Intel last week had already given the heads up that it was rebranding its Atom processors into three performance tiers -- Atom x3, Atom x5, and Atom x7. The Santa Clara chip maker didn't provide any details at the time, leading us to speculate that the first new Atom parts would be based on the company's upcoming 14nm Cherry Trail architecture. Turns out we were two-thirds correct, as Intel has now formally introduced its next generation Atom parts.
Cherry Trail shows only marginal improvement over predecessor in leaked benchmarks
Intel began shipping its new Cherry Trail Atom chips to its partners in the first week of January and now we have got our first benchmark scores. If you were expecting the 5th generation Atom chips to be a huge improvement over current-generation tablet SoCs (systems on chip), you are in for a bit of a shock.
Both companies are trying to get each other’s products banned
As companies faced with the prospect of having their products banned in the U.S. over a patent infringement complaint by an adversary are wont to do, Samsung has hit back at Nvidia with a sales ban request of its own. The world’s leading smartphone maker filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) Friday, requesting that the latter institute an investigation against Nvidia “under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, regarding certain graphics processing chips, Systems on a Chip, and products containing the same.”
Will reportedly be based on a new power-efficient Haswell part
Ever since Microsoft sent out press invites for a Surface-related event scheduled for May 20, 2014, in New York, the tech media has been busy speculating about the event’s agenda. Many in the tech commentariat expect the long-rumored “Surface Mini” to finally step into the realm of reality to take center stage at the upcoming event. But with the hitherto fabled Microsoft tablet widely rumored to pack an ARM-based SoC from Qualcomm, the question is: What about Intel?
Remember being introduced to Beema and Mullins? You're forgiven if you don't recall -- the introduction came last year during AMD's Developer Summit event. At the time, AMD said it planned on making the mobile parts available before Computex 2014, and holding good to that promise, AMD has officially launched its 2014 low power and mainstream line of APUs formerly known by their codenames Beema and Mullins.
Opteron A1100 chips support up to eight 28nm Cortex A57 cores
AMD began sampling its Opteron A1100 64-bit ARM processors (codenamed “Seattle”) last month, the chipmaker announced during its first quarter financial results conference call Thursday. Hailing it as a key milestone “in our ambidextrous strategy,” AMD CEO Rory Read said that the company planned to begin shipping the chips in the final quarter of 2014.
New SoCs give Intel a greater presence in the mobile sector
The mobile device category is dominated by ARM-based processors, and that's something that doesn't sit well with Intel. The Santa Clara chip maker is used to being on top of the semiconductor world, and in the mobile space, Intel will attempt to wrestle some share away from ARM with its new 64-bit Atom Z3480 processor, otherwise known as Merrifield, which is a quad-core part intended for Android devices.
Nvidia's new 64-bit CPU to be based around Kepler and feature 192 CUDA cores
We had the chance to attend Nvidia’s CES 2014 press conference and the company touched upon a number of topics such as GeForce Experience, G-Sync Monitors, and GameStream, but it was Nvidia’s announcement of its new “super chip” K1 that was the talk of the show.
Rumored x86-based processor will be super tiny and power efficient
Intel showed off what it claims is the smallest system on chip with a new line of Quark chips that are 1/5th the size of Atom SOCs and will use 1/10 the power.
The company didn’t reveal too many details of the new SOC, but said it would be open architecture, offer industry standard software support and be fully synthesizeable. The chip is presumably x86-based but because it is fully synthesizable customers would be able to customize the design with their own intellectual property.