First Details Emerge on 14nm Xeon E3-1200 v4 / v5

Intel’s third generation of Xeon E3-1200 processors for single-socket servers and workstations has been on the market for over a year now, 16 months to be exact, and it looks like Intel is getting ready to release two new versions over the next 18 month time-period.

The two new generation of the Xeon E3 processor will be called E3-1200 v4 and E3-1200 v5 and will be based on the Broadwell and Skylake architectures that boast improved CPU efficiency, better graphics and support for more memory.

Xeon E3-1200 v4 series will most likely be available in the second quarter of 2015 and will be compatible to the current Denlow platform and C220 series chipsets. The v4 is built on Broadwell and features a quad-core processor with hyper-threading and up to GT3 graphics. The embedded cache is increased to 128MB and the DDR3 memory support is increased to 32GB. It will be manufactured in the current LGA package.

The Xeon E3-1200 v5 series will most likely be released sometime in the second half of 2015 and be part of the new Greenlow platform. They are going to utilize the C230 series chipset and be launched in an LGA package at first to ensure compatibility with the socket 1151. Just like the v4 they will feature up to 4 cores with hyper-threading technology, but only up to GT2 graphics. They are going to work with both DDR3 and DDR4 memory and have up to 64MB onboard cache.

At a later time, most likely the beginning of 2016, Intel will introduce the BGA version of the Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors to feature GT4 graphics, 128MB eDRAM cache and only support DDR4 memory.

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Acer Announces Aspire V5, Expands “Touch and Type” feature

With the introduction of the new Aspire V5 Series, Acer continues to bring touch and type to the mainstream segment. Designed in line with the current trend towards thinner and lighter notebooks that allow users to enjoy both entertainment and content creation anytime, anywhere, the new V5-561P comes with a built-in optical drive as there is are still a lot of customers who prefer to view and store content using an optical drive.

The Aspire V5-561P features an M-DISCTM enabled optical media drive, designed to save valuable content for up to several decades. This means it’s capable of storing data into the M-DISC to provide permanent storage of up to 4.7GB. In addition, the M-DISC is not vulnerable to failure like traditional DVDs and CDs, as it’s made up of a special layer that undergoes any permanent physical change not fading or deteriorating.

In addition, the Aspire V5-561P is equipped with a 15.6-inch HD LED-backlit, 10-point multi-touch display with Direct Bonding technology, which increases the effective contrast ratio, including the viewing and touch experience. Combined with a cool and fluid design, enriched by a large multi-gesture track pad, this touch notebook is perfectly designed to enhance content consumption and to take advantage of the features offered by Windows 8.

This new thin and light notebook series suits users looking to boost performance with up to 16 GB RAM for their daily entertainment, productivity and communication in a cool design anywhere, anytime.

Intel’s powerful Core processors based on Haswell micro-architecture delivers excellent performance and power efficiency for impressive multitasking and content creation, while the renowned AMD Radeon R7 and R5 discrete graphics offer multimedia enjoyment.

What’s more, the Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater surround sound effect technology takes the personal multi-media enjoyment to a higher level.

Users can enjoy all-round connectivity with HDMI and VGA ports to easily connect to an external display and files can be shared via the integrated USB 3.0 ports or SD card slot.

Availability and Pricing
The Acer Aspire V5-561P is available now with a starting price of €599.

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