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Earlier this month, Intel introduced first budget dual- and quad-core systems on a chip, built on "Gemini Lake" design. As you may know, previous generation of processors for inexpensive desktop and notebook computers was based on "Apollo Lake" design, which was produced on 14nm technology, and combined 2 or 4 "Goldmont" CPU cores, Intel HD 500 or HD 505 graphics, DDR3 / DDR4 memory controller, and a host of I/O interfaces. "Gemini Lake" SoCs are also based on 14nm process and incorporate 2 or 4 cores, but come with a number of improvements.   [Full story]
Intel launched Xeon Phi microprocessors, codenamed "Knights Mill". Apparently designed for deep learning applications, new Xeon Phi 7235, 7285 and 7295 CPUs are produced on 14nm process and branded as "Xeon Phi x205 series". With the exception of 15% - 30% higher TDP, characteristics of "Knight Mill" Xeon Phi processors are comparable to older Xeon Phi x200 series. The CPUs are compatible with socket 3647 based systems.   [Full story]
This fall, Intel is expected to introduce first 8th generation desktop microprocessors, codenamed "Coffe Lake-S". Specifications of these processors have been leaked more than a month ago by users in the forum and on the bulletin board system. According to posted specs, Intel plans to beef up performance of 8th generation Core products by increasing the number of cores to 6 on i5 and i7 families, and to 4 on i3 family. The size of last level cache will be also increased. The leaked specs were recently confirmed by an update to socket 1151 CPU support list on the ASRock website.   [Full story]
Intel launched Skylake-based Xeon W-2123, W-2125, W-2133, W-2135, W-2145 and W-2155 microprocessors for single socket workstations. New CPUs, branded Xeon W, come with 4, 6, 8 and 10 cores, rebalanced three-level cache architecture, extra AVX-512 execution unit, quad-channel memory controller and PCIe 3.0 interface. The processors are compatible with socket 2066. Intel also announced 14-core W-2175 and 18-core W-2195 SKUs.   [Full story]
Atom C3000 series of "Denverton" systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for server, storage, networking and Internet of Things markets was expanded with 14 new processors. The first member of the C3000 series, dual-core Atom C3338, was launched back in January. New chips, released this month, feature more cores, larger cache, more high-speed I/O lanes and support for faster DDR4 memory.   [Full story]
Intel released the fastest Xeon E3 processor for socket 1151 workstations. The CPU has a model number of E3-1285 v6, and it is manufactured on Intel's latest microarchitecture, codenamed "Kaby Lake". The processor features 200 MHz higher clocks than the former Xeon E3 v6 flagship model, the E3-1280 v6. Like all E3-12x5 v6 products, the new CPU comes with integrated graphics unit.   [Full story]
Last week, Intel announced August 21 launch event for 8th generation microprocessors, codenamed "Kaby Lake-R". The announcement did not provide any specifics on new CPUs, but the most recent update of the official Intel pricelist revealed model numbers, prices and brief specifications of 4 mobile processors. According to the pricelist, the first to launch will be Core i5-8250U, i5-8350U, Core i7-8550U and i7-8650U ultra low power chips. The most notable thing is that all 4 processors will come with twice as many cores and twice larger L3 cache than top 7th generation "Kaby Lake-U" models.   [Full story]
Details of unreleased AMD Ryzen Threadripper microprocessor recently surfaced in CPU support lists of ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte motherboards. New 12-core processor has a model number of 1920, which resembles a model number of another 12-core Ryzen Threadripper CPU, the 1920X. However, the 1920 and 1920X processors are quite different as the 1920 runs at lower frequency and has lower power consumption.   [Full story]
Intel disclosed more details on soon to be released Core X-Series i9-7920X, i9-7940X, i9-7960X and i9-7980XE "Skylake-X" microprocessors. These products were announced back in May, but the only known information about them were core and thread counts, along with memory support. Intel now posted full specifications and availability dates for all 4 models.   [Full story]
This week, AMD disclosed full specifications and prices of upcoming Ryzen Threadripper 1920X and 1950X microprocessors. They also announced new 1900X SKU, that will feature 8 CPU cores and lower price than the 1920X model. Additionally, AMD revealed availability dates for all three Ryzen Threadripper models.   [Full story]
AMD launched yesterday Ryzen 3 processors, and it seems that the company may also start shipping retail versions of "Bristol Ridge" APUs for socket AM4. In addition to those APUs, we may also see three new Athlon X4 and A6-Series models for socket AM4. New Athlon X4 940 and 970 CPUs are similar to existing Athlon X4 950 model, and they only differ by base and boost frequencies. The A6-9550 APU is a variation of the A6-9500 model with faster processing unit and slower graphics unit.   [Full story]
AMD Ryzen 3 family of desktop microprocessors without integrated graphics was announced in May, and some specs of Ryzen 3 CPUs were revealed by AMD earlier this month. Today, the family was officially launched. Ryzen 3 line of processors is compatible with AM4 platform, and currently consists of 2 models, 1200 and 1300X. The processors are built on Zen microarchitecture, that considerably improved CPU performance over previous generation of APUs.   [Full story]
Two new Atom systems on a chip for communications and networking market has been released by Intel. Atom C2316 and C2516 are based on "Rangeley" design, that was introduced back in 2013. The processors do use newer C0 stepping, that fixes LPC clock operation issue. Like other Atom C2000 series SoCs, the C2316 and C2516 have up to 4 "Silvermont" CPU cores, and integrate a handful of communication interfaces.   [Full story]
Last week, Intel launched Xeon Scalable platform, comprised of C620 series "Lewisburg" chipset and "Skylake-SP" microprocessors for 2-, 4- and 8 socket server systems. Xeon Scalable processors are based on Skylake microarchitecture, and incorporate large number of performance enhancements, reliability and security features. Processor performance was boosted by utilizing more modern microarchitecture, increasing the number of cores and operating frequencies, implementing Mesh architecture for inter-component communications, redesigning cache hierarchy, adding support for AVX-512 instructions, and increasing I/O and memory bandwidth.   [Full story]
Intel launched 5 new members of Xeon D family this week. Xeon D-1513N, D-1523N, D-1533N, D-1543N and D-1553N systems on a chip (SoC) feature up to 8 CPU cores, three-level cache architecture, DDR3 and DDR4 memory support, and "big core" performance at low TDP. They also integrate chipset logic and standard I/O interfaces. A new feature on Xeon D-15x3N chips is Intel QuickAssist technology.   [Full story]
"Skylake-X" based Core X-Series products for high-end desktop market were announced back in May. They featured up to 18 cores, support for AVX-512 instructions, more efficient cache design and quad-channel DDR4 memory controller. The first Skylake-X models were launched in June, including current top model Core i9-7900X. Several more models were scheduled for release in October. One SKU, Core i9-7920X, was planned to be introduced in August, but, it seems, Intel decided to release it one month earlier.   [Full story]
AMD disclosed details of upcoming Ryzen 3 and Ryzen Threadripper desktop microprocessors. Ryzen 3 is a family of inexpensive processors without integrated graphics, and the first members of it will be models 1200 and 1300X. Ryzen Threadripper brand will be used for high-end desktop CPUs, that will compete with Intel Core i7 and i9 Extreme Edition products. AMD plans to launch two Threadripper models, the 1920X and 1950X.   [Full story]
Several unreleased processors were spotted in Intel's specification update for 7th generation processors. According to the specifications update document, Intel plans new Core i3 desktop microprocessors with model numbers i3-7120, i3-7120T, i3-7320T and i3-7340. The specification update also lists Core i3-7007U, i3-7110U, Core i5-7210U and Core i7-7510U ultra low power SoCs (systems on a chip) for notebooks. Furthermore, the update contains specifications of Xeon E3-1285 v6 CPU, that was reported to be used in upcoming Apple iMac computers.   [Full story]
Earlier last month, Intel released Core i3-7130U and Pentium 4415Y "Kaby Lake" microprocessors. Both processors are incremental upgrades to currently available Pentium and Core i3 mobile lineups. The Core i3-7130U is 300 MHz faster than its predecessor, Core i3-7100U. The 4415Y has 100 MHz clock speed advantage over Pentium 4410Y.   [Full story]
AMD Ryzen PRO series microprocessors for business class desktop PCs have been launched this week. Ryzen PRO CPUs are commercial grade quality products, that incorporate all of the features of consumer-class Ryzen counterparts. It includes up to 8 "Zen" CPU cores, up to 16 MB of L3 cache, integrated dual-channel DDR4 memory controller, support for AVX2 instructions, as well as support for simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) and Precision Boost technologies.   [Full story]
Intel slashed prices of Xeon Phi microprocessors this week by as much as 52%. The Xeon Phi 72xx series of many-core processors was launched in June of last year, and it was comprised of 8 models, offering from 64 to 72 multi-threaded "Silvermont" cores, 16 GB on-package cache, AVX 512 extensions, and Omni-Path Fabrics option. The CPUs operated at frequencies up to 1.7 GHz and boasted up to 3 TFLOPS double-precision peak performance.   [Full story]
Intel launched several embedded processors, based on Intel's latest Kaby Lake microarchitecture. Two new CPUs, aimed at mobile segment of embedded market, are Xeon E3-1501L v6 and E3-1501M v6. Additionally, Intel released Celeron G3930E and G3930TE microprocessors, compatible with LGA1151 platform.   [Full story]
Intel released long expected successors to the Itanium "Poulson" microprocessors. New Itanium 9720, 9740, 9750 and 9760 CPUs are codenamed "Kittson", and, similar to "Poulson" models, they utilize socket LGA1248. Feature-wise, "Kittson" CPUs are not much different from their predecessors. In fact, the only improvement in "Kittson" lineup is slightly increased operating frequency in two models.   [Full story]
Specifications of upcoming Intel Xeon Gold and Xeon Platinum processors have been leaked in March. According to those, there will be at least 11 Gold, or 6000 series, models, having from 14 cores to 22 cores. Xeon Platinum 8000-series will consist of at least 6 models with core counts from 24 to 28. This week, Intel posted a new Product Change Notification (PCN) document, which confirmed model numbers and clock speeds of previously leaked Xeon microprocessors, and revealed more Gold and Platinum models.   [Full story]
Intel added three new Xeon Phi products from x200 series to the pricelist today. As you may know, Xeon Phi x200 series parts are built on "Knights Landing" design, which is produced on 14nm process, and packs up to 72 cores and up to 36 MB of level 2 cache on a die. The design features binary compatibility with Intel server x86 processors, and support for Advanced Vector Extensions 512 instructions.   [Full story]
Intel released new ultra low power microprocessor this month. The processor, that has m3-7Y32 model number, is based on Kaby Lake architecture and comes with all standard Core i3/m3 features. The m3-7Y32 integrates 2 cores, 4 MB last level cache, dual-channel memory controller and Intel HD 615 graphics. The CPU cores run at 1.1 GHz and support the latest x86 extensions, such as AVX2, MPX and SGX.   [Full story]
Intel this week released Xeon E3-1200 v6 processors for single-socket workstations. The latest generation of Xeon E3 chips is based on Kaby Lake microarchitecture, which provides lower power usage than Skylake microarchitecture, utilized on v5 series Xeons. Other enhancements in the v6 series include increased operating frequencies, greater memory bandwidth and support for Memory Protection Extensions. Several members of the series come with integrated P630 graphics unit, that boasts such new features as HVEC 10-bit hardware acceleration, and enhanced support for 4K decoding/encoding.   [Full story]
Earlier this month, Intel launched Kaby Lake processors for the LGA1151 desktop platform. Marketed as "7th generation Core processors", new products are manufactured on 14nm process and offer better performance than previous generation of desktop chips, while maintaining compatibility with existing LGA1151 motherboards with 100 series chipsets. In addition to desktop counterparts, Intel is also readying LGA1151 processors for workstations and low end servers. Workstation-class Kaby Lake products will be branded as Xeon E3-1200 v6, and they are expected to launch later this quarter.   [Full story]
Updated Jan 20
Jan 08, 2017   Intel releases Kaby Lake processors
Last week, Intel released 7th generation Core microprocessors for desktop and mobile systems at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new processors are based on Kaby Lake microarchitecture and produced on enhanced 14nm technological process. Desktop line of 7th generation processors is codenamed Kaby Lake-S, and it is comprised of 24 models with 2 or 4 CPU cores, up to 8 MB of L3 cache, 35 Watt - 91 Watt TDP, and varying level of support for advanced technologies, such as Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost and vPro. Intel also released two models for embedded market, the i3-7100E and i3-7100TE, both featuring support for ECC memory.   [Full story]
Next generation of Intel desktop processors, codenamed "Kaby Lake", are now available for pre-order in US. The processors can be pre-ordered from several online US stores. One of the stores, ShopBLT, lists boxed and OEM Core i5 and i7 models, which will be released in January. The store also lists Core i3, Pentium and Celeron "Kaby Lake" processors, that may launch at the same time. Pre-order prices of unreleased CPUs in the ShopBLT store seem to be identical to current generation of desktop Intel chips, based on Skylake microarchitecture.   [Full story]
Intel released new ultra-low power processor for mid-class notebooks earlier this month. Dubbed as the i3-6006U, the microprocessor belongs to 6th generation of mobile products and it is based on Skylake microarchitecture. The i3-6006U comes with standard features of Core i3 mobile parts: two CPU cores with shared 3 MB L3 cache, integrated GPU and memory controller units, support for HyperThreading, and lack of advanced x86 technologies like Turbo Boost.   [Full story]
We already reported this week that Intel launched new Xeon E7 v4 microprocessors for Brickland platform, which uses socket 2011-1. Alongside with introduction of new products, Intel announced discontinuation dates for Xeon E7 v2 server CPUs, also compatible with the socket 2011-1. These Ivy Bridge-based processors were introduced in February 2014. They had up to 15 cores, up to 37.5 MB L3 cache and worked with DDR3 memory.   [Full story]
New AMD A4 business-class APU, dubbed A4-3350B, was released in May. The processor is based on year-old Carrizo-L design and produced on 28nm manufacturing process. Similar to other "Carrizo-L" A4-series products, the A4-3350B comes with 4 cores, 2 MB L2 cache and Radeon graphics with 128 shader cores. Nonetheless, the APU does offer better performance than older Carrizo-L models, such as A4-7210, due to increased CPU and GPU frequencies.   [Full story]
Intel launched Xeon E7 v4 microprocessors earlier this week. Codenamed Broadwell-EX, Xeon E7 v4 products are aimed at enterprise and mission-critical applications, and scale up to 4 or 8 sockets depending on SKU. Additionally, third-party vendors are expected to offer systems supporting up to 32 sockets. New in the forth generation Xeon E7 CPUs is more efficient Broadwell microarchitecture, more cores and support for more memory.   [Full story]
A new Product Change Notification (PCN) document, published by Intel on Monday, revealed several model numbers of unreleased Celeron and Pentium microprocessors. The PCN document notified Intel customers that certain Intel products will be manufactured in both Malaysia and Vietnam, and a list of affected products included Celeron J3355, J3455, N3450 and N3350 model numbers, along with Pentium J4205 and N4200.   [Full story]
Earlier this week, Intel introduced Core i7 high-end processors for socket 2011-3 platform, and we suspect that their workstation counterparts from E5-1600 v4 series will be launched really soon. The E5-1600 v4 microprocessors are similar to previously launched E5-2600 v4 series, however they do not have as many cores and do not support dual-processing. Details of individual E5-1600 v4 models were published by 4 different sources.   [Full story]
Earlier this week, Intel published a Product Change Notification (PCN) document that revealed several upcoming Celeron, Pentium and Core i3 processors. They are likely to be launched during next Skylake refresh. New Core i3 CPUs are Core i3-6120, i3-6120T and i3-6320T. Pentium family will be refreshed with G4420, G4420T, G4520T and G4540 SKUs. There will be also two Celeron SKUs, G3920T and G3940.   [Full story]
In the first quarter of 2016, Intel expanded Xeon D and Pentium lineups with new "Broadwell-DE" models for microservers and communications markets. New features of these CPUs were increased number of cores, up to 12 and 16 on some SKUs, and larger size of L3 cache. In April, Intel released embedded D1519, D-1529, D-1539 and D-1559 models with the number of cores ranging from 4 to 12. Unlike other Pentium D and Xeon D family members, designed for commercial temperature range, the D-15x9 processors can operate in extended temperature range from -40°C to +85°C.   [Full story]
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