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Samsung launches new 14, 10nm processes, updates on 7nm

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Samsung has announced an expansion of its foundry production process offerings with a fourth generation 14nm process known as 14LPU. It’s joined by a new 10nm process, 10LPU, too, offering better performance, area reductions and cost savings to potential customers. Although Samsung’s commercial mobile business has blown up in its …

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Intel is moving from its ‘tick-tock’ CPU release cycle

For many years now, Intel has been producing its chips yearly on a tick-tock cycle but that strategy appears to be changing going forward as the most recent Intel financial report shows that it will be moving to a new three-step strategy and slowing down the pace of its processor …

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AMD’s Zen-based Opteron processor to have 32 cores

With AMD’s new Zen processors set to hit the market at the end of this year, we have begun hearing more and more about the company’s plans for its new architecture. Recent leaks seem to show that AMD’s Opteron series of processors will be getting a significant update when Zen …

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Samsung rumoured to be making chips for AMD next year

It looks like Samsung might start making chips for AMD starting early next year according to new reports from South Korea. These chips would include a CPU (possibly of Zen architecture) as well as a GPU, both based on 14nm technology. South Korean newspaper, Electronic Times (via: Reuters) was the …

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Details of Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake CPUs surface online

Earlier this year, we learned that Intel would be delaying its first 10nm CPU, codenamed Canonlake, until late 2017, paving the way for Kaby Lake, another 14nm architecture, in 2016. We haven’t heard much about Kaby Lake, but some newly leaked slides seem to give us some idea of what …

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GlobalFoundries and AMD announce first 14nm FinFET success

GlobalFoundries and AMD have announced this week that they have successfully produced the first 14nm FinFET sample chip. Previously, GlobalFoundries has been licensing Samsung’s own 14nm process but it seems that the fab is now ready to make it work alone. This is also good news for AMD, as it …

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AMD rumoured to be using GDDR5x on new 14nm GPUs

Recently, we have been hearing quite a bit about GDDR5x, with rumours suggesting that Nvidia intends to use it in addition to HBM2 on its Pascal graphics cards next year. Now it would seem that AMD is also planning a similar move, with GDDR5x rumoured to appear on its new …

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Apple downplays iPhone 6s A9 chip power draw concerns

Yesterday news spread that one version of the iPhone 6s seemingly greatly outperforms the other. The A9 chip inside of the new iPhone could be manufactured by either TSMC or Samsung, with the former’s version expanding battery life by as much as 20 per cent. This news has since reached …

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Intel alters design of ‘Skylake’ processors to enhance security

Intel Corp. has announced that starting from late October it will ship new processors based on the “Skylake” micro-architecture with enabled Intel Software Guard Extensions (SGX) technology. The new central processing units will feature new S-Spec and MM numbers, but will continue to use  the same physical dies as existing CPUs. …

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Intel Pentium ‘Skylake’ processors make it to retail

The most affordable microprocessors based on the “Skylake” micro-architecture have finally managed to reach the market. The new Intel Pentium G4500T is now sold in select stores in Tokyo, Japan, and is expected to become available in other parts of the world, making low-cost PCs featuring the latest micro-architecture from Intel …

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HP unveils entry-level workstation with Xeon Skylake, DDR4, fast SSDs

Hewlett-Packard has introduced its new-generation entry-level Z-series workstations that use a variety of new technologies, including Intel Corp.’s latest microprocessors. The new machines can run serious tasks, yet they feature compact sizes and relatively affordable price-points. The HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF [small form-factor] workstations are based on Intel’s …

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Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX: Tiny mobo with 8-phase CPU VRM

Asrock has introduced its new Fatal1ty-branded mini-ITX high-end motherboard for gaming PCs. The new system board is designed for Intel “Skylake” processors and sports numerous advanced features that modern PC platforms can offer. Among the highlights are unique voltage regulator module, extreme overclocking capabilities, HDMI 2.0 connector that supports 4K …

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GlobalFoundries: We started to tape-out chips using second-gen 14nm process technology

GlobalFoundries on Friday confirmed that the first products to be made using the company’s advanced 14nm LPP [low-power plus] manufacturing technology had been taped out. The contract maker of chips did not reveal any details, but indicated that prototype chips had demonstrated “excellent” performance and yields. One of the customers, …

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Asustek unveils ultimate mini-ITX mainboard for ‘Skylake’ CPUs

Asustek Computer this week introduced its Z170I Pro Gaming mainboard, which is desinged for Intel Corp.’s latest microprocessors code-named “Skylake” and provides ultimate feature-set. The platform not only uses high-quality/high-performance components and has rich expansion capabilities, but even features advanced overclocking functionality. The Asus Z170I Pro Gaming is based on the Intel …

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AMD engineer: Developers were given the total freedom with ‘Zen’

The “Zen” micro-architecture is a tremendously important project for Advanced Micro Devices. If the new technology is successful, AMD will become a viable developer of central processing units again. If not, the company will have troubles with surviving. Fortunately, “Zen” is a completely new micro-architecture that promises to be very …

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Nvidia gets first samples of GP100 from TSMC, begins internal tests

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has successfully produced the first samples of Nvidia Corp.’s code-named GP100 graphics processing unit. Nvidia has already started to test the chip internally and should be on-track to release the GPU commercially in mid-2016. 3DCenter reports that Nvidia has sent the first graphics cards based on the …

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Nvidia changes roadmap: ‘Volta’ is now due in 2018

Nvidia Corp. has slightly changed its roadmap concerning GPU architectures. As it appear, its next-gen GPUs code-named “Pascal” are now due in 2016, whereas their successors will be released only in 2018. Based on a new roadmap that Nvidia showcased at a tech conference in Japan, the company will release its …

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Legendary microprocessor developer Jim Keller leaves AMD

Advanced Micro Devices on Friday said that Jim Keller, a legendary microprocessor architect, will leave the company, effective immediately. Mr. Keller worked on multiple future generations of central processing units (CPUs) and system-on-chips (SoCs) at AMD, his departure will have an effect on the company’s long-term roadmap, but will not …

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