CPUs

The level of competition in the desktop CPU market has rarely been as intensive as it has been over the last couple of years. When AMD brought its Ryzen processors to market, it forced Intel to reply, and both have consistently battled in multiple areas, including core count, IPC performance, frequency, and ultimate performance. The constant race to improve products, stay ahead of the competition, and meet customers' changing needs has also sent the two companies off of the beaten paths at times, developing even wilder technologies in search of that competitive edge. In the case of AMD, one such development effort has culminated with 3D V-Cache packaging technology, which stacks a layer of L3 cache on top of the existing CCD's L3 cache. Owing...

AMD Keynote and Dr. Lisa Su at CES 2022: Live Blog (7am PT, 15:00 UTC)

It's the first week of a new year, which can only mean it's the annual CES trade show! As per usual, the big names have major presentations set up...

15 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/4/2022

AMD CES 2022 Pre-Show Teaser: Ryzen 6000 Series Mobile Processors with RDNA2 & DDR5 Tech

Ahead of tomorrow’s big CES keynote, AMD is offering a spoiler of sorts for one of their product announcements. As it turns out, one of AMD’s forthcoming products, the...

23 by Ryan Smith on 1/3/2022

AMD-Xilinx Acquisition Now Expected to Close in Q1 of 2022

AMD this afternoon has sent out a brief update to the public and investors, offering an update on the status of the ongoing Xilinx acquisition. AMD’s purchase of the...

28 by Ryan Smith on 12/30/2021

CPU Year In Review 2021: Efficient Cores Are The New Bling

As far as most years ago, 2021 has been an up and down year when it comes to the desktop CPU market. At the beginning of the year, the...

89 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/30/2021

AMD and GlobalFoundries Wafer Supply Agreement Updated Once More: Now $2.1B Through 2025

In a short note published by AMD this afternoon as part of an 8-K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, AMD is disclosing that the company has...

71 by Ryan Smith on 12/23/2021

Qualcomm’s 8cx Gen 3 for Notebooks, Nuvia Core in 2022/2023

There are many column inches detailing Qualcomm’s design wins and marketing strategy, however to paint it all with a broad brush, it has often boiled down to ‘where can...

40 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/22/2021

Imagination Launches Catapult Family of RISC-V CPU Cores: Breaking Into Heterogeneous SoCs

December is here, and with it comes several technical summits ahead of the holiday break. The most notable of which this week is the annual RISC-V summit, which is...

62 by Ryan Smith on 12/6/2021

United States FTC Files Lawsuit to Block NVIDIA-Arm Acquisition

In the biggest roadblock yet to NVIDIA’s proposed acquisition of Arm, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced this afternoon that the regulatory body will be suing...

175 by Ryan Smith on 12/2/2021

Best CPUs for Gaming: Holiday 2021

The launch of Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake processors has shaken up the market in the eternal battle against AMD, with seemingly a good number of processors to go...

41 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/22/2021

Qualcomm x Nuvia: Silicon Sampling in Late 2022, Products in 2023

One of the more curious acquisitions in the last couple of years has been that of Nuvia by Qualcomm. Nuvia was a Silicon Valley start-up founded by the key...

51 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/18/2021

Intel: Sapphire Rapids With 64 GB of HBM2e, Ponte Vecchio with 408 MB L2 Cache

This week we have the annual Supercomputing event where all the major High Performance Computing players are putting their cards on the table when it comes to hardware, installations...

69 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/15/2021

AMD Confirms Milan-X with 768 MB L3 Cache: Coming in Q1 2022

As an industry, we are slowly moving into an era where how we package the small pieces of silicon together is just as important as the silicon itself. New...

24 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/8/2021

AMD Gives Details on EPYC Zen4: Genoa and Bergamo, up to 96 and 128 Cores

Since AMD’s relaunch into high-performance x86 processor design, one of the fundamental targets for the company was to be a competitive force in the data center. By having a...

36 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/8/2021

VIA To Offload Parts of x86 Subsidiary Centaur to Intel For $125 Million

As part of their third quarter earnings release, VIA Technologies has announced this morning that the company is entering into an unusual agreement with Intel to offload parts of...

42 by Ryan Smith on 11/5/2021

The Intel 12th Gen Core i9-12900K Review: Hybrid Performance Brings Hybrid Complexity

Today marks the official retail availability of Intel’s 12th Generation Core processors, starting with the overclockable versions this side of the New Year, and the rest in 2022. These...

473 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 11/4/2021

Intel 12th Gen Core Alder Lake for Desktops: Top SKUs Only, Coming November 4th

Over the past few months, Intel has been drip-feeding information about its next-generation processor family. Alder Lake, commercially known as Intel’s 12th Generation Core architecture, is officially being announced...

395 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/27/2021

AMD Reports Q3 2021 Earnings: Records All Around

Continuing our earnings season coverage for Q3’21, today we have the yin to Intel’s yang, AMD. The number-two x86 chip and discrete GPU maker has been enjoying explosive growth...

35 by Ryan Smith on 10/26/2021

AnandTech Interviews Mike Clark, AMD’s Chief Architect of Zen

AMD is calling this time of the year as its ‘5 years of Zen’ time, indicating that back in 2016, it was starting to give the press the first...

115 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/26/2021

Intel Reports Q3 2021 Earnings: Client Down, Data Center and IoT Up

Kicking off another earnings season, Intel is once again leading the pack of semiconductor companies in reporting their earnings for the most recent quarter. As the company gets ready...

32 by Ryan Smith on 10/21/2021

The Arm DevSummit 2021 Keynote Live Blog: 8am PT (15:00 UTC)

This week seems to be Arm's week across the tech industry. Following yesterday's Arm SoC announcements from Apple, today sees Arm kick off their 2021 developer's summit, aptly named...

21 by Ryan Smith on 10/19/2021

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