Tag - Processors
Intel has finally confirmed its entire lineup of Skylake processors, produced using a 14nm process, at its IFA keynote address in Germany this morning. The sixth generation of Intel Core processors detailed today consists of 48 new processors, including 20 destined for use in desktop systems and servers and 26 designed for notebooks and tablets, one of which is an unlocked mobile processor meant for enthusiast notebooks.
Intel has revealed more details about the capabilities of its upcoming Skylake processor line, though stopped short of giving specific information for processors it will be releasing in the future. Explained to developers and hardware vendors at the Intel Developer Forum, Skylake will feature not only performance and power management improvements, but also bring in extra features, such as enabling a notebook to be woken by a verbal command.
Intel has formally launched the first processors in its second-generation of 14nm process products, following Broadwell. Codenamed Skylake, the new chips will include sixth-generation Core i3, i5, i7, and Core M processor options, but the first two releases under the banner are high-specification units aimed at gamers and enthusiasts: the quad-core Core i7-6700K and the quad-core i5-6600K.
Intel's upcoming 14nm Skylake line of processors will be a considerable improvement compared to current-generation Broadwell chips, according to allegedly leaked internal slides. The performance improvements between Broadwell and Skylake will see improvements in many areas, including a 30 percent longer battery life, up to 50-percent better 3D performance, and improved processor performance at lower power, making it especially ideal for notebook-based systems.
Intel is breaking its "tick-tock" release schedule for the first time, by extending the usefulness of its 14nm processes for another generation of processors instead of moving on to a smaller process. Announced at the same time as Intel's financial results, the introduction of "Kaby Lake" means that the expected switch down to a 10nm manufacturing process will take place at a later time, with the first Cannonlake processors using the technology now expected to come out in 2017.
AMD will concentrate on making more lucrative high-specification processors instead of low-cost chips, the CEO has advised during the company's recent Financial Analyst Day. Alongside a new roadmap showing what to expect from the chip producer in future releases, it has also admitted it needs to make changes in order to rescue itself financially.
The very name Nisus may bring you back to the 1990s and if it doesn't, then one look at the software possibly will. That's cruel: it is nothing less than fantastic that Nisus has survived where so many other word processors have died, crushed under the force of Microsoft Word. So this version, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 should be celebrated. It's just that there is something a tiny bit old about how it looks and feels.
ARM has revealed details of new designs for processors and GPUs, which it hopes will make their way into mobile devices shipping in 2016. The main focus of the new chip designs is the Cortex-A72 CPU, a processor based on the ARMv8-A architecture that is claimed to offer 3.5 times the performance of chips released last year based on Cortex-A15 technology.
A new report citing unnamed sources has claimed that Samsung will discontinue use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in the forthcoming Galaxy S6 due to quality control issues. The Snapdragon 810 reportedly overheated in testing by Samsung, prompting the switch to the company's own Exynos line of processors, which it has used for certain editions of the flagship phone in the past.
IBM is getting out of the chip manufacturing, with the company transferring the bulk of its semiconductor business to GlobalFoundries. However, rather than IBM receiving a large cash influx from selling the chip division, the company is paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion over three years, in cash and capital, to take the commercial semiconductor business.