A recent post over at the Chiphell forums may have given us a first glimpse of the upcoming AMD Ryzen 3 3200G APU, codename Picasso. The upcoming processor, which is expected officially launch at Computex 2019 was pictured de-lidded by user “独月” who commented that they were in the process of running performance testing.
From the leaked images, we can see that the processor utilizes thermal paste rather than solder as interface material between the IHS and the chip itself. This isn’t much of a surprise considering the Ryzen 3 3200G falls in the entry level of AMD’s processor lineup.
The Ryzen 3 3200G is a part of AMD’s [...]
According to a recent report by Digitimes, Intel’s CPU supply shortage will continue to worsen through the 2H2019 as demand for entry level and mainstream notebooks such as Chromebooks and Core i3-based notebooks continue to increase without the proper increase in supply to sustain the growth.
Supply shortages in 3Q2018 began impacting major notebook vendors such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc. with as much as a 5% shortfall in supply. The shortages continued into Q42018 and 1H2019 with the worst shortages reported in the Core i5 series as well as Atom, Pentium, and Celeron, which allowed AMD processors to claim as much as 15.8% marketshare in 1Q2019. AMD’s [...]
Thanks to a mix of greater than expected demand coupled with unexpected delays in transition to their 10nm manufacturing process, Intel is experiencing some shortages in its chip supply prompting frustration from both Intel partners and end users. In order to alleviate some of this frustration and provide a bit of transparency, Intel CFO and Interim CEO, Bob Swan, recently posted an open letter to the Intel Newsroom addressing the processor shortage.
According to the letter, Intel is aware that it has a processor shortage. As a result, it will be prioritizing Xeon and Core processors above those in the entry level. These are the highest revenue and profit [...]
With the holiday season quickly approaching, we have heard numerous rumblings that the 9th gen CPUs hinted at since last year will be arriving soon and thanks to a recent report by Wccftech, we now have a pretty reliable rumor that Intel will launch the new 9th gen CPUs with the Z390 series at the start of October.
According to the article, the Intel Core i9-9900k will be an 8-core and 16-thread CPU while the Intel Core i7-9700K will be an 8 core part without hyper-threading, marking the first time ever on the desktop that Intel is releasing an i7 without hyper-threading. Following this, Intel will [...]
Earlier this week, AMD addressed some key questions regarding its upcoming Ryzen APUs.
To set most at ease, the APUS will be fully compatible with AM4 motherboards, with only a BIOS updated needed for newer CPU support. This lowers the cost of entry into the Ryzen platform, with tremendous upgrade options available later on.
Zen APUs are coming in Febuary which feature the Global Foundries 14nm process found in the current generation Ryzen CPUs. Both models will feature quad cores, but the Ryzen 5 2400G features SMT, a base clock of 3.6GHz/boost clock of 3.9GHz and 11 Vega CUs for $169. The Ryzen 3 2200G will lack SMT, be clocked at 3.5GHz/ boosts [...]
Several weeks ago, Intel and rival AMD made headlines when the two companies announced that Intel would begin using AMD Vega graphics in some of its mobile CPUs. It appears that the first SKU is finally rolling off the production line with the model name Core i7-8809G.
The Core i7-8809G carries a 4 core, 8 thread CPU. When Intel teased this chip in November 2017, it did so under the moniker “Kaby Lake G”, which suggests that it’ll likely feature Kaby Lake architecture with some tweaks rather than the new Coffee Lake architecture that’s rolling out on some of the newer 8th Generation Core Processors.
The graphics die is the center of [...]
In a recent article, Business Korea reports that Samsung is in talks with ASML to purchase 10 EUV production machines at a cost of $176.52 million each.
As semiconductor production processes shrinks below the recently introduced 8nm LPP process, printing chips with the current photochemical etching techniques will become much more difficult resulting in the need for the new EUV production process. Samsung has been aggressively developing chips utilizing EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) etching technology as they plan on starting production of chips using the 7nm EUV process as early as 2018.
What’s interesting about Samsung’s recent order for EUV [...]
Samsung has announced today that its 8nm LPP FinFET process has been qualified and ready for production three months ahead of schedule.
According to the announcement, Samsung’s 8nm LPP will bring up to 10% power efficiency and 10% area reduction over the 10nm LPP thanks to the narrower metal pitch. The 8nm LPP node will be Samsung’s last node before transitioning to 7nm EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet).
Samsung states that the 8nm LPP will soon transition into stable mass production using current production techniques used for the 10nm LPP node.
“With the qualification completed three months ahead of schedule, we have commenced 8LPP [...]
Last year, TSMC announced that development for 5nm, 3nm, and even 2nm process nodes were in progress and it appears that everything is going well. TSMC’s 7nm process is on track for 2018 and their 5nm process is on track for early 2019. While details on their 3nm process was relatively sparse, it appears that 3nm is on track as well given a recent announcement from TSMC confirms that they’ve already selected the location for their next generation semiconductor manufacturing.
According to the short announcement, TSMC’s upcoming 3nm fab will be built in the Tainan Science Park in southern Taiwan. TSMC selected the site in order to [...]
In a blog post today, AMD announced support for native bootable NVMe RAID for its x399 HEDT platform.
Now you may ask, what does NVMe RAID bring to the table? Well, AMD highlighted some performance gains in RAID 0 with six NVMe SSDs connected, showcasing a whopping 21.221GB/s sequential read speed and 11.532GB sequential write speeds. Performance scaling is shown to be almost close to linear.
To add the capability, simply update your BIOS for your motherboard and install the latest RAID driver package here. The driver package includes an easy to use GUI software to help you guide though setting up a new RAID array once it detects that you have [...]