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The new 3D graphics pipeline

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Apple’s footprint

As you’ve heard by now, maybe a hundred times, Apple has a new multi-chip SoC called M1 Ultra. They also have a new workstation, a new set of smartphones, and more stuff in the Apple tube-o’-plenty of consumer products. How did a struggling PC vendor with a small MP3 player get to have such a reach? They did it with … Read more

Apple’s tiny but mighty Mac Studio

Apple’s new Mac Studio, clawed out of a single aluminum extrusion, measures 7.7-inches square and 3.7inches tall—designed to fit nicely under a display. Two fans on top draw air up from the circular vent on the bottom, pass over the PSU and motherboard and exhausted out from the back. It should be relatively quiet, but Apple hasn’t released any decibel … Read more

Apple’s M1 Ultra (2022)

In March 2022, at its annual new products conference, Apple announced a new version of the M1—the M1 Ultra, a dual-die chiplet device that introduced Apple’s UltraFusion interconnect technology. Apple’s UltraFusion packaging architecture connects two M1 Max die to create the M1 Ultra. (Source: Apple)   Apple’s UltraFusion used a silicon interposer to connect the chips across more than 10,000 … Read more

Chiplets need a home—UCIe has one for them

Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) is an open specification that defines the interconnect between chiplets within a package, enabling an open chiplet ecosystem and ubiquitous interconnect at the package level. Forming an open industry standard organization around UCIe are Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), AMD, Arm, Google Cloud, Intel, Meta, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, and TSMC. The feasibility of implementing complex systems … Read more

Gunnir enters AIB market with Intel GPU

China-based Gunnir has introduced three AIBs and got featured on Intel’s newish GPU website along with Asus as users of the Intl Iris Xe DG1 GPU. Gunnir’s page, in Chinese, reveals the following (after a Google translation):  Gunnir’s Lanji DG1-based AIB. (Source: Gunnir)   The company offers two additional DG1-boards: the Iris Xe IndexV2 and the Iris Xe Max Index … Read more

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5

Happy researchers running their screen with a ball-point pen. (Source: Lenovo)   Lenovo has done a springtime refresh of their mobile office products and brought some new, powerful features to the enterprise market. Announced at MWC, Lenovo showed the latest additions to its ThinkPad and ThinkVision portfolios. The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 is powered by an Intel vPro with … Read more