Tag Archives: Intel

Intel Puts the Kibosh on Reports It Will License AMD GPU Technology

One of the more intriguing (and if we’re being honest, slightly weird) rumors from last year was that AMD and Intel might cooperate on a GPU patent-sharing deal, or possibly a direct design agreement in which AMD would build GPUs for its largest competitor in the CPU space. The only reason we gave the idea any consideration at all was because AMD had reorganized its graphics unit into the Radeon Technology Group (RTG) specifically so that it could have more freedom to pursue ideas and potential revenue sources. A custom ...

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Why BMW, Intel, and Mobileye Invited Delphi to the Self-Driving Party

One of the autonomous driving parties just got bigger. Delphi has been added to the consortium of an automaker (BMW), a chipmaker (Intel), and a developer of sensor systems (Mobileye), all working to bring self-driving cars to market by 2021. They’re working together to develop Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving solutions (the highest levels), up to and including capabilities where the car is so good at it, it doesn’t need a steering wheel. It’s possible others may join the BMW-etcetera consortium in the near future. Prototype self-driving car developed ...

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Take That, Intel: AMD Unveils 16-core Ryzen ‘Threadripper’ Enthusiast CPU

AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors have already punched holes in Intel’s product lines. The Ryzen 5 1600X is a six-core / 12-thread CPU at $ 250, compared with over $ 400 for its Intel counterpart, and the eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 1800X ($ 500) compares well with Intel’s Core i7-6900K at $ 1,100. AMD’s financial analyst day yesterday wasn’t just a discussion of data center and deep learning workloads — enthusiasts got some serious love as well. Now, AMD is prepping a new, workstation-class CPU to take Intel ...

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Samsung, Intel Join FTC’s Antitrust Suit Against Qualcomm

Intel and Samsung have both joined the FTC’s lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing the smartphone SoC and wireless modem manufacturer of engaging in practices that violate antitrust law. Fair disclosure requires me to note that Intel’s brief is impossible to read without chortling. Anyone who recalls AMD’s antitrust lawsuits against Intel may have a similar problem, given Intel’s smug dismissal of AMD’s complaints at the time, compared with the outraged tone it takes in its own court filing against Qualcomm. According to Intel, Qualcomm has: [M]aintained an interlocking web of abusive ...

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Rumor: Intel Planning 12-Core Core i9 CPUs to Challenge AMD’s Ryzen

Since it launched in early March, AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 families have blown holes in Intel’s midrange and high-end desktop product segments. It was only a matter of time until Chipzilla retaliated, and a leaked slide from a German presentation suggests that Intel is stepping up its own Skylake-X HEDT (High End DeskTop) platforms. According to the leaked information, Intel will offer a top-end 12-core Core i9-7920X, with 24 threads and 16.5MB of L3 cache, with 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Base clock and turbo frequencies are all TBD, ...

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Itanium’s Last Hurrah: Intel Releases the Itanium 9700 Series as the CPU Finally, Officially Dies

Today, Intel released its last updates to the Itanium family, the Itanium 9700 series. These new cores, codenamed Kittson, will be the last Itanium processors Intel manufacturers. Kittson is the first update to Poulson, which debuted a new Itanium architecture back in 2012, but it includes no additional features or capabilities — just higher clock speeds in some cases. We’ve aligned the chart from Intel’s CPU database (available at ark.intel.com) to show the upgrades to the higher-end eight-core CPUs, and this is it for the CPU The Register once nicknamed ...

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Foundry Futures: TSMC, Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and Intel Gear Up For 7nm and Beyond

Over the past few years, companies like Samsung, TSMC, and GlobalFoundries have all jockeyed for the pole position in the highly competitive (and extremely expensive) foundry business. Even Intel, which used to march to the beat of its own drum, has gotten in on the action. As the cost of each new node has risen, the need to be first has increased as well. The first company to hit a new node tends to secure many of the most lucrative contracts. For most of the past two decades, the pure-play ...

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Major Intel Security Flaw Is More Serious Than First Thought

Last week, news broke of a serious security flaw in Intel business chipsets dating back seven years. The flaw, which doesn’t affect consumer hardware, concerned products with Intel’s Active Management Technology, Intel’s Small Business Technology, and Intel Standard Manageability. Intel’s description of the flaw is as follows: There is an escalation of privilege vulnerability in Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel® Standard Manageability (ISM), and Intel® Small Business Technology versions firmware versions 6.x, 7.x, 8.x 9.x, 10.x, 11.0, 11.5, and 11.6 that can allow an unprivileged attacker to gain control ...

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Intel Responds to Core i7-7700K Overheating Issue, Cluelessly Suggests We Stop Overclocking

People who buy the latest and greatest high-end Intel CPUs fit into a particular niche — they expect high performance. Some owners of Intel Core i7-7700 and i7-7700K chips have been complaining for months about mysterious temperature spikes, and now Intel has responded. However, that response was little more than canned PR nonsense, which has served only to further enrage affected users. The Core i7-7700 and 7700K are both quad-core chips with Hyper-Threading to bring the number of threads to eight. These are both designed to be enthusiast CPUs, but ...

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Intel rebrands Xeon line, announces new chips based on Skylake

Last week, we discussed rumors that Intel would rebrand its Xeon products. The company has officially announced its new hardware naming system, and given some additional information on how and why it’s making this transition. Instead of naming chips with an E/EP/EX system (think Haswell-E), Intel will use metallic classifications to identify specific Xeon parts. This new branding system is being referred to as the Xeon Scalable Processor Family, and it includes a number of different technologies, as shown below: Omnipath, high-speed Internet, and SSDs all get a shout-out here, ...

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