Analysis: Interesting marketing that works
I have been around to vividly remember 350 nm and the first Pentium and AMD K5/K6 processors, and since that time, I have tracked the microprocessors and GPU market. It went swiftly from 350 to 250nm and later to 180, 130, 90, 65, 45, 32nm, and 14nm. It took some ten significant geometry shrinking and power reductions to get to 10nm and even to get to 7nm. Apple, in collaboration with TSMC, is just months away from announcing 5nm chips, but the real question is, do nanometers matter?
Zen 4 to go to the next node
Digitimes, VideoCardz, and RetiredEngineer (twitter) started an intriguing rumor that Ryzen 4000 might end up at 5nm+. Asking around at a reliable place, we have to disappoint some of you as this won't be the case. The Ryzen 4000 series based on Zen 3 core is still at 7nm.
TSMC 7nm, next-gen Hopper 5nm
There have been rumors for quite some time about the Nvidia Ampere and the manufacturing nod. Nvidia’s first AI-based solution comes from TSMC, while some GPUs will be manufactured by Samsung too.
Bloomberg has rekindled news that Apple has been working on its own chip, and many covered the news claiming that 2021 iPads will get an iPhone chip. Well, they won't as it would not be that powerful to put a 2W TDP chip in a notebook, and instead, the modified version of A14X iPad chip will find its place to the Macbooks of the future. We got a few details confirmed.
$3.16 billion, data center 22 percent revenue growth
The fiscal year 2020 (April 2019 to April 2020) was a challenging year for anyone trading with China due to the US government pressures on Huawei. Despite all these challenges, Xilinx managed to make $3.16 billion revenue or three percent higher, year over year.
Roughly two months after the original GTC 2020 schedule, Nvidia is ready to host the GTC 2020 spring keynote. The choice of words "Get Amped” in the press release gives you an idea that 7nm Ampere might get released at that time.
Coming on January 21st at $279
As expected and rumored earlier, AMD has officially announced the new Radeon RX 5600 XT at its CES 2020 keynote, and this 7nm Navi based card with 2304 Stream Processors and 6GB of GDDR6 memory will be available with $279 SEP on January 21st.
A way to get enough GPUs to partners
According to our sources, AMD might have tapped Samsung for the Navi 14 GPU that is powering the recently launched Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card.
Snapdragon 8CX yet to ship
Samsung was the first to announce a Snapdragon 8CX design and promised to ship the system this fall, but so far, we haven’t seen any preorders taking place.
Denies rumours it is walking straight to 7nm
Chipzilla has growled at rumours that it is planning to ditch the 10nm production process for its desktop CPUs and was instead set to jump straight from the 14nm+++ lineup into 7nm desktop processors.