A handful of slides have been leaked giving us quite a lot of information about Intel’s upcoming solid state drive solutions for 2014. In the second quarter of 2014 we will see the introduction of three storage solutions from Intel, the SSD Pro 2500 series (codename Temple Star), SSD DC P3500 Series (Pleasantdale), and the SSD DC P3700 Series (Fultondale).
This is exactly what Intel is trying to do with its new decision to no longer carry on with the production of the the 2.7 GHz Core i7-3820QM and 2.6 GHz i7-3720QM. It has finally been confirmed officially that Intel is going to discontinue these two quad-core Ivy Bridge mobile processors.
It has been said that the two new SSDs from Intel, the “Fultondale” and “Pleasantdale”, will be dealing with these issues of heat and power. Some documents have been leaked from the company which gives an idea of what the readied version of the data center SSDs is going to look like.
Intel is planning a lot to keep their Thunderbolt technology competitive against USB in 2014. VR-Zone has obtained documents that show that Intel is planning to bring features that are found in USB and Ethernet to the Thunderbolt platform. These new features include the ability to charge devices and transfer files between computers using a straight connection.
Intel’s Xeon Phi Coprocessor has made quite a name for itself in the High Performance Computing sector. This is because while many supercomputers use GPGPUS (General Purpose GPUs) such as NVIDIA Tesla which rely on a CPU and special code to operate the Xeon Phi requires neither. We have just received details of the next generation of the Xeon Phi, which is codenamed “Knights Landing”.
Rumors have it that the Intel Xeon Phi is finally walking out on the PCI-E and is soon going to be available with the usual LGA Socket Packaging. The coprocessor has been built around the MIC (Many Integrated Core) Architecture and can house 60 cores in a single package. These processors which have been used in the HPC and Supercomputing clusters in the GPU form factor, which had plenty of benefits to offer, will now be available with the LGA Socket.
Intel’s Skylake platform is set to succeed Broadwell. There have been many leaks in the past that have said Skylake would support PCI-Express 4.0, but according to VR-Zone this is not true. Luckily though the platform will still have DDR4 support.
VR-Zone has recently revealed a little information about the release of the processors for the desktop LGA 1150 platform. Their reports have shown enough reason to believe that we might be expecting the Intel Broadwell-K series processors to be released by Q4 2014. Along with the release of these Broadwell processors, Intel is also planning to bring about some news for their Haswell refresh CPUs which will be for the new platform which is likely to be out sometime in earlier Q4 2014.
The Core “Broadwell” SoCs by Intel exclusively for the desktops and the notebooks have been delayed and they are now expected to make their way somewhere earlier in the year 2014; probably by the first quarter. This delay is predominantly due to the delays caused in the production process being faced by the 14 nanometer silicon fabrication node. The chips are supposedly based on these nodes and hence they have to face the delays.
Gigabyte has just announced a new motherboard into their G1 series of gaming motherboards. This board is the G1.Sniper B5 and is aimed at more modest gamers as it is based on the mid-range Intel B85 Express platform.