CPUs

After months of searching for a buyer, troubled U.K.-based AI processor designer Graphcore said on Friday that it has been acquired by SoftBank. The company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank and will possibly collaborate with Arm, but what remains to be seen what happens to the unique architecture of Graphcore's intelligence processing units (IPUs). Graphcore will retain its name as it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank, which paid either $400 million (according to EE Times) or $500 million (according to BBC) for the company. Over its lifetime, Graphcore has received a total of $700 million of investments from Microsoft and Sequoia Capital, and at its peak in late 2020, was valued at $2.8 billion. Nigel Toon will remain...

Intel Cuts Some R&D Positions in California to Reduce Costs

As Intel continues to refocus on its core competencies, the company has been no stranger to shedding business units and jobs in the process. And while the roughly 132,000...

12 by Anton Shilov on 8/18/2023

PCI-SIG Forms Optical Workgroup - Lighting The Way To PCIe's Future

The PCI-Express interconnect standard may be going through some major changes in the coming years, based on a new announcement from the group responsible for the standard. The PCI-SIG...

16 by Ryan Smith on 8/2/2023

AMD Announces Ryzen 9 7945HX3D: Ryzen Mobile Gets 3D V-Cache

For this year's ChinaJoy expo, AMD is taking to the show to announce a new and very special mobile CPU for high-end, desktop replacement-class laptops: the Ryzen 9 7945HX3D...

51 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/27/2023

Intel Unveils AVX10 and APX Instruction Sets: Unifying AVX-512 For Hybrid Architectures

Intel has announced two new x86-64 instruction sets designed to bolster and offer more performance in AVX-based workloads with their hybrid architecture of performance (P) and efficiency (E) cores...

27 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/25/2023

AMD Launches Ryzen 5 7500F in China: Zen 4 With no Integrated Graphics

Over the weekend, AMD officially listed the Ryzen 5 7500F processor on their website. Although initial reports pointed towards a China-only release, and at present, that much is true...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/24/2023

AMD Quietly Introduces Ryzen 3 5100 Quad-Core Processor For AM4

Further to AMD's latest Micro Center exclusive processor, the Ryzen 5 5600X3D with 3D V-Cache, AMD has seemingly introduced a budget-focused quad-core processor based on their Zen 3 architecture...

13 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/12/2023

AMD To Release Limited Run Ryzen 5 5600X3D for $230, Micro Center Exclusive

With AMD now several months post release of their current AM5 platform, I figured that the sun was setting on AMD’s previous-generation AM4 platform. But, it would seem, AM4...

39 by Ryan Smith on 7/1/2023

Noctua's New Cooler Mounting to Lower Temps of AMD's AM5 CPUs

AMD's latest Ryzen 7000-series CPUs in AM5 packaging are well known for their high operating temperatures. Higher-performance coolers like all-in-one liquid cooling systems have typically solved the problem. Noctua...

19 by Anton Shilov on 6/20/2023

Intel To Launch New Core Processor Branding for Meteor Lake: Drop the i, Add Ultra Tier

As first reported on back in late April, Intel is embarking on a journey to redefine its client processor branding, the biggest such shift in the previous 15 years...

45 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/15/2023

Intel Prevails in Ongoing Legal Fight Against VLSI With Appeal Board Victory

In the ongoing legal battle between Intel and VLSI that started years ago and with billions at stake, Intel seems to be prevailing. The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal...

8 by Anton Shilov on 6/15/2023

AMD Expands AI/HPC Product Lineup With Flagship GPU-only Instinct MI300X with 192GB Memory

Alongside their EPYC server CPU updates, as part of today’s AMD Data Center event, the company is also offering an update on the status of their nearly-finished AMD Instinct...

28 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2023

AMD: EPYC "Genoa-X" CPUs With 1.1GB of L3 Cache Now Available

Alongside today’s EPYC 97x4 “Bergamo” announcement, AMD’s other big CPU announcement of the morning is that their large cache capacity “Genoa-X” EPYC processors are shipping now. First revealed...

7 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2023

PCI Express 7.0 Spec Hits Draft 0.3, 512GBps Connectivity on Track For 2025 Release

In what’s quickly becoming a very busy week for data center and high-performance computing news, the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) is hosting its annual developers conference over in...

5 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2023

AMD Intros EPYC 97x4 “Bergamo” CPUs: 128 Zen 4c CPU Cores For Servers, Shipping Now

Kicking off a busy day of product announcements and updates for AMD’s data center business group, this morning AMD is finally announcing their long-awaited high density “Bergamo” server CPUs...

14 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2023

AMD Data Center and AI Technology Premiere Live Blog (Starts at 10am PT/17:00 UTC)

AMD this morning is hosting their first data center and server-focused event in quite some time. Dubbed the "AMD Data Center and AI Technology Premiere," we're expecting a sizable...

0 by Ryan Smith & Gavin Bonshor on 6/13/2023

AMD Ryzen Pro 7000 and 7040 Series Processors : Zen 4 For Commercial Deployments

As is a constant whenever AMD launches their latest desktop and mobile processors, they typically deploy and release a professional and commercial line-up of these processors a few months...

8 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/13/2023

AMD Confirms AM5 Support For Ryzen 8000 Processors, Zen 5 with Navi 3.5

During one of their webinars to channel partners on maximizing server deployments with AMD Ryzen processors, AMD unveiled some of the upcoming plans surrounding their next-generation Zen 5 microarchitecture...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/5/2023

Intel Details PowerVia Chipmaking Tech: Backside Power Performing Well, On Schedule For 2024

At next week’s annual VLSI Symposium, Intel will be presenting a pair of highly-anticipated papers about their progress with their upcoming PowerVia chip fabrication technology – the company’s in-development...

31 by Ryan Smith on 6/5/2023

Intel Discloses New Details On Meteor Lake VPU Block, Lays Out Vision For Client AI

While the first systems based on Intel’s forthcoming Meteor Lake (14th Gen Core) systems are still at least a few months out – and thus just a bit too...

17 by Ryan Smith on 5/29/2023

NVIDIA: Grace Hopper Has Entered Full Production & Announcing DGX GH200 AI Supercomputer

Teeing off an AI-heavy slate of announcements for NVIDIA, the company has confirmed that their Grace Hopper “superchip” has entered full production. The combination of a Grace CPU and...

8 by Ryan Smith on 5/29/2023

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