Intel Rebrands Its Future Process Nodes, Updates Roadmap

Intel has made some major changes and announcements concerning upcoming products and how future improvements to the company’s manufacturing will be communicated. These changes will have a significant impact on how we talk about Intel products going forward. Decades ago, there was an industry group responsible for defining the characteristics…

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GDDR6, Other GPU VRAM Pricing Expected to Jump Next Quarter

When Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti first appeared on radar, the persistent rumor was that these GPUs would feature much more memory than the base cards — 20GB and 16GB, respectively. Rumors of GPU memory shortages were reportedly behind Nvidia’s decision to delay the cards. When they…

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Report: AMD May Not Launch Zen 4, RDNA3 Until Q4 2022

A report is making the rounds claiming AMD will not launch Zen 4 until Q4 2022, with RDNA3 tipping up at the same time. It’s not the first time AMD would have synchronized a CPU and GPU launch, but it implies a longer-than-expected delay between Zen 3 and Zen 4.…

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Ampere Will Launch 128-Core ARM CPUs by the End of 2021

Ampere has announced an upcoming 7nm variant of its existing Altra architecture that will scale the CPU up to 128 cores, with the new CPU shipping later in 2021. Additionally, the company will transition to its own custom CPU architecture rather than continuing to tap ARM’s Neoverse line of products.…

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How Do SSDs Work?

Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they…

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What Is Speculative Execution?

With an AMD-centric potential security flaw in the news, it’s a good time to revisit the question of what speculative execution is and how it works. This topic received a great deal of discussion a few years ago when Spectre and Meltdown were frequently in the news and new side-channel…

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