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It's a grand time to be in the GPU business. According to Jon Peddie Research, graphics chips manufacturers shipped 97.9 million units in the third quarter, a 20% rise over the preceding quarter, and 18% more than during the same period last year.  Intel is still king; AMD is the little engine that could; but it's Nvidia that's showing the biggest market-share rise.Overall, Intel held its lead, shipping 37.2 million units (+21.2% over Q3 2006) and claiming a 38.0% market share, which, however is down 3.8 points from 41.8% the company held in Q3 2006. AMD posted a slight shipment growth... Read more...
Rumors are already being circulated about AMD's upcoming 790FX chipset, and the latest is that it might end up being quite power efficient and not nearly as hot as some of the other high-end chipsets out there.  This is great news for anyone planning on building a new rig based off the 790FX, but it's especially good news for people who are planning on building a SFF/Micro-ATX system where thermals and power consumption are especially important factors due to space limitations.“It seems that implementing PCIe Gen2 and HyperTransport 3 in combination with TSMC advanced manufacturing process... Read more...
It has been quite some time since Intel launched a desktop chipset targeted squarely at power users and PC enthusiasts.  Of course, the P965 and current P35 have both been very well received by motherboard manufactures and the enthusiast community, but these chipsets were actually designed for the upper-mainstream space.  In fact, the 975X Express, which launched almost two years ago, was the last desktop chipset Intel specifically marketed for enthusiasts. With today’s launch, however, the Intel desktop chipset line-up gets a new flagship.  To lay the foundation for the upcoming... Read more...
It has been quite some time since Intel launched a desktop chipset targeted squarely at power users and PC enthusiasts.  Of course, the P965 and current P35 have both been very well received by motherboard manufactures and the enthusiast community, but these chipsets were actually designed for the upper-mainstream space.  In fact, the 975X Express, which launched almost two years ago, was the last desktop chipset Intel specifically marketed for enthusiasts. With today’s launch, however, the Intel desktop chipset line-up gets a new flagship.  To lay the foundation for the upcoming... Read more...
According to a report on the Digitimes website, NVIDIA is planning to launch a few new chipsets for the AMD platform complete with next-gen IGPs and PCI Express 2.0 support."The chipset will come out in two versions, the high-end MCP72XE and the mainstream MCP72P, both support HyperTransport 3.0 and upcoming AMD Phenom processors. The MCP72XE will adopt a two chip design and has 35 PCI Express lanes with PCI Express 2.0 support, and is cable of dual 16x or quad 8x SLI modes. The MCP72P will adopt a single chip design and has 18 PCI Express Lanes. Although the chipset also supports PCI Express 2.0... Read more...
Back in February of this year, we took a look at the AMD 690 series chipset and praised it for its affordability, power efficiency, and strong performance relative to its competition.  Since then, the 690 series chipset has gone on to be somewhat of a success for AMD with over 35 different motherboards based on various flavors the chipset currently and more on the way. Not content with the status quo, engineers at AMD have taken the 690 series chipset and optimized it further through some BIOS and software level enhancements that result in marked performance gains in a number of situations... Read more...
Back in February of this year, we took a look at the AMD 690 series chipset and praised it for its affordability, power efficiency, and strong performance relative to its competition.  AMD has since taken the 690 series chipset and optimized it further through some BIOS and software level enhancements that result in marked performance gains in a number of situations and also introduce some new features.  We've got a motherboard from Gigabyte on the test bed that feature the latest updates and thought we'd compare its performance to the unaltered board we evaluated when the chipset was first introduced... Read more...
If AMD’s newly unveiled roadmap is accurate, we should be seeing its next generation chipset quite soon. Codenamed the RS780, the new chipset is intended for consumer and commercial desktop platforms. The RS780 chipset features an integrated graphics solution and will come with DX10 support, AMD’s UVD technology, DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI support, and an integrated audio controller. In addition, the RS780 combines two display controllers and an independent frame buffer. With a full x16 PCIe 2.0 slot and a number of lesser PCIe 2.0 lanes, users can opt for better graphics or include other expansion... Read more...
Intel’s Centrino (Santa Rosa) mobile chipsets, the GM965 and GL960s, and Intel's G35 integrated graphics chipset, which are all scheduled for launch in Q3 of 2007, will not be granted DX10 support until Q1 of 2008. Originally, the G35 chipset was supposed to come with DX10 support at its commencement. However, due to DX10 driver delays, Intel now has a new agenda, which is to release DX10 (alpha) in Q4 of 2007, and the final version in early 2008.... Read more...
Charlie over at The Inquirer posted another blurb today stating that Intel's upcoming X38 chipset will support NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology, as well as ATI's CrossFire.  This rumor first hit during Computex, but NVIDIA reps spoke up and claimed it was false at the time.  Now The Inquirer claims that they've spoken with some unamed engineers and that they have confirmed that X38 will support SLI... "Now we are sure that NV will deny it up and down, but seeing as how they have trouble with anything relating to the truth, I would urge the reader to ignore them. The engineers tell us that SLI... Read more...
Intel Introduces '3-Series' Chipsets at Computex 'Extreme' Laptops, Joint Effort on Education Mobile PCs for Children also Unveiled TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 -- In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled the new Intel 3 Series Chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users. The products enable a number of innovative features for today's... Read more...
Interesting interview of Texas Instruments' CEO Richard Templeton over at Business Week. He outlines the niche his company has  carved out in the chipmaker world, and points to some of the big opportunities out there for chip innovators. While its supply contracts with mobile-phone manufacturers including Nokia and Motorola grab all the headlines, the bulk of Texas Instruments' business comes from chips that are nowhere near as attention-getting. Accounting for about 40% of the company's sales in 2006 are its so-called analog chips. Analog chips measure "real world" inputs—from the temperature... Read more...
IBM has pioneered a new method to make chips that essentially assemble themselves into a usable framework. It should yield a savings in power consumption and a goose in speed. The technique works by coating a silicon wafer with a layer of a special polymer that when baked, naturally forms trillions of uniformly tiny holes just 20 nanometers, or millionth of a millimeter, across. The resulting pattern is used to create the copper wiring on top of a chip and the insulating gaps that let electricity flow smoothly. A similar process is seen in nature during the... Read more...
We hardware fanbois at HotHardware always keep a close eye on the horserace between Intel and AMD. But you know who's making real money in the chip world? Analog chipmakers: Research firm iSuppli forecasts a 10.1% jump in analog chip sales this year, to $47.5 billion. ISuppli analyst Gary Grandbois says that analog sales growth will start to slow later this year, and then slow to 9% growth in 2008 and to 4.9% in 2009, before rebounding in 2010. He says the slowdown is part of the usual chip cycle. That's not the case now for many analog firms. Analog Devices, for one, has... Read more...
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