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CPU Engineer Leaves Intel After Twenty Years

24 July 2017 - 07:49 PM

Long-term Intel CPU Engineer Francois Piednoel has recently tweeted that he will be leaving the company. In the tweet, Piednoel said, "I am informed my management that I do not wish to continue my employment at Intel. New adventures coming, very exciting!" Piednoel, who has worked for Intel for the past twenty years as a senior architecture engineer, was involved in the development of some of Intel's biggest CPU architectures. The list of projects he worked on includes Katmai, Conroe, Penryn, and Nahalem. Further, he also had a hand in developing SoC's in Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake. While nothing is known what Piednoel will do now that he has resigned, there is no talk of him moving to AMD. In fact, according to this source, Piednoel has rejected that assumption.

Source: http://www.tweaktown.com/news/58520/intel-cpu-engineer-leaves-20-years/index.html

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Intel Preparing 6-Core Coffee Lake CPUs

19 July 2017 - 07:45 PM

It is reported that Intel will release new 6-core CPUs, based on the Coffee Lake architecture, in a few months. On the high end, the i7 8700K should come in clocked at around 3.7GHz and provide a total of twelve threads when Hyperthreading is enabled. At 95W, the i7 8700K will have a much lower TDP than the Core i9 7800X and its TDP of 140W. Intel will be releasing an i7 8700 non-K series, which will be clocked at around 3.2GHz. The rumor mill is also suggesting that we will see 6-core CPUs in the i5 series, although Hyperthreading will be disabled.

It is also said that for the first time ever, Intel will be introducing pure mobile 6-core CPUs. As you can imagine, Coffee Lake mobile will have much lower clock speeds at around 2GHz, and a much lower TDP at 45W. Finally, it is also reported that we will see a Coffee Lake quad-core CPU featuring a 28W TDP and targeted at low power notebooks.

Source: Videocardz

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Intel Calls AMD's Naples '4-Glued Together Desktop Dies'

18 July 2017 - 10:29 AM

Intel takes the offensive in its recent press workshop as it points out many of Naples, so called, shortcomings. Intel presented several slides explaining the downsides of AMD's recent offering, even going so far as to call it "4-Glued Together Desktop Dies." Intel further points out that Zen is AMD's first new architecture in six years and that AMD's new architecture will stick around for four. Intel was happy to compare its new Skylake-SP architecture to Naples, noting that Skylake-SP is 28 "true" cores. This seems to be somewhat reminiscent of the Core 2 Quad days, when Intel was combining dies to create multi-chip packages and AMD was producing a "true" quad-core chip.

As you would expect from slides coming from Intel, a lot of the information is pro-Intel and anti-AMD. That said, there is some good information about Intel's Skylake-SP architecture. The slides touch upon Skylake-SP's improved virtualization and VM performance, as well as it's improved SMT performance. As with the rest of the slides, Intel doesn't hesitate to point out that Skylake-SP has more than double the memory bandwidth, and close to double the PCIe bandwidth, of AMD's offering. Regardless of what Intel may say, I for one am glad to see AMD releasing some competition again.

Source: WCCFtech

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UK WiFi Provider Keeps Sewers Clean By Tricking Customers

18 July 2017 - 10:25 AM

Customers in the United Kingdom unknowingly agreed to perform one thousand hours of community service in exchange for using a public WiFi hotspot. The WiFi provider, Purple, decided to sneak the clause into its terms and conditions, knowing that most people would never read it. In what has been described as a, "technically legally binding agreement," users agreed to unclog sewers and scrape gum off the streets. The list of duties also included cleaning up animal litter, cleaning portable bathrooms, painting snail shells to brighten their existence, and hugging stray cats and dogs.

Purple reportedly performed the hoax in order to show that users may be agreeing to things they would not like in those pesky terms and conditions. Examples could be granting access to private information, or providing data of your web browsing habits. In addition to the hoax, the WiFi provider also included a clause stating that you would be given a prize if you actually read the terms and conditions. It appears as though only one person actually claimed this prize.

Source: UPI

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Microsoft's Edge Browser Struggling to Attract Users While Chrome Dominates

06 July 2017 - 08:50 PM

It appears as though Microsoft's Edge browser is struggling to acquire more users, while Chrome is used by a majority of them. According to, Stat Counter Google's Chrome browser is used by over 60% of all computer users. Microsoft's Edge browser, on the other hand, is only used by 3.89% of users. The market shares of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera are also astonishingly low when compared to Chrome. Safari is the clear runner up with only 14% of the market share, and has seen only a .5% increase in users. Other popular browsers, like Firefox, actually appear to be losing their market share. It is clear that Google's Chrome browser is winning the popularity contest!

Source: Slashdot

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