Jonathan Hayhurst (Tech Writer)
Intel admits that the 10nm process is doing poorly
In a very honest reflection on the state of Intel's current competitive position, CFO George Davis not only admitted that 10nm won't be as profitable as previous nodes, but that Intel is in fact behind other foundries when it comes to manufacturing technology. Davis doesn't expect Intel will catch up until its 7nm process becomes available in 2021.
Get a Dell XPS 13 for 33% off
Looking for an upgrade? Dell's popular XPS 13 can be yours for just US$799 during the company's ongoing sale. Taking US$400 off the regular price, this model features a Comet Lake i5, 8 GB of LPDDR3 , and a 256 GB SSD.
RDNA 2 will be 50% more efficient
As a part of its Financial Analyst Day, AMD released more details about its RDNA 2 architecture coming later this year. In addition to ray tracing and variable rate shading support, AMD says RDNA 2 will deliver 50% more performance per watt than RDNA. AMD also teased Big Navi with a photo that looks an awful lot like a red and black founder's edition card.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary unexpectedly launches on Steam
Surprise! The first entry in the Halo franchise has been added to the Master Chief Collection on Steam. The PC release of the Anniversary edition features many PC centric options, including UHD resolutions and an unlocked frame rate. Owners of the full collection will receive the game for free, but the Xbox classic can also be purchased standalone for US$10.
GTC 2020 still on track despite coronavirus concerns
Update: Despite an announcement only days prior, GTC is now being moved to an online only format, due to coronavirus concerns.
Original story: NVIDIA has confirmed its annual GPU Technology Conference is on schedule, despite the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. It has been rumored that this could be the launch place for Ampere. In regard to the virus outbreak, the company says it is taking "precautions" and will monitor the situation closely.
AMD says chiplet design can cut costs by more than half
AMD has consistently beaten Intel in cost-per-core, but did AMD really need to pursue a chiplet design to make Zen 2 so affordable? New slides from a recent talk at ISSCC show exactly how much the company saved with this approach, and the results are very impressive.
PCI Express 6.0 version 0.5 released for initial designs
Not satisfied with third or fourth generation PCI Express speeds? Leapfrogging 5.0, the latest revision of PCI Express has been released for prototype designs ahead of its final launch in 2021. Featuring 4 times the bandwidth of PCIe 4.0, it may be a while before the standard reaches consumer products.