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?
Analysis: Takes two years to transition
Apple has finally announced the beginning of a two-year transition towards its own silicon. The first systems based on Apple silicon will be shipping later this year.
Qualcomm starts 5G laptop era
The Always Connected PC (ACPC) initiative and Snapdragon 8cx with 5G modem have enabled what will go down in history as the first 5G enabled laptop. The Lenovo Flex 5G is available at Verizon in the US.
Real-Time Server Appliances for High-Quality, Low-Cost Live Video Streaming
Two things happened since March and the COVID-19 virus-induced crisis. Gaming grew, and streaming grew, among total internet use, teleconferencing, and home office explosion. Xilinx announced two real-time server appliances to offer high quality, low-cost live video streaming platform.
Four leaders continue his work
A lot of people were surprised to learn that Jim Keller decided to leave Intel for personal reasons. We were less surprised than the rest of his colleagues, just based on Jim’s track record as we believe that Keller went and did what he was hired to do, and left.
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.
Hades Follow up / Panther Canyon
Hades Canyon was the Intel’s first and last attempt to use AMD Radeon graphics connected to its eight-generation Core processor, all in a 100W TDP small form factor package. Now Intel plans a successor to that machine in the later part of 2020.
24 cores, 25 percent perf up
ARM Mali GPUs are the number one shipping graphics processor covering gaming, XR, AI, and entertainment. ARM shared with us the updated GPU roadmap and introduced Mali-G78.
Neural processing makes better photors
All of a sudden, everyone became a better photographer, and this is due more to machine learning and neural processing units in modern phones, rather than people mastering the skill.
High-performance PC SoCs too
Qualcomm introduced Prime core clocked rest from the cluster with Snapdragon 865, and Huawei had two higher clock performance cores in Kirin 990. With that in mind, ARM has introduced the Cortex-X custom program. The result is up to 30 percent peak performance compared to previous generation Cortex A77 cores.