GPUs

For our audience that regularly keeps track of Intel’s product portfolio, it would be hard to miss that the naming strategy of Intel’s process node technologies is a bit of a mess. To some, those words are themselves an understatement, as Intel has shifted its naming strategy 2-3 times since the launch of Intel’s first 10nm products. Not only that, even Intel’s various departments internally have a hard time keeping track of ‘what is this manufacturing process being called today’ when the press like AnandTech ask for details on the latest upcoming products. Knowing this, and knowing what issues Intel has been having, I wanted to demystify Intel’s manufacturing process naming scheme such that users and engineers alike, even if they are inside Intel, can...

Oracle Announces Upcoming Cloud Compute Instances: Ice Lake and Milan, A100 and Altra

When the name “Oracle” is thrown around, hardware isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind for most people. But, like other large tech companies that originally made...

21 by Ryan Smith 4 days ago

AMD Teases First Radeon RX 6000 Video Card Picture

In a very brief teaser, AMD this afternoon has released a picture of their first Radeon RX 6000 video card. No further details about the card are given, but based...

99 by Ryan Smith on 9/14/2020

AMD Preps Second Round of HPC System Donations For COVID-19 Research

When things aren’t blowing up or burning down as of late, there’s still the matter of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While the first generation of vaccines move carefully closer...

19 by Ryan Smith on 9/14/2020

It’s Official: NVIDIA To Acquire Arm For $40 Billion

Following a number of rumors and leaks, NVIDIA this evening announced that it is buying Arm Limited for $40 billion. The cash and stock deal will see NVIDIA buy...

141 by Ryan Smith on 9/13/2020

AMD Announces Ryzen "Zen 3" and Radeon "RDNA2" Presentations for October: A New Journey Begins

AMD today has announced that they will be making a pair of consumer product presentations in October. The chipmaker, who has been fairly quiet since the spring, will be...

143 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2020

3DFabric: The Home for TSMC’s 2.5D and 3D Stacking Roadmap

Interposers. EMIB. Foveros. Die-to-die stacking. ODI. AIB.TSVs. All these words and acronyms have one overriding feature – they are all involved in how two bits of silicon physically connect...

13 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/2/2020

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce RTX 30 Series: Ampere For Gaming, Starting With RTX 3080 & RTX 3090

With much anticipation and more than a few leaks, NVIDIA this morning is announcing the next generation of video cards, the GeForce RTX 30 series. Based upon the gaming...

408 by Ryan Smith on 9/1/2020

The NVIDIA GeForce Special Event 2020 Live Blog (Starts at 9:00 PT/16:00 UTC)

With much anticipation and more than a few leaks, today is NVIDIA's 2020 GeForce Special event. We're expecting the announcement of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series of cards, based...

51 by Ryan Smith on 9/1/2020

Where are my GAA-FETs? TSMC to Stay with FinFET for 3nm

As we passed that 22nm to 16nm barrier, almost all the major semiconductor fabrication companies on the leading edge transitioned from planar transistors to FinFET transistors. The benefits of...

36 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/26/2020

NVIDIA Confirms 12-pin GPU Power Connector

Today as part of a video showcasing NVIDIA’s mechanical and industrial design of its GPUs, and how it gets a large GPU to dissipate heat, the company went into...

80 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/26/2020

TSMC Expects 5nm to be 11% of 2020 Wafer Production (sub 16nm)

One of the measures of how quickly a new process node gains traction is by comparing how many wafers are in production, especially as that new process node goes...

12 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/25/2020

TSMC Teases 12-High 3D Stacked Silicon: SoIC Goes Extreme

I’ve maintained for a couple of years now that the future battleground when it comes to next-generation silicon is going to be in the interconnect – implicitly this relies...

16 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/25/2020

TSMC Updates on Node Availability Beyond Logic: Analog, HV, Sensors, RF

Most of the time when we speak about semiconductor processes, we are focused on the leading edge of what is possible. Almost exclusively that leading edge is designed for...

2 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/25/2020

‘Better Yield on 5nm than 7nm’: TSMC Update on Defect Rates for N5

One of the key metrics on how well a semiconductor process is developing is looking at its quantitative chip yield – or rather, its defect density. A manufacturing process...

107 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/25/2020

Intel Moving to Chiplets: ‘Client 2.0’ for 7nm

One of the more esoteric elements of Intel’s Architecture Day 2020 came very near the end, where Intel spent a few minutes discussing what it believes is the future...

68 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/21/2020

Intel Xe-HP Graphics: Early Samples Offer 42+ TFLOPs of FP32 Performance

One of the promises that Intel has made with its new Xe GPU family is that in its various forms it will cater to uses ranging from integrated graphics...

43 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/21/2020

Intel’s SG1 is 4x DG1: Xe-LP Graphics for Server Video Acceleration and Streaming

For the last few years, Intel has had a product line known as the Visual Computing Accelerator (VCA). With the VCA2 product being put on EOL earlier this year...

8 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/21/2020

Micron Spills on GDDR6X: PAM4 Signaling For Higher Rates, Coming to NVIDIA’s RTX 3090

It would seem that Micron this morning has accidentally spilled the beans on the future of graphics card memory technologies – and outed one of NVIDIA’s next-generation RTX video...

66 by Ryan Smith on 8/20/2020

NVIDIA Reports Q2 FY2021 Earnings: Datacenter Revenue Surpasses Gaming for the First Time

This afternoon NVIDIA announced their results for the second quarter of their 2021 fiscal year, closing out on an exceptional quarter for the company that set numerous revenue records...

35 by Ryan Smith on 8/19/2020

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