cpu http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/291/ en Intel Lifts the Lid Off Upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Processor http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_lifts_lid_upcoming_core_i7_5960x_haswell-e_processor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/delidded_haswell-e.jpg" alt="Delidded Haswell-E" title="Delidded Haswell-E" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Intel soldered the CPU die to the integrated heat spreader</h3> <p><strong>A picture making the rounds on the web shows what Intel's upcoming Core i7 5960X Haswell-E processor will look like</strong> if you have the nerve to pry off the integrated heat spreader (IHS). If you look close, you can see that beneath the adhesive layer that secures the IHS to the package is soldering from where Intel soldered the CPU die to the IHS with a strong epoxy. If you're an overclocker or otherwise concerned with temps, this a good sight to see.</p> <p>Soldering the CPU die to the IHS offers better heat conductivity than filling the gap with thermal interface material (TIM), the latter of which is the route Intel took with its Core i7 3770K, 4770K,a nd 4790K processors, according to the folks at <a href="http://www.ocdrift.com/intel-core-i7-5960x-de-lidded-haswell-e-uses-soldered-thermal-interface-material-tim/" target="_blank"><em>OCDrift.com</em></a>.</p> <p>While not game changing by any means, this is simply another reason to look forward to Haswell-E. Expected to launch this September, Haswell-E will coincide with Intel's X99 Express chipset and offer support DDR4 memory support.</p> <p>As for the stripped down Core i7 5960X on display, earlier rumors suggest it will rock 8 cores, 16 threads, a 3GHz to 3.3GHz (Turbo Boost) clockspeed, 20MB of L3 cache, and a 140W TDP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_lifts_lid_upcoming_core_i7_5960x_haswell-e_processor#comments Build a PC core i7 5960x cpu Hardware haswell-e intel overclocking processor News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:21:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 28259 at http://www.maximumpc.com Breaking Down Intel's Three Broadwell Processor Lines for Mobile http://www.maximumpc.com/breaking_down_intels_three_broadwell_processor_lines_mobile_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_sign_5.jpg" alt="Intel Sign" title="Intel Sign" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Three families of 14nm Broadwell parts are headed for mobile devices</h3> <p>See that over there? <strong>It's Intel's 5th Generation Core processor family, otherwise known as Broadwell, coming around the bend</strong>. There will be will three different variants for mobile, including the Y Series, U Series, and H Series, all of which will be built on a 14nm manufacturing process. You can expect the parts to start appearing in the fourth quarter of 2014, but do you know the difference between each line?</p> <p>The folks at <em>Fudzilla</em> <a href="http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/35355-5th-generation-broadwell-14nm-family-comes-in-three-lines" target="_blank">posted a nice piece</a> detailing the differences in the three different Broadwell lines for mobile. Based on that and other info around the web, initial Broadwell for mobile parts will consist of the Core M 5Y70, 5Y10, and 5Y10a, all of which are BGA parts. Both the Core M 5Y70 and 5Y70a are dual-core parts clocked at 800MHz to 2GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, integrated GPU clocked at 100MHz to 800MHz, and a 4.5W TDP, though the 5Y70 is configurable to also run at 4W. As for the 5Y70, it's a dual-core chip with Hyper-Threading support that runs at 1.1GHz to 2.6GHz with 4MB of L3 cache, 100MHz to 850MHz GPU, and 4.5W TDP.</p> <p>Next up is the U Series that will also come in BGA form and TDPs ranging from 15W to 28W -- not too shabby considering that they have integrated graphics as well. These will be dual-core parts designed for Ultrabooks and NUC configurations with support for up to 16GB of DDR3L-1600 memory or 8GB of LPDDR3-1600.</p> <p>Finally, the H Series will also ship in BGA form with a 47W TDP. These will be the chips that end up in high-end systems.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/breaking_down_intels_three_broadwell_processor_lines_mobile_2014#comments 14nm broadwell cpu Hardware intel mobile prcessor News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:25:38 +0000 Paul Lilly 28252 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Picture Teases a 12-Core AMD A-Series APU http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_truck.jpg" alt="AMD Truck" title="AMD Truck" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Don't bet the farm on this one</h3> <p>A picture making the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere has AMD fans crossing their fingers that it means what it looks like it means. And just what would that be? A 12-core chip! Bear in mind that nothing has been confirmed, and furthermore, there are some alternate explanations as to what the picture actually depicts. Disclaimer aside, <strong>the image appears to hint that a 12-core AMD A-Series APU is around the corner</strong>.</p> <p>News and rumor site <em>WCCFTEch </em>offered up <a href="http://wccftech.com/amd-12-core-aseries-apu-inbound/" target="_blank">some analysis</a> on the picture, which apparently was posted by an AMD PR person with an #AMDEvolved tag. What the picture shows is a truck with a dozen AMD robots on the side and AMD's A-Series logo on the back. At a glance, that would seem to suggest a chip with 12 Steamroller cores, right? Possibly.</p> <p>The thing is, AMD can be funny about labeling its chips. For example, AMD advertises Kaveri as having 12 compute cores, but only four of those are CPU cores; the remaining eight are GPU cores. On the flip side, all the robots in the pic are the same color, so in theory, they'd all be CPU cores, right?</p> <p>Then again, it could just be much ado about nothing -- we'll have to wait and see.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_picture_teases_12-core_amd_-series_apu_2014#comments 12-core a-series amd apu Build a PC cpu Hardware processor steamroller News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:14:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28241 at http://www.maximumpc.com ARM Strengthens Bottom Line Through Licensing Expansion http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_strengthens_bottom_line_through_licensing_expansion_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/arm_1.jpg" alt="ARM" title="ARM" width="228" height="144" style="float: right;" />More than 1,100 companies license ARM technology</h3> <p>While AMD and Intel were watching from the sidelines as the market transitioned to mobile, ARM was busy "earning and burning, snapping necks and cashing checks," to borrow a line from Step Brothers. It's a bit more competitive today, though ARM was able to gain a foothold in the mobile market and continues to ride the momentum. As such, <strong>ARM said it added 41 licensed customers to its portfolio</strong>, bringing the total number of licenses signed to more than 1,100.</p> <p>ARM reported total revenue of $309.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, up 17 percent from the $264.3 million it collected in the same quarter a year ago, and up 9 percent year-on-year. That resulted in a profit of $86.7 million for the quarter, and $126.7 million for the first half of the year.</p> <p>"Our continued strong licensing performance reflects the intent of existing and new customers to base more of their future products on ARM technology. The 41 processor licenses signed in Q2 were driven by demand for ARM technology in smart mobile devices, consumer electronics, and embedded computing chips for the Internet of Things, and include further licenses for ARMv8-A and Mali processor technology," ARM CEO Simon Segars <a href="http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-holdings-plc-reports-results-for-the-second-quarter-and-half-year-ended-30-june-2014.php" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. "This bodes well for growth in ARM’s medium and long term royalty revenues."</p> <p>As more manufacturers jumped into mobile, ARM saw its licensing revenue jump 42 percent compared to last year. The company also shipped 2.7 billion ARM-based shipped in Q2, up 11 percent versus the same quarter a year ago. Shipment growth has been especially strong in enterprise networking and microcontroller markets, ARM said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/arm_strengthens_bottom_line_through_licensing_expansion_2014#comments ARM cpu financial report Hardware license mobile processor News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 28212 at http://www.maximumpc.com Online Retailer Tips Potential Pricing for Intel's Haswell-E Processors http://www.maximumpc.com/online_retailer_tips_potential_pricing_intels_haswell-e_processors_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_truck_1.jpg" alt="Intel Truck" title="Intel Truck" width="228" height="150" style="float: right;" />Take these prices with a grain of salt</h3> <p>It's a bit early to go shopping for Intel's Haswell-E parts, though that doesn't mean you can't start planning your back-to-school build, especially if you can find the prices of upcoming parts. <strong>While Haswell-E CPUs are expected to debut in September, at least one online retailer in the U.S. has gone and posted pricing information</strong> for three upcoming SKUs, all of which are available to pre-order.</p> <p>A shout out goes to <a href="http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2014/2014071501_Pre-order_prices_of_Intel_Haswell-E_processors.html" target="_blank"><em>CPU-World</em></a> for discovering the pre-order parts on on <a href="http://www.shopblt.com/search/order_id=%2521ORDERID%2521&amp;s_max=25&amp;t_all=1&amp;s_all=CM80648" target="_blank"><em>Shopblt.com</em></a>. At the time of this writing, here are the Haswell-E parts and prices the e-tailer is pushing:</p> <ul> <li>Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition (8-core, 3.5GHz, 20MB cache): $1,107.83</li> <li>Intel Core i7 5930K (6-core, 3.7GHz, 15MB cache): $631.54</li> <li>Intel Core i7 5820K (6-core, 3.6GHz, 15MB cache): $425.92</li> </ul> <p>Intel's first-ever 8-core desktop processor (5960X) is priced at $1,107.83 at <em>Shopblt</em>, which is $16 more than the 4960X in the same store. Expensive, sure, but not a bad price difference for two additional cores, more L2 cache, more memory bandwidth, and general architecture improvements.</p> <p>Meanwhile, both six-core chips are priced somewhat competitively with the processors they're replacing -- the 5930K is $49 more than the 4930K, and the 5820K is $80 more than 4820K in the same store.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/online_retailer_tips_potential_pricing_intels_haswell-e_processors_2014#comments Build a PC core i7 5820k core i7 5930k core i7 5960x cpu Hardware haswell-e intel processor News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:51:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28193 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Roadmap Reveals Intel's Desktop Processor Plans Through 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_roadmap_reveals_intels_desktop_processor_plans_through_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/skylake.jpg" alt="Skylake" title="Skylake" width="228" height="206" style="float: right;" />Broadwell and Skylake headed for a Q2 2015 release</h3> <p><strong>A Chinese-language website posted what it claims is an official roadmap for Intel's consumer-based desktop platforms</strong> from now through the second quarter of 2015. The roadmap covers several processors broken up into Mainstream, Premium, and Extreme categories. It also includes a time frame for Intel's upcoming Broadwell and Skylake-S architectures, both of which are scheduled for the Q2 2015, according the roadmap.</p> <p>For those of you waiting on Haswell-E parts, there are three such chips coming out in Q3 2014, according to the roadmap posted by <a href="http://chinese.vr-zone.com/119624/intel-will-update-to-14nm-broadwell-and-skylake-s-for-desktop-in-2015-second-quater-06282014/" target="_blank"><em>VR-Zone's</em> Chinese channel</a>. Two of them fall into the Premium category, Core i7 5930K and 5820K, while the Core i7 5960K is listed in the Extreme category.</p> <p>It's the Broadwell and Skylake-S parts that's perhaps most interesting. Broadwell was originally supposed to have launched by now, but getting down to 14nm has been more challenging than anticipated. Now it's expected to release in the Q2 2015. When it does, it will slip into socket 1150 motherboards built around Intel's 9-Series chipset. These parts are also said to feature unlocked multipliers.</p> <p>Skylake-S will sport a 14nm manufacturing process, but with a locked multiplier. They'll likely run on socket 1151 motherboards based on Intel's upcoming 100-Series chipset.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_roadmap_reveals_intels_desktop_processor_plans_through_2015#comments broadwell Build a PC cpu Hardware intel processor roadmap skylake News Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:44:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 28100 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Haswell-E Rumored to Hit Retail in September http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_haswell-e_rumored_hit_retail_september_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_x99.jpg" alt="Intel X99" title="Intel X99" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Along with Haswell-E comes Intel's X99 chipset and DDR4 memory</h3> <p>Supposing the latest rumor regarding Intel's Haswell-E processor family comes true, you'll have all summer to save up to build a system around a next-generation platform.<strong> A leaked document points to September 14, 2014 as the day Intel plans to launch Haswell-E to retail</strong>, which could coincide with an announcement at Intel's upcoming IDF 14 in San Francisco -- this year's IDF runs September 9-11.</p> <p>An excerpt from the leaked document was posted by <a href="http://chinese.vr-zone.com/118744/intel-haswell-e-and-x99-platform-embargo-day-confirm-06202014/" target="_blank"><em>VR-Zone's</em> Chinese-language portal</a>. According to the excerpt, at least three Core i7 chips based on Haswell-E will debut on September 14, along with Intel's upcoming X99 chipset. One thing to keep in mind if you're planning a next generation build is that X99 boards will require DDR4 memory.</p> <p>The three Core i7 parts mentioned include the Core i7 5960X (8-core, 20MB L3 cache, 3GHz-3.5GHz), Core i7 5930K (6-core, 15MB L3 cache, 3.5GHz-3.7GHz), and the Core i7 5820K (6-core, 15MB cache, 3.3GHz-3.6GHz). All three reportedly carry a TDP of 140W and support Hyper-Threading.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_haswell-e_rumored_hit_retail_september_2014#comments Build a PC cpu Hardware haswell-e intel processor rumor News Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:43:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28057 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Aims for 25 Times Boost in APU Energy Efficiency by 2020 http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_aims_25_times_boost_apu_energy_efficiency_2020 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_apu.jpg" alt="AMD APU" title="AMD APU" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Future APUs will feature a "dramatic" improvement in energy efficiency</h3> <p>According to AMD, there are 3 billion PCs and 30 million computer servers that use more than 2.5 percent of all energy consumed. With that in mind, <strong>AMD today went public with a goal to deliver a 25x improvement in the energy efficiency of its Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) by 2020</strong>. If AMD is able to reach its goal, it would represent a significant improvement over the 10x gain in energy efficiency it achieved during the past 6 years.</p> <p>"Creating differentiated low-power products is a key element of our business strategy, with an attending relentless focus on energy efficiency," AMD's Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/amd-accelerates-energy-2014jun19.aspx" target="_blank">stated during a keynote</a> at the China International Software and Information Service Fair conference in Dalain, China. "Through APU architectural enhancements and intelligent power efficient techniques, our customers can expect to see us dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our processors during the next several years. Setting a goal to improve the energy efficiency of our processors 25 times by 2020 is a measure of our commitment and confidence in our approach."</p> <p>AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) combines CPU and GPU compute cores and special purpose accelerators such as digital signal processors and video encoders all on the same chip, or APU. Energy is saved with this approach by eliminating connections between discrete chips, and by reducing computing cycles by treating the CPU and GPU as peers.</p> <p>Looking ahead, AMD is banking on gains in several different areas. These include inter-frame power gating, per-part adaptive voltage, voltage islands, further integration of system components, and other techniques still being developed.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_aims_25_times_boost_apu_energy_efficiency_2020#comments amd apu Build a PC cpu energy efficiency Hardware News Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:54:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 28036 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Launches High Performance Kaveri APUs for Mobile http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_launches_high_performance_kaveri_apus_mobile_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kaveri.jpg" alt="Kaveri" title="Kaveri" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />Bringing HSA and GCN to mobile</h3> <p>Today's a big day for AMD, and perhaps the start of a new era. That's because <strong>AMD just introduced the world to its new 2014 lineup of performance mobile APUs, codenamed Kaveri</strong>, which will slip into power efficient laptops and high-end notebooks. The new mobile APUs also represent the debut of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture for mobile devices.</p> <p>"AMD takes a major step forward today on our journey to transform and enhance the computing experience with the launch of the 2014 Performance Mobile APU family," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/advanced-mobile-apus-2014jun04.aspx" target="_blank">said Bernd Lienhard</a>, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. "With a combination of superior total compute performance, stunning graphics and efficient power use alongside industry-first technologies, these new APUs set a new bar for cutting-edge consumer and commercial PCs."</p> <p>This launch follows the recent introduction of AMD's 2014 line of low power and mainstream APUs. AMD's Kaveri family will be the company's first FX-branded enthusiast-class APU for notebooks, which will range in type from personal and gaming systems to professional laptop models. Several OEMs are already on board to support Kaveri, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, and others.</p> <p>Kaveri offers up to a dozen Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU). These chips boast up to AMD Radeon R7 series graphics and offer support to 4K Ultra HD. They also support several AMD technologies of note, such as the company's Mantle API, Quick Stream, Steady Video, and TrueAudio technologies.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/kaveri_2014_apus.jpg" alt="AMD Kaveri 2014 APUs" title="AMD Kaveri 2014 APUs" width="620" height="356" /></p> <p>This is an interesting release, though it's not likely Intel is sweating bullets over Kaveri, especially with its refreshed Haswell release around the bend. If history is any indication, AMD's release will offer very good performance at attractive price points, but won't be the fastest on the block.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_launches_high_performance_kaveri_apus_mobile_2014#comments accelerated processing unit amd apu cpu Hardware kaveri laptop mobile notebook News Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:17:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 27936 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel's Broadwell Launch Likely to Miss Back-to-School Season, Will Ship for Holidays http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_broadwell_launch_likely_miss_back--school_season_will_ship_holidays_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/brian_krzanich_0.jpg" alt="Brian Krzanich" title="Brian Krzanich" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Expect Intel's Broadwell release in time for the holiday shopping season</h3> <p>Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has gone on record saying his company's next-generation <strong>Broadwell processors will definitely ship in time to be put in PCs for the holiday shopping season</strong>, however, they're not likely to be available for the back-to-school shopping rush that will take place in late summer. Broadwell is the codename for Intel's 14nm die shrink of its Haswell microarchitecture.</p> <p>That makes Broadwell a "tick" in Intel's "tick-tock" schedule -- ticks are die shrinks and tocks represent a new processor microarchitecture. When Krzanich first demonstrated Broadwell at IDF last year, he said it would provide a 30 percent improvement in power use compared to Haswell parts from mid-2013.</p> <p>"I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday," Krzanich said in an interview with Reuters at the Maker Fair in San Mateo, California, over the weekend. "Back to school -- that's a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That's going to be tough."</p> <p>While Intel would probably prefer to have Broadwell ready for the back-to-school season, the holiday shopping season is typically the much bigger one out of the two.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_broadwell_launch_likely_miss_back--school_season_will_ship_holidays_2014#comments 14nm broadwell Build a PC cpu Hardware intel processor News Mon, 19 May 2014 16:43:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 27831 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD's Low Power Beema and Mullins APUs Make an Appearance http://www.maximumpc.com/amds_low_power_beema_and_mullins_apus_make_appearance_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/mullins_die.jpg" alt="AMD Mullins Die" title="AMD Mullins Die" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />AMD's first 2014 mobile APUs have arrived</h3> <p>Remember being introduced to Beema and Mullins? You're forgiven if you don't recall -- the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_refreshes_mobile_apu_lineup_beema_mullins_2013">introduction came last year</a> 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, <strong>AMD has officially launched its 2014 low power and mainstream line of APUs</strong> formerly known by their codenames Beema and Mullins.</p> <p>"When designing our 2014 Mainstream and Low-Power APUs, we were determined to once again set the standard in graphics and total compute performance in fanless form factor categories – and we’ve done just that," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/next-generation-mobile-2014apr29.aspx" target="_blank">said Bernd Lienhard</a>, AMD corporate vice president and general manager, Client Products. "These processors combine the latest core technologies – including the first-ever ARM-based security solution on an x86 processor – with user experiences that will delight consumer and commercial buyers alike in a package that’s impressively energy efficient."</p> <p>AMD built Beema from the ground up with the intention of powering next generation ultrathin laptops for the mainstream crown. There are four Beema APUs initially:</p> <ul> <li>E1-6010: dual-core, 1.35GHz, 1MB L2 cache, Radeon R2 GPU (350MHz), 10W TDP</li> <li>E2-6110: quad-core, 1.50GHz, 2MB L2 cache, Radeon R2 GPU (500MHz), 15W TDP</li> <li>A4-6210: quad-core, 1.80GHz, 2MB L2 cache, Radeon R3 GPU (600MHz), 15W TDP</li> <li>A6-6310: quad-core, 2.40GHz, 2MB L2 cache, Radeon R4 GPU (800MHz), 15W TDP</li> </ul> <p>As for Mullins, these system-on-chips (SoCs) are intended for fanless form factors such as tablets. There are three that are available initially:</p> <ul> <li>E1 Micro-6200T: dual-core, 1.40GHz, 1MB L2 cache, Radeon R2 GPU (300MHz), 3.95W TDP</li> <li>A4 Micro-6400T: quad-core, 1.60GHz, 2MB L2 cache, Radeon R3 GPU (350MHz), 4.5W TDP</li> <li>A10 Micro-6700T: quad-core, 2.2GHz, 2MB L2 cache, Radeon R6 GPU (500MHz), 4.5W TDP</li> </ul> <p>It's not just about clockspeed and TDP; there are other under the hood improvements, such as power management tweaks and incorporating AMD's TrustZone technology for added security.</p> <p>Looking ahead, AMD says its Kaveri architecture is coming to laptops later in the first half of the year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amds_low_power_beema_and_mullins_apus_make_appearance_2014#comments amd apu Beema cpu Hardware mobile Mullins processor soc News Thu, 01 May 2014 15:23:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 27728 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel to Close Manufacturing Facility in Costa Rica http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_close_manufacturing_facility_costa_rica_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_costa_rica.jpg" alt="Intel Costa Rica" title="Intel Costa Rica" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Closing up shop in Costa Rica is Intel's latest attempt to cut costs</h3> <p><strong>Intel, the world's largest supplier of semiconductors, is in the process of shutting down an assembly and test plant in Costa Rica</strong> as part of continued efforts to slash costs across the board. Closing the plant will result in around 1,500 layoffs, as well as take away one of Costa Rica's major exports. Intel issued a statement saying the closure is completely unrelated to the election of the new Costa Rica government.</p> <p>"It's being closed and consolidated into our other operations throughout the world," Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said in a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/09/us-intel-costa-rica-idUSBREA371TJ20140409" target="_blank">statement to <em>Reuters</em></a>.</p> <p>Intel said it will still have more than 1,000 engineers, finance, and human resource employees in Costa Rica. The chip maker also plans to continue with some research and development projects in the area, which will entail the hiring of another 200 "high-value" positions.</p> <p>This all falls in line with Intel's announcement in January that it was planning to reduce its workforce of around 107,000 employees by about 5 percent this year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_close_manufacturing_facility_costa_rica_2014#comments costa rica cpu Hardware intel processor News Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:38:35 +0000 Paul Lilly 27593 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Rolls Out Socketed Sempron and Athlon Chips with AM1 Platform to Retail http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rolls_out_socketed_sempron_and_athlon_chips_am1_platform_retail_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/athlon_sempron.jpg" alt="Athlon and Sempron" title="Athlon and Sempron" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />Socketed APUs have arrived</h3> <p>The answer is $34, which addresses the question of what price AMD's new socketed "Kabini" APUs will debut at. There's also the cost of the motherboard to factor in, so add another $25 to $35. As to when you'll be able to buy these new parts, <strong>AMD today announced the global availability of its AM1 platform</strong> featuring its quad-core and dual-core Sempron and Athlon APU lineup based on Kabini.</p> <p>To <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_introduces_am1_platform_socketed_kabini_apu_2014">quickly refresh</a> what it is we're talking about about, AMD's AM1 platform consists of pairing a socketed Kabini APU with a socket FS1b motherboard sporting a pin-grid-array (PGA). What's unique about this platform is that it's AMD's first "system in a socket" offering -- essentially an SoC (System-on-Chip). Socketed Kabini parts sport two or four Jaguar CPU cores along with an integrated memory controller, Radeon graphics with Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, and all the supported I/O functions (two SATA 6Gbps, two USB 3.0, eight USB 2.0, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA). With all this residing on the APU, it allows motherboard makers to deliver cheap boards.</p> <p>AMD is making available four APUs to kick off the platform. They include the following:</p> <ul> <li>Athlon 5350: 4 cores, 2.05GHz, 128 GCN Radeon cores, 600MHz GPU, 1600MHz memory, 2MB cache, 25W TDP, $59</li> <li>Athlon 5150: 4 cores, 1.60GHz, 128 GCN Radeon cores, 600MHz GPU, 1600MHz memory, 2MB cache, 25W TDP, $49</li> <li>Sempron 3850: 4 cores, 1.3GHz, 128 GCN Radeon cores, 450MHz GPU, 1600MHz memory, 2MB cache, 25W TDP, $39</li> <li>Sempron 2650: 2 cores, 1.45GHz, 128 GCN Radeon cores, 400MHz GPU, 1333MHz memory, 1MB cache, 25W TDP, $34</li> </ul> <p><img src="/files/u69/am1_bay_trail.jpg" alt="AMD AM1 versus Bay Trail" title="AMD AM1 versus Bay Trail" width="620" height="332" /></p> <p>One point AMD is really trying to drive home is that consumers now have access to quad-core computing for under $40. AMD's also pitching its AM1 platform as a superior solution to Intel's Bay Trail with faster performance in everything from encryption and web surfing to playing games, and more.</p> <p>Several motherboard makers have signed on to support AM1, including ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Gigabyte, MSI, and ECS. You should be able to find both boards and the above mentioned Athlon and Sempron parts today from Amazon, NCIX, Newegg, and TigerDirect.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_rolls_out_socketed_sempron_and_athlon_chips_am1_platform_retail_2014#comments am1 amd Athlon athlon 3530 athlon 5150 Build a PC cpu Hardware kabini processor sempron sempron 2650 sempron 3850 News Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:53:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 27591 at http://www.maximumpc.com AMD Tweaks Wafer Agreement with GlobalFoundries to Include GPUs http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_tweaks_wafer_agreement_globalfoundries_include_gpus_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_gpu.jpg" alt="AMD GPU" title="AMD GPU" width="228" height="223" style="float: right;" />Amended agreement includes $50 million in additional purchase commitments</h3> <p><strong>AMD bumped up its purchase commitments with GlobalFoundries</strong> in 2014 by about $50 million. Under terms of the amended Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA), AMD expects to pay $1.2 billion in all this year, though what's interesting is that the deal is no longer limited to traditional CPUs and APUs; it now includes GPUs and semi-custom game console chips, such as those found in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.</p> <p>AMD has leaned on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce graphics chips, including more than 10 million Xbox One and PS4 chips. With console sales expected to keep climbing, AMD essentially ensured that a shortage of parts won't become an issue.</p> <p>"The successful close of our amended wafer supply agreement with GlobalFoundries demonstrates the continued commitment from our two companies to strengthen our business relationship as long-term strategic partners, and GlobalFoundries’ ability to execute in alignment with our product roadmap," <a href="http://www.amd.com/en-us/press-releases/Pages/amd-amends-wafer-2014apr1.aspx" target="_blank">said Rory Read</a>, president and chief executive officer, AMD. "This latest step in AMD’s continued transformation plays a critical role in our goals for 2014."</p> <p>While specific figures weren't disclosed, AMD and GlobalFoundries did establish fixed pricing and other commitments as part of the amended agreement.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_tweaks_wafer_agreement_globalfoundries_include_gpus_2014#comments amd apu cpu globalfoundries gpu Hardware manufacturing wafers News Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:13:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 27551 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Shows Love for the Desktop at GDC, Unveils 8-Core Haswell-E Processor http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_shows_love_desktop_gdc_unveils_8-core_haswell-e_processor_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_chips.jpg" alt="Intel Chips" title="Intel Chips" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" />Power users needn't worry, the desktop is alive and thriving!</h3> <p>These days you can't flip on the Internet without being bombarded by tablet and smartphone announcements. Hey, we love mobile just as much as the next geek, but we're also stoked when major players take time to shower some love on the desktop, which is what Intel did at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) today. One thing <strong>Intel unveiled today is an 8-core Haswell-E CPU</strong>.</p> <p>Intel didn't go into detailed specifics on many of its announcements, though here's what we know about its Haswell-E launch. It will feature Intel's first 8-core desktop processor and it will be supported by the chip maker's X99 chipset, which is the first desktop platform to support DDR4 memory. Look for Haswell-E to make a grand entrance in the second half of the year.</p> <p>Arriving beforehand -- around the middle of the year -- will be an unlocked 4th Generation Intel Core processor line codenamed "Devil's Canyon." If you're into overclocking, these will be the Haswell parts you want to buy. In addition to an unlocked multiplier, they'll also sport an improved thermal interface material (TIM) for better cooling and updated packaging materials. These will be supported by Intel's 9 Series chipset.</p> <p>Around the same time, Intel will launch an Anniversary Edition Pentium processor. It too will be unlocked and work in both Intel 8 and 9 Series chipsets, and will also have Intel Quick Sync Video technology.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/intel_desktop_roadmap.jpg" alt="Intel Desktop Roadmap" title="Intel Desktop Roadmap" width="620" height="343" /></p> <p>Finally, Intel is planning to launch an unlocked 5th Generation Core processor with Iris Pro graphics built on a 14nm manufacturing process. It will be the first time Iris will appear on desktop socketed unlocked processors. Intel didn't say when it's planning to release this part.</p> <p>All of these launches are an attempt by Intel to reinvent and reinvigorate the desktop PC market. In addition to new hardware, Intel teased its new Ready Mode technology, which will make your PC turn on instantly and always be connected while sipping on power.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_shows_love_desktop_gdc_unveils_8-core_haswell-e_processor_2014#comments Build a PC cpu devil's canyon gdc Hardware haswell-e intel processor ready more News Thu, 20 Mar 2014 01:27:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 27471 at http://www.maximumpc.com