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...

Samsung Foundry: 2nm Silicon in 2025

One of the key semiconductor technologies beyond 3D FinFET transistors are Gate-All-Around transistors, which show promise to help extend the ability to drive processors and components to higher performance...

29 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 10/6/2021

An Interview with Intel Lab’s Mike Davies: The Next Generation of Neuromorphic Research

As part of the launch of the new Loihi 2 chip, built on a pre-production version of Intel’s 4 process node, the Intel Labs team behind its Neuromorphic efforts...

17 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/30/2021

Intel Rolls Out New Loihi 2 Neuromorphic Chip: Built on Early Intel 4 Process

We’ve been keeping light tabs on Intel’s Neuromorphic efforts ever since it launched its first dedicated 14nm silicon for Neuromorphic Computing, called Loihi, back in early 2018. In an...

69 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/30/2021

Cerebras In The Cloud: Get Your Wafer Scale in an Instance

To date, most of the new AI hardware entering the market has been a ‘purchase necessary’ involvement. For any business looking to go down the route of using specialized...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/16/2021

IBM Power10 Coming To Market: E1080 for ‘Frictionless Hybrid Cloud Experiences’

Last year IBM presented details about its new Power10 family of processors: eight threads per core, 15 cores per chip, and two chips per socket, with a new core...

24 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/8/2021

Does an AMD Chiplet Have a Core Count Limit?

When it was announced that AMD was set to give a presentation at Hot Chips on its newest Zen 3 microarchitecture, I was expecting the usual fare when a...

116 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/7/2021

Did IBM Just Preview The Future of Caches?

At Hot Chips last week, IBM announced its new mainframe Z processor. It’s a big interesting piece of kit that I want to do a wider piece on at...

150 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/2/2021

Intel Xeon Sapphire Rapids: How To Go Monolithic with Tiles

One of the critical deficits Intel has to its competition in its server platform is core count – other companies are enabling more cores by one of two routes...

99 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/31/2021

Multi-chip Intel Core i9-11900K Overclocking Review: Four Boards, Cryo Cooling

Back in March, Intel unveiled its 11th generation of desktop processors codenamed Rocket Lake. In its lineup, the flagship desktop chip is the Core i9-11900K, with eight cores, sixteen...

55 by Gavin Bonshor on 8/30/2021

Hot Chips 2021 Live Blog: Machine Learning (Graphcore, Cerebras, SambaNova, Anton)

Welcome to Hot Chips! This is the annual conference all about the latest, greatest, and upcoming big silicon that gets us all excited. Stay tuned during Monday and Tuesday...

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

Hot Chips 2021 Keynote Live Blog: Designing Chips with AI, Synopsys

Welcome to Hot Chips! This is the annual conference all about the latest, greatest, and upcoming big silicon that gets us all excited. Stay tuned during Monday and Tuesday...

3 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/23/2021

Hot Chips 2021 Live Blog: CPUs (Alder Lake, Zen3, IBM Z, Sapphire Rapids)

Welcome to Hot Chips! This is the annual conference all about the latest, greatest, and upcoming big silicon that gets us all excited. Stay tuned during Monday and Tuesday...

39 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/23/2021

Intel Foundry Services Drafted By US Department of Defense For Next-Gen Fab Needs

Over the last couple of years, a great deal of concern has developed around the future of semiconductor manufacturing, both with respect to total capacity and where the next...

20 by Ryan Smith on 8/23/2021

Intel Architecture Day 2021: Alder Lake, Golden Cove, and Gracemont Detailed

This week Intel held its annual Architecture Day event for select press and partners. As with previous iterations, the company disclosed details about its next generation architectures set to...

222 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 8/19/2021

The AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, Ryzen 5 5600G, and Ryzen 3 5300G Review

Earlier this year, AMD launched its Zen 3 based desktop processor solutions with integrated graphics. Marketed as the Ryzen 5000G family, these processors are the latest offering to combine...

136 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/4/2021

Intel Launches Xeon W-3300: Ice Lake for Workstations, up to 38 Cores

With the launch earlier this year of Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon Scalable platform, the first Intel enterprise platform based on 10nm, we were always wondering to what extent this...

52 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/29/2021

AMD Reports Q2 2021 Earnings: Company-wide Growth Drives Doubled Revenue

Continuing our Q2 earnings coverage this month, AMD is next out the gate in reporting their earnings. And, has been the story now for most of the last year...

105 by Ryan Smith on 7/27/2021

Intel Reports Q2 2021 Earnings: Client Computing Leads the Way

Kicking off another earnings season for the tech industry, we as always start things off with Intel, who is the first big chipmaker out of the gate. Over a...

52 by Ryan Smith on 7/22/2021

Cadence Cerebrus to Enable Chip Design with ML: PPA Optimization in Hours, not Months

The design of most leading edge processors and ASICs rely on steps of optimization, with the three key optimization points being Performance, Power, and Area (and sometimes Cost). Once...

20 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/22/2021

PlasticArm: Get Your Next CPU, Made Without Silicon

Known for its core design IP that ends up in everything from IoT to smartphones to servers, Arm is now presenting that it has enabled one of its key...

35 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/22/2021

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