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How Low Cost Can Chiplets Go? Depends on the Optimization, says AMDs CEO Dr. Lisa Su

While not the absolute first company in the market to talk about putting different types of silicon inside the same package, AMDs launch of Ryzen 3000 back in July 2019 was a first in bringing high performance x86 computing through the medium of chiplets. The chiplet paradigm has worked out very well for the company, having high performance cores on optimized TSMC 7nm silicon, while farming the more analog operations to cheaper GlobalFoundries 14nm silicon, and building a high speed interconnect

14 Jan 2022 7:30 pm
PCIe 6.0 Specification Finalized: x16 Slots to Reach 128GBps

This morning the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) is releasing the much-awaited final (1.0) specification for PCI Express 6.0. The next generation of the ubiquitous bus is once again doubling the data rate of a PCIe lane, bringing it to 8GB/second in each direction and far, far higher for multi-lane configurations. With the final version of the specification now sorted and approved, the group expects the first commercial hardware to hit the market in 12-18 months, which in practice means it

11 Jan 2022 9:30 pm
NVIDIA Quietly Launches GeForce RTX 3080 12GB: More VRAM, More Power, More Money

NVIDIA this morning is quietly adding to its menagerie of high-end video cards with a third version of the GeForce RTX 3080, the simply-named GeForce RTX 3080 12GB. Just as the name says on the tin, this latest GeForce card is more or less a version of the existing RTX 3080 with 12GB of memory, and the additional capacity and memory bandwidth benefits that come from that. This latest video card launch is relatively subdued launch for the company, and NVIDIA is not making much fanfare for the new

11 Jan 2022 8:30 pm
AMD: Were Using an Optimized TSMC 5nm Process

When AMD started using TSMCs 7nm process for the Zen 2 processor family that launched in November 2019, one of the overriding messages of that launch was that it was important to be on the leading edge of process node technology to be competitive. That move to TSMC N7 was aided by the small chiplets used in the desktop processors at the time, ensuring a higher yield and better binning curves for desktop and enterprise processors. However, between now and then, weve seen other companies take adva

11 Jan 2022 12:30 am
AMD Expanding Into Tesla Model 3 and Model Y

One constant theme throughout AMDs recent resurgence into high-performance computing has been the messaging around the scalability of its platform. Building a processor that can scale both from single digit watts all the way up to big water cooled compute servers is no easy task, but also combining multiple types of processors into a single chip to also scale just adds layers of difficulty. AMD were keen to point this out at its recent CES presentation, stating that the RDNA2 graphics architectu

10 Jan 2022 8:30 pm
How Privacy Has Come To the Forefront of Laptop Design At CES 2022

Over the last several years there has been a renewed push towards privacy features from the laptop industry. With the majority of PC sales being laptops, and battery life improving dramatically, use of laptops in public spaces for business use has increased accordingly. Quite a few business laptops now offer things like privacy shutters for the webcam, as an example, but much more can be done to protect business information from prying eyes in public. Sure View Privacy Screen from HP One of the

10 Jan 2022 7:30 pm
CES 2022: ASUS Unveils ROG Strix B660-I Gaming WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard

During CES 2022, ASUS announced its H670, B660, and H610 motherboards designed for Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors. Among the launch offive new ROG Strix models for Intel's more budget-friendly B660 chipset, perhaps the most interesting of these is the ROG Strix B660-I Gaming WIFI. With its small mini-ITX sized frame, it boasts support for DDR5-6200 memory, 2.5 GbE, and Wi-Fi 6 networking, as well as support for two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 drives. Much of the motherboard announceme

8 Jan 2022 4:00 am
CES 2022: Colorful Announces Three Micro-ATX B660 Motherboards

During CES 2022, Colorful has unveiled three new micro-ATX motherboards based on Intel's latest B660 chipset. Featuring support for Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake processors, the Colorful CVN B660M Gaming Pro V20 and B660M Gaming Frozen offer PCIe 5.0 support, 2.5 GbE, Wi-Fi 6, and dual M.2 slots. The other model is the Colorful Battle-Ax B660M HD Deluxe V20 which offers a more budget-focused feature set, with PCIe 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet. Both the Colorful CVN B660M Gaming Pro V20

8 Jan 2022 2:00 am
Intel Teases NUC12 Extreme Dragon Canyon: Socketed Alder Lake and 10GbE in Q1 2022

Intel provided a teaser of their upcoming NUC12 Extreme product at CES 2022. Complete specifications have been promised closer to launch, but the components layout in their virtual presentation points to a follow-up very similar to the Beast Canyon NUC in terms of form-factor and sizing. The key update from the Beast Canyon seems to be the use of a socketed processor, which should allow for a wider range of processor choices for the end user. The vapor chamber / CPU blower continues to be the co

7 Jan 2022 9:30 pm
AMDs Barcelo: Zen 3 APU Refresh for 2022

One of the key elements to how processor portfolios will evolve moving forward involves mixing and matching current generation and previous generation parts using the benefits of (supposedly) cheaper older processors taking advantage of economies of scale. Its been no secret, for example, that below $300, AMD recommends its previous generation hardware on the desktop. On the Notebook however, along with the launch this week of next-generation hardware, AMD also launched updates to the previous g

6 Jan 2022 11:50 pm
CES 2022: ASRock Unveils Z690 Aqua and Z690 Aqua OC Motherboards

At CES 2022,ASRock has announced two premium and limited edition Z690 motherboards. The ASRock Z690 Aqua and Z690 Aqua OC motherboards both boast impressive specifications, including a custom monoblock cooling both the processor and power delivery, 10 GbE, 2 GbE, and Wi-Fi 6E networking, as well as dual Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, eight SATA ports, and three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots. In 2019, ASRock debuted its highly premium yet expensive Aqua series through the ASRock X570 Aqua, which we reviewed

6 Jan 2022 9:30 pm
CES 2022: MSI Releases Four MAG B660M Mortar Motherboards

Intel's Alder Lake 12th generation desktop processors support DDR5 and DDR4 memory types. While users have the option to use either, Intel's 600 series motherboards can support one or the other, not both at the same time. Well, MSI is giving users a choice with its latest MAG series B660M Mortar motherboards, which are available with support for either DDR5 or DDR4 memory and with or without a Wi-Fi 6 CNVi. The MSI B660M Mortar motherboards are available intwo different configurations, w

6 Jan 2022 8:30 pm
CES 2022: ASUS Announces Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition

During CES 2022, ASUSunveiled its Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition notebook. Built around the Zenbook 14 OLED series of compact yet high-performance laptops, the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition takes things to the next level. Some of its features include a 3.5 OLED ZenVision screen on the top panel, support for up to an Intel Alder Lake Core i9-12900H processor, Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, as well as a 2800 x 1800 OLED HDR display. Designed and built around the prem

6 Jan 2022 7:30 pm
CES 2022: ZOTAC Unveils ZBOX MAGNUS EN173080C mini-PC with Tiger Lake and Ampere

ZOTAC, one of the major players in the SFF PC market, has two different mini-PC families equipped with discrete GPUs. The larger (~5L) one is equipped with desktop-class GPUs, while the compact version (sub-3L) comes with laptop-class GPUs. At the 2022 CES, the company is updating the latter lineup with Tiger Lake and Ampere. The new barebones system comes in ZOTACs regular 2.65-liter ZBOX MAGNUS EN chassis, which is just 62.2 mm (2.45 inches) tall. The ZBOX MAGNUS EN173080C barebones is based o

6 Jan 2022 5:30 am
CES 2022: MSI Unveils the MAG B660 Tomahawk WIFI DDR4 Motherboard

MSI, along with other vendors has unveiled new motherboards for Intel's latest Alder Lake processors based on the more affordableH670, B660, and H610 chipsets. One of the most interesting MSI is theMAG B660 Tomahawk WIFI, which supports DDR4 memory, includes 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6 networking, and provides plenty of USB 3.2 G2 connectivity on the rear panel. Hailing from one of its most popularseries of motherboards over the last couple of years, the Tomahawk typically offers users a decent feat

6 Jan 2022 3:30 am
CES 2022: ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED With Latest AMD Barcelo APU

With a wide variety of laptops, notebooks, and gaming-focused solutions expected to be announced during CES 2022, ASUS has unveiled that it has updated its Zenbook 14 OLED series for 2022. The AMD version (UM3402) has various features, including AMD's latest 5000U series 'Barcelo' APU, with up to 16 GB of LPDDR4X memory, Wi-Fi 6E, 1 TB of PCIe 3.0 x4 storage, and a 14-inch 90 Hz OLED display. The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UM3402) is designed around the core design of the previous series

6 Jan 2022 12:30 am
CES 2022: The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 For 2022, Ryzen 6000 Mobile with Radeon Graphics

Over the last couple of years since the emergence of AMD's Ryzen mobile and Radeon offerings, along with a significant uptick in performance over previous generations, some vendors have implemented complete AMD offerings to satisfy user demand. During CES 2022, ASUS unveiledits ROG Zephyrus G14 for 2022, which has the power of AMD's latest Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors and its Radeon RX 6000 series mobile graphics. It also comes with many other impressive design characteristics and

5 Jan 2022 11:30 pm
CES 2022: ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, 17 Inch Foldable With Thunderbolt 4

At CES 2020, Intel showcased its Tiger Lake hardware with an interesting 'Horseshoe Bend' 17-inch foldable laptop . Fast forward two years and ASUS has taken the concept and run with it to create what it says is the World's first 17.3foldable OLED laptop. The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has a variety of features, including Intel's 'latest' processor, up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory, and a 17.3 foldable OLED touchscreen display capable of supporting resolutions of up to 2560 x

5 Jan 2022 9:30 pm
CES 2022: ASUS Unveils Zenbook 14 OLED, Intel Evo Laptop with Alder Lake

As part of its desire to upgrade its existing laptop and notebook ranges with the latest and greatest hardware available, ASUS has announced during CES 2022 that it has refreshed and updated its Zenbook range for the upcoming year. This includes both Intel and AMD variants of its Zenbook 14 OLED series. The Intel version (UX3402)comes equipped with the latest 12th generation Alder Lake mobile processor, as well as a 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, dual Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, and a 14 2880 x 1800 OLED to

5 Jan 2022 9:15 pm
CES 2022: Corsair Launches One i300 Gaming PC with Intel Core i9-12900K and DDR5

During CES 2022, Corsair has unveiled its latest compact gaming PC, the Corsair One i300. Equipped with the latest components available, it includes an Intel Core i9-12900K processor, Corsair Vengeance DDR5 memory, Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5 GbE networking, as well asup to and including aliquid-cooled NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for a premium gaming experience. Weighing in at just over 7 KG, the Corsair One i300 gaming PC is designed around the premise that not all high-performance gaming PCs need to be sup

5 Jan 2022 8:30 pm
CES 2022: ASUS Announce ROG Swift OLED PG48UQ & PG42UQ Gaming Monitors

One of the companies that comes to CES with no shortage of new product announcements is ASUS, who has fingers in many pies across a large spectrum of the different kinds of PC hardware and peripherals. To that end, ASUS has unveiled two new ROG gaming monitors for those looking for large screens, the 48 ROG Swift OLED PG48UQ and the 42 ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ. Both models feature impressive specifications, including 3840 x 2160 (4K) resolutions, 120 Hz refresh rates, and ultra-fast 0.1 ms GTG resp

5 Jan 2022 7:30 pm
CES 2022: Akasa Introduces Thermal Solutions for PCs and Industrial Applications

Akasa is introducing four new products at the 2022 CES - two fan models under the OTTO series, a 185W TDP CPU cooler, and a fanless case for the NVIDIA Jetson Nano. The OTTO series consists of IP68-rated fans - imagine applications involving rugged embedded systems requiring active cooling operating in harsh environments. The 120mm fans are ergonomically designed with emphasis on avoiding vibrations. The SC12 model has sickle flow blades for centralized pressure, making it a fit for heavy-duty h

5 Jan 2022 3:30 pm
CES 2022: OWC Expands Atlas Series with CFexpress Offerings

OWC is introducing a number of CFexpress products as part of their 2022 CES announcements today. The new Atlas Pro and Atlas Pro Ultra CFexpress cards join the Atlas FXR Thunderbolt / USB card reader to expand OWC's offerings in the media storage / card reader space. These products are CFexpress Type-B ones, and are backwards compatible with XQD. The OWC Atlas series of media cards was augmented with the Atlas S Pro UHS-II V90 SDXC model recently. The differentiating aspect about these cards

5 Jan 2022 7:30 am
CES 2022: ASRock Announces B660, B660M, and H670 Steel Legend Motherboards

At CES 2022 in Las Vegas, ASRock has unveiled many new 600 series motherboards. This includes three Steel Legend series models, one B660, one B660M, and one H670 model. All three can support up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory, include a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec, as well asa single 2.5 GbE port, and all follow the same Artic urban camouflage themed design, each with advertised 9-phase power delivery. Intel announced a total of 22 new Alder Lake Desktop-S processors ranging from budget Celerons star

5 Jan 2022 5:30 am
CES 2022: MSI Launches Alder Lake Laptop Lineup

With the announcement of Intels Alder Lake H series of laptop processors, MSI is one of the first out of the gate to announce their refreshed gaming laptop series featuring the newest Intel processors. As one of the market leaders in gaming notebooks, MSI has some new tricks up its sleeves to boost performance even further. New this year for MSI are some key software features to boost performance across the lineup, as well as functionality. As an example, MSI will offer a new Smart Auto Power sy

5 Jan 2022 1:30 am
NVIDIA Briefly Teases GeForce RTX 3090 Ti, More Details Later This Month

As part of todays CES keynote for the company, NVIDIA GeForce SVP and GM Jeff Fisher very briefly teased a new flagship NVIDIA video card. The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti as its called appears to be a higher clocked version of the current RTX 3090. Living up to the idea of a teaser, details on the new card are fleeting for the moment, with NVIDIA showing it off primarily to what the public appetite ahead of a more formal reveal later in January. But for now, NVIDIA is confirming that single precision (F

4 Jan 2022 10:01 pm
An Exclusive Interview with Mobileye CEO Prof. Amnon Shashua: The Future of Autonomous Driving

Its hard to avoid that autonomous vehicles are a key part of how we are going to be discussing technology and machine learning of the future. For the best part of a decade, weve been discussing the different levels of autonomy, from Level 1 (basic assistance) to Level 4 (full automation with some failover) and Level 5 (full automation with full failover), and what combined software and hardware solution we need to create it. One of the major companies in this space is Mobileye, acquired by Intel

4 Jan 2022 8:30 pm
Mobileye Announces EyeQ Ultra: A Level 4 Self-Driving System In A Single SoC

While CES may have started out as the Consumer Electronics Show, the global event has over the years expanded to include everything from enterprise technologies to automobiles. As a result, the show has not only been a regular keystone event for things like CPU and GPU announcements, but its also become home to major automotive technology announcements as well. And for Intels autonomous driving subsidiary, Mobileye, those two paths are coming directly together this year, as this morning the grou

4 Jan 2022 8:30 pm
AMD Mobile GPU 2022 Update: Radeon 6000S Series, 6x50M Parts, and Navi 24-Based 6500M and 6300M

As part of a jam-packed CES keynote presentation this morning, AMD has announced a slew of updates to its mobile graphics lineup. Altogether, AMD is introducing one new GPU and 8 new SKUs this morning, almost quadrupling the size of their mobile graphics parts catalog. Combined with the Ryzen 6000 Mobile series announcement, its clear that this year AMD is going to be heavily focusing on laptops, and that is going for both their CPU(APU) and GPU businesses.

4 Jan 2022 8:15 pm
NVIDIA Keynote and SVP GeForce Jeff Fisher at CES 2022: Live Blog (8am PT, 16h00 UTC)

The second keynote of CES comes from NVIDIA, and while it isn't Jensen presenting today, we do get Jeff Fisher, SVP of GeForce, andAli Kani, VP and GM of NVIDIA'sAutomotive efforts. There have been rumors about what might be announced today, but follow along to the presentation with us to get all the details!

4 Jan 2022 8:15 pm
AMD Reveals Radeon RX 6500 XT: Navi 24 Lands for Low-End Desktops on January 19th

Alongside AMDs smorgasbord of mobile graphics offerings that were announced during todays CES 2022 keynote, the company also has some new desktop video cards to speak about for the low-end segment of the market. On January 19 th the company will be launching their Radeon RX 6500 XT video card, the long-awaited low-end member of the Radeon RX 6000 series desktop lineup. Based on the new Navi 24 GPU, it will be hitting retail shelves for $199. Meanwhile, joining it a bit later in the year will be

4 Jan 2022 8:14 pm
AMDs FidelityFX Super Resolution To Become Driver Feature: Radeon Super Resolution

As well as delivering hardware updates for both their desktop and mobile lineups this morning, as part of AMDs CES 2022 keynote, the company also offered a quick update on their Radeon driver plans for the first quarter of the year. The big takeaway here is that AMD is going to be expanding the accessibility of their FidelityFX Super Resolution image upscaling technology by integrating it into their drivers as a forced override option. Slated to land in a future version of AMDs driver stack this

4 Jan 2022 8:13 pm
AMD Announces Ryzen 6000 Mobile CPUs for Laptops: Zen3+ on 6nm with RDNA2 Graphics

The notebook market is a tough nut to crack with a single solution. People want that mix of high performance at the top, cost effectiveness at the bottom, and throughout there has to be efficiency, utility, and function. On the back of a successful ramp last year, AMD is striking the notebook market hot again in 2022 with the launch of its new Ryzen 6000 Mobile processors. These Rembrandt APUs feature AMDs latest RDNA2 graphics, up to eight Zen3+ cores with enhanced power management features, an

4 Jan 2022 8:13 pm
AMD CPUs in 2022: Zen 4 in Second Half, Ryzen 7 5800X3D with V-Cache by Spring

One of the things I look forward to every year is whether the major companies I write about are prepared to showcase their upcoming products in advance because the year starts with the annual CES trade show, this is the perfect place. A company thats able to present its 12-month portfolio comes across as confident in its ability to deliver, and it also gets the rest of us salivating at the prospect of next-generation hardware. This time around AMD steps up to the plate to talk about its new V-C

4 Jan 2022 8:12 pm
AMD Keynote and Dr. Lisa Su at CES 2022: Live Blog (7am PT, 15:00 UTC)

It's the first week of a new year, which can only mean it's the annual CES trade show! As per usual, the big names have major presentations set up to outline their products for the rest of the year. We're starting bright and early today with AMD first out of the gate, and we're expecting CEO Dr. Lisa Su to present details about the upcoming Ryzen processors as previewed yesterday at the CES awards. Come join us at 7am PT / 10am ET / 15h00 UTC to get all the details.

4 Jan 2022 7:15 pm
AMD CES 2022 Pre-Show Teaser: Ryzen 6000 Series Mobile Processors with RDNA2 & DDR5 Tech

Ahead of tomorrows big CES keynote, AMD is offering a spoiler of sorts for one of their product announcements. As it turns out, one of AMDs forthcoming products, the Ryzen 6000 Series Mobile processor lineup, is receiving a CES innovation award . And since those awards are being announced this evening, ahead of the show, so too is the Ryzen 6000 Mobile series. While AMD is clearly saving the bulk of the details for tomorrows presentation, for this evening they are revealing a few key details. Fi

4 Jan 2022 5:31 am
Netgear Expands Wi-Fi 6E Portfolio with Affordable Nighthawk RAXE300 Router

Netgear introduced their first Wi-Fi 6E routers last year with the launch of the Nighthawk RAXE500 and the Orbi RBKE960 . The addition of 6 GHz support makes it necessary to include more antennae and add more RF components to the board. As a result, the pricing of these routers tend to be high - the RAXE500 retails for $581 currently (launched with a MSRP of $600), while the basic Orbi RBKE962 (a router and a single satellite) had a launch MSRP of $1100. As part of the 2022 CES launches, Netgear

4 Jan 2022 5:30 am
Netgear Introduces Orbi Pro SXK50 AX5400 Mesh System for SMBs

Netgear Business - the SMB-/SME-focused arm of Netgear - has been delivering mesh Wi-Fi systems to small businesses under the Orbi Pro lineup since 2017. The 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) version was followed up by the flagship AX6000 (Wi-Fi 6) Orbi Pro SXK80 models in late 2020. Last year, a cut-down dual-band AX1800 version - the Orbi Pro SXK30 - was introduced at $300. As part of the 2022 CES announcements, the company is introducing the mid-range Orbi Pro model - the SXK50 series. The SXK50 series cons

4 Jan 2022 5:29 am