After a very long wait it looks like Intel has finally started shipping its first Core i5 and Core i7 Broadwell desktop CPUs to OEMs. Many of these OEMs are offering PCs featuring the Core i5-5675C and Core i7-5775C.
Another AMD slide has been leaked showing how their upcoming “Zen” cores will work together in a quad core unit. When the Zen CPU core block diagram was leaked we talked about how it is a monolithic core design and what sets it apart from its predecessor.
We have been talking a lot about AMD’s upcoming Zen CPU core micro-architecture. We know that AMD is working on a 16-core APU and a 32-core Opteron processor using this architecture. This new core design will be a departure from its Bulldozer multicore module design and will be a monolithic core design. Zen will be much like “Stars”, which was the core design that AMD used in its Phenom series, except Zen will have a lot more horsepower!
Well that did not take long at all. Just the other day we were talking about rumors on two Intel Skylake processors and now the entire Skylake-S processor lineup has been leaked! These processors will power the next generation desktop platform which is based off the 100-series chipset.
As we get closer to the middle of the year many details about Intel’s upcoming Skylake microarchitecture are becoming clear. Today we have details on the upcoming Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K processors.
It looks like Intel will only be launching two socketed LGA1150 Broadwell parts in June. Typically we see a full refresh, but this is not the case with Broadwell. It could be because Intel has large Core Haswell inventories that they still need to get rid of, that Broadwell could be to short of a stopgap between Haswell and Skylake, or BGA chips becoming more commonplace.
In order to help people understand the level of processor performance and make an informed purchase decision based on their needs, Intel Atom processors will now be offered in three distinct brand levels in a good/better/best construct – the Intel Atom x3, x5 and x7 processors. This change will start with the next generation of processors. Intel Atom x3 processor provides basic, but genuine Intel-level tablet, phablet and smartphone performance.
In Intel’s latest Q4 earnings report they have confirmed that Skylake will land in the second half of 2015, but 10 nm is still a far ways off. Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich has confirmed that the Broadwell delay has not affected the Skylake launch schedule. Intel still plans to release Skylake in the second half of this year around back to school time.
In our previous post we talked about NVIDIA working with TSMC on the 16 nm FinFET process. We wondered why AMD is was not the released list of companies who are working with TSMC. Well it looks like AMD will manufacture their GPUs at Global Foundries.
It looks like TSMC is ready to move to volume production on their 16 nm FinFET process. Based on a recent report we know that NVIDIA is joining them. Does that mean that NVIDIA is skipping the 20 nm fab process completely?
Jul 30, 2015 0