Intel has launched the new-generation of the Xeon Phi processors that are aimed at the High Performance Computing (HPC) segment. Intel announced the standalone Xeon Phi processors in November 2015 and they are finally available to customers. All the new processors incorporate 16 GB of MCDRAM memory, which the company suggests is five times more power efficient as GDDR5. The Xeon Phi processors are the company's first bootable host processor and they are designed especially for highly parallel workloads. "It is also the first to integrate both memory and fabric technologies.
When ARM showed up at Computex last year, it brought a bundle of smartphone processors that pushed for better mobile VR. As you might've noticed, though, AI is one of the big new trends in mobile this year -- is it any surprise that the ARM's pushing that angle with its latest batch of silicon? First up is the Cortex-A75 CPU core, which the company says can deliver laptop-level performance without burning through any more power than existing mobile processors. ARM is promising a 50 percent boost in performance compared to the older A73 core, which should lend itself well to machine learning processes that run right on your devices. Remember: we're starting to see more smartphones optimize their performance on the fly based on behaviors sussed out by these kinds of algorithms.
Intel is still struggling to make 10-nanometer chips, but it might still have a few surprises up its 14nm sleeve. WCCFTech claims to have leaked data revealing that Intel will launch its 9th-generation Core desktop processors on October 1st, starting with unlocked models that could make the company's eight-core performance more accessible. The highlight for many would be the Core i9-9900K, the first mainstream desktop Core i9 chip -- you wouldn't have to pay a fortune for an X-series or Extreme Edition CPU. It would tout a 3.6GHz base clock speed, but could boost to 4.7GHz with all eight cores (5GHz with one or two cores) and support up to 16 code threads. The Core i7-9700K, meanwhile, would be the first mainsteam 8-core i7 part.
Just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, Intel is providing more detail about its new line of processors. The company's eighth generation chips, nicknamed "Coffee Lake," will power upcoming laptops launching this year and next. Most notably, the company is adding two additional cores to its U series of processors, which are the ones found in thin notebooks and laptop-tablet hybrids. Those extra cores should give computers powered by the new silicon a speed boost when it comes to multitasking. That's a seemingly huge jump compared to the difference in speed between Intel's sixth and seventh generation processors: its seventh generation chips only increased productivity performance by 12% and web performance by 19% compared to its predecessor.
Apple revamped its 27-inch iMac with new Intel processors, AMD graphics and upgrades across the board. The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799 and Apple also updated the iMac Pro as well as the 21.5-inch iMac. The performance bump comes as Apple aims to drive iMac demand with more memory, up to 10 cores on its Intel processors, Retina 5K display and audio and camera improvements. Apple is also looking to prep its Mac desktop lineup for its latest Big Sur macOS release. Apple's 27-inch iMac is likely to be the workhorse, but the iMac Pro, which has Intel Xeon processors and a $4,999 price tag, may also garner a look.