Rumors that Raptor Lake processors should get new DLVR technology have been circulating since March last year, but nothing was known about it at the time.Some time later, Intel registered a patent, which described the purpose of DLVR.As it turned out, we are talking about Digital Linear Voltage Regulator (DLVR), a new mechanism that improves the energy efficiency of processors.Image source: VideoCardzThe document explained that the digital linear voltage regulator in Intel processors works in parallel with the main one, which is installed on the motherboard.DLVR can reduce the voltage of the processor and thus reduce power consumption by 20-25%.At the same time, a 21% reduction in power consumption allows for up to a 7% increase in performance.Image source: VideoCardzAs you know, some of the Intel Core 13th generation processors are already on sale.However, there is no sign of DLVR technology in them.Intel hasn't said anything publicly about the new feature either.However, traces of DLVR were found in fresh versions of ASUS mainboards BIOS for new processors.It is called CPU DLVR Bypass Mode Enable.In this case the function itself does not work.Turning it on or off has no effect.Image source: VideoCardzThe ASUS company's in-house overclocker, a.k.a.Shamino, has said that the DLVR function is indeed supported on the company's latest motherboards, but Intel has disabled it on Raptor Lake CPUs themselves.He also added that there is a possibility that future Intel chips will support it.Image source: ASUS ROG ForumsThe wording \"future processors\" draws attention.The Raptor Lake chips are expected to be the last for Intel's LGA 1700 platform.Expected after Raptor Lake processors Meteor Lake series will almost certainly require a new processor socket.On the other hand, rumors that Intel is allegedly working on updated Raptor Lake Refresh chips are starting to appear in the web.Presumably, they will be able to offer up to 20% lower power consumption compared to the current Raptor Lake models due to the DLVR function.
Intel hasn't changed its mind about building plants in Ohio and Germany despite the downturn in the industry - but it may cut its project budget
This week the pages of the Intel corporate blog featured a post by Keyvan Esfarjani, executive vice president in charge of manufacturing operations for the corporation around the world.He tried to reassure investors that deteriorating macroeconomic conditions would not force Intel to abandon its plans to build new facilities in the U.S.and Europe, although he acknowledged that funding for these projects should be carried out in proportion to projected demand.Source image: IntelThe main idea of the message of the Intel representative was that the company should already prepare for the future growth in demand for semiconductor products.It takes three to five years to build a plant and equip it with the necessary equipment, and the company simply cannot afford to ignore future market demands.Intel's management shares the experts' optimism, predicting an average semiconductor market turnover growth rate of 5 percent a year by the end of the decade.By the end of the forecast period, the market capacity should double to $1 trillion, so the company considers it necessary to invest in the construction of new enterprises, even now, when the current situation is not favorable to it.The second important idea, which broadcasts the executive vice president of Intel - the need for geographical diversification of chip production.With 80% of capacity concentrated in one tiny region (meaning Taiwan), semiconductor manufacturing is very vulnerable, according to Intel.Reportedly, this week the company acquired ownership of a piece of land in Magdeburg where a chip packaging and testing facility will be built, and eventually a second one will appear.The company has also signed a contract with Bechtel, a construction contractor that will start building new Intel facilities in Ohio.Here, the corporation expects to master mass production of chips using Intel 18A technology by 2025, with the U.S.Defense Department mentioned among the first customers.At the first stage, Intel expects to invest at least $20 billion at this site.A management representative made it clear that the company will work closely with German and Ohio state authorities to determine when and how much funding is needed for the relevant projects.Intel in this regard is going to be guided by the needs of the market and plan its major expenditures wisely.
Canadian retailer PC-Canada has declassified ten planned Intel processors that will expand the Raptor Lake series.Most of them are Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 models without a \"K\" in the name, which have a reduced to 65W TDP rating.However, the list also includes the flagship Core i9-13900KS model.Image source: IntelThe seller has indicated the price of the expected new products.If converted to U.S.dollars, prices are as follows:Core i9-13900KS: 24 cores, 32 threads, n/a-6.0 GHz - $725;Core i9-13900: 24 cores, 32 threads, 2.0-5.6 GHz - $615;Core i9-13900F: 24 cores, 32 threads, 2.0-5.6 GHz - $585;Core i7-13700: 16 cores, 24 threads, 2.1-5.2 GHz - $415;Core i7-13700F: 16 cores, 24 threads, 2.1-5.2 GHz - $390;Core i5-13500: 14 cores, 20 threads, 2.5-4.8 GHz - $258;Core i5-13400: 10 cores, 16 threads, 2.5-4.6 GHz - $245;Core i5-13400F: 10 cores, 16 threads, 2.5-4.6 GHz - $218;Core i3-13100: 4 cores, 8 threads, 3.4-4.5 GHz - $155;Core i3-13100F: 4 cores, 8 threads, 3.4-4.5 GHz - $125.All new products should debut in January next year.They will compete with processors Ryzen 7000.And, apparently, Intel will have a significant advantage over the competitor for some time in the number of models and, accordingly, more flexible pricing. Image source: PC-CanadaAs for the Core i9-13900KS: this 24-core, 32-core processor will be able to automatically overclock multiple cores to 6.0 GHz.Based on the prices published by the Canadian retailer, the novelty will be about a third more expensive than the Core i9-13900K model offered in the same store.The official premiere of the remaining Intel Raptor Lake series processors is expected at the international electronics show CES 2023 in early January.They will debut at the same time as motherboards on the Intel B760 chipset.Like the older models, they will also be compatible with Intel's 600-series motherboards for Alder Lake processors.
The other day, thanks to a report from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), we learned that shipments of all types of graphics processors collapsed by 25% in the third quarter.Now, thanks to the same analysts, we know how the discrete graphics card market changed over the same period.In short - it fell even more, and AMD gave NVIDIA a serious share of this market.Image source: WCCFTechThe discrete graphics market sagged very strongly.In the third quarter of 2022, the supply of graphics cards was only 14 million units, a drop of 41.6% compared to the same period last year, when the supply was 24 million graphics cards.Even a quarter earlier the situation on the market was much better - in the second quarter of 2022 was delivered 19 million discrete graphics cards.Shipments of mobile and desktop graphics cards were divided equally - in each segment was delivered 7 million cards.However, desktop cards previously dominated the market, with 10 million desktop boards shipped in the quarter versus 8.6 million mobile boards, and 13 million desktop boards versus 11.6 million mobile discrete graphics cards shipped in the third quarter of 2021.NVIDIA saw its share of the discrete graphics market grow to 88% in the third quarter, up 8 percentage points from the quarter before.As a result, AMD had only 8 percent of the discrete graphics market, down from 15 percent in the second quarter.And the remaining 4 percent was taken by Intel.In the desktop segment, AMD is doing slightly better - here it took 10 percent.The remaining nine tenths of the market were divided between NVIDIA with 86% share and Intel with the same 4%.As for the mobile segment, NVIDIA's dominance is even stronger - the company owns 90% of the market, while Intel and AMD equally shared the remaining 10%.Overall supply of graphics processors, both discrete and embedded, both mobile and desktop, is rapidly decreasing since the second quarter of 2021.Then a sharp decline occurred in the third quarter, then in 2022, the market was relatively stable until the first quarter of this year, but after that again began to actively decline.This is likely due to the economic and geopolitical instability in the world.Analysts expect that next year, sales of graphics processors will fall even more.In 2024 the market will be steadily low, and the recovery will begin only in 2025.But the growth will not be too significant.These are tough times for the PC market: demand for PCs soared during the pandemic, and now the need for them is severely diminished.The GPU market has been heavily influenced by mining, which has driven high discrete graphics sales.Now the market is flooded with cheap used video cards from miners, and there are a lot of new gas pedals in stores now, but some are asking too much.
A jury in Texas has issued a verdict that Intel must pay VLSI Technology a $948.8 million fine for infringing a patent related to computer chips.Source image: intel.comVLSI, which owns the patent, is affiliated with Fortress Investment Group, a SoftBank Group conglomerate.In a six-day lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that Intel's Cascade Lake and Skylake processors violate its patent related to data processing technology.A representative of Intel said that the company \"strongly disagrees\" with the verdict and intends to appeal, and the case is \"one of many examples that show that the U.S.patent system needs urgent reform\".In March of last year, VLSI won the patent litigation with Intel, in which the Texas court ordered the processor manufacturer to pay the plaintiff $2.18 billion - later the defendant filed an appeal, but without success.In April VLSI lost another patent dispute with Intel.At the last hearing the plaintiff's lawyer said that Intel's processors produce \"millions and millions of violations per second\".Intel's representative insisted that the company's engineers developed all the solutions themselves and that the manufacturer's current processors no longer work with the outdated technology that VLSI is talking about.Two more VLSI cases against Intel are pending: in Northern California and Delaware.The California case is due to begin in 2024.
Intel has hired an executive to promote Arc graphics cards that has turned ASUS into a leading PC gaming brand
Intel has gained a valuable executive with a wealth of experience.Vivian Lien announced that she has already joined Intel's graphics division as vice president and general manager.\"I can't wait to get into building the Intel Arc graphics graphics graphics graphics adapter business,\" she wrote on Linked In, and promised that \"there's more to come.\"Image source: Vivian LienLien is expected to play an important role in promoting the next generation Intel Arc Battlemage discrete graphics cards as well as attracting Intel's PC-ready partners to incorporate these products into their systems.Intel Arc Battlemage is expected to be the next evolution of Alchemist to compete with AMD and NVIDIA products.Image source: Vivian LienThe appointment of Lien to a senior position at Intel suggests that the company needs her expertise and extensive partner relationships in the gaming PC business.Lien was at Corsair by the middle of the decade before last, but made her name and reputation with a successful career spanning years at ASUS in PC and component marketing.In fact, she was instrumental in ASUS becoming one of the premier suppliers of gaming PCs and components.For the past few years, Lien has been Dell's VP of Alienware and Dell Gaming.So this is someone with a wealth of experience in promoting gaming PCs and components.Image source: IntelIf Intel really wants to succeed in commercializing its discrete graphics cards, appointing someone who has been in PC and component sales to this position looks like a good choice.And beyond that, Vivien's appointment is the nail in the coffin of persistent rumors about scaling back development or cutting back Intel's discrete graphics Arc business.
Reducing dependence on TSMC and its Taiwanese facilities will be an important trend for MediaTek in coming years, as CEO of this mobile processor developer, Rick Tsai, made clear.The company's CEO explained that the main factor behind this decision will be geographical diversification, as over-reliance on Taiwan concerns not only the company, but also its customers.Large consumers of semiconductor products, according to Mr.Tsai, will begin to require chip suppliers to use multiple sources of production: Taiwan will be combined with the U.S.or Europe.MediaTek is preparing for the emergence of such requirements and is gradually expanding the geography of its chips production, not just limited to Taiwan.As over time, MediaTek expects to increase the volume of sales of its chips in the U.S.market, then the localization of production, it is ready to pay close attention.When TSMC's chip contract manufacturing facility in Arizona will start operating, MediaTek hopes to become its customer.In addition, the production of processors of this brand will be engaged in GlobalFoundries, which has enterprises in New York State and Singapore.However, in this case we are talking about the use of not the most advanced lithography, but it is more important to diversify sources.Intel, which has repeatedly reported on cooperation with MediaTek, from the second half of 2024, as explained by Rick Tsai, will provide it with chips, which will be produced by Intel 16 technology in the enterprise in Ireland.These components will find use in TVs and Wi-Fi routers, and do not require advanced lithography to produce them either.This market segment is quite large, so the company considers cooperation with Intel in all seriousness.The head of MediaTek personally observes progress in this area on an almost monthly basis.
Intel has quietly and publicly started shipping the Optane P5810X SSD.For the technology giant, this is likely the last series of solid state drives based on 3D XPoint nonvolatile memory.Image source: Intel Recall that in July this year Intel decided to phase out such devices and thereby get rid of this area of its business.In 2020, Intel announced that it lost more than $500 million on the production of 3D XPoint memory and Optane drives based on them.The series of Intel Optane P5810X SSDs include models with capacities of 400 and 800 GB.They come in 2.5-inch U.2 form factor and are equipped with PCI Express 4.0 x4 interface. The manufacturer claims sequential read speed of 7200 MB/s for both models, and sequential write speed is 5,400 MB/s for the 800 GB version and 6,000 MB/s for the 400 GB model.Performance in random read and write operations is 1.5 and 1.38 million IOPS, respectively.Latency in these operations is 5 ns.In regards to SSD lifespan, their DWPD (number of full writes per day) is 100.A five-year manufacturer's warranty is claimed for the devices.Nothing is known about the cost of Optane P5810X SSDs.It is also unclear how long the company plans to supply them.
AMD will unveil Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards on the latest RDNA 3 architecture graphics processors tonight. The start of the presentation,...