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Broadwell-E puts 10 cores on tap: Intel launches the Core i7-6950X

Posted on 05/31 15:09 in Shows | 0

The top-end Broadwell-E is a 10-core CPU with 25MB of L3 cache (2.58x more for a 10-core CPU than an eight-core chip.

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Is Intel’s Core M processor family dead?

Posted on 06/01 15:10 in Shows | 0

While Core M isn’t absent from product line-ups, it’s certainly not as common.Digital Trends published a recent editorial arguing that “Nobody wants Intel’s Core M processor and Computex proves it.

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AMD will showcase Zen running Doom at E3’s PC Gaming Show

Posted on 06/13 20:54 in Shows | 0

For months, gamers and enthusiasts alike have clamored for benchmark data or other information about AMD’s upcoming Zen microprocessor.Now, AMD is apparently planning to demo Zen at the PC Gaming Show this evening.

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New KiloCore project packs 1,000 CPU cores into tiny power envelope, 32nm process

Posted on 06/23 14:12 in Shows | 0

Now, a recent paper at the 2016 Symposium on VLSI Technology has described a 1,000-core CPU built on IBM’s 32nm PD-SOI process.The historic problem with attempting to build large arrays of hundreds or thousands of CPU cores on a single die is that even very small CPU caches drive up power consumption and die size very quickly.

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Meet the Megaprocessor: A 20KHz behemoth CPU you can actually see in action

Posted on 07/06 16:59 in Shows | 0

The Megaprocessor is a 16-bit design with four general-purpose registers, a program counter, a processor status register, and a stack pointer.The CPU’s transistor count comes out to 15,300, but much of this is also devoted to the LEDs.

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Happy 10th birthday to Intel’s Core 2 Duo

Posted on 07/27 23:49 in Shows | 0

Ten years ago today, Intel launched the Core 2 Duo.The roots of the Core 2 Duo go back much farther than 2006, though, to the P6 (Pentium Pro) architecture that Intel launched in 1995.

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A state of Zen: AMD unveils new architectural details on its latest CPU core

Posted on 08/24 16:27 in Shows | 0

One CPU complex (CCX) contains four cores, 2MB of L2 cache (512KB per core), and 8MB of L3 cache.That means AMD’s highest-end consumer Zen contains eight cores and 16MB of L3 cache in total, split into 2x8MB chunks.

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New carbon nanotube breakthrough moves them one step closer to mass production

Posted on 09/08 22:14 in Shows | 0

One of the critical problems facing carbon nanotubes is the difficulty of putting them precisely where they’re needed.In order to reach this milestone, the Wisconsin team uses a technique it first discussed in 2014 — floating evaporative self-assembly, as shown below.

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Leaked roadmap claims Intel will bring six-core chips to mainstream PCs with upcoming Coffee Lake

Posted on 09/15 13:59 in Shows | 0

Ever since Intel launched the Core i7 back in 2008, it has pursued a fairly consistent core allocation and marketing system.It’s been that way for nearly a decade, but if a leaked roadmap is accurate, that’s about to change.

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Intel Core i5 vs. Core i7: Which processor should you buy?

Posted on 09/27 17:57 in Shows | 0

) Older Core i5 / Core i7 chips top out at 32GB of RAM, but Skylake raises this to 64GB for both types of processor.To compare performance between the Core i5 and Core i7 families, I turned to Anandtech’s excellent CPU Bench database.

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How neuromorphic ‘brain chips’ will begin the next era in computing

Posted on 09/29 14:23 in Shows | 0

Make no mistake: neuromorphic computing is going to change the world, and it’s going to do it more quickly than you might imagine.Part of the reason a digital computer is more efficient than a human being is its transistors can fire with incredible speed — but so can our neurons.

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Specialized processors might reignite performance scaling, but they’ll also change the nature of computing forever

Posted on 10/04 14:44 in Shows | 0

Modern CPU scaling has largely flatlined, thanks to a combination of scaling challenges, intrinsic limits to silicon performance, and a general shift in the market towards lower power devices.To demonstrate, here’s a graph of Apple iPhone single-core CPU performance in Geekbench 2 and Geekbench 3.

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Using hardware queues to break the multi-core CPU bottleneck

Posted on 10/31 14:48 in Shows | 0

Each CPU will have its own L2 cache, where data related to the problem is stored.In a coherent cache, CPU 0 completes part of its calculations, writes a new value to a block of memory, and then communicates that it has done so.

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Intel rolls out the rest of the Kaby Lake CPU family

Posted on 01/04 14:15 in Shows | 0

The initial Kaby Lake mobile refresh was limited to a handful of SKUs; with this launch Intel is bringing out a larger number of cores intended for every price point.The slideshow below steps through each of Intel’s SKUs in some detail, but we’ll give you the 10,000-foot overview.

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The Mac's user share just fell to a five-year low

Posted on 01/06 22:56 in Shows | 0

In the years after it converted to x86 and launched the first Core 2 Duo Macs and Mac Pros, Apple enjoyed increased market share and better Mac business performance.Even after the iPhone and iPad had dwarfed Macintosh sales, it remained a potent additional income stream and Mac market share grew throughout the Great Recession and the decline of the PC market.

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With Kaby Lake, Intel finally brings Hyper-Threading to its Pentium-branded processors

Posted on 01/11 17:28 in Shows | 0

Last week, we reviewed Intel’s Core i7-7700K and discussed the details on the Kaby Lake refresh cycle, including Intel’s new Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.The CPU giant announced multiple new Pentium-class CPUs based on Kaby Lake, including the first Pentium SKUs to feature Hyper-Threading since Intel retired the Pentium 4.

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AMD's Ryzen CPU sort of gets a release date

Posted on 01/13 13:50 in Shows | 0

While AMD has edited their invitation to remove all reference to Ryzen, eagle-eyed folks managed to screencap the information first.It also makes sense in context of AMD’s previous statements about targeting a Q1 date.

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AMD posts strong Q4 2016 results, confirms Ryzen, Vega launch dates

Posted on 02/02 15:29 in Shows | 0

The company has more cash on-hand, and while it’s carrying a higher inventory load, that’s likely related to the upcoming Ryzen launch.Total Computing and Graphics revenue rose to $600 million in Q4, a 27% gain quarter-on-quarter and a 28% gain year-on-year.

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The Pentium G4560 with Hyper-Threading is a potent budget processor

Posted on 02/06 22:37 in Shows | 0

Last month, Intel launched its 7th generation refresh of the Core processor family, codenamed Kaby Lake.The Pentium G4560 is in the middle of this new family of Pentiums — its clock speed of 3.

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Intel will finally finish Fab 42 in Arizona, bring new 7nm capacity online

Posted on 02/08 21:29 in Shows | 0

Several years ago, Intel announced that it wouldn’t finish its 14nm manufacturing plant, Fab 42.Now, Intel has announced that it will be bringing Fab 42 online, but not as a 14nm facility.

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