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AMD must return to the basics

AMD must return to the basics

Last year we talked about the current commercial strategies of Intel, NVIDIA and AMD, but now we want to analyze just the strategies of AMD. Former CEO Rory Read has paved the way, and now the CEO Lisa Su is doing...

Pubblicato il 26 Gennaio 2017, a cura di Gian Maria Forni

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Tonga vs. Polaris: challenge clock-to-clock

Tonga vs. Polaris: challenge clock-to-clock

When we have reviewed the RX470 Strix, we were faced with a video card faster than the R9 380X of about 25%. On the paper, the main difference of these two solutions is the GPU frequency. Thanks to the new...

Pubblicato il 16 Settembre 2016, a cura di Michele Carasia

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Interview with James Gallagher, Marketing Manager at FutureMark

Interview with James Gallagher, Marketing Manager at FutureMark

Here we are for our first interview published in the English section. Today we will interview James Gallagher, Marketing Manager at FutureMark, who will speak about the recent Time Spy DirectX 12 benchmark. This is the second interview with Futuremark:...

Pubblicato il 03 Agosto 2016, a cura di Gian Maria Forni

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Gian Maria Forni - 09/01/2018
amd-psp-vulnerability-it-s-a-non-existent-problemThanks to AMD Italia, now we know that the AMD PSP vulnerability is - actually - a non existent problem. First of all, in order to take advantage of this exploit, an hacker has to have physical access to the server. Consequently, he has to update/replace...
Gian Maria Forni - 08/12/2017
rumor-amd-is-working-on-raven-ridge-2-ready-for-2018Raven Ridge is still MIA in Desktop (AM4 Socket) market, but it seems AMD will commercialize a Raven Ridge 2 APU in 2018 (Maybe a stopgap until Picasso, or a rushed Picasso). We don’t know a lot, now AMD is very reserved (Even my sources have difficult to...
Gian Maria Forni - 20/11/2017
intel-will-stop-to-support-csm-in-the-next-uefi-bios  According to UEFI.org slides published in October, Intel will remove BIOS legacy support from client & data center platforms from 2020. Also, the new BIOS have to be Class 3 Compliant (No CSM - Compatibility Support Module). It’s...
Gian Maria Forni - 06/11/2017
raijintek-morpheus-ii-gpu-cooler-mini-review    Raijintek is always very in depth in the amount of information they provide their potential customers when it comes to the specifications of their products. The chart provided for the Morpheus II offers more information than we could show,...
Michele Carasia - 16/10/2017
noctua-introduces-chromax-line-fans-cables-and-heatsink-coversNoctua today introduced the long-awaited chromax editions of its most renowned 120mm and 140mm fan models as well as chromax line cables and heatsink covers for its award-winning NH-U12S and NH-D15 series CPU coolers. All the new chromax line products allow...
Michele Carasia - 02/10/2017
3dmark-time-spy-extreme-first-dedicated-dx12-4k-benchmark  Futuremark announces their new 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark, which will be released to the public on October 11 as a free update for 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition licenses purchased after July 14, 2016. Time Spy Extreme...
Gian Maria Forni - 29/09/2017
gddr5-9gbps-for-the-next-gtx1070tiAccording to latest rumors, next GTX1070Ti will be equipped with GDDR5 @9Gbps memory. Thanks to this choice, this card will be able to deal with the VEGA56, without stepping on GTX1080 toes. GTX1080 is equipped with GDDR5X @11Gbps memory. Also, the...
Michele Carasia - 19/09/2017
evga-releases-epower-v-the-untouchables  EVGA has officially announced on its website the new fifth edition of the EPOWER. The EVGA EPOWER V “The Untouchables” is a stand-alone power board which allows experienced overclockers to provide more juice to various graphics cards, especially...
Gian Maria Forni - 11/09/2017
a-new-wave-of-x299-mainboards  Some weeks ago we wrote about a possible Revision 2.0 of the Socket 2066. We were wrong … but the truth is closer than you think. The source is the same who told us about Socket FM2, AM4 and TR4. The mainboards manufacturers will release a new wave...
Gian Maria Forni - 05/08/2017
new-nvidia-patent-performing-on-chip-partial-good-die-identification  Designing a microchip (CPU, GPU, SoC, FPGA, etc.) has proved to be more and more complex and expensive, so the companies are studying different methods to do a faster analysis and enhanced binning of chips produced. XFR by AMD is one of these...
Gian Maria Forni - 28/07/2017
about-amd-supply-chain-threadripper-has-4-die-just-like-epycThanks to der8auer (Source), now we know that the ThreadRipper SKUs have 4 Zeppelin die inside, and even if one of my sources was partially fooled (However the working dies are just two), this info is very good for AMD. Better than expected. Why do I say...
Michele Carasia - 27/07/2017
driver-amd-crimson-relive-17-7-2-whql-big-updateAMD has released a new major software update for all available Radeon graphics cards. Crimson ReLive 17.7.2  brings a number of new features, improvements and bug fixes.     Drivers are available through the Radeon Settings >...
Gian Maria Forni - 15/07/2017
amd-vision-in-one-patent-the-chiplet  As we said years ago, Zen has a modular (LEGO-like) design. AMD created Zen in order to have a malleable uArch: customers can add or remove SIMDs and instruction sets, customize the different levels of cache, etc. But this is only the beginning of...
Gian Maria Forni - 17/06/2017
rumor-intel-will-release-skylake-x-skus-with-soldered-ihs-in-the-near-futureAccording to our sources, Intel could release in the near future (4Q17 or 1Q18) the Skylake-X SKUs with soldered IHS. It’s not a news that Intel has rushed Skylake-X in order to counter-attack incoming AMD Ryzen and  ThreadRipper, and to accomplish...
Gian Maria Forni - 16/06/2017
skylake-x-14-16-18-core-will-utilize-mcc-dieLet us spread some light on Skylake-E/EP/EX Dies. In several forums there is confusion about the Die utilized by Intel to produce the new Skylake-X SKUs. A lot of users don’t seem to know that Intel – for almost 10 years – use three kind of Die to produce its...
Gian Maria Forni - 04/06/2017
rumor-intel-could-commercialize-a-v2-edition-of-the-socket-2066According to our sources, Intel could commercialize a new version of the Socket 2066 (Just like Socket 2011 → 2011v3), in order to support the 14/16/18 core SKUs. The new socket will be necessary due to the pretty low TDP (160W) supported by the Socket...
Michele Carasia - 24/05/2017
cs-go-operation-hydra-is-hereValve has launched Operation Hydra for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Operation Hydra event, which runs until September, gives everyone access to seven community maps (four new and three returning) in weekly Hydra Events or in regular matchmaking...
Gian Maria Forni - 18/05/2017
rumor-crazy-high-yields-for-ryzen-dies-over-80According to our sources, Ryzen yelds are very high at the present moment. About 80% of Ryzen dies have all 8 cores fully functional. This means that AMD can sell Naples SKUs at a very low average price (4 Die x 8 Core). For this reason Dropbox shows...
Gian Maria Forni - 12/05/2017
naples-and-threadripper-will-share-the-almost-same-socketAccording to our sources, ThreadRipper will use a slightly modified version of the SP3 Socket studied for Naples. Both ThreadRipper (SP3r2) and Naples (SP3) sockets will be LGA and will have 4094 pins. The main differences concern about the TDP and Main...
Gian Maria Forni - 22/04/2017
our-leak-confirmed-intel-will-commercialize-a-12c-24t-skylake-x-cpuThe site BenchLife has confirmed our rumors about the future release of a powerful 12c/24t Skylake-X CPU, designed to counter attack the new high end Ryzen SKUs. This CPU will utilize the Skylake-EP LCC (Low Core Count) Die, with 2 core disabled. This new...
Gian Maria Forni - 10/04/2017
amd-acquires-nitero-ips-to-boost-its-own-vr-ar-divisionAs we wrote in this detailed study about future AMD strategies, VR market is still a virgin territory, without a leader (Also, you can read: "AMD must return to the basics"). At the present moment, AMD is trying to be that leader, and the acquisition of...
Gian Maria Forni - 25/02/2017
rumor-ddr4-3200-kits-certified-for-ryzen-in-the-near-futureAccording to our sources, several memory producers will release DDR4-3200 kits certified for Ryzen CPUs, in the near future.     These kits will be almost identical to the kits currently on sale. The only difference is about the presence of the...
Gian Maria Forni - 23/02/2017
rumor-intel-could-commercialize-a-12c-24t-skylake-xOkay, just let me made a short recap. Despite the laughs of the majority of the users and journalists during the last 2 years, all our leaks about Zen have become true: Zen IPC at Broadwell-E level Supported DDR4-3200 At last 4GHz of frequency AMD...
Marco Comerci - 17/02/2017
xfr-and-its-anchestorsSince Carrizo and then Bristol Ridge, AMD has put much effort in developing clever power management features in order to remedy the lack of a FinFET process node. Here we describe them and show how these can increase also stability and max clock. Finally we...
Alessio Tommasini - 15/02/2017
welcome-back-asynchronous-compute-queues-gcn-1-0As we predicted some time ago, AMD has finally restored the Asynchronous Compute Queues feature in Catalyst driver for GCN 1.0 GPUs.     Though it did not improve at all the performance in the AMD modified D3D12nBodyGravity sample, looks...
Gian Maria Forni - 14/02/2017
almost-80-of-amd-driver-team-is-working-on-vega-driversAccording to our sources, almost 80% of AMD driver team is working on VEGA drivers. This means that AMD is working hard to offer a good product “out of the box” from the beginning.     This strategy, started with Fiji and continued with...
Gian Maria Forni - 03/02/2017
geforce-experience-and-a-possible-future-scenarioAccording to recent news, NVIDIA is driving its own users to install GeForce Experience software thanks to a new strategy: NVIDIA will encourage GeForce owners to embrace GeForce Experience if they want games in bundle. But it’s just the latest...
Gian Maria Forni - 02/02/2017
intel-e-new-decThere is no doubt that Intel is a very profitable company right now: financial results are solid, at first sight, and the shareholders are making a lot of money thanks to huge dividends. However this is just the tip of the iceberg: inside Intel there is a lot...
Michele Carasia - 02/02/2017
noctua-releases-three-special-edition-amd-ryzen-cpu-coolers-socket-am4Noctua has released three "AM4-ready" versions of the NH-D15, NH-U12S and NH-L9x65 CPU Coolers. The NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 is tailored for compact systems, the NH-U12S SE-AM4 offers an excellent balance of performance/compatibility and the NH-D15 SE-AM4...
Marco Comerci - 29/01/2017
some-thought-on-official-global-foundries-pdf-on-the-14nm-finfet-processOfficial Global foundries marketing slides gives us some interesting quantitative informations on differences between new 14nm process and old 28nm process. It also states what are the current features that can be used in a 14nm design, in terms of library...
Gian Maria Forni - 26/01/2017
amd-must-return-to-the-basicsLast year we talked about the current commercial strategies of Intel, NVIDIA and AMD, but now we want to analyze just the strategies of AMD. Former CEO Rory Read has paved the way, and now the CEO Lisa Su is doing a great job making AMD great again (Trump...
Gian Maria Forni - 24/01/2017
nvidia-volta-on-12nm-finfet-by-tsmcThis rumor is in the air, and could be true, but we have to think that the 12nm FinFET of TSMC was made to fight the 12FDX node of GlobalFoundries and 14nm FinFET of UMC.     The main High Performance node of TSMC will remain the 16nm FF++...
Gian Maria Forni - 23/01/2017
bits-and-chips-comics-2015-book-is-free-for-5-daysDo want to read our Bits And Chips Comics 2015 book? Now it's free on Amazon, for 5 days!     You can download it, if you have a Kindle account, from...
Gian Maria Forni - 12/01/2017
new-slides-about-amd-infinity-fabric-productive-technologyAs we said almost two years ago, thanks to our reliable source, Zen would have been a highly modular uArch, in order to meet the needs of the clients of all kinds.     A new technology was born, suited to allow a simpler and cheaper Custom and...
Gian Maria Forni - 10/01/2017
ek-confirms-amd-socket-am4-compatibilityThanks to this official public announcement, we know that even EK will offer a new fully compatible AM4 mounting plate: “The mounting hole pattern of Socket AM4 is a little bit different from the old AMD Sockets (754, 939, 940, AM2(+), AM3(+),FM2(+)), meaning...
Gian Maria Forni - 10/01/2017
enermax-and-lepa-offer-free-am4-retention-kits-for-cpu-coolersEnermax end its subsidiary company Lepa will offer free AM4 retention kits for CPU coolers (Except following coolers: Enermax Liqtech120X [ELC-LT120X-HP], Lepa EXllusion240 [LPWEL240-HF]).     Customers can order the AM4 kit via the...
Gian Maria Forni - 06/01/2017
rumor-evga-could-jump-on-amd-bandwagon-with-vegaAccording to our sources, EVGA could commercialize some graphic card equipped with AMD Vega GPUs (This is a old rumor, I know, but now it's more realistic).     Like enthusiast users recall, XFX abandoned NVIDIA in 2010 not because AMD had...
Gian Maria Forni - 23/12/2016
rumor-even-intel-is-studying-a-new-x86-uarchAccording to our sources – the same who reported the development of Zen two days before official AMD public announcement – Intel is studying a new uArch in order to replace the current x86 uArchs in Desktop and Enterprise market.     TigerLake...
Gian Maria Forni - 18/12/2016
ryzen-had-a-higher-than-usual-vcore-during-new-horizon-eventAccording to our sources, in order to avoid a crash during RyZen presentation, AMD has set up a higher than usual vCore. This explain the high full load power consumption of RyZen (95W TDP) compared to full load power consumption of the i7-6900K (Also Turbo...
Gian Maria Forni - 14/12/2016
gcn-1-0-will-have-asynchronous-compute-queues-enabled-againAccording to a semi-official replay at gpuopen.com site, AMD driver team is working to re-enable asynchronous compute queues on GCN1 GPUs (7700-7900, 280, 370 etc…) under Direct3D 12 (Under Vulkan it works fine).     Here it is the answer of...
Gian Maria Forni - 14/12/2016
ryzen-cpu-officially-benchmarked-at-new-horizon-showDo you remember the words about Zen of Suzanne Plummer, Director of Design Engineering at AMD and a veteran Austin chip engineer? “It is the first time in a very long time that we engineers have been given the total freedom to build a processor from scratch...
Gian Maria Forni - 13/12/2016
directx-10-now-supports-armv8-uarch-it-is-getting-interestingAccording to latest update of DirectXMath 3.10, which will be included in an upcoming Windows 10 SDK for the Creator's Update in 2017, the DX12 will support the uArch ARMv8.     Here it is the log of the update:     Added...
Alessio Tommasini - 08/12/2016
redstone-3-will-run-x86-application-on-arm-but-how Microsoft just reveled that Windows 10 will be able to run a full desktop environment on ARM64 machines in the future update codenamed “Redstone 3”.This is not a big surprise after all, Microsoft works with ARM machines since earlier versions of Windows...
Gian Maria Forni - 01/12/2016
our-leak-confirmed-am4-cpus-will-have-the-ihs-solderedAs we said some months ago, AM4 CPUs will have a soldered IHS, in order to guarantee a better power dissipation and better overclocking capabilities.     AMD, in contrast to Intel and its mid-range CPUs strategy (e.g. Skylake-S Socket 1151),...
Gian Maria Forni - 28/10/2016
rumor-two-versions-of-raven-ridge-under-developmentDo you remember that news? So ... it was not a BR APU, but a RR APU. Our sources were fooled again by AMD. BTW, we can't always win (Here it is some of our news come true). :) However, according to our sources, at the present moment there are two version of...
Gian Maria Forni - 22/10/2016
amd-s-adventure-in-arm-world-seems-to-be-very-unluckyAMD’s adventure in ARM world seems to be very unlucky. The LeMaker Cello board, based on AMD A1100 SoC, is still not in sale, despite it’s ready to ship almost since 2Q16. Why?     A huge problem about PCIe slot is not still solved, and we...
Gian Maria Forni - 21/10/2016
new-fury-card-spotted-in-the-newest-crimson-driversThe new AMD Crimson 16.10.2 drivers support a new Fury card: AMD7300.5.     Code Card AMD7300.1 = "AMD Radeon (TM) R9 Fury Series" Radeon R9 Fury X AMD7300.2 = "Radeon (TM) Pro Duo" Radeon Pro Duo AMD7300.3 = "AMD Radeon...
Gian Maria Forni - 23/09/2016
apu-zen-in-macbook-pro-between-2017-and-2018It’s not a news that Intel Mobile products portfolio is stagnating, especially if we contemplate the latest CPU roadmap. So, this situation could be a huge opportunity for AMD to return in the game supplying Apple with its next coming “Zen” APUs, as we said...
Gian Maria Forni - 19/09/2016
a-photo-confirms-our-leak-socket-am4-has-1331-pinsA photo, posted at Overclock3D, has confirmed our previus leaks: the next AMD AM4 socket will have 1331 pins, and it will be uOPGA.     This means that AMD will utilize the LGA socket only with the Enterprise sockets, just like it did with G34...
Michele Carasia - 16/09/2016
tonga-vs-polaris-sfida-clock-to-clock-2When we have reviewed the RX470 Strix, we were faced with a video card faster than the R9 380X of about 25%. On the paper, the main difference of these two solutions is the GPU frequency. Thanks to the new 14nm FinFET node, Polaris 10 can be clocked much...
Michele Carasia - 06/09/2016
evga-epower-3-0-teaserIllya "TiN" Tsemenko has provided some teaser images on kingpincooling.com about the next generation of EVGA EPower:    
Gian Maria Forni - 24/08/2016
eweek-interview-with-mike-clark-e-sam-naffziger-about-zenThe eWeek magazine has published an interesting article about Zen development. There aren’t deep technical analyses, but we can find some nice anecdotes, narrated by two very important AMD engineers: Mike Clark and Sam Naffziger, both AMD Corporate...
Gian Maria Forni - 08/08/2016
about-the-leaked-zen-roadmap-zen-it-s-not-delayedThe hysteria is killing the web about the postponement of Zen is almost entirely unjustified. The leaked roadmap is about the PRO products, not the consumer parts.     Zen will be available, in small quantities, at the end of 2016, as AMD said...
Gian Maria Forni - 06/08/2016
amd-will-probably-use-the-ddr4-phy-of-rambus-in-zenOur sources, some time ago, told us that Zen will use a DDR4 PHY capable to support up to DDR4 3200 MHz (or 3600 MHz thanks to AMP profiles), and the new DDR4 PHY of Rambus supports these frequencies. Also, recently Rambus has achieved the first...
Gian Maria Forni - 04/08/2016
pascal-cards-will-probably-have-a-short-commercial-lifeAccording to latest rumour, Volta will take Pascal’s place earlier than scheduled. This rumour seems to be pretty reliable, if we think that NVIDIA has disclosed almost the entire line-up of Pascal cards.     It’s a marketing/commercial custom...
Gian Maria Forni - 03/08/2016
interview-with-james-gallagher-marketing-manager-at-futuremarkHere we are for our first interview published in the English section. Today we will interview James Gallagher, Marketing Manager at FutureMark, who will speak about the recent Time Spy DirectX 12 benchmark. This is the second interview with Futuremark: here...
Gian Maria Forni - 31/07/2016
fermi-can-run-directx-12-games-but-drivers-are-still-miaDuring these days users are putting this question about Fermi GPUs in several forums: “How is it that anyone with any sense whatsoever expects to use a GPU six years and have it working with the latest DirectX12 games?”.     The answer is quite...
Michele Carasia - 25/07/2016
nvidia-quadro-p6000-full-gp102-3840cc-and-24gb-gddr5xAfter the release of the new Titan X, NVIDIA has disclosed the new Quadro P6000, based on the same GPU. This card is dedicated to the professional market (Graphic Workstation) and it use the fully unlocked GP102 (471 mm2) chip: 3840 CUDA Core instead of...
Gian Maria Forni - 24/07/2016
nvidia-starts-the-laser-program-to-support-its-partnersAccording to our sources, it seems that NVIDIA is using a sort of "Contra Revenue" (NVIDIA calls this strategy “Laser Program”): its partners are selling GTX970/980/980Ti at lower prices than usual, so NVIDIA will refund partially these losses. This happens...
Michele Carasia - 22/07/2016
sapphire-rx-480-nitro-8-4gb-the-rise-of-polaris- PRESS RELEASE- July 22nd, 2016 – SAPPHIRE Technology opens a new chapter in the SAPPHIRE NITRO Gaming Series with the introduction of the SAPPHIRE NITRO+ Radeon™ RX 480. Adding innovative technologies and user-facing features to the efficient Polaris...
Gian Maria Forni - 19/07/2016
the-pascal-shortage-seems-to-be-realTwo gaming card distributors that represent ~30% of the overall GPU market (10 million cards / year) told us that they have short supply of GP104 GPUs. NVIDIA is keeping almost all the GPU chips for itself to sell through its own website and its sales channel...
Gian Maria Forni - 14/07/2016
amd-and-firaxis-confirm-our-leak-civ-6-will-use-dx12-apiAs we have disclosed some week ago, Firaxis Games team will use the main DirectX 12 features (asynchronous compute and explicit multi-adapter) in order to improve Civilization gaming experience.     Finally AMD and Firaxis Games has confirmed...
Michele Carasia - 06/07/2016
amd-releases-statement-on-the-rx-480-power-consumptionAMD has released a new statement regarding the Radeon RX 480's power consumption: We promised an update today (July 5, 2016) following concerns around the Radeon RX 480 drawing excess current from the PCIe bus. Although we are confident that the levels...
Gian Maria Forni - 30/06/2016
how-to-slow-down-rx480-salesNVIDIA will show us the new GTX1060, equipped with the GP106 GPU, next 7 July. This release is almost 3 months ahead our leaked/rumored Pascal roadmap. Is it a surprise move?   This move should not surprise us, because NVIDIA has to counter attack -...
Michele Carasia - 29/06/2016
amd-radeon-rx-480-8gb-2After the interesting preview we have seen at Computex 2016 in Taipei, AMD has finally launched its new generation of video cards Radeon RX-series. On the contrary of NVIDIA, the company of Sunnyvale has chosen to target the mainstream market, and in order to...
Gian Maria Forni - 17/06/2016
rumor-nvidia-has-anticipated-pascal-commercializationAs you know, we posted a roadmap about Pascal products in February 2016, but unfortunately it seems that we were wrong of about 45 days / 2 months. According to our sources, NVIDIA has decided to move up the launch of the Pascal GPUs in order to contrast the...
Gian Maria Forni - 12/06/2016
john-bridgman-of-amd-zen-is-on-track-and-will-be-available-in-4q16UPDATE: We have to update this article, because we have misread John Bridgman's words. He didn't say that Zen will be available in 4Q16 for sure or something like this, as we reported. He just pointed out that the online magazines and IT journalists often...
Michele Carasia - 03/06/2016
tin-explains-why-gp104-does-not-scale-with-voltage-under-air-water-coolingHere is a quote from TiN that explains why the GTX 1080 / 1070 (FE & custom) did not scale with clocks no matter how many volts you threw under aircooling or watercooling: Voltage scaling and “1.25V limit” There were some rumors spreading wildly...
Gian Maria Forni - 02/06/2016
amd-will-speak-about-zen-at-next-hot-chips-conferenceAccording to Hot Chips 2016 outline, Michael Clark, Senior Fellow at AMD, will speak about “A New, High Performance x86 Core Design from AMD” on 23 August.     Finally, we will be able to discover something new about Zen, and maybe we will be...
Gian Maria Forni - 02/06/2016
koduri-we-had-two-live-systems-with-zenVia Twitter, Raja Koduri has said that at Computex there were two live systems with Zen.     We don’t have any photo of these systems, but Zen seems to be on track, just like Lisa Su said during her presentation. Koduri also wrote: “The video...
Gian Maria Forni - 27/05/2016
rumour-eventhe-next-gta-game-will-have-a-solid-dx12-backendOur sources, one more time, told us a big news: the next Grand Theft Auto will have a solid DirectX 12 backend, just like incoming Civilization VI.     According to the rumour, Rockstar will take advantage of DirectX 12 features (Asynchronous...
Gian Maria Forni - 25/05/2016
the-complete-list-of-nvidia-pascal-skusJust a few minutes ago, FinalWire has posted on Facebook the complete list of "Pascal" SKUs and … there are many of them!     You can find the list below (GMxxx = Maxwell, GPxxx = Pascal). It seems that NVIDIA has taped out almost six GPUs, and...
Gian Maria Forni - 25/05/2016
amd-has-just-told-that-am4-socket-will-use-am3-mounting-holesOn Thermalright Facebook page we can read: “For all AMD fans out there, we have good news. AMD has just informed us, that the new ‪#‎AM4‬ CPUs will use the standard mounting holes that has become the norm since AM2. This means, all Thermalright coolers will...
Michele Carasia - 23/05/2016
rumor-gtx-titan-next-will-sport-gp102-and-gddr5xDuring these days, a voice is spreading rumors about the future specifications of next NVIDIA Titan cards.     At ChipHell Forum, the presumed specifications of the new Titan chip, the GP102, have been published. According to these data, the...
Gian Maria Forni - 21/05/2016
civilization-vi-will-have-a-solid-directx-12-backendDespite the funny and childish graphic, Civilization VI will have a solid DirectX 12 backend, and it will utilize DX12 advanced features more than any other title. An example, the recent Total War: Warhammer.     According to our sources, the...
Gian Maria Forni - 20/05/2016
custom-gtx-1070-with-or-without-gddr5xThe spanish site of NVIDIA has published an odd table about GTX 1070 specifications, where there are reported GDDR5X memories instead of GDDR5 ones.     Why? There are two explanations:- it's just a typo, and the GTX 1070 will have only GDDR5...
Gian Maria Forni - 17/05/2016
amd-computex-web-site-is-online-am4-boards-incomingThe site of AMD dedicated to Computex is now online, and this means that a lot of news are coming. In particular, AMD will show the new Bristol Ridge APUs and AM4 mainboards: “During this event, AMD executives and special guests will introduce new,...
Gian Maria Forni - 09/05/2016
nvidia-is-still-the-company-with-the-best-marketing-departmentThe debut of the GP104 by NVIDIA so early maybe has caught AMD on the hop. We know that NVIDIA is the Master of Marketing in IT industry today (Superior even to Apple, in my opinion), and the recent show has proved this fact.     Until 3 days...
Gian Maria Forni - 07/05/2016
some-questions-about-new-gp104-gpuNVIDIA has shown its new GPU GP104 dedicated to enthusiast gamers, and our pal Michele will write a deep technical analysis on it during the next hours for sure.     What I want to point out now, are some questions not answered by the CEO of...
Gian Maria Forni - 04/05/2016
no-dual-and-four-cores-zen-cpus-at-least-initiallyAccording to our sources, AMD will produce just the 8 “Zen” Cores Die, at least initially. This strategy will save a lot of money, because AMD has just to design a single Die. From this single Die, AMD will be able to commercialize 8 cores and 6 cores Zen...
Gian Maria Forni - 02/05/2016
continuum-is-not-dead-and-it-will-be-arm-basedIntel has abandoned the smartphone market due to the low volume sales of Atom solutions, but this doesn’t mean that Microsoft’s Continuum will be canceled too.     According to Microsoft available documents, Continuum will be based on ARM...
Gian Maria Forni - 27/04/2016
intel-nvidia-amd-fightThe companies that are working in the IT market have to use the same strategies that other companies are using in other markets: automotive market, food market, etc.     In every market there is a leader, there are few chasers, and there are a...
Gian Maria Forni - 25/04/2016
tesla-consumer-cards-only-during-1q17One of our sources confirmed that the GP100 cards dedicated to OEMs will be available only during the 2nd half 2016, probably during 4Q. This confirms our roadmap.     This also means that NVIDIA is struggling to manufacture enough working GPUs...
Gian Maria Forni - 15/04/2016
micron-sits-on-a-ton-of-money-but-nobody-knowsThe usual terrible market analysts, the same who noticed that PS4 and XB1 have been an AMD APU three months after the official announcements!, are pessimists about the future of Micron Technology.     It's true that the DRAM market is very weak...
Gian Maria Forni - 14/04/2016
are-you-waiting-for-dx12-fermi-drivers-time-wasted-fermi-is-eolAs far as it seems, NVIDIA has chosen to unplug Fermi, and this means that we will never see a Windows 10 (DX12) driver release for this uArch. An astonishing news if we think that NVIDIA pressured Microsoft to change the DX12 features in order to support...
Gian Maria Forni - 14/04/2016
globalfoundries-is-now-the-number-2-behind-tsmcUMC has been overthrown by GlobalFoundries as 2nd Pure-Play foundry. The China Post writes: “In a research report posted on its website on Tuesday, Gartner said that UMC was replaced by U.S.-based GlobalFoundries Inc. to fall to the No. 3 spot with the...
Gian Maria Forni - 14/04/2016
killer-instinct-benchmarks-show-how-dx12-could-help-amdAs advanced some days ago, the upcoming DX12 titles will make difference in the AMD-NVIDIA contest.     The tiny uArch differences between AMD GPUs in PS4/XB1 and the PC AMD GPUs will allow the developers to make an easier and faster porting of...
Michele Carasia - 11/04/2016
nvidia-gp104-will-have-2-pcbs-base-gddr5-and-premium-gddr5xAccording to the data that have come to light during these days, the next NVIDIA GPU GP104 (Pascal) will have two kind of PCBs, one for GDDR5 memory (Base) and one for GDDR5X memory (Premium), due to different packages of these...
Gian Maria Forni - 10/04/2016
computex-2016-where-is-amdIt seems that AMD will not be at Computex 2016 in first person, according to the data on Computex site. If we search the name "AMD" or "Advanced Micro Devices", we are unable to find the U.S.A. company. On the other hand, NVIDIA is...
Gian Maria Forni - 07/04/2016
pascal-polaris-and-zen-will-boost-the-dram-salesAccording to our sources, despite the grim previsions of the market analysts, the future commercialization of Zen and next-gen GPUs (Polaris and Pascal) will boost the DRAM sales greatly.     As happened when the first Sladgehammer and Conroe...
Gian Maria Forni - 06/04/2016
here-there-are-all-amd-gdc-2016-slidesHere, there are the links to AMD GDC 2016 slides available for download: Practical DirectX 12 – Programming Model and Hardware Capabilities by Gareth Thomas (AMD), Alex Dunn (NVIDIA) Vulkan Fast Paths by Graham Sellers (AMD), Timothy Lottes (AMD),...
Gian Maria Forni - 05/04/2016
bits-and-chips-comics-2015-the-book-is-here   I'm here to present the first Kindle book of Bits And Chips, a collection of comics drawn by Carlo Vena – a professional cartoonist – during 2015. Outside Italy there are a lot of geek comics - “Dilbert” by Scott Adams, “Ctrl+Alt+Del” by Tim...
Gian Maria Forni - 02/04/2016
they-make-you-wearing-a-hatAccording to recent news, Ubisoft will collaborate with AMD to take advantage of DirectX 12 features. One of the first games to take advantage of this collaboration will be Watch Dog 2. We still remember the heaviness of HairWorks in The Witcher 3: will it be...
Gian Maria Forni - 02/04/2016
rumor-tsmc-will-produce-the-huge-gp100-interposerAccording to our source, TSMC is sampling the Interposer for the next GP100 NVIDIA GPUs … and it will be huge! We talking about a 1200 mm2 interposer (Fiji interposer is about 1000 mm2).     It's a great challenge for the two companies,...
Gian Maria Forni - 02/04/2016
speculations-about-zen-after-our-april-s-foolThe news of yesterday was an April's Fool, and at the present moment is not a secret anymore. The AIDA64 screens were fakes, but there is a kernel of truth.     First of all, A0 samples of 8 cores Zen exist, and it seems that AMD has already...
Gian Maria Forni - 01/04/2016
first-zen-benchmarks-the-next-amd-uarch-is-a-major-step-forwardAccording to our reliable sources, Zen represents a major step forward. This uArch will be a lot better than Excavator, and will be on a par with – or very near to – Intel Haswell uArch.   We have some screenshots about particular AIDA64 benchmarks...
Gian Maria Forni - 29/03/2016
bits-and-chips-a-small-but-reliable-it-siteBits And Chips is not a huge site, we don't have important partners (due to our indipendence), and so the vists are pretty low (sigh!). However, this doesn't mean that we are a gossip site. When we write something, it's because we think that the rumor is true...
Gian Maria Forni - 25/03/2016
am4-has-the-mounting-holes-arranged-differently-than-older-socketsIf the data in our hands are correct, the most of current FM2/AM3 heatsinks will be incompatible with the next AM4 Socket, due to the  mounting holes arranged differently (see the table below).     So, just the heatsinks with the clips...
Gian Maria Forni - 24/03/2016
rumor-pascal-in-trouble-with-asyncronous-compute-codeAccording to our sources, next GPU micro architecture Pascal from NVIDIA will be in trouble if it will have to heavly use Asynchronous Compute code in video games.     Broadly speaking, Pascal will be an improved version of Maxwell,...
Gian Maria Forni - 23/03/2016
some-news-about-summit-ridge-and-again-am4-socketMore to come on our afternoon news, about the next AM4 Socket and Summit Ridge. The AM4 Socket will be 40 x 40 mm, like Fm2+ Socket, and the mounting hole pitches seem to be 54mm and 90mm (measured between the center of the holes, of...
Gian Maria Forni - 22/03/2016
am4-socket-will-be-uopga-and-it-will-have-1331-pinsFuture AMD AM4 Socket will be µOPGA, and it will have 1331 pins. A LGA solution will be used for Opteron Zen CPUs.     AM4 solution will have the virtue of putting together the plus points of the three actual AMD sockets: AM3+, FM2+ and...
Gian Maria Forni - 18/03/2016
zen-apus-made-by-glofo-14nm-finfet-node-and-packaged-by-amkorAccording to our sources, AMD will produce the next APUs based on Zen uArch at GloFo FABs, with the 14nm FinFET node. Amkor will be apponited for the packaging, because of HBMs use.     It seems that AMD has chosen the duo GloFo-Amkor, instead...
Gian Maria Forni - 23/02/2016
rumor-bristol-bridge-could-have-a-16cu-gpuAccording to one of our sources, the next AMD's APU Bristol Ridge could have a 16CU GPU (the same Radeon HD7850's CU), doubling the Compute Units that we have seen in Kaveri/Godavari APUs.     Thanks to the high density 28nm node of GloFo will...
Gian Maria Forni - 12/02/2016
rumor-nvidia-pascal-timelineAccording to our sources, the timeline of the Pascal GPUs is the following.     April 2016 – GTC: Tesla (GP100)June 2016 – Computex: GTX 1080 (GP104) & GTX 1070 (GP104)4Q 2016 – GP106 & GP1074Q 2016 or 1Q 2017 – Titan (GP100)1Q/2Q 2017...
Gian Maria Forni - 21/01/2016
cannonlake-100-will-have-the-fivr-againAccording to our sources, the Cannonlake CPUs will integrate the FIVR again. Introduced with the Haswell CPUs as the best innovation of the year, the FIVR has been abandoned in the Skylake CPUs.     This happened in order to simplify the design...
Gian Maria Forni - 18/01/2016
intel-was-undecided-about-the-future-of-broadwell-ex-ep-cpusSix months ago we published a news about Broadwell-EX/EP CPUs and their uncertain future. Some weeks later, Intel confirmed that Broadwell-EX/EP will be released. Was our source a liar? No, he isn't.     Yusuke Ohara, a japanese journalist, in...
Gian Maria Forni - 11/12/2015
summit-ridge-4q16-bristol-ridge-maybe-1q16According to our source, the AMD Summit Ridge CPUs based on Zen will be disclosed during November - Dicember 2016, but the availability on a massive scale will be possible only during 1Q17.     This timing will be honored only if the testing of...
Gian Maria Forni - 08/11/2015
estimated-zen-core-design-cost-should-be-like-40-50-million-per-yearAccording to our sources, the estimated Zen core design cost should be like $40-50 million per year. Now, contrary to what many people believe, the design cost of a core is not the most expensive part of a new CPU. For example, the design cost of Apple A4's...
Gian Maria Forni - 29/10/2015
arteris-is-the-amd-partner-for-the-x86-fpga-socAccording to our sources, AMD's partner for the x86+FPGA SoC is Arteris, a member of the HSA Foundation. Arteris is specialized in Networking areas, so the new AMD SoC could be dedicated to Enterprise (Cloud?) market.     At the present moment...
Gian Maria Forni - 26/10/2015
intel-is-favoring-microsoft-instead-apple-concerning-supply-of-skylake-socsAccording to our sources, Intel is favoring Microsoft over Apple concerning the supply of Skylake SoCs.     Thanks to this supposed agreement, Microsoft will be able to exceed the performance of Apple products in the same market sector. The new...
Gian Maria Forni - 18/10/2015
apple-could-use-custom-x86-soc-made-by-amdAccording to our sources, Apple is pondering about using custom x86 CPUs in its next iMacs and MacBooks, during 2017-2018. Nowadays it's hard to avoid the use of x86 ISA in high end and professional personal computers, but at the same time Intel CPUs are too...
Gian Maria Forni - 19/09/2015
jim-keller-left-amd-zen-is-completed-and-it-will-be-powerfulJim Keller has left AMD. So? Do we have to to rip the clothes off? Do we have to think that AMD is almost dead? Do we have to think that Zen will be a failure? No, we don't.     Jim Keller left AMD during 1999, after just one year at Sunnyvale....
Gian Maria Forni - 10/09/2015
amd-is-no-more-the-simpleton-company-of-the-it-industryLet me introducing you the new AMD marketing strategy, and how Lisa Su is changing it. First of all, you have to know that every big IT company dictate a lot of limitations when they send some hardware stuff to review. They have a great contractual power, so...
Gian Maria Forni - 25/08/2015
amd-and-nvidia-will-produce-at-tsmc-on-16nm-finfetWe have wrote about this topic several times, even when AMD was not in the list of TSMC 16nm customers, but now we can say without doubt that both AMD both NVIDIA will produce their own GPU at TSMC on 16nm FinFET node.     Digitimes yesterday...
Gian Maria Forni - 04/08/2015
amd-is-studying-a-x86-fpga-hbm2-comboAccording to our sources, AMD is studying the x86+FPGA+HBM2 combo on an 2.5D Interposer, to realize a Semi-Custom chip developed for an unknown customer.     As we can see in the following scheme, AMD could use a FPGA to improve the...
Gian Maria Forni - 20/07/2015
umc-enters-volume-production-for-tsv-used-in-amd-fury-cardsUMC communicates that the production of Through-Silicon-Via (TSV) is ramping up very well, at 300mm Fab 12i in Singapore. TSV is produced on 40nm because a most recent process node (like 28nm HKMG) can't guarantee a better price/preformance ratio. Also,...
Gian Maria Forni - 17/07/2015
intel-s-capex-is-getting-lower-and-lowerAt the beginning of the year Intel is sunk to third place in capex ranking, after Samsung ($15 billions) and TSMC ($10.5 billions), with a capex of $10.5 billions.     During the 1st quarter Intel decreased its capex from $10.5 billions to...
Gian Maria Forni - 13/07/2015
broadwell-ex-ep-disappeared-from-latest-enterprise-intel-roadmapsSome of our internal sources told us that the Enterprise declination of Broadwell architecture is recently disappeared from the latest Intel roadmaps. The Enterprise CPUs will go directly from Haswell to Skylake.     This is a big surprise,...
Gian Maria Forni - 07/07/2015
ping-pong-nvidia-strategy-reveals-something-about-pascal-and-parkerDuring the recent Computex, Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO at NVIDIA, has talked about the Ping-Pong strategy (Source: 4gamers.net): every two years NVIDIA will show a new GPU architecture, a new CPU architecture and it will use a new process...
Gian Maria Forni - 30/06/2015
20nm-of-glofo-dead-and-buried-finallyFinally, GlobalFoundries has eraised all the references about the 20nm and 14XM nodes from its site. Now we can say that these nodes are dead.     A silent public announcement, because there is no notes on the site, but this confirms what our...
Gian Maria Forni - 30/06/2015
fiji-xt-an-unbalanced-gpuFrom the earliest review we have seen that the Fury X card has seesawing performances in video games: sometimes it performs very well, sometimes it performs awful compared to the “old” GPU Hawaii/Grenada. Why?     If we consider the drivers, we...
Gian Maria Forni - 19/06/2015
gpu-fiji-made-in-south-korea-at-amkorAmkor, historical partner of AMD and HBM developer together with SK Hynix and AMD, is the responslible of Fiji GPUs packaging (TSV+GPU+HBM).     The Korea manufacturing facility K4, at Gwangju, is where the Fiji GPUs are tested and packaged. In...
Gian Maria Forni - 18/06/2015
vlsi-symposium-intel-14nm-as-dense-as-tsmc-16nmAt the VLSI Symposium (Japan, 16-18 June), Intel has shown some interesting information about its 14nm FinFET process. In particular, Intel has spoken about the Mobile version of its 14nm FinFET process.     The most interesting news is about...
Gian Maria Forni - 18/06/2015
nvidia-14nm-finfet-gpus-postponed-due-to-samsung-low-yieldsAccording to BusinessKorea, the problems about the low yields of the 14nm FinFET Samsung node are not resolved, yet. The last November, Carlos Peng, Analyst at Fubon Securities, said: “Samsung's yield has been around 30-35% since the beginning of this year....
Gian Maria Forni - 09/06/2015
skylake-gpu-will-be-tier-2-and-will-support-feature-level-12-0-of-dx12According to the current public documentation, the GPU of the new Intel "Skylake" CPUs should be a Tier 2 on resource binding and provide support for feature level 12.0. This means that the 9th Generation of Intel GPUs will provide a better experience than...
Alessio Tommasini - 06/06/2015
clarifications-about-tier-and-feature-levels-of-the-directx-12At this time, we are witnessing an incredible work of disinformation about the supported DirectX 12 features by the various GPUs currently available from AMD and NVIDIA. Personally, we do not know if some company arranges this sort-of campaign, or if it is...
Gian Maria Forni - 26/05/2015
one-of-our-sources-fooled-the-r9-390x-will-sport-hawaii-gpuYou cannot always win. After a lot of true news about Zen (we were the first to talk about Zen, about the new high performance cache, about the use of SMT, etc.)  and other products, one of our sources was fooled by AMD. Some weeks ago, he told me that...
Gian Maria Forni - 15/05/2015
qualcomm-will-use-samsung-s-28nm-fd-soi-for-low-end-socsAccording to our internal sources, Qualcomm will use Samsung's 28nm FD-SOI to produce low end SoCs. These SoCs are coming in 2016.     Qualcomm seems to be confident that FD-SOI will allow the creation of excellent low end SoCs, able to crush...
Gian Maria Forni - 22/04/2015
radeon-r9-390x-fiji-xt-can-sport-8gb-of-hbmWe have revealed in advance that the new AMD cards will be shown during the Computex 2015 (link) and that AMD is ironing out the Catalyst drivers before the presentation (link). Now, I got to know that the high end Radeon 390X (Fiji XT), a single GPU card,...
Marino Berre - 02/04/2015
big-deal-for-samsung-the-korean-manufacturer-will-supply-3dnands-to-google-s-datacentersAccording to Korea Times, Samsung has signed an extremely important agreement with Google, to provide the 3D NAND Memories to BigG's high-performance datacenters. To be defined, prices and quantities: “The agreement calls for Samsung to supply...
Marino Berre - 02/04/2015
acer-unveils-chromebase-the-first-chromeos-based-aio-systemThe Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer, big supporter of Google with its Chromebook (confirmed by the number of sales, going up day by day), announces the first ChromeOS - based AiO system. Aesthetically, it is very reminiscent to the Apple's...
Marino Berre - 01/04/2015
carlo-vena-professional-cartoonist-and-sketcher-joins-the-b-c-crewToday we are pleased to announce a nice addition to the staff, with the professional cartoonist and sketcher Carlo Vena joining our crew at Bits & Chips! He will take care of illustrations and drawings, with a very nice and satirical...
Marino Berre - 01/04/2015
google-s-chromebit-challenges-intel-s-computestick-in-partnership-with-asusWith the HDMI Mini-PC market growing day by day (thanks to Intel and other manufacturers), Google had to join the game. Its Chromebit, externally similiar to Intel's ComputeStick, is produced in partnership with Asus. The differences are under the hood:...
Marino Berre - 31/03/2015
lg-will-present-a-new-top-of-the-line-device-on-april-28thAfter the half disappointment with the "new" HTC's One M9 and the consequent triumph of Samsung's Galaxy S6 Flat Edge, LG has decided to offer another top model for the 2015 that will support the very good G Flex...
Marino Berre - 31/03/2015
geforce-gtx-titan-x-extreme-v-modThe overclock specialist Roman “der8auer” Hartung has published the first very detailed guide on how to modify the Geforce GTX Titan X, unlocking its OC potential with extreme cooling systems (Phase-Change, Cascade, D-ICE and LN2). Like all of the last...
Marino Berre - 31/03/2015
microsoft-unveils-its-surface-3-tablet-with-windows-8-1-and-intel-atom-x7There is something in the air. Something that puts a tombstone on Windows RT. Microsoft's Surface 3 comes like a bolt from the blue, debuting with the new Atom X SoC and Windows 8.1, ready for the upgrade to Windows 10 for...
Marino Berre - 30/03/2015
intel-could-acquire-altera-as-a-direct-response-to-arm-s-policyIt isn't new that FPGA chips are being the favourite target of many companies focusing on Cloud Computing and High Performance Servers. Just consider, as example, the choice made by Microsoft to use FPGAs to enhance their own servers related to the...
Marino Berre - 28/03/2015
microsoft-directx-12-a-public-preview-goes-liveMicrosoft has unveiled through the SDK (software development kit) the Windows 10 preview of DirectX 12 that was, so far, accessible to Redmond partners and EAP (Early Access Program) only. With this publication, Microsoft allows the public to preview a...
Marino Berre - 26/03/2015
milestone-officially-announces-motogp15After the announcement of "RIDE" and the "abdication" of the WRC Saga in favour of Big Ben Interactive, Milestone has announced a new chapter dedicated to the most important motorbike competition on the planet. MotoGP 15 will be available in June 2015 (we do...
Marino Berre - 26/03/2015
silvermont-by-thecus-nas-n5810pro-with-mini-upsInteresting news from Thecus. A few hours ago the company announced a new product from the N5000 series, the N5810 PRO, Thecus' first NAS with Intel's Silvermont Architecture. Like all of the NAS units within this family, the N5810 Pro offers the usual...
Marino Berre - 26/03/2015
toshiba-announces-the-emmc-5-1-nand-flash-for-the-embedded-and-mobile-marketsThe Japanese manufacturer Toshiba has begun the production of the new 15nm eMMC 5.1 NAND memories. This is a LP node with a very high MBT, dedicated to Business and Mobile. Toshiba currently produces 16GB and 32GB versions of these NANDs and, in the...
Marino Berre - 25/03/2015
evga-gtx980-hybrid-an-aio-prelude-to-titan-ultraThe new EVGA's GTX 980 Hybrid (details here) is a reference GeForce GTX 980 with an AIO liquid cooling system that lowers the GM204 operating temperatures, allowing a higher factory overclock. The card is sold on the official...
Marino Berre - 25/03/2015
some-of-amd-r7-3xx-gcn-1-0-gpus-will-support-vsrAccording to the information we have acquired so far, the AMD's VSR technology (Virtual Super Resolution), built in response to nVidia's DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution), will also be available to some GCN 1.0 GPUs, probably the ones that will be...
Gian Maria Forni - 24/03/2015
the-transition-from-broadwell-to-skylake-will-be-similar-to-the-transition-from-prescott-to-conroeAccording to our Asian rumors, Haifa team is preparing a big surprise to Intel fans, like it did with Conroe. It seems that the transition from Broadwell to Skylake will be similar to the transition from Prescott to Conroe, and because of this we have not yet...
Marino Berre - 24/03/2015
ocz-releases-guru-a-ssd-control-and-optimization-softwareThe US manufacturer OCZ, after the completion of the SSD line-up with the new Vector 180 (improved version of the reliable Vector 150), has unveiled its brand new management and diagnostic software "SSD Guru". Guru is a very complete...
Gian Maria Forni - 22/03/2015
three-men-on-the-bummel-ops-two-men-at-hannoverYou must know that I love heading out on a long journey, especially by train. So, because we have chosen to go to the CeBIT by train, we want to narrate you our adventures. Let's start.         Chapter 1: The other four in our...
Gian Maria Forni - 21/03/2015
two-r7-3xx-will-sport-pitcairn-gpus-gcn-1-0During these days a lot of news about Fiji are appearing everywhere, but about the low end Radeon 3xx series the rumors are quite. So, today we want to publish something new, and the source is AMD in first person.     If you have the latest...
Marino Berre - 21/03/2015
coolermaster-novatouch-tkl-ingleseAn innovative keyboard based on a set of hybrid microswitches, part mechanical as those used in Cherry MX based models, part membrane as their traditional counterparts. It is called Novatouch TKL and, conceived by the genius...
Michele Carasia - 12/03/2015
amd-publishes-vulcanic-islands-isa-documentAMD has published their Graphics Core Next Architecture: Generation 3 documentation for the "Vulcanic Islands" graphics processors that are used by Radeon R9 285 and APU Carrizo (GPU part). To make it clear: websites refer to Vulcanic Islands as GCN 1.2,...
Vincenzo Mancuso - 10/03/2015
google-officially-releases-android-5-1-lollipopAfter a number of press releases, the first update for Google's Android 5.0 (officially presented on October 2014 with Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9) hit the market. Android Lollipop 5.1 introduces full dual sim support, in-call high definition audio...
Marino Berre - 08/03/2015
ascend-g7-the-new-gigant-o-phone-from-huaweiHuawei needs no introduction. This chinese giant has gained reputation in a very short time on all of the european markets thanks to its line-up of high-quality products with a high price over performance ratio. You should just keep in your...
Marino Berre - 05/03/2015
assetto-corsa-v1-1-update-dream-pack-1-dlc-soon-to-be-releasedAfter a nice set of images published some time ago, Kunos Simulazioni has finally announced the release date of the long awaited Assetto Corsa V1.1 update, along with its very first DLC. This update provides several improvements to the graphics layer...
Gian Maria Forni - 04/03/2015
amd-nolan-and-amur-skybridge-will-use-the-unique-socket-bga-ff1Our reliable Asian source told us that the development of the SkyBridge platform is progressing rapidly. Nolan (Core x86 Puma+) and Amur (Core ARM Cortex-A57) will be the APUs that we will see on the new BGA Socket FF1, expected during the second half of...
Vincenzo Mancuso - 04/03/2015
gdc-2015-nvidia-unveils-shield-micro-console-supported-by-grid-technology During the event dedicated to GDC 2015 ended a few hours ago, NVIDIA unveiled what in his mind introduces something truly "revolutionary", of which he spoke so much in the last period. The streaming service called GRID, "a supercomputer located in the...
Vincenzo Mancuso - 03/03/2015
pr-ecs-announces-its-how-do-you-liva-short-film-contestElitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) today announces its first ever worldwide “How do you LIVA” short film contest and hopes to ignite the skill and creativity of the world’s best video shooting producers. Can you get creative with just a 90 second video?...
Marino Berre - 02/03/2015
mwc-2015-sony-presents-the-new-xperia-m4-aqua-smartphone-and-the-xperia-z4-tabletUnlike HTC and Samsung, that opened the dances @ MWC 2015 with their new top products One M9 and Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, Sony has decided to take advantage of the situation introducing a more than valid medium-high end smartphone and an enthusiast...
Gian Maria Forni - 02/03/2015
cisco-freescale-and-ciena-join-the-fd-soi-clubAfter STMicroelectronics, Samsung and GlobalFoundries among the foundries, after Soitec and Shin-Etsu among the wafers manufacturers, after the European Union with its EUROSERVER Project, and after Sony, three others big companies have decided to use the 28nm...
Marino Berre - 02/03/2015
vive-htc-valve-vrstation-mwc-virtual-reality It's called VIVE the first stereoscopic VR viewer based on the Valve's "SteamVR" technology. At the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, the house of Bellevue has announced a strategic partnership with HTC to build a developer version...
Marino Berre - 02/03/2015
microsoft-lumia-640-640xl-phablet-smartphone-wp8-1Microsoft has just unveiled two new mainstream devices @ MWC 2015 in Barcelona, aiming to please the dominant market share. Specifically, the Lumia 640 is a smartphone featuring a 5.0" LCD display with 720p resolution (294 PPI), while the 640...
Marino Berre - 03/03/2015
trine-3-the-artifacts-of-power-has-been-announcedThe Finnish indie team Frozenbyte has announced the development of Trine Chapter 3, an appreciated platform - puzzle game set in a fantasy medieval world. The game will be called "Trine 3: the Artifacts of Power" and will be released during the...
Vincenzo Mancuso - 01/03/2015
mwc-2015-samsung-surprises-again-with-the-new-galaxy-s6-flat-and-s6-edge The half disappointment coming from the presentation of the "new" HTC One M9 '2015 gets partly fixed by Samsung that, making full use of the experiences and feedbacks collected in the past, finally developes something of different - in its own way - from...
Vincenzo Mancuso - 01/03/2015
will-the-new-ubisoft-title-really-use-these-hw-requirementsSome morning ago, Gamepur.com has published a story concerning what the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for the highly-anticipated "Tom Clancy's: The Division" could be, according to Ubisoft. This is a very suspicious article for two...
Vincenzo Mancuso - 01/03/2015
mwc-2015-unfortunately-the-rumors-were-true-here-is-the-new-htc-one-m9-201Just a week ago different shots have begun to leak out about what could be the next flagship device by HTC. From that moment the audience split in two "sides": one being happy to see a remarkably similar phone to its predecessors, partly improved; the other...
Vincenzo Mancuso - 01/03/2015
evolve-the-4vs1-according-to-turtle-rock-studios-pc-reviewGamers’ dream was, since the birth of videogames, to share their experiences with friends and even to challenge them: the concept of "multiplayer" was born, spreading around with the dual cab machines in the various “Flynn’s” spots at the end of ‘80s. Do you...
Michele Carasia - 27/02/2015
bitfenix-introduces-the-new-matx-case-aegisBitFenix ​​has just unveiled its new AEGIS PC Case. It is a micro-ATX case that integrates all of the features found on full-sized high-end solutions.     We find a complete set of anti dust filters, a three cages tool-less modular system, a...
Michele Carasia - 27/02/2015
tesoro-announces-a-new-optical-gaming-miceTesoro-Tec, an American gaming peripherals manufacturer, has officially announced the Gungnir Black, a gaming mouse whose name derives from Norse mythology, the spear used by the God Odin.     The Gungnir Black offers a RGB LED backlight with 7...
Gian Maria Forni - 27/02/2015
ezchip-tile-mx100-an-arm-100-core-enterprise-socIf we were thinking the Cavium and Hisilicon SoCs being such a difficult milestone to overcome, sporting respectively 48 and 32 integrated cores, we'll have to retrace our steps due to the work of the Israeli EZchip chipmaker, working on the new Tile-MX100...
Gian Maria Forni - 27/02/2015
samsung-pushes-fd-soi-for-the-internet-of-thingsKelvin Low, Senior Director of Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor Division, will attend today a FD-SOI workshop organized by the SOI Consortium, in San Francisco.     This meeting will be aimed to put the foundations for a fruitful partnership...
Gian Maria Forni - 27/02/2015
avx-512-simd-enabled-only-on-xeon-models-of-skylake According to our sources, the 512 Bit version of the AVX SIMD will be fully enabled only on SkyLake Xeon models. The consumer part, the “Core” models, will have AVX-512 SIMD disabled.     This means that SkyLake “Core” will be not so much...
Michele Carasia - 26/02/2015
asus-offers-usb-3-1-on-the-motherboard-line-upAsus has updated its motherboard line-up with new models offering two USB 3.1 ports "PCB installed", and has extended the support to this new technology also on existing products via a bundled PCI-E add-in card. This board (ASUS USB 3.1 PCIE) will also be...
Gian Maria Forni - 26/02/2015
tsmc-and-samsung-could-crush-intel-fabs-at-10nmThe race for the 10nm process seems to be the battle for the life of Intel. TSMC and Samsung are accelerating the development of this process and during 2017 they could be able to produce (mass production) with this node before Intel.     If...
Gian Maria Forni - 25/02/2015
carrizo-die-shot-dual-ddr3-and-ddr4-imcAs we said some months ago, AMD integrated a dual IMC (DDR3 and DDR4) in Carrizo and Toronto, but the DDR4 IMC is disabled in Carrizo. The same die will be used in the consumer market (Carrizo) and in the enterprise market (Toronto), because AMD have to...
Michele Carasia - 25/02/2015
amd-carrizo-die-shotThe colleagues in Planet3dnow.de have published at this address the detailed picture of AMD's Carrizo APU.     Carrizo occupies an area of ​​250mm2 - more or less the same as Kaveri (245mm2) - but it has a pronounced rectangular shape, a...
Gian Maria Forni - 24/02/2015
red-hat-arm-partner-early-access-program-over-35-membersRed Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program reaches over 35 members, and this means that the ARM momentum is very strong. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the main GNU/Linux distribution in the server market, so companies like AMD, Cavium, Applied Micro and HP are...
Gian Maria Forni - 23/02/2015
soitec-and-shin-etsu-fd-soi-wafers-are-selling-very-wellThanks to the latest financial reports from Soitec and Shin-Etsu we can see that the sales of FD-SOI wafers are going very well. As we have already seen, Samsung will use FD-SOI to produce Mobile chips, and Sony will use FD-SOI to produce GNSS...

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