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  1. Intel is currently in the midst of an existential crisis. The company is trying hard to redeem their sales; on the other hand, they are committing the same mistakes that led them to their current state. Not to mention, the products, especially their 10th generation of CPU lineup is confusing. The 10th generation originally was supposed to be their formal shift towards the new 10nm manufacturing node. However, they released the 14nm processors alongside the 10nm counterparts, and a typical consumer can’t differentiate between the two. Now, to further aggravate the problem, they have announced the “lowest end” Pentium and Celeron processors fabricated under the 14nm process. Anandtech spotted these chips and reports that these are likely binned chips since these do no fulfill Intel’s hierarchy criteria. Being U series processors, these are intended for mobile use only. Realistically speaking, we highly doubt their availability in Chromebooks, let alone Windows machines. The Celeron 5205U CPU comes with a dual-core processor without hyperthreading. It means users will only be getting two threads, and it will significantly limit the multitasking capabilities. It has a base clock speed of 1.9GHz and only 2MB of L3 cache. The boost clock speeds are not quoted here since the Pentium and Celeron processors do not support Intel’s turbo boost technology. The most crucial factor is the use of the PCIe Gen 2.0 interface, while the competition has shifted all of its lineups to the current PCIe 4.0 interface. It only supports DDR4 memory up to 2400MHz, so memory overclocking is out of the question. Lastly, the processor will hit your wallet at $107, in a world where a quad-core Ryzen 3 3200G costs only $99. The standing of the Celeron 5205U at $107 is questionable. The Pentium Gold 6405U supports hyperthreading on both of its cores. Everything else except the base clock speed, which is 2.4GHz in this case, is the same as what you will get from the Celeron 5205U processor. The processor has an MSRP of $161, which is again at the higher side. Source: Pentium 6405U And Celeron 5205U Announced, Budget Spectrum of the 10th Gen Intel Processors (via Appuals)
  2. Last week Intel announced it was drastically cutting the price of its high-end desktop 'Cascade Lake-X' processors and today it has officially launched both them and its Xeon W-2200 range. I spoke to Intel's Client Compute Group Specialist, Jeff Kilford ahead of today's launch and there are a few extra details about the new processors we haven't yet heard so I've detailed those and the rest of the information below on Intel's Answer to AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X and 3rd Gen Threadripper. To start with are the details you may not have known. Unconfirmed till today was that the new CPUs will continue to use STIM - Intel's thermal interface solder. This was probably expected, but that's been confirmed. The CPUs launching today also sport two hardware and three software/microcode vulnerability mitigations that relate to recent security concerns. Intel has released details of its Core X-series Cascade Lake-X CPUs The new X-series CPUs are now fully supported in Intel's Performance Maximizer automatic overclocking software - something that's been limited to just K-series 9th Generation CPUs till now. Intel's Xeon W-2200 series CPUs The new Xeon W-2200 processors will offer core counts up to 18 and a peak boost frequency of 4.8GHz for the top three CPUs using Turbo Boost Max 3.0 as well as support for 1TB RAM. Both ranges offer more PCI-E 3.0 Express lanes too, at 48 compared to 44 for previous generations, although this is still lower than AMD's 64 PCI-E lanes on its X399 platform. Intel's Core S-series processors Intel also revealed the latest pricing movements to its Core S-series CPUs, which exclude onboard graphics. It has also stated it will be committing these processors to its long term road map. Intel's Core X-series is due to hit the shelves next month and I'll be reviewing them here on Forbes. Follow me here on Forbes. Source
  3. Shortages of Intel's CPUs are expected to worsen in the second quarter compared to the first as demand for Chromebooks, which are mostly equipped with Intel's entry-level processors, enters its best period. Bean counters at Digitimes Research have been adding up some numbers and dividing them by their shoe size and have reached the conclusion that Intel CPUs will see their supply gap shrink by three percent The shortage will be greater for the Core i3. Previously it has been far Core i5 as the series hit hardest by shortages. It all went tits up for Intel in August with major brands such as HP, Dell and Lenovo all experiencing supply gaps of over five percent at their worst. It had been widely believed that the shortages would get better. But the supply gap in the fourth quarter of 2018 still stayed at the same level as that in the third as HP launched a second wave of CPU inventory buildup during the last quarter of the year, prompting other vendors to follow suit. The shortage was particularly hard on Taiwan-based vendors which saw their supply gaps expand from a single digit percentage previously to over 10 per cent in the fourth quarter. With all the impacts, the notebook market continued suffering a four to fiveper cent supply gap in the fourth quarter of 2018. The Core i5 series for mainstream models, and the Atom, Celeron and Pentium series for entry level ones saw the most serious shortages in the second half of 2018. Within the Core i5 family, those based on Kaby Lake R architecture featuring a quad-core design instead of the traditional dual-core one had the worst shortfall as they were key products in Intel's promotional campaign in 2018 and increased the consumption of the company's already limited wafer capacity. Apollo Lake- and Gemini Lake-based processors for the entry-level segment were second worst in terms of shortages as Intel had shifted most of its capacity to make high-end processors that offered better profit. Lenovo, which primarily focuses on mid-range and entry-level models, had a supply gap of hundreds of thousands CPUs in the second half of the year. White-box players in China have even been denied any supply of Intel's entry-level processors since September 2018. One of the main beneficiaries of Intel’s cock up has been AMD which has seen its share in worldwide notebook shipments have also been picking up gradually from only 9.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 to 15.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2019. As more Chromebooks are expected to come with AMD processors in the second quarter and many vendors will begin mass shipping AMD-based entry-level notebooks, AMD's share is expected to rise to 18 per cent in the second quarter of 2018. Some analysts are saying that AMD will not be able to capitalise on the mess in the long term. Intel's newly established 14nm capacity to begin contributing shipments, the second quarter is expected to be the peak for AMD's share in worldwide notebook shipments in 2019. Intel is expected to have new 14nm capacity join production in the second half of 2019. Intel's existing 14nm fabs are mainly located in the US and Ireland and the newly expanded capacity in Arizona, the US is expected to begin volume production in July or August, to boost Intel's overall 14nm capacity by 25 per cent and completely resolve the shortage problem. View: Original Article.
  4. Intel originally planned to release its 10nm 'Cannon Lake' processors in 2015. Since then, the chips have been repeatedly delayed, and the company is now on its fourth consecutive 14nm generation. Cannon Lake is now scheduled for 2019. It comes as a surprise then, that the 10nm chips are starting to show up in products that are on sale in China, such as Lenovo's new IdeaPad 330. The laptop is available in the United States as well, but it uses regular old eighth-gen processors. Spotted first by Tom's Hardware, the device includes 4GB RAM, a 500GB HDD, and a Core i3-8121U CPU. The dual-core CPU doesn't have any integrated graphics, or the feature has been disabled. Instead, it uses AMD Radeon RX 540 graphics. Tom's Hardware did indeed confirm with Intel that the 10nm chips are only available in China, but the full specs of the chip are available. The package size is a bit larger than the i3-8130U at 45x24mm, meaning that it won't fit in the same socket. The 15W processor has a Turbo Boost frequency of 3.2GHz, which is 200MHz lower than its Kaby Lake R sibling. Memory bandwidth has been increased to 41.6GB/s from 34.1GB/s, and it has 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0, an increase from 12. Obviously, this is just a Core i3, so the only really exciting thing here is that Intel finally has a 10nm chip on the market, even if it's only in a limited capacity. We'll likely learn more about the upcoming Cannon Lake lineup later this year. Source neowin
  5. Intel announced its Xeon Scalable processor family based Skylake-SP a few weeks back, but today marks the official launch of the platform. These new processors feature a new microarchitecture versus previous-generation Xeons and Intel has revamped the naming convention and arrangement of the product stack as well. Whereas previous-generation Xeon processors carried version, class, and model number designations – for example, Xeon E5-2697 v4 – the Xeon Scalable processor family is now designated by Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories, with a single model number. The new naming convention will take some getting used to if you’re already familiar with Intel’s previous-generation Xeons, but it’s relatively straightforward in the grand scheme of things. We will explain shortly... With the Brickley and Grantley-EP platforms, Xeon E7 series processors sat at the top of the stack, followed by Xeon E5s (and Xeon E3s). Moving forward, with this current-generation of Xeon Scalable processors based on the 14nm Skylake-SP microarchitecture and with next-generation Cascade Lake-based Xeons, however, the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze naming will be used. Xeon Platinum processors obviously sit at the top of the stack, followed by Gold, and so on. Xeon Platinum 81xx series processors will have the most cores – up to 28 (56 threads) – the highest frequencies, dual FMA units, up to three 10.4 GT/s UPI links, and the most socket flexibility, with support for 2, 4, and 8+ socket configurations. The processors support up to 6 memory channels at speeds up to DDR4-2666, and can support up to 1.5TB of memory. Xeon Platinum series processors also feature up to 48 integrated PCI Express 3.0 lanes. Xeon Platinum processors are the cream of the crop and target mission-critical, scale-up, enterprise applications. Xeon Gold 61xx and 51xx series processors will feature up to 22 cores (44 threads), dual FMA units, have two (51xx) or three (61xx) UPI links, support DDR4-2400 (51xx) or DDR4-2666 (61xx) memory, and similar PCI Express 3.0 lane configurations. Xeon Gold 61xx series processors also support 2 or 4 socket configurations. Xeon Gold series processors target high-performance, but more mainstream applications than the higher-end Platinum series. A handful of Xeon Platinum and Gold series processors are also available with integrated Intel Omni-Path Architecture fabric. One of the processors is pictured at the very top of this page that shows the additional Omni-Path connector and we'll outline the full line-up at the end of the piece. Xeon Silver 41xx and Xeon Bronze 31xx series processors have up to 12 and 8 cores, respectively, and both support single or dual socket configurations and have single FMA units. The peak memory speed on the Bronze 31xx series parts drops down to DDR4-2133 and these processors also feature dual, reduced-speed (9.6GT/s) UPI links. Xeon Silver and Bronze series processors target more entry-level enterprise applications, where power efficiency may trump ultimate performance. The new line-up of Intel Xeon Scalable processors are more advanced than the previous-gen in a number of ways. They have more cores, and hence support for more threads. The higher-end parts have faster UPI links, they support more / faster memory channels, and have additional PCI Express lanes. These new Xeon Scalable series processors will also fall into somewhat higher power envelopes, however, and their cache configurations are completely different. More on that a little later though. With each successive generation, Intel’s goal is increase overall throughput. All of the changes mentioned above culminate in a series of processors that can significantly outpace last-year's Broadwell based Xeons. Versus platforms from a decade ago, performance is up roughly 41x, at least according to SPECint (in a 2 socket configuration). The feature set and efficiency of each successive generation is also enhanced, however, and typically improve I/O connectivity, storage performance, virtualization, memory capacity, and a number of other features, over and above CPU performance. Article source - Continue to page 2
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