(Princeton University) A new paper in the journal Science co-authored by Princeton University engineering professor Nathalie de Leon, IBM Quantum scientist Hanhee Paik and researchers from around the world argues that the ability to move forward on developing useful quantum computers requires new major advances in materials science, engineering and fabrication. The authors call for new approaches from broad areas of science and engineering.
After talking about its 28-core processor for what we feel like was forever, Intel is finally releasing the Xeon W-3175X.The new workstation processor packs 28-cores, 56-threads and a whopping $2,999 (about £2,280, AU$4,120) price tag.That’s quite the cost even compared to the most expensive HEDT chips, including the $1,979 (£1,919, AU$2,999) Intel Core i9-9980XE and $1,799 (£1,639, AU$2,679) AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WXOf course, this is a much hardier enterprise-level CPU designed to take on the biggest workloads, such as creating and rendering media, film editing and 3D graphics rendering.Not only will the Intel Xeon W-3175X do the work, it’ll work faster than other chips, thanks to its 3.1GHz base frequency, 4.3GHz single-core Turbo clock and 38.5MB of L3 cache.Likewise, this chip's supporting Intel C621 chipset is meant for production system builds.
Intel has just revealed its Q4 financial results, which featured positive returns, but were below expectations.More importantly, interim chief executive Bob Swan addressed the chip giant’s manufacturing woes and continued shortages of its lower-end processors that most consumers favor.Intel’s PC-centric business (Client Computing Group) was actually up 10% year-on-year in Q4, due to ‘continued strong demand’ for high-performance processors, with the commercial and gaming arenas doing well.But overall PC volumes fell by 2%, which the CEO said was due to Intel’s failure to produce enough chips.We heard a lot about Intel’s manufacturing struggles last year, with stock shortages on some 14nm processors pushing up prices, compounded by the fact that the incoming next-gen 10nm chips have been floundering and repeatedly delayed due to issues with getting acceptable yields for mass production.As PC World reports, Swan commented that the shortages had – and are still having – the biggest effect at the budget end of the processor market, because Intel is prioritizing Xeon chips for servers, a heavy demand area with plentiful profits to be made.
Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su announced the third-generation Ryzen Desktop processor in a keynote speech at CES 2019, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.AMD showed that the new high-end consumer chip could run Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 4 at more than 100 frames per second at a high resolution.Su also showed a chip and said it will support the ultra-fast PCIE 4.0 standard.The chip is based on a new version of the Zen architecture, which can handle 52 percent more performance per clock cycle compared to the previous generation.The chip will debut in the middle of 2019, as will AMD’s new Epyc processor for servers.“We are absolutely determined to drive technology forward,” Su said.
Thin and light on a whole new level…Laptops are much thinner today than they once were, but they remain thicker and heavier than other devices we carry day-to-day.Progress has seemingly stalled in the last few years.We’re talking an iPad Pro-level of sleek.A few laptops sold today, like the Acer Swift 7, manage a profile less than 10 millimeters thick, but Ice Lake could make that the norm.What really has us stoked is the apparent lack of compromise.
At its CES 2019 keynote it introduced Ice Lake, the very first series of its processors to be built upon its 10nm Sunny Cove architecture .The company didn't just announce the chip was coming, it showed an actual piece of silicon and it powering a laptop with performance testing.In a comparison showing how Ice Lake can search for images two times faster than even a modern laptop.Ice Lake will also be intel's first chips to come with built in built-in Thunderbolt 3 integration, Wi-Fi connectivity and Gen II graphics.Intel also demonstrated how users will be able to play with its amped up Gen II integrated graphics.Dell's president of Client Solutions Group, Sam Burd also appeared on stage to show that it already has a working engineering sample equipped with an Ice Lake processor.
7nm Ryzen coming; meanwhile, Chromebook win for AMD…AMD has announced a trio of new processors ahead of the launch of the annual CES consumer technology show in Las Vegas this Tuesday, January 8.The semiconductor specialist on Sunday announced availability of its second-generation Ryzen 3000 mobile processors for ultrathin and gaming notebooks, Athlon 300 mobile processors for larger laptops and seventh-generation A-Series processors.AMD Processors Make Chromebooks for First TimeIn a notable win for the US company, AMD processors have made it into a wide range of Chromebooks – previously all powered by Intel or ARM processors – for the first time, including the Acer Chromebook 315 and HP Chromebook 14.With AMD President and CEO Dr Lisa Su delivering a keynote address at CES on January 9 in the Venetian Palazzo Ballroom, industry analysts will be hoping for sight of (and a launch date for) the company’s third-generation Ryzen processors too, which look set to introduce the first 7nm mainstream processors to PCs.
HP is bringing some new competition into the Chromebook world with the introduction of AMD processors.The company’s newly announced Chromebook 14 is the first Chromebook ever to use AMD processors — existing Chromebooks are largely dominated by Intel, and even mobile-friendly ARM-based processors made their debut before AMD.The Chromebook 14 will go on sale later this month for $269 with AMD’s dual-core A4 processor inside (an A6 processor option will also be available in some markets).AMD’s A line is roughly equivalent to Intel’s Celeron line, which means these are lower-end processors designed for simple, power-efficient machines.HP estimates nine hours of battery life.The laptop has a 14-inch screen with a resolution just above 720p, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
For the longest time, Chromebooks have included either Intel or ARM-based processors across the board.This marks the first time AMD processors have made their way into Chromebooks, and possibly a shift away from the Intel and ARM hardware usually featured in Chrome OS devices.Chief among these new AMD-based Chromebooks are the HP Chromebook 14 and the Acer Chromebook 315.HP hasn't shared pricing information for the HP Chromebook 14, but the inclusion of an AMD processor could mean a more affordable Chromebook – making it more appealing to students that don't necessarily need the fastest hardware.Intel has had some well-publicized problems with availability of its 14nm silicon over the last few months.And, while this has led to AMD taking significant market share in the desktop space, we haven't seen Team Red penetrate the mobile space in a major way.
While all eyes were trained for AMD to announced 7nm Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Vega II graphics cards, the company has surprised us all with its new 2nd Gen Ryzen Mobile CPUs.Whereas in years past AMD would only introduce a handful of CPUs, the chipmaker now has a full product stack to power everything from gaming laptops, Ultrabooks, budget notebooks and even Chromebooks – more on this last one soon.AMD Ryzen 7 3750H: 4-cores, 8-threads, 10 GPU cores, clocked at 2.3GHz to 4.0GHzAMD Ryzen 7 3700U: 4-cores, 8-threads, 10 GPU cores, clocked at 2.3GHz to 4.0GHzAMD Ryzen 5 3550H: 4-cores, 8-threads, 8 GPU cores, clocked at 2.3GHz to 3.7GHzAMD Ryzen 5 3500U: 4-cores, 8-threads, 8 GPU cores, clocked at 2.1GHz to 3.7GHz
Acer just introduced the Chromebook 315 during the CES 2019 trade show in Las Vegas.That means they enable a longer battery life and produce less heat, making them a great fit for ultra-thin laptop designs.The tradeoff is that you’ll see lower CPU core speeds versus AMD’s original off-the-shelf APUs released in Q2 2017.Here’s a comparison between the tweaked “c” variants and AMD’s stock A-Series APUs:These tweaked APUs will power an IPS-based 15.6-inch screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.Acer will offer versions with touch (CB315-2HT) and without touch (CB315-2H).
Before we head into a melee of CES 2019 announcements, Arm has detailed its latest Mali-C52 and Mali-C32 image signal processors (ISPs).Although these processors aren’t aimed at the high-end photography market, they are designed to boost image quality and processing capabilities in the fastest growing market segments.The key capabilities inside the new ISPs are support for HDR bit depth management and accurate tone mapping, thanks to a number of its in-house technologies.The aim is to improve image quality via better-looking colors and superior contrast.Low-light pictures should also be in for a boost, as Arm’s ISP accelerates multi-exposure and several denoise techniques that are often used to achieve better low light pics.Better image quality also has knock-on improvements for additional processing down the line.
And, eventually the patches made their way through Windows Update, but not everyone got a happily ever after.In April, Intel said that certain older processors wouldn’t be getting the update, namely the Intel Core i7 900 series, due to issues with the microarchitecture itself.In a move that threw us all for a loop, Intel teamed up with AMD earlier in the year to produce 8th-generation Kaby Lake processors for laptops with AMD Vega graphics.Laptops like the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 showed great performance, not just in professional workloads, but even in gaming.It packs one of those Kaby Lake G processors we just talked about, which means it can provide GTX 1060-level performance for a fraction of the price of a similarly specced gaming laptop.And, while both manufacturers teased some HEDT chips, we just got some vague glimpses.
Lenovo has opted not to wait for CES 2019 next month to introduce the first ThinkPads with Intel’s Whiskey Lake Core I5-8265U and Core i7-8565U processors.They will arrive onboard the new ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga, new business-focused devices that are set to become available later in December, with prices starting at $659 and $889, respectively.Relatively unchanged on the outside from last year’s L380, the new ThinkPads both feature 13.3-inch FHD touch displays and come in black and silver color options.The L390 Yoga is still the more premium of the two models, and at $889 comes with features like a garaged Active Pen and a world-facing webcam.Both of the devices pack options for up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a modern selection of ports.Those include two USB Type C ports, two USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI port, micro SD Card reader, and Mini RJ-45 jack.
On top of a full range of Ryzen 3rd Generation desktop processors, it looks like AMD already has a few mobile CPUs inside upcoming laptops.Hexus spotted Geekbench results for three different AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Picasso APUs fitted inside two classified HP laptops.First up is the HP Laptop 17-ca1xxx equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, which is listed as a 2.1GHz quad-core processor featuring eight threads and Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx integrated graphics.A second HP Laptop 17-ca1xxx showed up in GeekBench’s records twice, but equipped with a different AMD Ryzen 3 3300U CPU.It seems to be a small step behind the chip listed above as it only has 4-cores, 4-threads running at 2.1GHz with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx integrated graphics.Lastly, the HP Laptop 14-cm1xxx showed up with a 2.6GHz MD Ryzen 3 3200U that appears to be a dual-core processor featuring 4 threads and Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx integrated graphics.
On Tuesday, during a briefing on its future chip architecture plans in a $22m Silicon Valley mansion, Intel execs played down the holdup with 10nm, and tried emphasizing that there's more to processors than transistor sizes.In mid-2018, Intel limped out a wimpy dual-CPU 10nm Core i3 processor, aimed at low-power Chinese laptops, and codenamed Cannon Lake, mainly so it could say it was shipping some silicon at that node.You see, Intel managers made some brave decisions on how they were going to get down to 10nm from 14nm, and ended up in a dead end, resulting in low yields of working chip dies.Fixing those issues involves redoing substantial amounts of design work and tooling, which is why people won't get their hands on proper 10nm Intel processors until late 2019 or early 2020, some five years later than expected.While the world waited for Chipzilla to swallow its pride, and change course, a couple of things happened.Don't forget, Chipzilla is a money-printing machine, still.
Intel has confirmed that it’s working on a discrete graphics solution for “client PCs,” which will arrive in 2020.There, Raja Koduri, senior vice president of Intel architecture and graphics solutions, explained Intel’s new goal.“10 petaflops of data, 10 petabytes of compute, less than 10 milliseconds away.”That’s an ambitious goal, and Intel believes it can only be achieved by moving into an era of hardware design that Intel calls the “architecture era.” Koduri went so far as to say “the next 10 years will see more architecture advancement than the last 50 years.”To help achieve this, Intel has announced a new packaging design called Foveros, coming next year.These traits make it suitable for a very broad range of tablets and laptops (no, it doesn’t appear Intel intends to target smartphones).
With permission, of course: Guizhou joint-venture touts Centriq-like 48-core Arm server CPUAnalysis Qualcomm is laying off 269 folk in America as it gradually wakes up from its dream of filling data centers worldwide with its own Arm-based server processors."Qualcomm is reducing our investments in the data center business but remains committed to business obligations and upcoming compute opportunities at the edge of 5G networks and AI inference cloud solutions," a spokesperson told The Register over the weekend.We are fully focused on executing on our 5G program."The idea was to have the Centriq family run containerized and highly threaded stuff like web server software and web applications, search, analytics, and so on, by these tech giants, and lure enterprise buyers later.And it was launched at a time when the big cloud players were hunting around for viable alternatives to Intel's Xeon microprocessors.
It’s not only the first 7nm processor for laptops, but the chip is also built on an entirely different architecture supplied by ARM, the leading smartphone processor manufacturer.The Red Team, as its known, is essentially on the cusp of revealing its 7nm processors, and is slated to pull back the curtain on them during CES 2019 – mere weeks away at the time of writing.Intel has experienced great challenges in bringing its transistor manufacturing process down from 14nm, where the company has been for several years.At this point, we don’t expect to see a wide variety of laptops with these 10nm processors inside – a scant few are available now in low-end devices, while we're still waiting for 10nm Intel Core parts – which might not arrive until the end of 2019.These surely won’t see the light of day until 2020, considering Intel’s delay of Cannon Lake and that Ice Lake is said to be an improvement upon that existing 10nm process.With that, you can imagine just how far we are from Intel processors with 7nm transistors inside.
A new leak suggests that AMD is working on up ten new Ryzen 3000 processors, including a chip that offers a huge 5.1GHz clock speed over 16 cores.The leak comes courtesy of AdoredTV, a YouTube channel which claims to expose a range of details about AMD's upcoming Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 CPUs.You can view the whole video below, and while the information provided is certainly exciting, we should point out that the specifications and prices mentioned in the video (which we'll go into in more depth in a bit) are unconfirmed at the moment.The Ryzen 3 3300 is a six-core, 12-thread CPU with a 3.2GHz base clock, 4GHz boost, 50W TDP and a price of $99 (about £80, AU$140).Next is the Ryzen 3 3300X, again a six-core, 12-thread processor, this time with a 3.5GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost, 65W TDP and a price of $129 (around £100, AU$180).Both of these CPUs are rumored to debut at CES 2019.