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We know from a recent Twitter post by Intel's Pete Brubaker that it won't be too terribly long before Intel's Xe-HPG DG2 gaming GPU is released—to use his words, it's "right around the corner." Following up on that, an interesting leak emerged today, highlighting a mix of DG2 GPUs for both mobile and desktop, with up to 512 execution units (EUs). That is a figure we have seen multiple times before, in relation to DG2. That is believed to the top-end configuration, and it is rumored the full version of DG2 will offer performance somewhere in between a GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080, and perhaps on par with the not-yet-released GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. That would be an encouraging start... Read more...
We are all eager to see how Intel's foray into the discrete graphics card space turns out, both initially and longer term, after it has had a chance to wade into the new space that is currently dominated by AMD and NVIDIA. The first foray, incidentally, is "right around the corner." Those are words of Pete Brubaker, Game Developer Relations Engineer at Intel. Brubaker made the comment in a Twitter post announcing a job opening at Intel, for a Senior Game Developer Relations Engineer. "Come with with us at Intel! DG2 is right around the corner, it's about to get exciting," Brubaker wrote, along with a link to the job opening. Intel is having fun with its efforts in the discrete GPU space. Back... Read more...
Hey, have you heard, Intel is launching a hybrid CPU architecture later this year, called Alder Lake. Of course you have, because Alder Lake is not a secret—Intel's already talked about it a few times, albeit in very small doses. Official details are still several months away, presumably, but leaks and rumors offer up a potential glimpse of what is to come. One of the latest leaks highlights a Core-1800 SKU. It's not clear if Intel will go with a simplified naming scheme, dropping "i9," "i7," "i5," and "i3" monikers (unlikely), of if that is just how early engineering samples are being recognized at the moment. Probably the latter, but we will have to wait and see. In any event, it is said... Read more...
Given the incredible demand for microchips these days that power everything from smartphones to engine control units (ECUs) in automobiles, fabs are working overtime to satisfy global demand and still coming up short. Intel this week announced a $3.5 billion expansion of its New Mexico chip fab, which is part of its $20 billion efforts to construct two all-new fabs in Arizona. Not to be left out, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is also looking to expand its footprint to supply a greater number of chips to its vast customer base. However, TSMC isn't just looking to grow within its home market of Taiwan; it has already announced plans to expand into Intel's [fab] backyard... Read more...
At the start of May, researchers at the University of Virginia announced that current Spectre chip vulnerability mitigations could be bypassed entirely, bringing the ghostly security flaw back to life. Intel has now officially responded by claiming that software coded following its specific security guidance protects against these new vulnerabilities. However, UVA  researchers seem to disagree with the general sentiment. The question now is, who is right and what needs to happen to protect end-users? Here's Intel's full statement on the matter... “Intel reviewed the report and informed researchers that existing mitigations were not being bypassed and that this scenario is addressed... Read more...
In an effort to bring more chip manufacturing into the United States and address the global shortage of silicon, Intel today will announce a $3.5 billion investment aimed at upgrading its manufacturing facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. This is in addition to the $20 billion Intel is pouring into fabrication plant expansions in Arizona. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger made the $3.5 billion revelation during a must-watch interview 60 Minutes interview, in which he discussed a range of topics related to chip manufacturing, including when he believes Intel will catch up to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the most advanced chip manufacturer in the world. During the interview, journalist... Read more...
We are just days away from Intel unveiling its high powered Tiger Lake-H stack, which will offer more cores and threads than its existing Tiger Lake-H35 lineup. Intel's hardware partners are evidentially excited about the big day. ASUS, for example, continues to tease a new Zephyrus laptop built around the upcoming CPUs, and an HP ZBook Studio also with Tiger Lake-H inside has found its way to a benchmarking database. Starting with the former, the ASUS ROG team teased an unveiling on Twitter, scheduled for May 11 at 8:00 am ET (11:00 am PT). It also erected an accompanying portal with a countdown timer, with Intel's branding and the words, "For those who dare, unleash the Tiger inside." That's... Read more...
Back in 2018, a processor security vulnerability called Spectre appeared, affecting all modern CPU architectures from Intel, AMD, and even ARM in the last 20 years. Since then, major players and semiconductor OEMs have worked hard to patch out the vulnerabilities in a cybersecurity whack-a-mole game, in some cases leading to performance loss and other issues. Today, unfortunately, University of Virginia Researchers have now found a way to circumvent all of the original Spectre security mitigations, essentially resurrecting the ghostly security flaw that will now again haunt billions of PCs globally. Of the vulnerabilities that appeared in 2018, Spectre was the nastier of the two primary... Read more...
Just over a month ago, announced comprehensive plans for advanced chip development and increased fab capacity to get out of its process node rut. Intel has shifted the bulk of its mobile processors to 10nm, and its desktop and server CPUs will make the transition later this year. For 7nm and beyond, Intel wants to maintain a "competitive advantage that enables product optimization, improved economics and supply resilience." Part of that commitment to capturing a competitive edge is to ensure that it has state-of-the-art fab facilities on hand to meet its chip production needs, and the needs of future customers. With its Intel Foundry Service (IFS), the company aims to provide fab capacity to... Read more...
Past leaks have suggested that Intel's upcoming 4th Gen Xeon Scalable server processors codenamed Sapphire Rapids will flex up to 56 cores and 112 threads of big iron, but maybe an even bigger flex is in store. A user who got their hands on a supposed Sapphire Rapids engineering sample did onlookers a solid by peeling away the integrated heatspreader, to reveal some interesting details. We have seen Sappire Rapids in the wild before, assuming the leaked photos that popped up in February were not fake. They showed the top and bottom of an engineering sample. That leak also came with an accompanying pin diagram, which depicted a new LGA4577-X socket. The additional pins over LGA4189 enable some... Read more...
We are all curious to see what kind of performance Intel's upcoming Alder Lake processors will deliver, and how the hybrid architecture will play out. Answers will come in time. For now, we are left to scour the web for leaks and rumors, and to that end, another Alder Lake-S processor has poked its head over at SiSoftware's SANDRA database. At least it's labeled as an Alder Lake-S processor, anyway. The "S" designation" means it is a desktop processor, and that i how the platform is labeled as well, in the database entry. However, it's paired with SO-DIMM memory, as typically found in laptops and some mini PCs, and an AMD Radeon RX 5500M mobile GPU. In any event, the listing identifies the Alder... Read more...
Cryptocurrency mining was once just a way to use extra CPU cycles, but it has since become an economy in and of itself with a dark underbelly. Over the years, black-hat hackers have adapted cryptocurrency mining to make money for themselves using other peoples’ resources via malware. This year, Microsoft recorded a spike in this activity, likely fueled by the extreme rise in the price of all cryptocurrencies. Now, the company is working with Intel to help prevent cryptojacking with machine learning and Microsoft Defender For Endpoint. Cryptojacking is the term coined for when an attacker deploys a crypto-miner as a malicious payload rather than other options such as ransomware. Considering... Read more...
Intel has closed the books on what it called a "strong first-quarter," during which it generated $19.7 billion in revenue. That's actually down 1 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, or flat if going by the non-GAAP total ($18.6 billion). However, its first-quarter revenue exceeded January guidance by a hefty $1.1 billion, bolstered by strong PC demand. In a statement on the latest earnings report, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said this is a "pivotal year" for the company, while noting a positive response to its new IDM (Integrated Device Manufacturing) 2.0 strategy. What exactly is that? In short, IDM 2.0 is a three-pronged strategy consisting of expanding its internal network of chip... Read more...
Barring a successful appeal, Intel is already on the hook for $2.18 billion in damages a jury awarded to VSLI Technology LLC last month, over a series of patent infringement claims. In the second of three lawsuits, VSLI was seeking an additional $3 billion in damages for a different set of patents, but this time Intel emerged victorious. This is somewhat a convoluted matter, more so than is usual in patent infringement lawsuits. It's rooted in events that were set in motion way back in 1999, when Philips Semiconductors acquired VSLI for $1 billion. Then in 2006, those acquired assets hitched a ride with NXP, which Philips had spun-off at the time. And that's just the beginning of the story. The... Read more...
As we said last week, Amazon is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to unreleased 11th generation Tiger Lake-H-based laptops, especially those coming from ASUS. On Friday, we saw the TUF Gaming F17, and today brings our first look at the TUF Gaming Dash F15. While previous leaks have shown off high-performance members of the Tiger Lake-H family, the TUF Gaming Dash F15 uses an entry-level Core i5-11300H processor. According to Intel, the Core i5-11300H is a quad-core, 8-thread processor with a base clock of 3.1GHz and a turbo clock of 4.4GHz. It supports a maximum of 64GB DDR4-3200 or LPDDR4x-4267 memory. Also integrated into the processor is an Iris Xe GPU clocked at 1.3GHz with 80 EUs.... Read more...
Intel has some new workstation processors in the pipeline, including its Xeon W-1300 series powered by its recently launched Rocket Lake-S architecture. This is depicted on a recently leaked roadmap that is making the rounds, along with what comes after that—another round of Xeon W processors, but based on Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S processors, including a 16-core model. There are some caveats to be aware of, as it pertains to the roadmap. For one, Intel has not yet announced either of these products, and being a leak, there is always the chance it ends up being fake, or otherwise wrong. Plans can change, and to that end, assuming the roadmap is real, it appears to be an older one, as... Read more...
Whether you are an adventurer or just a little bit clumsy, having a device robust enough to keep up with you (or your accidents) can be essential to getting work done. To help in this endeavor, Acer is launching a new durable notebook and tablet lineup “featuring up to MIL-810H and IP53 certifications,” to protect against drops and rugged environments. ENDURO Urban N3 Notebook First up is the ENDURO Urban N3 notebook is a device “designed for exploring new frontiers.” It comes in a 14” form factor, weighing in at 1.85Kg (4.08lbs) and 21.95mm thick, which should be small enough for users on the road or trails. Around the outside of the device are several durability... Read more...
A couple of incomplete listings that popped up on Amazon in China last week tipped the pending launch of a new ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 laptop line, powered by Intel's unreleased Tiger Lake-H processor line. Well, the listings have now been updated with what look to be official press renders, including the front shot you see above. The M16 rocks a 16-inch display with 16:10 aspect ratio and 94 percent screen-to-body ratio. There are two screen options, including WUXGA (1920x1200) and WQXGA (2560x1600). Configurations built around the WUXGA display option will be able to hit a zippy 165Hz refresh rate, while the WQXGA panel will go to 144Hz, which is still fast. Even high end hardware will have trouble... Read more...
Late last week, specs for the Surface Laptop 4 leaked along with a presumed launch date of April 27th. While the specs revealed matched with the leaks, Microsoft officially launched the Surface Laptop 4 today, two weeks earlier than earlier rumored. As we previously discussed, this is primarily an internal hardware refresh, meaning that the basic design of the Surface Laptop 3 carries over to its successor. Like before, the Surface Laptop 3 is available with a 13.5- or 15-inch display with resolutions of 2256x1504 and 2496x1664, respectively. Microsoft has gone with 11th generation Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake processors on the Intel front with this refresh. If you prefer "Team... Read more...
Dell's Inspiron lineup is a solid class of laptops that can be used for work, school, or casual browsing from day to day. Now, the company is giving the lineup an update with the latest AMD and Intel CPUs, making these sleek devices quite impressive. Without further ado, let us take a look at what Dell has to offer… Inspiron 13 Starting at the bottom of the stack, we have the Inspiron 13 in a small and lightweight form factor with a fair amount of horsepower. It features up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11370H, 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 2TB of M.2 PCIe NVMe storage. The display is a 13.3” FHD+ or QHD+ display driven by either Intel UHD, Intel Iris Xe, or NVIDIA GeForce MX450... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its support pages to confirm both AMD and Intel SKUs for its upcoming Surface 4 Laptop family. This revelation wasn't exactly earth-shattering, as the current Surface Laptop 3 also offers Intel and AMD options depending on which screen size you select. Today, however, frequent leaker WinFuture has all the goods for the Surface Laptop 4, including specs, alleged pricing, and release date. There are two options for each processor manufacturers: those opting for an Intel rig can choose from a Core i5-1145G7 or a Core i7-1185G7 11th gen Tiger Lake-U processor. On the other hand, opting for AMD will get you a Ryzen 5 4680U Surface Edition or a Ryzen 7 4980U Surface... Read more...
All eyes are on Intel to see what it can accomplish in the discrete GPU space, and specifically whether or not it can shake things up in a meaningful way with products that truly compete with the latest and greatest graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA. Time will tell, of course. In the meantime, the leak and rumor scene has provided some photos of a prototype DG2 graphics card based on an Intel Xe-HPG graphics chip, and some information about what level of performance we can expect. The eventual Xe-XPG is one of several Xe GPUs, as Intel is targeting a wide range of segments. Here's a general overview of the Xe stack and the intended market sector for each GPU... Xe-HPC: HPC Exascale Xe-HP: Data... Read more...
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