[IDF 2011] Earlier today, Intel showed us a computer processor (CPU) that was running on solar energy from a single small solar cell. Although Intel didn’t provide the specific voltage numbers, it’s not hard to imagine that a solar cell can only generate very little energy. Anyone who has tried to charge a smartphone (or even an AAA battery) with solar energy knows this all too well.
AMD has just launched two Accelerated Processing Units*(APUs) in the entry-level segment. This new addition to the AMD line-up will allow AMD customers (PC manufacturers) to build more affordable systems that are still fairly capable in terms of gaming and HD video. Additionally, these system can also work hand in hand with a more powerful discrete graphics processor to aggregate the computing power of both chips.
AMD has announced that it has updated its line of Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) with new version of its Series C and Series E processors. This update is targeting a wide array of computer ranging from ultrathin laptops to desktop computers.Among the improvements, AMD says that it has improved the graphics and system memory performance. It also supports Display Port ++, a variant of the DisplayPort technology that is compatible […]
Backed by U.S Defense funding, IBM has recently announced the world’s first “synaptic” processor project: it’s a chip that which mimics the human brain architecture. The company calls this an unprecedented progress in building a machine that will (try to) learn, and understand – two things that computers have not been so great at so far.In theory, the IBM chip is capable of re-wiring itself (like our brains) to adapt to certain situations […]
AMD has just announced its A-Series of Accelerated Processing Units (APU), which is a quad-core* X86 processor (CPU) with a discrete-class graphics processor (GPU) in the same chip. The A-Series aims at competing with Intel in the entry-level market by providing additional horsepower, mainly thanks to its higher-performance graphics and quad-core processors. *Note: the A4 is dual-core, while the A6 and A8 are quad-core chips.To make a long story short, […]
In a rather quiet move, Microsoft announced that new Xbox 360 (slim) consoles will come with a new System on a Chip that will bundle the CPU, GPU, system memory and I/O logic on a single slice of silicon. The advantages to the new design that supposedly took five years to produce will mean new Xbox 360s will be quieter, have an even smaller power brick and generate less heat […]
Researchers from the State University of North Carolina have published a paper that studies how multi-core processors performance could be improved by studying how bandwidth and prefetching are managed.For the novice, I’ll provide some context: processors can run at incredible frequencies of 3GHz+, however, memory chips often run much slower than that. Therefore, it might happen that the processor “stalls” its work while waiting for data to arrive.“Bandwidth” is the […]
Intel is presenting its “3D” Tri-Gate transistor is going to enter production for the first time. The 22nm processor codenamed “Ivy Bridge”. It sounds like a marketing name, but Intel takes 3D transistors very seriously. The design has been demonstrated in 2002, so the concept is not breaking news, but it is finally entering production with a 22nm processor.
After coming up with its own DVD-like standard, China has set for itself the goal of selling its own CPU design to the world, but it might take 20 years before Chinese processor technology can match the best stuff on the market – currently produced by western companies like Intel, AMD and ARM. The current Chinese CPU, codenamed Loongson (aka GodSon) is set to power the Dawning 6000, a Chinese […]
Qualcomm, the manufacturers of the popular Snapdragon processors that are used to run Android phones, has recently released a teaser video to show off their upcoming dual-core processors. Called Desert Winds, the game shows off the graphic processing prowess of the next generation Snapdragon CPUs. Their dual-core processor features the Adreno 220 graphics processor that is capable of more 3D effects, smoother stereoscopic HD gaming, and is touted to be […]
AMD G-Series: The goal for removing the graphics from the G-Series is to make it even lower power than the already low-power E-Series
[CES 2011] It was a long time in the making, but AMD’s Fusion technology has finally reached consumers with a first batch of laptops, that certainly won’t be the last. The basic idea of Fusion is what semiconductors have been thriving for, in the past 30 years: integration. With the integration of and AMD graphics processor (GPU) into an AMD central processor (CPU), the chipmaker has built a little wonder: […]
[CES 2010] CES is the perfect announcement platform for Intel because this is the time for the bi-annual “PC Refresh” that has happened like clockwork for more than a decade now (February/October). The second generation Core Processor, codenamed “Sandy Bridge” improves the performance across the board (sometime in a dramatic way) and lifts the base graphics performance (and compatibility, up to DX10) appreciably, thanks to the graphics processor embedded directly […]
Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar says that Apple’s next-generation iPad, expected to be refreshed in March and entering the product line as a second generation tablet, will be equipped with a dual-core processor. The current generation Apple iPad tablet was launched with Apple’s customized A4 processor, which is clocked at 1 Ghz of power. Kumar believes that the next iPad iteration will come with a dual-core ARM Cortex A9-based […]