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[Nov 14, 2011] Intel Releases Core i7 ”Sandy Bridge-E“ Processors
[Oct 12, 2011] AMD Announces FX Processors
[Sep 28, 2011] Intel Launches 32 nm Atom CPUs
[Sep 08, 2011] AMD Launches A4-3400 and A4-3300 APUs
[Aug 22, 2011] AMD Launches E-450, E-300 and C-60 APUs
[Aug 18, 2011] AMD Intros A6-3500 Triple-Core APU
[Jun 30, 2011] AMD Launches the First A-Series Desktop APUs
[Jun 14, 2011] AMD Launches A-Series APUs
[Jun 07, 2011] AMD Reintroduces the FX Brand
[May 12, 2011] VIA Announces Quad-Core Processor
[May 06, 2011] AMD Cuts Down Processor Prices
[May 05, 2011] Intel Announces 3D Transistors
[May 03, 2011] AMD Launches Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition
[Mar 02, 2011] Intel Releases Atom N570 CPU
[Mar 01, 2011] VIA Announces Eden X2 CPU

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Intel Releases Core i7 ”Sandy Bridge-E“ Processors
Author: Cássio Lima Date: November 14, 2011 - 9:53 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.intel.com
CPU

Today, Intel released their Core i7-3000 series of processors, codenamed “Sandy Bridge-E.” Two models were launched, the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition and the Core i7-3930K, with a third model (Core i7-3820) scheduled for 2012.

These new processors, along with the new Intel X79 chipset, constitute an entirely new platform, dubbed the LGA2011 platform. Sandy Bridge-E chips have the same instruction set as the Sandy Bridge chips. The difference between them lies in the memory controller. Sandy Bridge-E CPUs feature the new quad-channel memory architecture supporting DDR3 memories up to 1,600 MHz officially, while Sandy Bridge CPUs feature triple-channel memory architecture and support DDR3 memory up to 1,066 MHz.

The new LGA2011 CPUs have a total of 40 PCI Express lanes for video cards. This allows the following video card configurations:

  • Two video cards at x16 and one video card at x8
  • One video card at x16 and three video cards at x8
  • One video card at x16, two video cards at x8, and two video cards at x4

In the table below you can see the models launched and their main specs, including prices.

Model

CPU Cores

Clock

Turbo Clock

HT

L3 Cache

Socket

Technology

MSRP (U.S.)

Core i7-3960X

6

3.3 GHz

Up to 3.9 GHz

Yes

15 MB

2011

32 nm

USD 990

Core i7-3930K

6

3.2 GHz

Up to 3.8 GHz

Yes

12 MB

2011

32 nm

USD 555

Core i7-3820

4

3.6 GHz

Up to 3.9 GHz

Yes

10 MB

2011

32 nm

-

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AMD Announces FX Processors
Author: Cássio Lima Date: October 12, 2011 - 7:35 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/unlock-your-record-setting-...
CPU

AMD has just introduced their first desktop CPUs based on the Bulldozer architecture. The new chips are built in a 32-nm process, come with an unlocked clock multiplier, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, and are compatible with socket AM3+ motherboards.

In the table below, you can see the models launched and their main specs, including prices.

Model

CPU Cores

Clock

Turbo Clock

L2 Cache

L3 Cache

TDP

MSRP (U.S.)

FX-8150

8

3.6 GHz

3.9 GHz or 4.2 GHz

8 MB

8 MB

125 W

USD 245

FX-8120

8

3.1 GHz

3.4 GHz or 4 GHz

8 MB

8 MB

95 W

USD 205

FX-6100

6

3.3 GHz

3.6 GHz or 3.9 GHz

6 MB

8 MB

95 W

USD 165

FX-4100

4

3.6 GHz

3.7 GHz or 3.8 GHz

4 MB

8 MB

95 W

USD 115

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Intel Launches 32 nm Atom CPUs
Author: Cássio Lima Date: September 28, 2011 - 8:25 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://ark.intel.com/products/family/29035/Intel-Atom-Processor/desktop
CPU

Intel has rolled out their first Atom CPUs manufactured in a 32 nm process (codename Cedarview) that will power entry-level desktops based on Intel’s Cedar Trail platform.

The new Atom processors are D2500 (two cores, 1.86 GHz) and D2700 (two cores, 2.13 GHz). Both feature 1 MB of L2 cache, a built-in DDR3-800/1066 memory controller, a DirectX 10.1 graphics engine running at 640 MHz (D2700) or 400 MHz (D2500), and a TDP of 10 W. These chips also provide support for HDMI, DisplayPort, 1080p video playback, and Intel Wireless Display, PC Synch and Fast Boot technologies.

The Atom D2700 supports Hyper-Threading technology and is priced at USD 52, while the Atom D2500 costs USD 42, in 1,000-unit quantities.

The portable (netbook) variants of this generation, the N2600 and N2800, are expected to arrive soon.

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AMD Launches A4-3400 and A4-3300 APUs
Author: Cássio Lima Date: September 8, 2011 - 11:24 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://products.amd.com/en-us/DesktopAPUResult.aspx
CPU

AMD’s APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) family has just gained two new members: the A4-3400 and the A4-3300. Both feature two cores, 1 MB of L2 cache, a DDR3-1600 memory controller, a DirectX 11 GPU (Radeon HD 6410D), TDP of 65 W, and are compatible with the FM1 socket.

With a suggested retail price of USD 75, the AMD A4-3400 operates at 2.7 GHz with its GPU running at 600 MHz. The A4-3300, on the other hand, operates at 2.5 GHz with its GPU running at 444 MHz, and is priced at USD 70.

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AMD Launches E-450, E-300 and C-60 APUs
Author: Cássio Lima Date: August 22, 2011 - 9:33 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/amd-boosts-fusion-apus-2011...
CPU

AMD has just introduced three dual-core APUs manufactured in a 40 nm process. These include the E-450, E-300, and C-60. All three feature a single-channel DDR3-1333 memory controller and an integrated DirectX 11 GPU with support for HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort.

In the table below, we’ve listed the main specs for these new products. No pricing information was available.

APU

Clock

Turbo Clock

GPU

GPU Clock

GPU Clock (Turbo Mode)

TDP

E-450

1.65 GHz

-

Radeon HD 6320

508 MHz

600 MHz

18 W

E-300

1.3 GHz

-

Radeon HD 6310

488 MHz

-

18 W

C-60

1 GHz

1.33 GHz

Radeon HD 6290

276 MHz

400 MHz

9 W

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AMD Intros A6-3500 Triple-Core APU
Author: Cássio Lima Date: August 18, 2011 - 7:07 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/apu/mainstream/Pages/mainstream...
CPU
AMD has launched their first triple-core APU, the A6-3500. APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) are AMD’s CPUs with an integrated video controller.

The A6-3500 is clocked at 2.1 GHz (2.4 GHz in Turbo Mode) and features a DirectX11 graphics engine, the Radeon HD 6530D, running at 443 MHz. AMD's A6-3500 triple-core APU also has 3 MB of L2 cache (1 MB per core), an integrated dual-channel DDR3-1866 memory controller, and TDP of 65 W. This chip is now available for a suggested retail price of USD 95.

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AMD Launches the First A-Series Desktop APUs
Author: Cássio Lima Date: June 30, 2011 - 9:05 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/apu/Pages/apu.aspx
CPU

Following up the launch of the A-Series APUs for laptops two weeks ago, AMD is finally launching the A-Series APUs for desktops (codename “Llano”). APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) are AMD processors that have a CPU, a GPU, and a north bridge (including a memory controller) in the same die. They’re also known as Fusion processors.

Two models were launched: A8-3850 and A6-3650. Both are manufactured in 32 nm processes, feature four cores, 4 MB of L2 cache, a built-in dual-channel DDR3-1866 memory controller, a DirectX 11 graphics engine, a PCI Express 2.0 controller, and a TDP of 100 W.

In the table below we’ve listed the main specs for these new APUs.

Model

Internal Clock

GPU

GPU Clock

Socket

Price

A8-3850

2.9 GHz

Radeon HD 6550D

600 MHz

FM1

USD 135

A6-3650

2.6 GHz

Radeon HD 6530D

443 MHz

FM1

USD 115

Click here to read our review of the A8-3850 model.

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AMD Launches A-Series APUs
Author: Cássio Lima Date: June 14, 2011 - 9:14 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.amd.com/us/vision/learn/about/Pages/about.aspx
CPU

Today AMD officially launched their A-Series line of APUs (codenamed “Llano”) targeted for both notebooks and desktops systems. APUs or Accelerated Processing Units are processors that have a CPU, a GPU, and a north bridge (including a memory controller) in the same die.

A-Series APUs are built in a 32-nm process, features a DirectX 11 GPU, a DDR3 memory controller, are compatible with the FM1 socket, and support Turbo Core technology (on select models). According to AMD, over 150 notebooks and desktops will sport A-Series APUs throughout the second quarter of 2011 and beyond.

In the table below you can see the models launched and their main specs.

Model

CPU Clock

CPU Cores

TDP

L2 Cache

GPU

GPU Clock

GPU Cores

DDR3 Speed

A8-3530MX

1.9 GHz (2.6 GHz Turbo mode)

4

45 W

4 MB

HD 6620G

444 MHz

400

DDR3-1600/DDR3-1333

A8-3510MX

1.8 GHz (2.5 GHz Turbo mode)

4

45 W

4 MB

HD 6620G

444 MHz

400

DDR3-1600/DDR3-1333

A8-3500M

1.5 GHz (2.4 GHz Turbo mode)

4

35 W

4 MB

HD 6620G

444 MHz

400

DDR3-1333

A6-3410MX

1.6 GHz (2.3 GHz Turbo  mode)

4

45 W

4 MB

HD 6520G

400 MHz

320

DDR3-1600/DDR3-1333

A6-3400

1.4 GHz (2.3 GHz Turbo mode)

4

35 W

4 MB

HD 6520G

400 MHz

320

DDR3-1333

A4-3310MX

2.1 GHz (2.5 GHz Turbo mode)

2

45 W

2 MB

HD 6580G

444 MHz

240

DDR3-1333

A4-3300M

1.9 GHz (2.5 GHz Turbo mode)

2

35 W

2 MB

HD 6480G

444 MHz

240

DDR3-1333

 

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AMD Reintroduces the FX Brand
Author: Cássio Lima Date: June 7, 2011 - 11:31 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/amd-reintroduces-fx-brand-for-...
CPU

The FX brand was first introduced with the Athlon 64 FX back in September 2003. It was used to indicate processors with clock multiplier unlocked. The company dropped the FX brand for its CPUs in 2007.

Today, AMD announced that it will be reintroducing the FX brand that will be used in their first processors based on the Bulldozer microarchitecture (codename Zambezi) due out later this year (August or September).

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VIA Announces Quad-Core Processor
Author: Cássio Lima Date: May 12, 2011 - 9:29 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.via.com.tw/en/resources/pressroom/pressrelease.jsp?press_re...
CPU

VIA announced today their first quad-core processor, the Nano QuadCore L4700. In fact, this processor features two 40-nm Nano X2 dies on the same package. The Nano QuadCore L4700 is clocked at 1.2 GHz (1.46 GHz through overclocking), has 4 MB of L2 cache, TDP of 27.5 W, and includes virtualization and a technology that enables hardware-based data encryption on the fly.

The processor doesn't feature an integrated memory controller or integrated GPU.

VIA's QuadCore L4700 is expected to be released in Q3, 2011.

VIA QuadCore L4700
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VIA QuadCore L4700
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AMD Cuts Down Processor Prices
Author: Cássio Lima Date: May 6, 2011 - 7:28 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.amd.com/us/products/pricing/Pages/pricing.aspx
CPU

With the launch of the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition this week, AMD has slashed the price of several of their desktop processors. In some cases, reduction was up to 25 percent. See below the affected models and their new prices.

  • Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition: USD 90
  • Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition: USD 90
  • Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition: USD 102
  • Phenom II X4 840: USD 105
  • Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition: USD 117
  • Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition: USD 135
  • Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition: USD 155
  • Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition: USD 175
  • Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition: USD 185
  • Phenom II X6 1055T: USD 165
  • Phenom II X6 1065T: USD 185
  • Phenom II X6 1075T: USD 181
  • Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition: USD 185
  • Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition: USD 205
  • Phenom II X4 905e: USD100
  • Phenom II X4 910e: USD 143
  • Athlon II X2 245e: USD 62
  • Athlon II X2 250: USD 58
  • Athlon II X2 250e: USD 69
  • Athlon II X2 255: USD 60
  • Athlon II X2 260: USD 64
  • Athlon II X3 405e: USD 72
  • Athlon II X3 415e: USD 87
  • Athlon II X3 420e: USD 97
  • Athlon II X3 445: USD 72
  • Athlon II X3 455: USD 76
  • Athlon II X4 605e: USD 98
  • Athlon II X4 610e: USD 122
  • Athlon II X4 615e: USD 133
  • Athlon II X4 640: USD 98
  • Athlon II X4 645: USD 102
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Intel Announces 3D Transistors
Author: Cássio Lima Date: May 5, 2011 - 11:03 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/05/04/int...
CPU

Intel’s upcoming 22 nm processors (codename Ivy Bridge; official launch is planned for the first half of 2012) will not use conventional planar (also known as 2D) transistors but rather 3D transistors.

According to Intel, 22 nm 3D transistors provide a 37% performance increase at low voltage and consume half the power compared to 32 nm planar transistors.

But what’s a transistor, anyway?

Inside a CPU there are millions or even billions of tiny components called transistors. A transistor is basically an electronic switch; when it's on, it passes an electrical current, and when it's off, it doesn't.

The goal of CPU manufacturers is to put as many transistors as possible within a CPU. In order to do so, manufacturers need to develop technologies to shrink transistors.

In the picture below, you can see what Intel has done to shrink transistors since 2003.

Intel 3D Transistors
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Figure 1

Up to 2009, all transistors were planar (or 2D), which means that there was only one channel where the electrical current passed through when in the “on” state.

Intel 3D Transistors
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Figure 2

3D transistors are similar to planar transistors except for one fundamental change. The electrical current passes through three different channels thanks to a vertical fin structure. You can have several fins to increase performance.

Intel 3D Transistors
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Figure 3

Intel 3D Transistors
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Figure 4

Intel 3D Transistors
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Figure 5

Intel 3D Transistors
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Figure 6

Intel 3D Transistors
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Figure 7

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AMD Launches Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition
Author: Cássio Lima Date: May 3, 2011 - 9:38 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.amd.com
CPU

Today AMD revealed to the world their newest desktop processor, the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition. This quad-core CPU is clocked at 3.7 GHz, has 2 MB of L2 cache (total), 6 MB of L3 cache, an integrated DDR2/DDR3 dual-channel memory controller, and a TDP of 125 W.

It is a “Black Edition” model, meaning that it comes with its clock multiplier unlocked, giving you another way to overclock your CPU (by increasing its clock multiplier).

The new Phenom II X4 980 is manufactured under 45-nm process, is based on the AM3 socket, and has a suggested price of USD 185.

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Intel Releases Atom N570 CPU
Author: Cássio Lima Date: March 2, 2011 - 9:31 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2011/03/01/chi...
CPU
Intel has expanded their Atom line-up with the launch of the dual-core N570 model. This new processor works internally at 1.6 GHz, has 1 MB of L2 cache, an integrated DDR3-667 memory controller, a TDP of 8.5 W, and supports HyperThreading technology. Products equipped with the Atom N570 CPU should reach the market by the end of this month.
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VIA Announces Eden X2 CPU
Author: Cássio Lima Date: March 1, 2011 - 10:52 AM PST
Category: CPU
More Info: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/processors/edenX2/
CPU

VIA has announced the Eden X2 CPU, a dual-core processor ideal for industrial and commercial fanless embedded systems due to its low power consumption. It is based on the 40-nm manufacturing process, has native support for 64-bit operating systems, support for virtualization, and includes an AES Security Engine, a technology that enables hardware-based data encryption on the fly.

The VIA Eden X2 is pin-to-pin compatible with VIA Eden, VIA C7 and VIA Nano E-Series processors. It will be officially launched at the Embedded World 2011.

VIA Eden X2 CPU
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