First customers getting Versal ACAP
Published in AI
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 17:59

First customers getting Versal ACAP


7nm first adaptive compute platform


Xilinx has confirmed that the Versal, product developed under Everest condemned was taped out last year, and today the company has confirmed that the first tier-one customers are getting the first Versal AI core products.

Radeon 5700 Navi doesn’t have Ray tracing
Published in Graphics


A different angle look

The Navi paper-launched when I was still in sunny Tuscany taking a break from the tech, but here are some of the things that have caught my attention. No Ray tracing, no high end, and only performance/mainstream, not much benefit from 7nm, and nine months late to fight 2070 are just a part of it.

Intel hires chief architect of Xbox One
Published in PC Hardware
Thursday, 13 June 2019 13:03

Intel hires chief architect of Xbox One


Scorpio, and Scarlett SoCs

Our knowledgeable sources have whispered that Intel has hired John Sell, a chap who was the chief architect of Xbox One, Scorpio, and Scarlett SoCs. John joined as an Intel Fellow to work on security.

Xilinx 7nm Versal taped out last year
Published in AI
Thursday, 30 May 2019 12:59

Xilinx 7nm Versal taped out last year


37B transistor chip sampling in weeks

The transformation of Xilinx took the company’ revenue to over three billion for the first time in history, and the big bets that CEO Victor Peng made are starting to pay off. Victor confirmed at the recent company’s financial analyst event that a 7nm chip codenamed Everest and branded as Versal was taped out last year.

Intel working to bring IDF back
Published in PC Hardware
Thursday, 30 May 2019 12:23

Intel working to bring IDF back


This year 

Well informed sources close to the matter have informed us that Intel is working in bringing the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) back. It even might come back as soon as later this year.

Lenovo showcases a 5G Snapdragon 8cx PC
Published in PC Hardware


Computex 19: X55 modem inside, pictured

Qualcomm and Lenovo showcased the world’s first 5G PC at Computex. The PC is based on Qualcomm’s 8cx platform and comes with additional 5G connectivity. Lenovo calls this design "Project Limitless", based on world’s first 7nm platform purpose-built for PCs.

Navi is the Radeon RX 5700
Published in Graphics
Monday, 27 May 2019 09:42

Navi is the Radeon RX 5700


Computex 19: Ray Tracing and shipping in July

Scott Herkelman, VP & GM Radeon Business Unit and Lisa Su have just announced Navi, Radeon RX 5000 series with the 5700 being the first to launch. It can do Ray Tracing and, as Fudzilla suggested thirteen months ago ago, it is a mainstream card first and high performance later.

Intel all core 5GHz Turbo i9 9900KS announced
Published in PC Hardware


Computex 19:
To fight  Matisse

AMD is expected to reveal the Zen 2 tomorrow at its press event at Computex and Intel dropped a bombshell and announced the Core i9 9900KS with all cores clocked at 5GHz.

Intel beats AMD in notebook graphics
Published in PC Hardware
Sunday, 26 May 2019 16:52

Intel beats AMD in notebook graphics


Computex 19: Hell froze over

Intel is serious about getting back on track and competing in every single sector of the market and managed to beat the best of AMD notebook offering in graphics. The Gen 11 graphics inside  Ice Lake-U 10nm notebooks that are scheduled to ship in holiday season 2019 beat the AMD Picasso 12nm Ryzen 7 3700U in 25W in graphics.

Huawei ban hurts US tech too
Published in PC Hardware
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:27

Huawei ban hurts US tech too


Intel, Qualcomm, Google, Microsoft

The four above are just the tip of the iceberg and probably the companies that will most suffer from the ban, but ISV like Adobe, antivirus makers, any US-based software maker on Android or Windows selling to Huawei will be affected too.