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AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ Desktop APUs Launching on 21st July, Will Include Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G, Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G & Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G

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AMD will be launching two new CPU lineups this month, the Ryzen 3000XT ‘Matisse Refresh’ series will be introduced today while Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ series will be released in a few weeks. Our own sources have confirmed the official launch date for the new APUs along with details on how AMD is going to market its next-generation APU lineup.

MD Ryzen 4000 Renoir Desktop APUs Launching on 21st July, Will Feature Three PRO Variants In 65W & 35W Flavors

The AMD Ryzen 4000 Desktop APUs, codenamed Renoir, are coming to the AM4 socket. The latest APUs will house the Zen 2 CPU and Vega GPU architecture on the same die and both cores will be fabricated on the 7nm process node. Compared to AMD’s Ryzen 3000 Matisse CPUs, Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs feature a monolithic design, and one of the key advantages of having everything on-board the same die will be better latency as has been seen in various leaked benchmarks. We’ve also seen that the Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs are really good overclockers with speeds pushing way beyond what Matisse Ryzen 3000 can achieve.

That’s not it, the APUs will also make use of a better architecture design compared to Matisse. We have seen how the mobility parts are slightly more efficient than Matisse CPUs and since Ryzen 4000 APUs on AM4 platform essentially utilize the same dies as the mobility SKUs, we are going to see similar gains. Other improvements come from a better memory controller which will support much higher DDR4 frequencies than Matisse CPUs and we can also expect the CPUs to run as per their advertised boost clocks.

AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APU Lineup For AM4 Desktop Platform

The one downside for not utilizing a chiplet design will be a

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By: Hassan Mujtaba
Title: AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ Desktop APUs Launching on 21st July, Will Include Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G, Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G & Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G
Sourced From: wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-4000-renoir-desktop-apu-21st-july-official-launch-lineup-full-specs-detailed/
Published Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:14:52 +0000

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Agile Teams In A Waterfall Environment: Steps Away From Fixed Everything Work

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A waterfall precedes and follows rapids

In Agile Teams In A Waterfall Environment: Fixed Budget, Fixed Scope, Fixed DateI talked about a panel discussion that I participated in that was asked: 

“We have been presented with a project with a fixed budget, fixed scope, and fixed date — can we use agile to deliver this project?” 

Interpreting the question as can we “be” agile, the answer is no (heck no if you want to be emphatic).  However, does that mean we need to take our ball and march off the field — never to be or do agile? Again, the answer is also heck no. There are several strategies that a team or even an organization can take to make progress toward a better way of working. 

Walled Garden, which is adopting agile values and techniques at a team level and then constructing approaches to interface with entities outside the bubble you create.   This is the most extreme approach, but it is a way to explore and exhibit agile values. At a team level, a leader or manager often has a substantial amount of leeway to affect how work is done. Everything outside of the team is outside of the leader’s sphere of control, therefore handoffs and data sharing arrangements must be negotiated. The walled garden can be dangerous if the team does not control how they work and if experimentation is acceptable behavior. In the real world walled gardens are often used for experiments but if left to run too long they can cause a team or team of teams to be cut off from the rest of the organization.

Shift Left moves the involvement of engineering employees to the front end of work entry. An example of this type of behavior would be to include a person that will be involved in doing the work in the sales process. Work entry problems will mess up the best-laid plans whether agile or plan-based approaches are used. The acceptance of work into the queue is a sales exercise whether you are dealing with cash-carrying, external customers, or taking orders from internal stakeholders. Determining what is needed, whether it can be done, when it will be done, and how much it will cost are all subject to negotiation (that is what sales is all about). Involve current engineers in the process. The term current is used purposefully, don’t assume that since you coded or tested a few years ago that you understand the nuances of the profession today. Involving a sales engineer will help shape the buying or ordering process so that it is based more on technical information and rational analysis and less on saying anything to get the order. Making work entry more purposeful will reduce the number of fixed everything projects. 

Hybridize your approach to building and managing work.  Visualize your flow and adopt a kanban”y” version of Scrumban. Most kanban methods can be overlaid on any process and do not require you to change how you are working. Once you have visualized

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By: tcagley
Title: Agile Teams In A Waterfall Environment: Steps Away From Fixed Everything Work
Sourced From: tcagley.wordpress.com/2020/08/13/agile-teams-in-a-waterfall-environment-steps-away-from-fixed-everything-work/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 23:55:49 +0000

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Intel Confirms Sapphire Rapids Processors In 2021 With DDR5, PCIe 5.0 And CXL 1.1

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At their Architecture Day 2020, Intel also confirmed the launch of its upcoming Sapphire Rapids CPU platform in 2021. Sapphire Rapids will feature support for DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 and will truly be a “next-generation” data center chip with the addition of the CXL 1.1 interconnect. The company has also plans to release the OneAPI (going gold) later this year which should tie up their master plan of a unified datacenter ecosystem quite nicely.

Intel Sapphire Rapids, Alder Lake and 144 Layer QLC confirmed at Intel Architecture Day 2020

While the company did not reveal the exact process Saphire Rapids is based on, we can infer that it will likely be based on the company’s 10nm SuperFin Enhanced process because it succeeds Ice Lake processors (which are based on vanilla 10nm) and because it uses TME. Total Memory Encryption is an architectural design that encrypts the memory completely so even if someone dumps the RAM – they would just get garbage data. This feature is also present in Tiger Lake – which is based on 10nm SuperFin – which lends credence to Sapphire Rapids being based on the same (or more advanced) process as well.

The company also confirmed that they will be shipping a new 144 layer QLC later in 2020 which should be higher than the industry average and offers a 50% density increase over the third generation QLC that Intel produced. This is something that once again ties in with their datacenter unification efforts. The entire platform would be competing against AMD’s Zen 4 based EPYC Genoa lineup which would also be moving to a newer platform known as SP5.

AMD has promised new memory along with new capabilities for the Genoa lineup which would include support for DDR5, PCIe 5.0,

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By: Usman Pirzada
Title: Intel Confirms Sapphire Rapids Processors In 2021 With DDR5, PCIe 5.0 And CXL 1.1
Sourced From: wccftech.com/intel-confirms-sapphire-rapids-processors-in-2021-with-ddr5-pcie-5-0-and-cxl-1-1/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:41:10 +0000

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Intel Announces 10nm SuperFin Transistor – Roughly The Same Level Of Performance Uplift As A Node Shrink

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Intel held its Architecture Day 2020 for the press on August 11 and revealed quite a few technological innovations but the star of the show for architecture fans was the company’s SuperFin process enhancement. Intel joked about their ++++ improvements on 14nm and revealed a new FinFET type for 10nm called SuperFin which allowed them to gain several plusses worth of improvement in one go. According to Intel and the benchmarks they provided, the improvement in performance is roughly equal to one node shrink.

Intel’s 10nm SuperFin transistor achieves ~17.5% performance uplift and significantly higher clock speeds compared to vanilla 10nm

Intel’s 10nm has gained quite a reputation for being broken but it looks like the company has not only managed to fix problems with the original 10nm process but improve it to get several iterations worth of performance uplift in a single go. A single “+” iteration previously gave a performance uplift of around 5% but with 10nm SuperFin enhanced, the intranode performance uplift is roughly 17.5% when compared to vanilla 10nm.

Before we go any further, here is an introduction to Intel’s 10nm SuperFin from Ruth Brian herself:

We are redefining [the FinFET] to deliver an unprecedented level of performance uplift. We achieve this through a combination of innovations across the entire process stack from the bottom of the transistor channel all the way to the top interconnect metal layers. Within the transistor, we improved epitaxial growth of crystal structures on the source and drain, increasing the strain and reducing resistance. It allowed more current to flow through the channel.

We had an enhanced source drain architecture driving additional higher channel mobility and enabling charge

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By: Usman Pirzada
Title: Intel Announces 10nm SuperFin Transistor – Roughly The Same Level Of Performance Uplift As A Node Shrink
Sourced From: wccftech.com/intel-10nm-superfin-transistor/
Published Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:01 +0000

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