New x86 Competitor In Town

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News Posted: Mon, Feb 18 2008 6:55 PM

Montalvo Systems might not be a name you know, but that could change in the months ahead.  Montalvo is a company comprised  of people with resumes listing high-level design positions at firms like AMD/NexGen, Transmeta, Intel, IBM, and the list just goes on.

Montalvo plans on delivering a unique multi-core chip that they've already designed and filed numerous patents on.  That's not surprising considering the work history of several of their employees.

“Montalvo's chips, however, will fundamentally differ from the latest Core or Opteron processors from Intel and AMD in that the cores on its chip won't be symmetrical, i.e. identical to each other. Instead, Montalvo's chips will sport a mix of high-performance cores and lower-performance cores on the same piece of silicon, similar to the Cell chip devised by IBM, Toshiba, and Sony, according to sources close to the company.“

The firm will initially try to compete in markets for products like smart phones, UMPCs, and ultra-portable devices.  If the technology takes off, who knows where they might go from there?



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replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:09 AM
A lot of people have been talking about Nvidia Buying AMD but I think IBM would likely buy AMD and it would be good for Nvidia to buy a upstart company like this one because their Ceo is a genius and could really turn this into something awesome.
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Lev_Astov replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 7:44 AM
Yeah, definitely. I really want to see more players in the processor market, especially for PCs. I'm glad there are at least two competitors for both processors and GPUs, but we could certainly do with more.

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ice91785 replied on Fri, Feb 22 2008 11:29 AM

I am sick of everyone buying out everyone -- its a headturner yes, but in the end it just raises prices for us by taking out further competition

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werty316 replied on Fri, Feb 22 2008 12:13 PM
How funny would it be if Intel as well as AMD get owned but the chips that this companies produces. It would be something out of left field.
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deathman replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 11:24 AM

Hope they do well but they won't get a x86 Licencing from Intel.  As well if AMD is bought out they won't beable to transfer the Licence as well.  For smaller devices and such this will be good for but we won't be seeing this as a PC replacement.

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Feb 26 2008 7:31 PM

deathman:

Hope they do well but they won't get a x86 Licencing from Intel.  As well if AMD is bought out they won't beable to transfer the Licence as well.  For smaller devices and such this will be good for but we won't be seeing this as a PC replacement.

 

Indeed, that's what most people don't understand regarding the acquisition of AMD...The x86 license would become void, but it depends on the purchaser. Even thogh I doubt AMD would be bought out, the only company I would even like the idea of purchasing out AMD would be IBM...I can't stand Nvidia atm, they are just too greedy if you ask me. 

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