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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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AMD Ryzen CPUs are readily available, but Ryzen motherboards? Not so much

Posted on 03/11 00:04 in Shows | 0

As LegitReviews notes (and ExtremeTech confirmed), there aren’t a whole lot of motherboards currently in stock for the platform.There’s currently a bit of a gap between how AMD has described the desire for its platforms (strong demand!

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AMD's Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X reviewed: Taking the fight against Intel to the midrange market

Posted on 04/11 15:36 in Shows | 0

We have two of the new parts on-tap today — the Ryzen 5 1500X, with an MSRP of $189, and the Ryzen 5 1600X, with an MSRP of $249.Like Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 is aggressively targeting Intel’s price points and market position.

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It's the end of an era as Intel cancels its Intel Developer Forum, effective immediately

Posted on 04/17 20:42 in Shows | 0

Twenty years ago, Intel began holding an event it referred to as the Intel Developer Forum.A short message posted to the IDF 2017 board states: Intel has evolved its event portfolio and decided to retire the IDF program moving forward.

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