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AnandTech Annual Review of 2018: CPUs



When Ryan initially wrote about the CPU's news story, I laughed. This year, it has been a lot of processor notes and opinions, security issues, discussions about next year's computer science. I wrote a couple of weeks ago to analyze each AnandTech article in our archive to analyze my database. It turns out that AT staff includes 200 new articles and longer articles that have written shameful reviews of CPU this year and are highlighted here.

When CPUs are discussed, at least one desktop market, our focus is on two companies: Intel and AMD.

January: Security and CES

At the beginning of the year, it usually starts with the Las Vegas CES commercial show, but before reaching this point, the news generated new weaknesses that affect the most modern processors: Specter and Meltdown. This was significant because of these two names, a new family of micro-interactive weaknesses derived from the basic design of modern processors was created, in order to exploit some tricks that we can achieve in common everyday tasks. The news was invented a week ago by the companies (before the deadline was released), but the big players in the six-month note submitted solutions to Google's Project Zero in 2017. These weaknesses were ordinary threads. 2018 (and still today), as companies blend repairs of software and firmware in safe security equipment and security guarantors, and research on future hardware repair products. An essential, high-performance, processor-wide general processor (Intel, AMD, ARM and POWER) is thought to be the weakest level, and all major companies have made official statements on the subject. Many software and firmware of many generators of processors came to 2018 and although the new products that blocked "some" in the final phase of 2018 are more serious in 2019, some of these resolutions result in a regression of performance in some tasks, especially on the basis of business, but at the forefront of the CPU 2019-2020 it will be subject.

In order to avoid security news, the CES exhibition was the most popular among us. AMD began a full day of discussions, talks and publications. AMD's presentation is key: New microtechnology products, Ryzen and EPYC, were opening the way to the future. In presentations, AMD presented roadmaps for presentation of 2018 products, including new APUs, 12nm desktop processors, Zen + updates, Threadripper at the end of the second generation, and 7nm Vega GPU boosts by the end of the year. AMD's presentation was very good, showing and pledging road maps. In this regard, AMD announced its long-term roadside CPU and GPU technology in 2020.

The following is a remarkable interview with AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, about how AMD was set up to bring its new era.

Intel had his usual language at CES, former CEO Brian Krzanich, who briefly addressed security issues, mostly talked about Drones and linked people, but reported the company's advance to the next generation technological process at 10 nm. Instead, the company mentioned 10nm briefly at the end of a small 9 minute presentation next, at Intel's cabinet next 8:00 pm, by Gregory Bryant, the SVP Client Computing Group. The news was not as big as this: Intel confirmed that it sent 10nm to 2017 revenue. It was literally a short sentence. As long as the technology progressed, there was no word, or any future line of time.

Intel was, however, in January. The company always started the best solution for integrated graphical graphics: Radeon RX with Vega Graphics SoCs Core. These processors took quad-core mobile chips and were paired with all the customized Polaris graphic solutions from AMD in the same processor. The graphics chip was connected to Intel's EMIB technology via the HBM2 memory pack, keeping the package low. The bids ranged from 65W to 100W to TDP, and here it was intended to be clear and clear under the discrete graphical solutions. We saw both HP Specter x360 and Dell XPS 15 up to date, including a Hades Canyon NUC, a Chuwi HiGame mini-PC and a Dell Precision device later.

February: GlobalFoundries Visitors

From January to February, the origin is a slow industry time as China's New Year. According to the company, a one-week rest may be for three-week breaks, so we do not see a lot of products. It starts in late January and February, if the factory is not enough, or the fabs chain does not participate in China.

Intel launched a month with the reaction measures Specter and Meltdown, the Product Certification and Security Group (technically reported in January but it was not formal). The strategic goals of the group were not clear, except for the team that will help the Intel Cross Company continuously improve product safety.

In the first week, Intel also launched the Xeon D-2100 platform, putting the space above the Xeon D-1500 line. Among the older processors, the older ones, instead of the Atom cores, were similar to the Xeon scalable processors, although they were less frequent, but smaller than TDP, based on integrative networks and QuickAssist features. Pieces are sold to 18 centers.


"Indoor underwear". Unfortunately, no image is allowed.

In early February, Nate and I visited GlobalFoundries Fab 8 in Malta, New York. At this time, the GF People's Conference was a successful AMD strategy with Ryzen and EPYC, and was looking at 7nm and EUV products. The appearance of a FAB fab is very strange and we have opened our eyes rather than black box manufacturers, and cutting-edge technology and configurations need to be properly executed. We interviewed CTO Gary Patton fab and GF about the future of 2018.

Next to the AMD fence, the company launched the first desktop APUs, combining Zen Cores and Vega graphics in the desktop format. Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G featured a fair 720p game in four hubs starting at $ 100. The processors included some refrigerators of stock related to other wells. AMD has also launched its EPYC embedded platform to provide a wide range of Ryzen products for integrated systems.

March: Security again

At the end of Q1, our last month of the year was quiet with regard to absolute CUZ news, although it had some important elements. In addition, Ryzen Threadripper is based on refrigerators, such as Noctua NH-U14S TR4-SP3, Intel Poulson Itanium processors & # 39; 1 & # 39; the family has also canceled.

If Specter and Meltdown were not enough security problems, some security issues were clarified. An unsafe security company, CTS-Labs, ASMedia chipsets and AMD's secure processor found weaknesses. We have examined the issues in detail, but I was asked about how this advertisement was created: security companies did not claim a way of claiming them (it was a bad idea) that they did not offer sharp details about weaknesses. In order to promote the issues in advance of the website, the PR company managed with professionally rendered videos on these issues, and some allegedly related financial companies were ready with multiple-page documents, which AMD deserved. In the business interview, there were clear technical miscommunications, and when we asked about the sponsors of this project, the call was over. I recorded a podcast / video of two hours with TechTeamGB, which is worth watching.

AMD, after a week after discovering the findings, then published a statement on the subject. The truth is, most of the assets were secondary vulnerabilities – from the beginning they needed large licenses. However, AMD reaffirmed that the repairs would soon be available. The security company is not heard in any way, and there is no longer a website to promote issues.


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