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MediaTek Goes Up

November 2, 2017 by  
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MediaTek saw its gross margin rise to 36.4 percent in the third quarter from 35 percent in the second, while net profits soared 129 percent sequentially to $167.8 million.

The company said that its gross margin was an improvement compared with 35.2 percent during the same period in 2016. This was possible thank to a favourable product mix led to the gross margin growth, the outfit said.

MediaTek’s third quarter revenues were up 9.6percent on quarter but down 18.8 percent from a year ago. This was due to a seasonal pick-up in demand for certain consumer electronics products. It added the on-year decrease mainly to lower chip shipments for smartphones.

Operating profits were up 110.3 percent sequentially but down 34.9 percent on year. Operating margin for the quarter was 7.8 percent, up from 4.1percent in the prior quarter but down from 9.7 percent in the year-ago quarter.

Net profits for the third quarter of 2017 were a 35.4 percent on-year decline.

MediaTek predicted it will post revenues of between $ 1.96 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, with gross margin ranging from 34.5 percent to 37.5 percent.

Sales of MediaTek’s smartphone and tablet chips accounted for 35-40 percent of the company’s total revenues in the third quarter.

MediaTek co-CEO Rick Tsai said that shipments of MediaTek’s Helio P23 series that comes with new LTE Cat 7 modem already kicked off in small volume in the third quarter, said Tsai, adding that the shipments will expand in the fourth quarter.

MediaTek has started shipping its entry-level MT6739 chips in the fourth quarter, Tsai indicated. Shipments of MediaTek’s mobile chips will reach a combined 110-120 million units in the fourth quarter.

The outfit is preparing to launch of new Helio P-series mobile chips that will support AI, facial recognition, AR and VR capabilities in the first quarter of 2018, Tsai noted. The new products will help the company continue to improve its gross margin and regain market share, Tsai said.

Non-mobile SoC chips sales including solutions for IoT applications, power management ICs and ASIC chips will see impressive growth in the fourth quarter, Tsai claimed. The segment is expected grow by a third in 2017, Tsai said.


Is Intel In Trouble

October 31, 2017 by  
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Chip giant Intel always looks on the bright side. Or, to put it another way, it spins the news to pretend things are better than they actually are.

The press release to match its third quarter financial results, for example, is a classic of its type.

Intel chose to head up its “news” by headlining the release by saying data centres, the internet of things, and memory business “all achieved record revenue”.

But, in fact, although third quarter revenues amounted to $16.1 billion, that’s only six percent compared to the third quarter last year – a rise that’s far from stratospheric compared to its gory (sic) days.

If you break out the different business divisions at Intel, the numbers present a different story.

Its client computing group generated $8.9 billion in the financial third quarter – that’s flat compared to the same quarter last year.  Because it’s not tick tocking any more and badly missed the boat on the tossing waves of the mobile market, essentially the client group is stagnating.

Data centre revenues amounted to $4.9 billion, up seven percent compared to the third quarter last year.

And the groups that Intel really wants to highlight, although they account for a fraction of the revenues of the main two streams of currency are $849 million for its internet of things group – up 23 percent, and $891 million for its non volatile memory group – up 37 percent.

There may be trouble ahead, but Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, claimed Intel is “on track to a record year” and it’s going to pour the champagne, play the music and dance, because of its future artificial intelligence and autonomous driving things.

Some of the realities are in the section dealing with “forward looking statements”, where Intel said that its results can be affected by all sorts of things, including war, politics, bad economic conditions and even the UK referendum to withdraw from the European Union.


Is Ryzen Paying Off For AMD

October 27, 2017 by  
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AMD has announced its Q3 2017 financial results and the company managed to grow 26 percent year over year.  2017 is the year of Zen, both Ryzen and Epyc, as well as some decent advancement in the GPU space.

The revenues for AMD in Q3 of $1.64 billion shows a 26 percent increased year-over-year and up 34 percent quarter-over-quarter.  Lisa Su, the mighty AMD CEO said that Ryzen family combined to significant graphics growth, resulting in a 74 percent increase in the Computing and Graphics segment revenue year-over-year.

The general investment is paying off, but it is hardly surprising that AMD hit such high growth numbers as the CPU business for skyrocketed with the introduction of Ryzen. Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors reached 40 percent to 50 percent of desktop market share at strategic e-tailers worldwide, which definitely sounds to us like the best-case scenario, cherry picking.

Back to some more numbers. AMD’s gross margin was 35 percent, up 30 percentage points year to year and up two percent quarter to quarter. Operating income was $126 million, compared to an operating loss of $293 million a year ago and operating income of $25 million in the prior quarter.

Net income was $71 million, compared to net losses of $406 million a year ago and $16 million in the prior quarter. Earnings per share were $0.07, compared to losses per share of $0.50 a year ago and $0.02 in the prior quarter.

AMD launched Ryzen 3 and Ryzen PRO in this quarter and PRO has been adopted by Dell, Lenovo and HP among others.

Ryzen PRO-based offerings, which have been adopted by all major commercial PC providers, including Dell, Lenovo, and HP, expanded its presence in the commercial space.

AMD is preparing to ship Ryzen Mobile in Q4 with Acer, HP and Lenovo announcing some systems in the same quarter. OEM adoption is accelerating as customers ramp shipments in advance of the holiday sales cycle.

AMD achieved record GPU revenues in the quarter based on significantly improved ASPs and higher unit shipments than a year ago. This was driven by a strong demand from Polaris and Vega based GPUs in both the gaming and cryptocurrency markets. For some reason, AMD’s CEO refers to this market as a blockchain market, probably as it sounds better to investors. Vega RX is significantly outpacing the previous premium Radeon GPUs at enthusiast level.

AMD confirmed that its Radeon Instinct MI25, GPU compute solution is shipping in volume to mega-cloud data centers that want to experiment with something that is not Nvidia nor Intel based. Radeon Pro WX 9100 profession graphics cards started shipping late in Q3 2017.

Amazon Web Services announced its adoption of AMD Radeon Pro technology to power Amazon AppStream 2.0. There is also an announced cooperation with Baidu with the goal to build more flexible and powerful AI computing platforms based on Radeon Instinct.

Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue was approximately flat year-over-year and increased 46 percent sequentially. AMD enjoyed seasonal demand for Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft’s Xbox One X holiday season sales combined with Epyc datacenter revenues.

EPYC datacenter shipped to key cloud and OEM datacenter customers. Epyc is deployed by three of the super seven mega datacenter providers including Baidu, Microsoft Azure and Tencent. HP Enterprise and Dell are bringing their EPYC-based platforms to market in Q4.

In Q4 2017 AMD expects non-GAAP gross margin to be approximately 35 percent, non-GAAP operating expenses to be approximately $410 million, non-GAAP interest expense, taxes, and other to be approximately $30 million, and inventory to be down sequentially.

The 2017 annual revenue is expected to increase more than 20 percent compared 2016.

All in all, the 2017 plan is working quite well, but despite the good scores, Wall Street was not that impressed. In the aftermarket, AMD’s share price dropped 9.61 percent from $14.25 USD to $12.69 as the investors expected more in Q4 2017.

It is very easy to forget that a year to date AMD (market cap $13.492 Billion) was trading at $7.50 so roughly a half of what it was yesterday with dips as low as $6.30 (November 10 2016). And yet these same semiconductor expert investors strongly believe that $198.68 for Nvidia stock and $119.208 billion is justified.

It is all in the eye of the beholder, or how well you are pitching your story.


Will 7nm SoCs Finally Come To Market In 2018

October 27, 2017 by  
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It looks like that you will see first 7nm SoCs in the second half of 2018 and currently all the major players are working on designs.

This is the next big step for the mobile industry that will significantly increase the number of transistors per square millimeter while reducing the overall SoC power. The current trend is to use more AI centric circuits in the designs as this helps the SoC and the overall device to understand the given data much better.

AI, of course, stands for Artificial intelligence and there is another term that the industry uses called Machine Learning. ARM promises its Cortex A75/A55 in the course of 2018 and there will be quite a lot of these in late 2018.

Samsung 7nm

There will be multiple players offering 7nm. Samsung calls its 7nm EUV, short for extreme ultraviolet lithography. Samsung should be ready for full production in 2018.

Samsung has 8nm manufacturing on its roadmap and that, to us, sounds like a glorified and heavily optimized 10nm.

TSMC 7nm

TSMC, the other 7nm player, has announced that it plans to have risk production this year. TSMC’s 7nm Fin Field-Effect Transistor was already used for 256Mb SRAM with double digit yields in June 2016. Risk production started in April 2017. Of course, it’s one thing is to make a SRAM chip and another other is to get a multibillion transistors SoC in full production.

TSMC claims that compared to its 10nm FinFET process, TSMC’s 7nm FinFET features 1.6X logic density, ~20 percent speed improvement, and ~40 percent power reduction.

GlobalFoundries 7nm

GlobalFoundries promises more than 40 percent performance with its 7nm design compared to 14nm designs and that the total power from 14nm to 7nm will fall by more than 60 percent. GlobalFoundries didn’t compare its designs to 10nm as it never managed to move to this rather tough manufacturing process.

GloFo expects customers to place over 17 million gates per square millimeter and that the first risk production will start in 1H 2018. The 7nm LP process from GlobalFoundries is based on optical lithography with EUV compatibility and it supports up to 17 levels of metal layers.

Snapdragon 835 in 10nm features three billion chips and the 7nm variant can pack significantly more in the same space. There is absolutely no doubt that Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei and MediaTek are working on 7nm designs as we speak.

7nm Gains

One of the key advantages that the mobile industry has that it moves faster to a new manufacturing node than the PC and GPU industries. Qualcomm was the first company to ship 10nm three billion transistor chips and Intel still cannot ship its 10nm design that is now almost two years late. Originally Cannon Lake 10nm chips were expected in 2016 and they have been pushed back to 2018.

AMD is using 14nm for both CPU and GPUs while Nvidia has 12nm which is really a derived and optimized 16nm FinFET process from TSMC.

Bear in mind that when it comes to the PC chips, Intel has some of the best engineers in the world and it has been stuck with 14nm for three generations now. The tick tock clock got broken as the transition to a new node becomes harder than ever.


TSMC Going Down Hill

October 23, 2017 by  
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TSMC claimed that supply-chain inventory constraints hurt its net profit in the third quarter, although not as badly as many analysts had predicted.

The outfit forecast revenue growth of about 10 percent in the fourth quarter when sales begin for Apple’s iPhone X, which is widely expected to carry TSMC-made chips.

Profit fell 7.1 percent to $2.98 billion in July-September which was slightly higher than analysts predicted. Revenue rose 1.5 percent slightly above a forecast issued in July.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Liu said: “Even though demand was slightly dampened by supply chain inventory reduction, our customers’ third quarter growth was largely healthy.”

Some of the problems for TSMC stem from the fact that Apple fanboys are spurning the iPhone 8 like a rabid dog. Both Apple and TSMC are hoping that fanboys will be stupid enough to splash out huge amounts of cash for the iPhone X which is supposed to start shipping soon.

TSMC raised this year’s capital spending forecast by eight percent to mainly to accelerate capacity of 7nm chip manufacturing technology.

It expects 2017 revenue growth close to the high end of its five to 10 percent target. Operating margin was 38.9 percent in the third quarter and will likely be 37 to 39 percent in the fourth, TSMC said.

TSMC acknowledged increasing competition from mainland China but said it was confident of meeting targets.

Co-Chief Executive C.C. Wei said: “In terms of a lot of fabs (fabrication plants) in mainland China, we don’t like it but we are very competitive. We’ll continue to compete of course and maintain our market share.”

Chipmakers are riding a boom in demand for chips that power smartphones and computer servers, driving sharp gains in shares. The chipmaker also said it expects global semiconductor growth of 16 percent in 2017.


Do Intel’s New Processors Offer A Noticeable Performance Boost

October 18, 2017 by  
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While Intel fanboys can tell you in detail about how cool Intel’s eighth generation chips are, analysts are noting that Intel might have a tough time selling the difference.

After the announcement of the new chips Intel’s shares outperformed and there was a 3.8 percent fall for Nvidia shares and three percent decline for AMD stock. However we are not convinced, if only that Intel is playing the game in the same way that it always has, and the rules have changed.

Market research firm Gartner’s latest data for the third quarter of 2017 shows the dwindling health of overall PC market and everyone is in trouble.

Gartner says global PC shipments fell 3.6 per cent year-on-year for a combined total of 67 million units. That’s down from 69.6 million units during the same quarter last year. HP shipped 14.5 million units, while Lenovo came second with 14.3 million. Dell managed to capture the third place with 10.1 million units, followed by Asus and Apple with 4.8 million and 4.6 million units shipped, respectively.

So on a general PC malaise and arguably stronger competition from AMD Intel has to do a little more than tip up and claim its 8th generation processors are getting a boost of up to 40 per cent over the 7th generation and expect buyers. I

The mobile processor takes advantage of four CPUs that allows for unprecedented performance and battery life improvements. However what Intel has not done is significantly drop its prices instead it is trying to sell the chips on the basis of technology which is pretty meh.

“Kaby Lake Refresh is designed for thin notebooks, 2-in-1s and clamshell computers and lets users watch up to 10 hours of 4K video with one charge. Users can take photos and edit them 25 to 28 per cent faster than the previous generation,” Intel says.
Is that the best you can come up with? Photo-editing? When a punter buys a machine in times of low demand and higher competition they are more likely to be influenced by price.

But Intel is not really budging on that. Suppose you buy a new laptop with the latest Intel Core i7-8550U. For that processor, Intel suggests a “recommended customer price” of $409.

There is no evidence that Intel is seriously changing its pricing structure to cope with AMD or the falling PC market. is charging £281 for the Core i7-7700K, which is its best seller. It was £312.97 in July. The Core i5-7500 costs £161, down from £176.97 in July. However, the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 now costs £262, compared with around £278 in July, while the Ryzen 5 1600X has fallen from around £220 to £187. The Intel chip prices have fallen by around 10 per cent, but the AMD chips are down by 6 per cent and 15 per cent.

AMD has normally undercut Intel but with Ryzen line, it’s getting closer to Intel pricing levels but competing on features instead. Intel is shrugging and saying so what.


Is The Ryzen 5 Falling

October 11, 2017 by  
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The price of AMD’s top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 5 microprocessor has fallen to below $265.00 and is cheaper than the cut-price Ryzen 5 1600.

Apparently, it is all due to the fact that the cheaper 3.2GHz Ryzen 5 1600, which can be overclocked to similar speeds to the 1600X, and has a Wraith Spire CPU cooler is super popular. Those who get a 3.6GHz 1600X will need to splash out on a cooler.

The Ryzen 5 1600X was first cut to less than £200 over the weekend by Aria PC, as a  “super special price” of $197.94, plus £6.95 for postage and packing. A day later, eBuyer slashed the price  to $225.98, the lowest that the Ryzen 5 1600X has been since it was launched just six months ago.

There are some other cool bargains – the price of the Ryzen 7 1800X is down by more than £90 to$388.98 at eBuyer, $11 cheaper at Aria PC and at $400.00 on Amazon – almost $150 less than its original list price.

All this happens as Itel unveiled its Coffee Lake codenamed CPUs in Intel’s first real response to AMD’s Ryzen launches and AMD promises Pinnacle for those who can wait until next year.

AMD is soon to launch Ryzen APUs, with Ryzen CPUs integrated with Vega-based GPUs for use in laptops and other mobile devices.


Is TSMC Going 3nm

October 10, 2017 by  
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As predicted, TSMC will build the ‘world’s first’ semiconductor plant to support the creation of 3nm node silicon chips in Taiwan.

This will be news to the US which thought the plant would be built in the US.  According to DigiTimes, 3nm TSMC will be staying in Taiwan at the Tainan Science Park to “fully leverage the company’s existing cluster advantage” and see the benefit of a “comprehensive supply chain”.

The company has a 5nm fab in the same location even if it has not started producing 5nm chips yet. These are “scheduled to start risk production in the second quarter of 2019″.

However, last year TSMC said that there was not enough space at the park for the new fab and it was lobbying the government.

TSMC needed 50 to 80 hectares of land and was pushing the Taiwan government to have land and supplies of electricity ready in time for the new project. TSMC has complained   of shortages of water and power in Taiwan, where the company still does most of its production. 

TSMC said it was thinking of setting up its 3nm wafer fab in the US due mainly to the availability of stable power supply there. For any 12-inch wafer plant, more advanced process requires higher power consumption, with electricity consumed by 3nm process likely to double that by 5nm process. Accordingly, after a massive power outage occurred on August 15, 2017 around Taiwan, doubts had deepened over whether Taiwan’s power supply could secure normal operation of a 3nm wafer fab in the country.

It is unclear now what TSMC will build in the US. In January, TSMC Chairman Morris Chang had said the company did not rule out the idea of building a US foundry, joining a slew of global firms from automakers to luggage makers that are considering manufacturing in the United States amid President Donald Trump’s push to create more jobs.

“We won’t decide until next year”, TSMC spokesperson Michael Kramer said. The company currently gets about 65 percent of its total revenue from the United States.  However, it might be that the US talk was simply to get the Tawain authorities to pull finger and approve the land, water and sort out the power issues.


Did AMD Optimize The RX Vega For Forza

October 10, 2017 by  
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AMD has apparently done a hell of a job optimizing its drivers for Forza Motorsport 7 game as its Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 graphics cards managed to beat Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti and GTX 1080.

According to benchmarks done by, using Intel’s Core i7-6850K CPU, 16GB of DDR4-3000 memory and latest Radeon and Geforce drivers, AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 managed to beat Nvidia’s GTX 1080 Ti by quite a margin.

The RX Vega lineup managed to beat the Nvidia counterparts at both 1080p and 1440p resolutions while the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti managed to regain its lead on the higher 2160p resolution, but only in average FPS, whereas both RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 were high up in the table in 99th Percentile.

To make things even more interesting, AMD’s Radeon RX 580 and the R9 Fury X both exceeded the GTX 1080 Ti in those 99th Percentile results at lower 1080p resolution. also gave a heads up to Nvidia, which said that this is the correct performance of its graphics cards on DirectX 12 and Forza Motorsport 7, which means that AMD is certainly doing something right when it comes to driver optimizations, as those RX Vega graphics cards were nowhere near Nvidia’s GTX 1080/1080 Ti in earlier benchmarks.

Hopefully, AMD will be able to push more developers and optimize its RX Vega lineup for future and the rest of the current games.


AMD To Launch 12nm Lower Power Ryzen Processor In Early 2018

October 5, 2017 by  
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AMD has told its partners that it plans to launch in February 2018 an upgraded version of its Ryzen series processors built using a 12nm low-power (12LP) process at Globalfoundries.

According to Digitimes,which has been talking to its deep throats among the motherboard makers, AMD will initially release the CPUs codenamed Pinnacle 7, followed by mid-range Pinnacle 5 and entry-level Pinnacle 3 processors in March 2018.

AMD will launch the low power version of Pinnacle processors in April 2018 and the enterprise version Pinnacle Pro in May 2018.

Their corresponding chipsets, the 400 series, will also become available in March 2018 with X470- or B450-based motherboards to be the first to hit the store shelves. The chipsets are still designed by ASMedia and its orders for the chipsets are expected to grow dramatically starting January 2018.

Thanks to stable chip orders for Microsoft’s and Sony’s game consoles, increased demand for graphics cards, growing sales for its Ryzen 7/5 processors, new Ryzen Pro product line for the enterprise sector and the top-end Ryzen Treadripper processors, AMD managed to achieve 19 percent sequential growth in second-quarter 2017 revenues and expects the amount to grow further by 23 percent in the third quarter.

AMD is also expected to see its share of the desktop CPU market return to 30 percent in the first half of 2018.


Is The Core i7-8700K The Best Gaming Processor From Intel

October 3, 2017 by  
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Intel has launched its 8th-generation ‘Coffee Lake’ desktop CPUs and is touting the flagship Core i7-8700K as its “best gaming desktop processor ever.” 

Intel’s long-awaited Coffee Lake processors, which the firm has previously confirmed will be built using the 14nm++ manufacturing process, comprise of the quad-core Intel Core i3 and hexa-core Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. 

The flagship Core i7-8700K CPU, which has its sights set firmly on AMD’s top-end Ryzen chips, will offer gamers are 25 per cent improvement in performance over Kaby Lake, according to Intel which used a direct comparison of the Core i7-8700K versus i7-7700K in Gears of War.

Adopters of Intel’s flagship 8th-gen desktop CPU will also see 32 per cent performance gains for to 4K video editing, while streaming and recording will be 45 per cent faster than before. 

Intel also said that it has implemented some new some new 4K tech that will make for smoother streaming of 10-bit, HDR Ultra HD video now on services such as Netflix. The new processors will support Intel Optane, the memory acceleration technology that Intel began rolling out in 2016. 

Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Desktop Platform Group at Intel: “We are laser-focused on giving the enthusiast community the ultimate desktop experience, from chart-topping performance to a platform that can flex with their needs.

“Our 8thGen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and – for gamers, in particular- offer an unbeatable experience.”

Intel’s Coffee Lake CPU lineup will be available from 5 October.  The Core i3 chips, which offer base clock speeds up to 4GHz, will start at $117, while pricing for the Core i5 CPU will start at $182. The flagship Core i7-8700K will be available from $359. 

As expected, Intel’s new CPUs will require a new chipset (Z370) and thus new motherboards. Intel has confirmed that previous-gen CPUs will not work with the new chipset.

The arrival of Intel’s 8th-gen Coffee Lake CPUs comes just days after it was revealed that the firm has delayed the launch of its first 10nm CPUs for the third time. The chips, codenamed ‘Cannon Lake’, are now unlikely to launch until late 2018.


AMD Appears To Be Moving To Global Founderies Process

September 28, 2017 by  
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AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announced that the company will be moving “graphics and client products” from the Global Foundries14nm LP FinFET process to the new 12nm LP process in 2018.

Talking to the assembled throngs at the Global Foundries Technology Conference, Papermaster said the company will transition both Vega GPUs and the Ryzen line of processors to the 12nm LP process.

What was unclear from the announcement is if the 12nm LP will be a shrink of Ryzen in 2018 or if Zen+/Zen 2 will also be using the 12LP process. So far AMD has hinted that Zen 2 will use the 7nm process, but this has been confusing because the outfit has used both “Zen+” and “Zen 2” to refer to its next-generation die.

At least one thing is clear from the announcement. The transition to 12nm LP shows that AMD is still very much in bed with Global Foundries. There has been mutterings that AMD might seek other partners for its forthcoming product generations, despite signing a five-year wafer supply agreement recently.

Tom’s Hardware pointed out that Nvidia’s Volta architecture is already shipping on TSMC’s 12nm FFN process this year, so on the GPU side Nvidia seems to be ahead on adopting new process technology right now. Of course, on the CPU side we also have Intel, which promised “real” 10nm chips for next year that should also be significantly ahead in performance and power efficiency compared to the 12LP process.


Is The Ryzen 5 APU On The Horizon

September 25, 2017 by  
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Details of a new Ryzen 5 APU, with onboard Radeon Vega Graphics, has been spotted on Geekbench, giving both a hint of its performance, and specifications.

It is not really a big deal as we have been pretty much been predicting this spec for ages.  The Ryzen 5 2500U APU boasts four cores and eight threads, and 4MB of L3 cache, and runs at 2GHz. On Geekbench, the APU scored 3561 in single-core performance, and 9421 running on all cores.

The 2000 series of APUs will be launched around the time of CES.


Is MediaTek Falling Behind

September 22, 2017 by  
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According to Digitimes, the outfit is not going be able to release anything using these technologies in 2018, as it has moved to focus on the mid-range smartphone market segment.

MediaTek has shifted its R&D resources to the Helio P series mobile chips designed for mid-range devices, and put the development of its high-end Helio X series on hold.  Alll this could be a warning that Taiwan’s IC design industry growth could be limited.

MediaTek has been a leading Taiwan-based IC designer and usually partners with TSMC to develop advanced-node mobile chips. MediaTek’s development of 7/10nm chips is slowing down, as the fabless chipmaker has decided to go back to basics to overcome its structural challenges, Digitimes claimed.

MediaTek has suffered declines in smartphone chip shipments and market share since 2016. The company’s gross margin for 2016 reached a record low of 35.6 percent, despite record revenues.

MediaTek co-CEO Rick Tsai was quoted in previous reports saying the company will be striving to improve its gross margin by 1-2pp every quarter over the next 2-3 quarters, and expects its gross margin to return to the 37-39 percent level as early as the second half of 2018.

Tsai also noted the Helio P-series smartphone SoCs will be a major product focus of the company, and 12nm will be the main process technology MediaTek’s mobile chips will be made using during the first half of 2018. Nevertheless, Tsai disclosed MediaTek will complete tape-out of 7nm products in the second half of 2018.


Is nVidia Planning A Geforce 1070 Ti

September 22, 2017 by  
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According to the newest leak, Nvidia may be working on a GTX 1070 Ti, which could put a lot of pressure on AMD’s RX Vega lineup.

The alleged GTX 1070 Ti was originally spotted as a part of a specifications list on My Drivers site, caught by, and is listed as the Asus GTX 1070 Ti Strix O8G. While there were no precise details regarding the card, the O8G in the name suggests it packs 8GB of memory.

Further rumors suggest that it could be based on the latest GP104 GPU and pack 2304 CUDA cores, which would put it smack between the GTX 1070, which comes with 1920 CUDA cores, and the GTX 1080 with 2560 CUDA cores. 

Since Nvidia has already launched GTX 1080 with 11Gbps GDDR5X memory, the gap between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 has become significantly wider.

In any case, this will put a lot of pressure on AMD’s RX Vega lineup and could give NVidia a significant lead in the market. In the end, it will all come down to the price/performance factor, availability and the MSRP, which tends to suffer from a big demand from coin miners.


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