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  • Avoid The Hype: AMD's Decline Is Terminal [View article]
    Alex,

    in my humble opinion, your analysis based on the NPD figures has two major flaws:

    1. these are US only numbers
    2. the two most recent consoles (PS3 and XBox 360) have seen no decline in sales over more than 5 years.
    Nov 8, 2014. 11:22 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel Developer Forum 2014: Investment Theories Confirmed [View article]
    Bruce,

    I think you have this bit wrong:

    "New Core M processors based on Intel 14nm will be in new Dell 6mm thin tablet for sale in October. 14nm technology is here."

    Dell upcoming table will be using a 22nm Moorefield (Silvermont core) SoC.

    Ref: http://zd.net/WJcdew
    Sep 10, 2014. 12:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Dreadful Mobile Group Losses Is Not Permanent [View article]
    "I firmly believe that Shenzhen tablet producers will outsell both Apple and Samsung this year."

    Apple sold 70M tablets in 2013 and Samsung 37M. Samsung certainly is within reach of Intel, Apple I seriously doubt. Or do you also count non-Intel Shenzhen tablets (these will generate no revenue for Intel)?
    Apr 17, 2014. 01:18 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014 Is Shaping Up As A Tough Year For Qualcomm [View article]
    Michael, Ashraf,

    thanks for the information :)
    Mar 10, 2014. 12:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 2014 Is Shaping Up As A Tough Year For Qualcomm [View article]
    Michael,

    "If Intel, Mediatek and Allwinner can take 10 points of market share from Qualcomm revenues will be flat and margins one or two percentage points lower."

    Won't these companies still pay for Qualcomm patent licenses? My understanding is that's where Qualcomm get most of their profits from (though not most of their revenues).
    Mar 10, 2014. 12:03 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Outguns Intel [View article]
    "Don't think so since to match a Cortex A57 quad core they need an archtiectural upgraded cyclone quad core. I would expect something 120 mm^2.."
    Are you assuming they'll stay on the same process?

    Anyway, even at 120mm² we're talking of about 500 chips per wafer.
    Mar 8, 2014. 12:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Outguns Intel [View article]
    You can place 600 100mm² chips (assuming Apple keeps the same die size) on a 300mm wafer (see http://bit.ly/1ilY1SF).
    Mar 8, 2014. 04:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Outguns Intel [View article]
    "Cache miss is typical in general."

    No it isn't, unless you're talking about server-like loads. Many real life programs such as browsers get more than 85% data cache hit with a 32KB cache.
    Mar 6, 2014. 11:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Outguns Intel [View article]
    I don't think A5 to A6 time is relevant, as A6 was the first SoC with a CPU designed by Apple.

    A6 was released in Sept '12 and A7 in Sept '13.
    Mar 5, 2014. 07:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Applied Micro's X-Gene Proves Uncompetitive [View article]
    Don't forget Broadcom and Cavium, even though they are network oriented :-)
    Mar 4, 2014. 03:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Applied Micro's X-Gene Proves Uncompetitive [View article]
    Then I probably wrongly thought the 28nm X-Gene was the real thing...
    Mar 4, 2014. 03:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Applied Micro's X-Gene Proves Uncompetitive [View article]
    I wonder how C't got their score.

    Here is one official SPECint2006 rate result for E3-1230L v3: http://bit.ly/1czMXJM

    That is 168, higher than the 135 quoted here. I guess this might be due to the use of gcc, which would be a good thing to compare the various CPUs, as icc is heavily tuned for SPEC.

    That being said, I don't find the comparison that interesting: comparing a 40nm chip that is used as a proof of concept against 22nm production chips doesn't tell the whole story, and I agree that this X-Gene implementation won't gain any significant market.
    Mar 4, 2014. 03:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Outguns Intel [View article]
    Klaus88,

    the benchmarks you cite, Kraken and Sunspider are heavily dependent on the browser (and its revision). They are basically useless to compare CPU performance, even less than Geekbench. Intel's François Piednoel even claimed AnandTech should have changed the browser to get better results (using IE which probably is the best Sunspider performer).
    Mar 4, 2014. 02:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: The Real 'Problem' With Bay Trail [View article]
    The CEO from Altera has an agenda: the main competitor Xilinx has started shipping 20nm chips. So I am afraid he can't be trusted. We'll have to wait for independent benchmarks.
    Mar 1, 2014. 05:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Outguns Intel [View article]
    I think we are getting off-topic but these two posts show IMHO that icc indeed cheated to get better AnTuTu/nbench score:

    http://bit.ly/NddTcb
    http://bit.ly/NddSoA

    I agree the optimization is valid, but its scope is so narrow and only applied to 32-bit code... This is really dubious.

    Regarding icc, Linux users can get it for free for non-commercial use. I have tried it several times over the last 5 years, but didn't get any speed up for any of my code, gcc is good enough (for me at least).

    OTOH I really like your idea of only using open source compilers as it would prevent most cheating.
    Feb 28, 2014. 04:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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