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End of an era? Intel’s tick-tock CPU development ending

As reported by PC Perspective, Intel is ending their “tick-tock” CPU cadence, where they would alternate between a new manufacturing process node (tick) and a new architecture (tock). Intel has been keeping to their schedule for quite a few years now but recently as they’ve moved towards sub-10nm processes their release schedule has slipped, most notably with Broadwell. Broadwell was the shrink to 14nm but the desktop chips released just a few months before it’s tock successor, Skylake. With the previous cadence, Skylake would have been followed by a shrink to 10nm but instead we’re getting Kaby Lake, a refinement …
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Intel Manages to Get a 16 Core Xeon Under 45W.. With a Few Catches

Intel has launched their Xeon D-1571 SoC, a 16 core server and workstation class CPU that supports hyperthreading. This System on Chip SKU is based on the Broadwell architecture and Intel has managed to get it to run at 45w TDP! An amazing feat of engineering considering the CPU has 16 cores and HT, making 32 threads. This is an embedded style SoC though, and will only be available on pricey, but sturdy, server and workstation boards from the likes of Supermicro (like the one pictured above) and Tyan. Spec sheet courtesy of CPU-World.com. The catches? Well, it is an …