Do nanometers matter?
Published in PC Hardware
Thursday, 25 June 2020 11:00

Do nanometers matter?


Analysis:
Interesting marketing that works

I have been around to vividly remember 350 nm and the first Pentium and AMD K5/K6 processors, and since that time, I have tracked the microprocessors and GPU market. It went swiftly from 350 to 250nm and later to 180, 130, 90, 65, 45, 32nm, and 14nm. It took some ten significant geometry shrinking and power reductions to get to 10nm and even to get to 7nm. Apple, in collaboration with TSMC, is just months away from announcing 5nm chips, but the real question is, do nanometers matter?

Tiger Lake powered NUC in late 2020
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Thursday, 04 June 2020 10:38

Tiger Lake powered NUC in late 2020


Hades Follow up / Panther Canyon

Hades Canyon was the Intel’s first and last attempt to use AMD Radeon graphics connected to its eight-generation Core processor, all in a 100W TDP small form factor package. Now Intel plans a successor to that machine in the later part of 2020.

The Aida 64 6.25 is out
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Thursday, 09 April 2020 18:29

The Aida 64 6.25 is out


Speaks AVX-512 for Ice Lake server

Aida is one of the legendary tools / benchmarks that can answer the eternal question, which kind of a configuration can you have, without needing to open your computer or notebook?

Intel starts the foldable PC era
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Thursday, 09 January 2020 21:47

Intel starts the foldable PC era


A part of the Intel’s CES 2020 keynote

Intel has showcased a concept PC codenamed Horseshoe Bend, and this  gives you an idea of the future of the ultra-portable high-end PCs. Lenovo X1 Fold and Dell concept ORI already showcased their version of the concept, but Intel shared a bit of detail.

Intel reveals Tremont 10nm microarchitecture
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Chief architect: Expect 30 to 40 percent uplift

Intel has shared a few more details about the Intel Tremont low power Microarchitecture at the Linley Fall Processor Conference in Santa Clara and we had the chance to chat with Stephen Robinson, Senior Principal Engineer and Intel Tremont Chief Architect.

Chipzilla says desktop 10nm is still a thing
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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:53

Chipzilla says desktop 10nm is still a thing


Denies rumours it is walking straight to 7nm

Chipzilla has growled at rumours that it is planning to ditch the 10nm production process for its desktop CPUs and was instead set to jump straight from the 14nm+++ lineup into 7nm desktop processors.

It cost one billion dollars to tape out 7nm chip
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Economy of scale

After months of investigation and multiple conversations with several fellow engineers, and super C level executives in multiple organizations, we learned that it costs over one billion dollars to tape out a 7nm chip.

Intel Ice Lake Gen 10 Core is out
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Friday, 02 August 2019 14:09

Intel Ice Lake Gen 10 Core is out


10nm with a big push on Intel Iris Plus Graphics

Intel has officially announced the 11 PC notebook SKUs of the 10 Generation Intel core processors. The one that we know as Ice Lake clocks and specs are out, and Ran Senderovitz, VP Mobile product marketing Intel client computing group, shared a few details.

Intel beats AMD in notebook graphics
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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.

Lakefield 10nm PCB pictured
Published in PC Hardware
Friday, 10 May 2019 09:59

Lakefield 10nm PCB pictured


Intel foldables and detachable CPU in late 2019


We had a chance to see the Lakefield up and running in December 2018, and it was the first time Intel showed a 10nm Hybrid CPU running a 7-Zip and taking full advantage of the AES 256 instruction. This was enough to run 75 percent faster than any other Intel Core processor.