What simply occurred? Both Intel and AMD noticed casualties this week. Team Red misplaced their schedule on the final minute and needed to postpone the launch of this month’s 7040HS sequence till April. Team Blue says goodbye to a distinct segment accelerator that by no means launched – RIP Thunder Bay.
Announced at CES 2023, AMD’s Ryzen 7040HS sequence (codenamed Phoenix) and the lately introduced 7045HX sequence are each based mostly on Zen 4 and use TSMC’s N4 node, however the similarities finish there. The HS sequence makes use of a monolithic chip that mixes an RDNA3 GPU with as much as 8 cores, whereas the HX sequence makes use of a chiplet design ported from the desktop sequence, with solely a fundamental built-in RDNA2 GPU however as much as 16 cores.
Late Friday afternoon, AMD introduced that the 7040HS sequence had been delayed by a month to deal with these bugs. “We now count on the primary laptops powered by Ryzen 7040HS sequence processors to be out there from our OEM companions in April,” Team Red mentioned in a launch.
|Model||core/thread||Base/Boost Clock||L2 + L3 cache||GPU CU||cTDP|
|R9 7940HS||8 / 16||4.0 / 5.2GHz||24MB||12||35-54 watts|
|R7 7840HS||8 / 16||3.8 / 5.1 GHz||24MB||12||35-54 watts|
|R5 7640HS||6 / 12||4.3 / 5.0GHz||22MB||8||35-54 watts|
The HS sequence has three fashions: R9 7940HS and R7 7840HS every with eight cores, and R5 7640HS with six cores. All three have enhance clocks round 5 GHz and goal 35-54 W. These CPUs are additionally paired with devoted AI accelerators, and a modestly built-in RDNA3 GPU clocked at slightly below 3 GHz, designed to compete with the GTX 1650.
Intel started submitting patches to the Linux kernel final week, eradicating assist for Thunder Bay SoCs. Phoronix discovered the reason in a uninteresting patch notice: “Product canceled with no finish prospects or customers.”
Thunder Bay is the codename for the SoC first referenced by Intel in its 2021 submission to the Linux kernel. It was rumored to mix a Movidius VPU (Vision Processing Unit) and Xeon cores, however its now-removed driver revealed it to have Arm A53 cores as a substitute.
If the title Movidius confuses you, don’t fret. Intel purchased the corporate, which makes synthetic intelligence accelerators for IoT functions, in 2016 and has phased out its model. Since then, Intel has continued to quietly launch Movidius VPUs each few years, however has principally built-in the know-how into different product traces, together with its Thirteenth-generation Core CPUs that function synthetic intelligence models.
Team Blue could not have given up on plans to develop accelerators like Thunder Bay, however they’ve been placed on maintain as a part of a latest cost-cutting effort.