Today an agreement between MediaTek subsidiary Richtek and Intel has been made for Richtek to acquire Intel’s power management solutions and controller product line known as Enpirion. The agreement will enable the sale of the division, subject to regulatory approval, for $85 million, and is expected to close in Q4. Intel’s Enpirion business has been part of the company under the Programmable Solutions Group, formerly known as Altera, which was acquired by Intel in December 2015 for $16.7 billion. Altera had previously acquired Enpirion in May 2013 for $140 million, indicating a net loss over the seven years. The Enpirion PowerSoC product line has been a series of system-on-a-chip DC-to-DC power converters, enabling higher power density and lower electrical noise compared to discrete power converter equivalents...
IBM to use Samsung 7nm EUV for Next-Gen POWER and z CPUs
IBM has announced it has signed an agreement with Samsung Foundry to produce its next-generation processors. This includes processors for IBM Power Systems, IBM z, and LinuxONE systems, all...24 by Anton Shilov on 12/21/2018
CUBOT's New 6000 mAh Smartphones: Who Calls a Smartphone King Kong?
Readers may remember that back in 2015, I wrote a review about a $150 smartphone I picked up from Amazon called the Cubot H1. This unit was a cheap...29 by Ian Cutress on 9/17/2018
Assessing IBM's POWER8, Part 2: Server Applications on OpenPOWER
In this second part of our ongoing OpenPOWER coverage, we are taking a look at how the midrange IBM POWER8 compares to Intel's Xeon in applications that matter: Java...49 by Johan De Gelas on 9/15/2016
Assessing IBM's POWER8, Part 1: A Low Level Look at Little Endian
A few months ago, IBM brought the relatively cheap S812LC server to the market, making sure the IBM POWER8 is within the budget of almost every datacenter. In this...124 by Johan De Gelas on 7/21/2016
Several CAPI-Enabled Accelerators for OpenPOWER Servers Revealed
Over a dozen special-purpose accelerators compatible with next-generation OpenPOWER servers that feature the Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) were revealed at the OpenPOWER Summit last week. These accelerators aim...9 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2016
Tyan Introduces 1U POWER8-Based Server for HPC, In-Memory Applications
At this week's OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose, California, Tyan has introduced its new IBM POWER8-based 1U servers designed for high-performance computing (HPC) as well as in-memory applications. The...36 by Anton Shilov on 4/7/2016
IBM & Xilinx @ SC15: Collaborating For Better POWER/FPGA System Integration
Kicking off this week is the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, better known as SC. Along with the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), SC...7 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2015
The IBM POWER8 Review: Challenging the Intel Xeon
We recently got our hands on a S822L, an dual socket OpenPOWER server. IBM claims that this is an affordable, high performance and highly expandable alternative to the typical...146 by Johan De Gelas on 11/6/2015
The Intel Xeon E7-8800 v3 Review: The POWER8 Killer?
The story behind the high-end Xeon has been the same for the past 5 years: Intel's most expensive beats the Oracle alternative in every way you can look at...146 by Johan De Gelas on 5/8/2015
IBM and NVIDIA Announce Data Analytics & Supercomputer Partnership
Our other piece of significant NVIDIA news to coincide with the start of SC13 comes via a joint announcement from NVIDIA and IBM. Together the two are announcing a...12 by Ryan Smith on 11/18/2013
IBM Offers POWER Technology for Licensing, Forms OpenPOWER Consortium
The CPU wars are far from over, but the battlegrounds have shifted of late. Where once we looked primarily at the high-end processing options, today we tend to cover...32 by Jarred Walton on 8/7/2013