Sierra Forest with 288 cores hits the stage
Published in PC Hardware

Dual socket 576 E-cores

Intel surprised the audience at the Innovation 2023 event, showing a new Sierra Forest data center processor with a twist. Intel has previously announced that the Sierra Forest has up to 144 Efficiency cores. Still, Gelsinger surprised the audience by showing the two tiles on the same package, resulting in a 288-core CPU.

TSMC N3 wafer cost $20K+
Published in News
28 September 2023

TSMC N3 wafer cost $20K+

Too expensive to use A17 Pro for vanilla iPhone 15

Apple is the first of many who started using the TSMC N3 3nm process for its latest SoC, and even for Apple, it is not easy to eat the manufacturing cost. 

Big changes in AMD Client business unit
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Rick Bergman, Scott Herkelman, and Saeid Moshkelani SVP and GM of Client are gone 

Some of our colleagues jumped to the conclusion Scott Herkelman is getting replaced by Jack Huynh who now works as a Senior Vice President and GM, Computing and Graphics Business Group. This is actually the job that Jack is taking over from Bergman. It is not clear why Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, is imposing such radical changes at this time, but we might have some ideas.

Lunar Lake on Intel 20A shown on the stage
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Powered on and runs AI stable diffusion

Lunar Lake Intel 20A consumer processor, expected to launch next year, made a surprise appearance as a part of Pat Gelsinger´s keynote. The demo showed silicon in good shape running the Windows operating system and the AI application.

Meteor Lake secret sauce are the island cores
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Game-changing battery life

Intel’s CEO Pat Galsinger just announced Meteor Lake, and the company believes that this is a disruptive product. One specific feature made me a believer, as at Intel Technology Tour Malaysia, Tim Wilson, vice president of Intel’s Design Engineering Group and general manager of SoC Design, detailed the architecture behind Meteor Lake mobile processors, which will deliver game-changing performance and power efficiency for the PC industry when launched later this year.

Apple Vision Pro is an expensive step in the right direction
Published in Mobiles

Analyst view: Starting at $3499

Apple has finally acknowledged that it has been working for years on the eXtended Reality product. XR is a collaborative term that unifies an Augmented and Virtual reality device under one umbrella. Apple’s announcement shared sufficient details to create excitement around VR and give us some idea about the device, but it left some key elements out, including storage options and RAM.

European Commission SEP changes draft cites concerns
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Industry and US counterparts are not happy

The European Commission’s draft on the new regulation proposal on Standard Essential Patents created quite a reaction across the industry, which has cited major concerns. The general idea behind the update is the improve the SEP licensing process and encourage innovation while promoting competition and satisfying consumers’ interests. What the draft actually does is the complete opposite of that.

US administration forgets fabless companies
Published in Cloud

All the money goes to manufacturing

There has been much talk about the latest CHIPS and Science Act, through which the US is attempting to advance an industrial strategy to revitalize domestic manufacturing jobs and secure semiconductor supply chains. This legislation is spectacular and well-timed, given recent de-globalization events and China's constant threat to Taiwan. And just days ago, TSMC had an event including POTUS in Arizona fab. 

Xiaomi 12 Pro gets Android 13
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MIUI in Europe

Xiaomi released a 4.6GB heavy Android 13 update for its Xiaomi 12 Pro in Europe. The new android was released almost three months ago for the Pixel phones, and Samsung Galaxy 22 line got the update roughly a month ago.

AMD and Viettel Collaborate on 5G Mobile Network Expansion
Published in IoT

Xilinx Zynq MPSoC and RFSoC adaptive platforms

AMD and Viettel High Tech (Member of Viettel Group) today announced the successful completion of a 5G mobile network field trial deployment conducted by Viettel and powered by AMD Xilinx Zynq™ UltraScale+™ MPSoC devices.