Even though it has been almost three months since AMD first began shipping 2nd-generation A-series “Trinity” mobile APUs, there is still no sign of their desktop counterparts. The last we heard of the desktop Trinity APUs from the Sunnyvale-based chip maker was back in July. But even back then the company merely reassured everyone that the release of the chips was “on track.” With the company still unwilling to commit to a release date, there is plenty of speculation surrounding the release schedule of these desktop APUs.
Samsung today took the mobile world by storm by introducing its new Exynos 5 Dual SoC (System-on-Chip) manufactured on a 32nm High K/Metal Gate process. It features the world's first ARM Cortex A15 dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz and is capable of driving WQXGA (2560x1600) displays, paving the way for a new generation of tablets that trump the much hyped Retina display on Apple's third gen iPad device.
Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) these days are all about combining CPU and GPU functions onto single slices of silicon, but is there still a market for GPU-less processors? Sure there is. After all, peanut butter without jelly is still a tasty snack, as any canine will attest, and if you're rocking discrete graphics or have an IGP motherboard, all you're really interested in is the CPU portion of a processor anyway. To serve those customers, Intel is said to be readying the release of its Core i5 3350P processor, which is an Ivy Bridge chip without graphics.
It's not always easy to say goodbye, but in some cases, well, it just plain feels good. Intel's discontinuation of its Atom D2700 processor is one of those moments. With the third quarter now well underway, Intel killing off its fastest Atom processor, as the D2700 is has been tagged with an End of Life (EOL) label. So, why does it feel good to say goodbye in this case?
Jim Keller, now 53 years old, was a chip designer at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) over a decade ago. His roots in the industry go back much further than that, all the way back to his DEC days where he cut his teeth on Alpha processors, but most recently he served as Director of Platform Architecture at Apple where he had a hand in designing the A4 and A5 processors employed in millions of iPads, iPhones, iPod touch devices, and Apple TV boxes. In a refreshing change of pace for AMD, which has lost some top level talent in recent months and years, Keller is back in Sunnyvale where he'll serve as the company's corporate vice president and chief architect of microprocessor cores.
Even with all the talk about new directions like Trinity, Vishera and the whole heterogenous computing concept, one old standby is still holding steady at AMD: the decade-plus old Athlon brand. In recent years, Athlon processors have taken a backseat to AMD's APUs, but they're still chugging along, and CPU World reports that the company is brewing up a batch of three new Athlon II X4 CPUs for Socket FM2 as we speak.
Are you anxiously awaiting the launch of enthusiast-class Ivy Bridge-E chips? If so, you better settle down for the long haul; an Intel roadmap leaked earlier this year suggests that the first IB-E CPUs aren't expected to show up until sometime in 2013. Socket LGA2011 won't be left with empty stockings this Christmas, however, as a new report claims that Intel is working on an unlocked Sandy Bridge-E successor to the top-end Core i7-3960X that should be ready right in time for the holidays.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) didn't give investors much reason to celebrate yesterday when announcing its second quarter financial results. The Sunnyvale chip designer reported revenue of $1.41 billion in Q2, which is representative of an 11 percent drop sequentially and a 10 percent decline year-over year. AMD pointed to a weak market as the reason why the numbers dropped the way they did.
All good things come to an end, and for AMD fans, the end is nigh for the Sunnyvale chip designer's 45nm SOI (Silicon On Insulator) processors, which will have reached end of life (EOL) status by December 2012. Among the list of soon-to-be deceased chips are five Phenom II processors, including two quad-core X4 CPUs and half a dozen dual-core X2 parts. A moment of silence is in order.
From desktops and all-in-one systems to notebooks and Ultraportable/ultrathin laptops, Intel's Ivy Bridge platform is leaving its mark everywhere you look. Is it time to say 'So long!' to Sandy Bridge? Not quite. Intel isn't gung-ho to send its Sandy Bridge platform to the CPU stockyard, and instead is planning to launch at least two new mobile chips based on last generation's architecture.