktop products, Intel is expected to launch unlocked Haswell microprocessors on June 2. An Intel roadmap slide with details of first two unlocked SKUs, dubbed as Core i5-4690K and i7-4790K, has been published by EXPReview last week. The i5-4690K and i7-4790K are going to be powered by "Devil's Canyon" core, that will feature improved thermal interface material and packaging. Furthermore, Intel will launch Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258, also with unlocked multiplier. All three processors are already available for pre-order in US.   [Full story]
Intel already refreshed the line of budget "Bay Trail-M" systems on a chip (SoC), aimed at entry-level mobile market, not once but twice. First time it happened last November, when the company raised processors' CPU and GPU clock speeds, enabled Burst technology, and upped their maximum operating temperature. During second refresh, which occurred in February 2014, Intel improved memory support, and CPU/GPU burst frequencies on some SKUs. The next refresh will consist of 4 SKUs, namely N2808, N2840, N2940 and N3540.   [Full story]
On June 2, Intel plans to introduce several unlocked Haswell microprocessors, including a couple of "Devil's Canyon" Core models, and a Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU. The latter one is used to commemorate 20 years of Pentium brand on the market. The Anniversary Edition processor is not going to be the first officially unlocked Pentium. In 2009, Intel shipped the E6500K, that had all of the features of the Pentium E6500, plus it's core to bus ratio was not locked.   [Full story]
Yesterday VR-Zone Chinese Edition leaked preliminary launch dates of Broadwell mobile and desktop microprocessors. Broadwell is the name of the next generation Intel architecture, one of the main enhancements of which is substantially reduced power consumption. Many Broadwell products will be available as "Y" and "U" ULV systems on a chip (SoCs), integrating CPU cores, GPU and system logic. Mobile high-performance "H" processors and desktop processors will come with greater number of cores and/or beefed up GPU, and they will require an external chipset.   [Full story]
Earlier this week at the Citrix Synergy event, Citrix and Intel previewed the first server that provides client virtualization, and offers remote 3D graphics and video capabilities. The new server solution will be based on Xeon E3-1200 v3 "Crystal Well" processor, utilizing Iris Pro graphics. Hewlett Packard also added support for "Crystal Well" Xeons to the HP Moonshot servers.   [Full story]
Last week we reported on the A10-7300 Accelerated Processing Unit, spotted in a service manual of the HP ENVY m6 notebook. That APU is one of the upcoming high-end mobile products, based on the latest "Kaveri" core. More details on mobile Kaveri processors have been leaked this week by a user in baidu forum. Based on leaked slides, AMD is going to release 6 dual-core and quad-core models in addition to the A10-7300. There are a couple of peculiar things in their branding and naming convention. One is that AMD is going to re-introduce the "FX" brand.   [Full story]
Intel is going to refresh Haswell-based Xeon E3-1200 v3 family in the near future. So called "Haswell Refresh" will bring eleven new Xeon SKUs, including standard-power E3-1226 v3, E3-1231 v3, E3-1241 v3, E3-1246 v3, E3-1271 v3, E3-1276 v3, E3-1281 v3 and E3-1286 v3 models. Several SKUs, Xeon E3-1240L v3, E3-1275L v3 and E3-1286L v3, will feature reduced power consumption. New processors will offer slightly better performance than existing Xeon E3 models.   [Full story]
Later this year Intel is expected to launch first processors, based on the next generation 14nm microarchitecture, codenamed Broadwell. Majority of "Broadwell" chips will be aimed at mobile market, and the only desktop products will be unlocked quad-core CPUs with GT3e graphics. Broadwell will be followed next year by "Skylake" architecture, which will be also manufactured on 14nm process. Based on a report, published today by VR-Zone Chinese edition, "Skylake" microprocessors will have 2 or 4 CPU cores, 3 different types of graphics, and will be paired with 100 Series chipset.   [Full story]
In January AMD announced desktop "Kaveri" processors, boasting such features as "Steamroller" cores with improved IPC, GCN graphics with support of Heterogeneous System Architecture, and TrueAudio technology. The "Kaveri" core will be also used by mobile AMD A-Series processors, and they are likely to be branded as 7000 (Ax-7xxx) series. One of upcoming SKUs, dubbed as A10-7300, was recently spotted (PDF file) in the "Maintenance and Service Guide" of the HP ENVY m6 laptop.   [Full story]
Intel Broadwell architecture boasts large number of architectural improvements, aimed at boosting CPU and GPU performance, and at the same time reducing power consumption. In the past we reported on new graphics features, such as increased number of execution units and support for VP8 codec. In fact, there will be many more GPU enhancements, pertaining to 3D graphics, display controller, APIs and control user interface.   [Full story]
Next generation Xeon microprocessors for dual-socket systems will be available in Q3 2014, and they will come with many enhancements. The CPUs will be based on Haswell-EP core, and support such new Haswell features as AVX 2.0 instructions and integrated voltage regulator. On top of that, the chips will have up to 14 cores, work with both DDR3 and DDR4 memory, and have QPI bandwidth increased to 9.6 GT/s. Samples of Haswell-EP processors were shipped as early as March/April 2013. Our reader Vadim Semenov spotted one of those samples on eBay.   [Full story]
New AMD product is going to be launched on April 29, as evidenced by a "Guess What's Coming Soon!" AMD teaser page. The page shows portions of an unknown die, and states that, at the time of writing, it will be launched in about a day. The unknown die looks surprisingly similar to previous generation of Kabini systems-on-a-chip.   [Full story]
Intel Xeon E3 v3 family was released in June of last year, and will be refreshed later this quarter. As we are getting closer to the launch date of upcoming SKUs, we find more and more details about them. Just this week, we reported on a few new Xeon E3 model numbers, spotted in a Product Change Notification document on Intel's website. Xeon SKUs also appeared on pre-order lists of several US stores, such as ShopBLT and Provantage.   [Full story]
Intel recently refreshed mobile Haswell platform, and they are also ready to launch in the very near future speed bump versions of desktop Haswell processors. Embedded platform will be updated as well, and in addition to the Core i3-4110E, i3-4112E, Core i5-4410E and i5-4422E, that were introduced a week ago, the manufacturer prepares low power Core i3-4340TE CPU. Some details of this model we spotted (PDF file) in specifications of the DFI HD100-H81 mini-ITX motherboard.   [Full story]
AMD last week announced sampling of the first generation server systems-on-a-chip, based on 64-bit ARM core. Future Opteron A1100 series SoCs will be manufactured on 28nm process, and offer 2 - 4 times greater performance than company's x86-based X-Series APUs. The "Seattle" processors will support 10 Gb Ethernet and SATA 3 interfaces, and work with both DDR3 and DDR4 memory. The chips are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2014.   [Full story]
Intel recently revealed mobile "Haswell Refresh" processors, and more than 20 desktop CPUs are about to be launched in the next 2 - 3 weeks. Later this quarter Intel will also refresh Xeon E3-1200 v3 family for single-socket workstations. We already published some Xeon E3 model numbers, spotted in one of Intel's Product Change Notifications (PCN). More information recently surfaced in another Intel PCN, that describes changes in the position and the number of capacitors on the bottom of the LGA1150 package, and provides a list of affected SKUs.   [Full story]
Two months ago we reported on upcoming Bay Trail-T refresh, that will be comprised of 9 new Atom-branded systems-on-a-chip. The "Bay Trail-T" is an ultra low power core, built on the latest 22nm process, and used by inexpensive dual- and quad-core processors for tablets. The first wave of these products was launched in September of last year, and consisted on Z3740, Z3740D, Z3770 and Z3770D models. At the beginning of this quarter we should see the second wave of tablet processors, including Atom Z3745, Z3745D, Z3775, Z3775D and Z3795 mid- to high-end models, and Atom Z3735D and Z3735E value SKUs.   [Full story]
In March Intel announced "Desktop Reinvented" strategy, aimed to enhance ease of use and performance of desktop and All-in-One PCs, and expand their range of applications. As a part of that strategy, the company plans to implement new PC form factors, software, products and new technologies. One of the new products will be unlocked "Devil's Canyon" microprocessors for socket 1150. Based on Haswell architecture, the CPUs are going to have improved Thermal Interface Material for better overclocking, and come with updated packaging material. They will replace current "K"-class desktop processors.   [Full story]
AMD is expected to launch "Beema" mobile APUs this year. "Beema" is is the third generation ULV core, that will succeed current "Kabini" core, however it will still make use of 28nm technology. "Beema" accelerated units will have up to 4 CPU cores, GCN graphics, and integrated Security Processor. According to AMD estimates, the APUs will have much better performance per Watt, up to 104%, than "Kabini" products. The actual TDP will depend on SKU, and it will range from 10 Watt to 25 Watt.   [Full story]
Intel today added brief specifications and prices of all "Haswell Refresh" desktop and mobile microprocessors to the official pricelist. Built on "Haswell" architecture, upcoming products will not have any new microarchitecture and power optimizations compared to last year's products, and their only advantage will be slightly increased clock speeds. According to known specifications, many "Haswell Refresh" CPUs will be clocked 100 MHz higher than the Haswell 2013 lineup, which will result in up to 2% - 5% better performance, much smaller than we got used to in the past three years.   [Full story]
Digitimes reported this week that Intel Haswell Refresh processors will be available next month. That information confirms older reports, like the one published by Hermitage Akihabara back in March. According to Digitimes, Intel originally planned to launch microprocessors in April, and follow with the 9-series desktop in a month. The latest plan is to launch the CPUs together with new chipset in early May. Hermitage Akihabara provided launch date of May 11.   [Full story]
Intel is going to retire Atom S1200 microserver processors, and the first Z3700 systems-on-a-chip for tablets. The list of affected models includes Atom S1260, S1240 and S1220, as well as Atom Z3740, Z3740D, Z3770 and Z3770D. All of soon to be discontinued Atoms are based on the Silvermont architecture and manufactured on 22nm technology, however all of them use earlier core steppings B1, B2 or B3.   [Full story]
Intel recently completed transition of Xeon E5 and E7 families to one-generation old Ivy Bridge architecture, and the company is hard at work on the next generation processors, built on the latest Haswell microarchitecture. Similar to Ivy Bridge server lineup, "Haswell" processors will be branded as Xeon E5 and Xeon E7, but their suffix will change from "v2" to "v3". Intel is also going to release new Xeon E3 "Haswell" SKUs, and eventually introduce the next generation E3 microprocessors, utilizing Broadwell architecture.   [Full story]
Apr 07, 2014   AMD A8-7600 APU delayed
On January 14 AMD launched the first Steamroller-based APUs for socket FM2+ platform, and announced an energy-efficient A8-7600 SKU. The quad-core A8-7600 was a bit slower than the A10-7700K, and did not have the unlocked multiplier. On a positive side, it had about 22% lower price sticker, and supported a "configurable TDP" feature. Rated at 65 Watt when running at stock 3.3 GHz frequency, the APU could be configured to fit into 45 Watt TDP, albeit in this case its base and turbo clocks would be limited to 3.1 GHz and 3.3 GHz respectively.   [Full story]
This week AMD revealed prices of soon to be available socket AM1 Sempron processors. Socket AM1 is a new low-power platform, that combines "Kabini" systems on a chip in an upgradeable PGA package, and an inexpensive motherboard with the minimum amount of logic. The Fusion Controller Hub (FCH), responsible for interfacing between the APU and peripheral devices, on this platform is located on the processor. In theory, this allows owners of such socket AM1 boards to upgrade not only the CPU/GPU, but also the chipset.   [Full story]
Intel prepares to refresh Haswell desktop processors in the second and the third quarters of 2014. The "K" CPUs with unlocked multiplier are expected in Q3, and the microprocessors with locked multiplier will be released a quarter earlier. It was reported that the non-"K" chips will run a bit faster than current generation of Haswell products, and they will be compatible with existing 8-series and future 9-series chipsets. In February we published complete list of Haswell Refresh processors, that will be launched in Q2.   [Full story]
Intel prepares to launch the second wave of Atom "Bay Trail-T" products for Android and Windows 8.1 tablets. New Atom Z37x5 lineup will boost graphics performance by as much as 16%, and offer greater variety of SKUs, from budget-oriented Z3735E and up to the new flagship Z3795. The lineup will be comprised of at least 9 different models, most of which were planned to launch this quarter or at the beginning of the second quarter. We now have detailed specifications of seven SKUs, including Atom Z3735D, Z3735E, Z3745, Z3745D, Z3775, Z3775D and Z3795.   [Full story]
Last week a user "Randylahey" in hardwarecanucks.com forum purchased a used AMD CPU, and, as it turned out, it was a never seen before FX-670K model. The most peculiar thing is that the processor uses socket FM2. As expected for the FX brand, the CPU has the integrated GPU disabled. The chip was removed from HP Pavilion 500-266ea desktop PC, but it is identified as the FX-670K even on non-HP retail motherboards.   [Full story]
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Mar 25, 2014   Intel Celeron N2807 processor released
In February Intel launched the first "Bay Trail-M" mobile systems on a chip (SoC) with a new core stepping C0, that had a few important USB controller enhancements. New models were Pentium N3530, Celeron N2830 and N2930. Last week Intel added another mobile Celeron with stepping C0 to their product database. The new Celeron, dubbed N2807, is supposed to replace the N2806. Some characteristics of the N2807 were slightly improved, which should result in faster performance and a bit lower power consumption.   [Full story]
At the beginning of this month AMD announced socket AM1 platform, that would bring "Kabini" Accelerated Processing units to desktop computers. New feature of socket AM1-compatible parts is a PGA packaging, that should make it easier to build a low power system with desired board features and performance, not to mention an ability to upgrade such system in the future. The processors will be branded as Athlon and Sempron, have 2 or 4 CPU cores, and operate at frequencies at up to 2.05 GHz.   [Full story]
Intel this week revealed desktop roadmap enhancements and new technologies at a Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The enhancements to the roadmap consist of several unlocked products, including Haswell-based Pentium and Core microprocessors, "Haswell-E" Extreme Edition CPUs, and Broadwell Core CPUs.   [Full story]
AMD in January announced their latest family of desktop processors, based on "Kaveri" core, and the company is hard at work on the next generation of APUs, due in 2015. The future Accelerated Processing Units for desktop and mobile computers will be codenamed "Carrizo", and they will be built on "Excavator" microarchitecture. Some details of these products were revealed this week by "Bright Side of News" hardware news site. They got hands on a document, titled "Preliminary BIOS and Kernel Developerís Guide (BKDG) for AMD Family 15h Models 60h-6Fh Processors", that described internal architecture of Carrizo APUs.   [Full story]
As may already know, Intel "Haswell Refresh" desktop products are coming in the second and third quarters of this year. Due to a minor (in most cases) speed boost, the microprocessors are expected to have a few percent better overall performance than Haswell counterparts, launched in 2013. Xeon E3-1200 v3 family for single-socket workstations is also going to be refreshed, and it is likely that they will also have slightly higher clocks speeds, while the rest of the features will stay unchanged. Specifications of forthcoming Xeon E3s are not known yet, but we now have a list of their model numbers.   [Full story]
Intel's current mid-range communications/networking platform, codenamed Crystal Forest Gladden, is going to be replaced with Glen Forest platform in a matter of weeks. The new platform will combine Cave Creek chipset with Core i5-4402EC, Core i7-4700EC and i7-4702EC microprocessors, based on a "Haswell Mobile Comms" core. As the core name suggests, they are essentially mobile Core i5 and i7 "Haswell" chips with a couple of features disabled, and a couple of extra features added.   [Full story]
We reported in January on new Intel Atom Z3700 series processors for tablets, spotted in an OEM manufacturer roadmap. Among new models, the roadmap mentioned Z3775D, Z3735D/E and Z3735G/F "Bay Trail-T" chips, aimed at $200+, $150+ and $99+ tablet market segments. VR-Zone in February posted overview of Intel roadmap for this year, that not only confirmed these model numbers, but also listed unreleased Atom Z3645, Z3745D, Z3775 and Z3795 SKUs. Yesterday Intel published Product Change Notification (PCN), that had more details on upcoming Bay Trail-T models.   [Full story]
Intel announced Quark family of ultra low power embedded systems on a chip in September of last year. The first launched SKU was Quark X1000, a single-core and single-threaded processor, that integrated DDR3 memory controller, a number of communication interfaces and legacy logic. The chip was clocked at 400 MHz and had very low TDP, just 2.2 Watt. Up to this month the X1000 was the only processor in Quark family, but recently Intel added two new models: X1010 and X1020D.   [Full story]
in January we reported on a new Xeon Phi 7120D co-processor, spotted in the "Xeon Phi Product Family Performance" document, published by Intel. The co-processor, that apparently has the same features and performance as production 7120P and 7120X models but lower TDP, will be available in dense form factor. The co-processors in this form factor require an external cooling solution, and use a 230-pin connector, compatible with PCI-Express x24. According to our sources, the 7120D will be released in the first quarter 2014.   [Full story]
Back in January, AMD launched the first "Kaveri" APUs, featuring the latest "Steamroller" architecture with improved per-clock performance. The chips also incorporated newer Radeon R7 GCN graphics unit, that added support for Heterogeneous System Architecture. The processors had 4 CPU cores, and were priced at $150 and higher. Less expensive dual-core "Kaveri" APUs are planned to be launched in the second quarter, and in the meantime AMD prepared several budget "Richland" models, including A4-4020, A4-6320 and A6-6420K.   [Full story]
Intel's line of "Sandy Bridge-E" extreme CPUs was launched in Q4 2011, and consisted of i7-3930K and i7-3960X models. The processors had such innovated features as 6 Hyper-Threaded CPU cores, up to 15 MB of level 3 cache, and quad-channel memory controller, but on another side they were priced at premium and required new and expensive socket 2011 motherboards. The family was expanded with Core i7-3820K and i7-3970X SKUs in 2012, and replaced with Core i7-4xxx "Ivy Bridge-E" products last year.   [Full story]
Last year Intel launched first "Haswell" desktop processors, that boosted performance of the CPU side by up to 10%, and significantly raised performance of the integrated GPU. This year will be less exciting as the company does not plan to introduce new desktop architecture. Instead, Intel will offer products, based on a year-old Haswell core. Preliminary specs of "Haswell" refresh CPUs indicate that almost all of them will have 100 MHz higher clock rate compared to their predecessors.   [Full story]
Last month we reported on a few new Atom Z3700 "Bay Trail" systems on a chip, coming in Q1 and Q3 of this year. Based on that report, in the first quarter Intel may release Atom Z3775D for Android and Windows tablets, along with Z3735D processor for Android-based tablets. One of upcoming chips, Atom Z3775, recently appeared in specifications of new Hewlett Packard ProPad 600 tablet, announced at the Mobile World Congress 2014. The tablet can will also shipped with previously unheard of Atom Z3795.   [Full story]
Earlier this quarter Intel released two families of Xeon server microprocessors. Xeon E5-2400 v2 family, which debuted in January, is aimed at two-socket servers and workstations, while recently launched E7 v2 family targets mission critical and big data processing servers with up to 8 sockets. The last server family to launch in this quarter will be Xeon E5-4600 v2 for 4-way systems, utilizing socket 2011. According to recent Intel roadmap, the family consists of E5-4603 v2 and E5-4607 v2 entry-level chips, Xeon E5-4610 v2 and E5-4620 v2 standard parts, E5-4640 v2 and E5-4650 v2 "advanced" parts, and E5-4627 v2 frequency optimized model.   [Full story]
Two weeks ago Intel discontinued large number of desktop and mobile systems on a chip (SoC), based on "Bay Trail" core. Bay Trail chips were launched last September, and they featured such improvements as out of order microarchitecture, increased number of cores, higher clock speeds and new graphics unit. The second wave of Bay Trail products, released last November, also had Burst technology enabled. Most of these processors have been retired in a matter of months.   [Full story]
Intel this week announced Xeon E7 v2 processors, boasting new architecture and manufacturing process, as well as quite a few new features, that greatly enhance their performance. The best performing chip in the E7 v2 lineup is a Xeon E7-8890 v2, which has 15 cores, 37.5 MB L3 cache, and 2.8 GHz base clock. The CPU supports Turbo Boost technology, that can "overclock" it up to 3.4 GHz. However, there was faster unannounced E7-8895 v2 SKU launched this week, that has all the features of the E7-8890 v2, with the exception of 200 MHz higher Turbo Boost frequency.   [Full story]
Next quarter Intel is going to launch a bit faster models of Haswell-based processors for LGA1150 platform. It is expected that the company will refresh complete desktop lineup, starting from low cost Celeron microprocessors and up to premium Core i7 CPUs. All in all, more than 20 different SKUs will be released. We already reported on some of these models, but now we have a complete, or almost complete list of these processors, including their clock speeds.   [Full story]
DigiTimes last week reported that the next generation of Intel processors, built on Broadwell 14nm architecture, was delayed. The Broadwell processors were scheduled to launch in Q3 2014. However, due to slow sales of Haswell-based products, the Broadwell parts were pushed back by one quarter, and the current plan is to launch priority SKUs in the fourth quarter of the year, while the remaining models will be available in Q1 2015. Today VR-Zone revealed more detailed information on a launch schedule of mobile CPUs, that confirmed DigiTimes' report.   [Full story]
AMD is about to release ultra low power "Kabini" Accelerated Processing Units for a PGA socket, originally called FS1b. Based on earlier reports, the processors with model numbers 5150 and 5350 (or A4-5150 and A6-5350) will be marketed as Athlons, while slower 2650 and 3850 models will be sold as Semprons. The socket FS1b will be also re-branded, and it is going to be called Socket AM1. Although the new Athlon and Sempron APUs are expected to perform slower than their socket FM2 counterparts, the "Kabini" chips will have much better power consumption and should will be very inexpensive.   [Full story]
Intel launched a number of embedded products this year, including Celeron G1820TE for desktop platform, Celeron 2000E and 2002E for mobile platform, and a few low-power Xeon E5-2400 v2 CPUs for server and communications platforms. We also reported that the company will release embedded Xeon E5-4624L v2 CPU in Q1 2014. Furthermore, Intel plans to expand embedded server and communications platforms with three new models, Core i5-4402EC, Core i7-4700EC and i7-4702EC.   [Full story]
Last September Intel released budget Bay Trail systems on a chip for mobile and desktop markets, branded as Celeron and Pentium. The processors were manufactured on 22nm technology, and featured such enhancements as greater number of CPU cores, higher clock speeds, beefed up graphics unit, not to mention an out-of-order microarchitecture, that improved per-clock CPU performance by up to 30% compared to their predecessors. The first wave of Bay Trail SKUs was followed in November by Burst-enabled models, that offered even higher operating frequencies.   [Full story]
In January AMD added to their product database three "Kabini" systems on a chip (SoC), including dual-core E1-2200, together with quad-core E2-3800 and A4-5100. One of these processors, the E2-3800, is now shipped in HP Pavilion 23-g010 All-in-One PC, which is offered through the HP online store. The E2-3800 is also referenced in specifications of HP 245 G2 and HP 255 G2 HP notebooks. Perhaps, more interesting is the fact that that the specs also mention (PDF file) two unreleased models, an E1-2150 and an A4-5050.   [Full story]
In October of last year we reported on new Xeon E7-2800 v2, E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2 CPUs, expected to launch this quarter. The processors will utilize Ivy Bridge architecture, and will have 50% more cores and 25% more cache than the first generation of Xeon E7 products, that were built on Nehalem architecture. In total, there will be 21 different models. Using multiple sources, like this one (PD file), we were able to come up with specifications for most of these processors.   [Full story]
Advanced Micro Devices this week revealed more information on ARM-based "Seattle" server products. New Opteron processors will be manufactured on 28nm process, and will be branded as A1100 series. According to AMD, the A1100 server chips will have from 4 to 8 CPU cores, integrate the latest SATA, Ethernet and memory interfaces, and offer 2x - 4x times of performance of Opteron X-Series APUs. AMD is also going to release "Seattle" development platform, which includes an evaluation board and Linux-based software tools.   [Full story]
Last September Intel launched the first "Ivy Bridge" Xeons for dual-processor servers, based on socket 2011. Branded as E5-2600 v2 series, these microprocessors had up to 50% more cores and up to 25% more cache than previous generation of Xeon E5s. More socket 2011 products are coming this quarter, and this time the manufacturer will release Xeon E5-4600 v2 series, designed to work in quad-processor systems. In addition to 8 server SKUs, that we already reported on, Intel is going to introduce embedded Xeon E5-4624L v2.   [Full story]
Intel offers three variations of Xeon Phi coprocessors: 31xx for compute-bound workloads, 51xx for memory/capacity bound tasks, and high-performance 71xx series for the most demanding applications. The high-end 71xx lineup currently consists of 7120P and 7120X models, implemented as PCI-Express cards with and without a passive thermal solution. In addition to these products, Intel prepares 7120D coprocessor in a dense form factor.   [Full story]
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