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Oh, brother. Hot on the heels of some mildly good news from Advanced Micro Devices comes yet another downer. Just to give you a bit of background before we dive in, AMD just recently closed a deal that spun off its manufacturing into a newly formed company that was eventually coined GlobalFoundries, Inc. Being the logical thinkers that they are, the suits at AMD simply assumed that any licensing agreements it had with Intel would be automatically passed over and made valid with its new spin-off. And that's where it went wrong.Intel has just taken the cat fighting up a notch (or two, one could argue) by openly stating that existing licensing agreements that cover Intel's x86 architecture do not... Read more...
AMD Closes “Asset Smart” Transaction – Fulfills Vision to Create Two Leadership Companies Capable of Delivering Transformative Innovation and Impact to the Global Technology Industry            — AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company form well-resourced U.S. based global semiconductor manufacturing services company —                    — Strategic partner Mubadala Development Company increases stake in AMD —SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Mar. 2, 2009 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has closed its Asset Smart strategic transaction with the Advanced... Read more...
We've witnessed Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (better known as TSMC) work hand-in-hand before, but according to a breaking report from Reuters, the two are about to realign in a big way this Monday. A so-called "strategic announcement" will be made in just two short days, which has led the market to speculate that Intel may be considering the outsourcing of vital manufacturing.We're not sure if the timing here is just completely coincidental, but AMD is expected to officially close off remaining loose ends of its own manufacturing spinoff this coming Tuesday. Granted, it's all speculatory for now, but Intel did say in an emailed statement that "sales chief Sean Maloney... Read more...
Whatever you can do, I can do better. Or, at least that's the impression we get from AMD on this one. With chip makers like ARM and Intel already expecting to ship processors built with 32 nanometer process technology by the end of this year, AMD has finally come forward and admitted that it too is actually working on 32 nanometer chips.In a recent interview with InformationWeek, the company's CEO Dirk Meyer stated that it would be "ramping up" production of next generation 32 nanometer processors around the middle of 2010, but "volume production" wouldn't begin until Q4 2010. It's noted that AMD typically lags behind Intel by around six to twelve months in shipping next gen products, so news... Read more...
There are only a select few events in the PC hardware world that get hardcore enthusiasts truly excited. For example, when popular trade shows like Computex, IDF, and CES take place, there is a fair amount of buzz. Also, anytime the major players in graphics release next-generation GPUs, things definitely heat up; or likewise when a hot new game hits. Finally, when either of the processor big guns, Intel or AMD, unleash new CPU micro-architectures on the world, you can almost bet that the community will come alive with enthusiasm. We're sure we've missed a few other momentous occasions as well, but you get the gist. It takes something new and exciting to get a PC Enthusiast's pulse racing. Thankfully,... Read more...
When microprocessor manufacturers ran into increasing complications as they tried to make chips runs faster, they shifted gears, and started building more powerful processors using multiple cores. We're still at the early part of the multi-core revolution, but researchers at the University of Rochester claim that microprocessor manufacturers will eventually run into similar challenges with today's multi-core processor design because of the "limits of miniaturization." So what comes next? The answer still lies with multi-core processors; but instead of just packing cores in next to each other on the same plane, the cores will be stacked on top of each other vertically. The concept of a three-dimensional... Read more...
At the conclusion of their NVISION 08 visual computing conference, NVIDIA pulled together a few members of the press the reveal some very interesting news regarding SLI and Intel's upcoming X58 chipset platform for future Nehalem microarchitecture-based processors, aka Core i7.Up until this announcement, NVIDIA had only planned to support SLI on the X58 with motherboards that also featured their NF200 chip, much as they did with Skulltrail, as NVIDIA had no plans to produce chipsets for Intel's QuickPath Interconnect (QPI).  But as of now, NVIDIA will be supporting SLI natively on the X58 chipset as well, provided the motherboard goes through an NVIDIA certification process. ... Read more...
DisplayLink brings multi-monitor computing to the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset FamilyFirst ever quad-monitor solution for Intel-based desktop and notebook PCs SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 19, 2008 – Helping to make it even easier for PC users to work and play on multiple monitors, quad-monitor technology developed by DisplayLink, for the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family optimizes quad monitor computing for notebooks and desktops. Quad-monitor technology combines DisplayLink's USB network display software with the Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family for desktop and notebook PCs, where, the technology outputs images on up to four displays at the same time - two integrated... Read more...
If you're hungry for news about the future of Intel's pesky little rival, AMD, (we always are) then perhaps you'd go to their spokesman and flat out ask. If you're Business Week, here's the sort of answer you'd get: "AMD continues to look at multiple options that leverage our world-class manufacturing capabilities and relationships to achieve an optimum blend of internal and external operations." Let's play PowerPoint Bingo with that short sentence. Let's see, we've got: multiple options leverage (used as a verb) world-class (fill-in the blank) relationships optimum blend (not referring to coffee) internal and external operations Bingo! They said absolutely nothing. If you substituted "NAZI Germany"... Read more...
If you've been on top of the PC scene for any length of time, you probably know that whether by choice or necessity, AMD has taken a different tact as of late. Whereas the company was all about bigger, faster, and better during the Athlon's heyday, AMD is now more about touting the performance per dollar and value of their products. While they may not have a CPU with the horsepower to compete in the benchmark war with Intel's $1000 behemoths, AMD's affordably priced Phenoms do offer good bang for the buck.The value conscious mentality that has permeated AMD's recent graphics card and processor launches has also rung true in their motherboard chipset business as well. The 690G and 780G, for example,... Read more...
If you've been on top of the PC scene for any length of time, you probably know that whether by choice or necessity, AMD has taken a different tact as of late. Whereas the company was all about bigger, faster, and better during the Athlon's heyday, AMD is now more about touting the performance per dollar and value of their products.  While they may not have a CPU with the horsepower to compete in the benchmark war with Intel's $1000 behemoths, AMD's affordably priced Phenoms do offer good bang for the buck.The value conscious mentality that has permeated AMD's recent graphics card and processor launches has also rung true in their motherboard chipset business as well. The 690G and 780G,... Read more...
Whoah there. That would be news. Santa Clara-based NVIDIA, makers of graphics processors that are near and dear to the heart of computer gamers everywhere, has been making quite a bit of news lately -- most of it bad. On the plus side, they were rumored to be working on a deal with Apple to supply a custom platform using Intel processors. But as we told you here earlier, they've also been stung by a $200 million charge to replace laptop chips that were damaged by packaging material. Now Digitimes is reporting that NVIDIA is planning to stop making chipsets altogether, and concentrate solely on their GPU business. The loss of its chipset business is expected to have a significant impact on Nvidia's... Read more...
Gadi Singer, Vice President of Intel’s Mobility Group, and Doug Davis, Vice President of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, held a conference call today to discuss a brand new product line from Intel targeted at security, storage, communications, and industrial applications, the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor family. Although the Intel EP80579 branding will be new to most of you, the underlying technology is comprised of products that have a well established history at Intel.  In fact, this line of products is based on the Pentium M processor core, as it has been in development for quite some time now.  The Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor family, however, is more than just a new... Read more...
Samsung has started spreading the word to its customers that NAND flash memory chips are going to be harder to come by for a little while as Samsung diverts much of its available supply to Apple. When Apple places an order for 50 million 8Gb NAND chips, it shouldn't be a surprise that Apple gets to cut the line and is offered a spot at the front of the queue. NAND flash memory chips are used in USB flash drives, MP3 players, cell phones, and other small-form-factor consumer electronics devices. What does Apple need with 50 million NAND chips? Two words: iPhone 3G. Apple is gearing up to distribute the new iPhone 3G starting next week in no less than 70 countries--and at a significantly reduced... Read more...
Intel has been tinkering around with DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) cells, reducing their size and getting rid of the capacitors that were necessary components of their tiny integrated circuit. In doing so, they may have demonstrated a way to remove the SRAM (Static Random Access Memory)cells from the processor and replace them with the simplified DRAM, greatly improving bandwith. Intel said that it was able to fine tune its DRAM design and hit a physical clock of 2 GHz using a 65 nm manufacturing process. The resulting 2T-DRAM offers a stunning bandwidth of 128 GB/s. If Intel is successful to take the clock speed up to the level of its QX9770/9775 processors, the bandwidth would climb to... Read more...
According to Digitimes, AMD isn't going to bother releasing two 65 nanometer scale dual core chips they had in the development pipeline. AMD originally planned to launch two 65nm dual-core Phenom processors codenamed Kuma for the desktop PC market in May or June this year, however the company has recently suspended the plans and will let its Athlon X2 5600B processor cover the market until the company enters 45nm production, according to sources at motherboard makers.AMD realizes they must get down to the 45nm scale architecture to effectively compete with Intel, whose 45nm Penryns have been out for a while now. Releasing more 65nm chips would be playing musical chairs with more contestants and... Read more...
Researchers at IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory have developed a new technique that gives a whole new meaning to water cooling: Circulating water inside the chip itself. The concept is not meant for today's CPUs, but actually for the chips of tomorrow. Historically, CPU performance improvements have largely been a function of generating faster computational speeds. But higher speeds require smaller manufacturing processes and generate more heat--thus trying to eke out more MHz from CPU design advances becomes increasingly difficult and less efficient. This is one of the reasons why CPU manufacturers have switched their performance focus from more MHz to multi-core processors.But more cores means... Read more...
Back in February of this year, NVIDIA announced their APX 2500 application processor. In the official announcement, NVIDIA described the product as a "breakthrough applications processor that enables intuitive 3D user interfaces and engaging high-definition video on connected Windows Mobile phones." -- a tall order to be sure.  At the time, we got a chance to play with the APX 2500 development platform and saw the unit's UI first hand.  We even saw Quake III running on the device, which brought back memories of the thousands of timedemo runs we've endured over the years, while producing numerous, CPU, GPU, and motherboard related articles.  Although NVIDIA didn't... Read more...
Billionaire J.R. Simplot, whose wealth earned him the title of "spud king" of America, passed away Sunday at his Boise home (where else but Boise for the "spud king") at the age of 99.In 1980, at age 71, Simplot took a gamble on the next generation of businessmen, giving Ward and Joe Parkinson $1 million for 40 percent of what would become computer chip maker Micron Technology Inc. Over the years, he pumped in $20 million more to help Micron build its first manufacturing plant and to stay afloat. Micron went on to become a major producer of DRAM memory chips, which are used to store information in personal computers.At one time Simplot was a McDonald's board member, and later in life he could... Read more...
Amazonian beetles, to be more precise. Researchers have long understood that if they could produce a photonic crystal, a diamond-like structure that would allow light to be shunted around inside instead of electricity, that they would be able to make superfast optical computers that used little power and wouldn't generate heat the way your current chip does. They could even envision the structure necessary, they just couldn't produce it. But then someone noticed that the iridescent scales of a lowly beetle had the structure they were seeking all along. When the researchers scoped the scales, they noticed something strange: No matter the angle of viewing, the scales always appeared in the same... Read more...
As many of you are no doubt aware, Intel is planning to officially release a new mainstream chipset in a few weeks, the P45.  From a feature standpoint, the new P45 is somewhat similar to last year's P35.  The P45, however, will have official support for PCI Express 2.0, with a more flexible lane configuration for multi-GPU graphics, and the chipset itself is being manufactured at 65nm as opposed to 90nm.  Using the more advanced process to build the chips should result in lower power consumption and lower operating temperatures as well.  The P45 will also be paired up with a new ICH10-series southbridge, which is similar to the ICH9 sans a few legacy features. Asus showed... Read more...
As many of you are no doubt aware, Intel is planning to officially release a new mainstream chipset in a few weeks, the P45.  From a feature standpoint, the new P45 is somewhat similar to last year's P35.  The P45, however, will have official support for PCI Express 2.0, with a more flexible lane configuration for multi-GPU graphics, and the chipset itself is being manufactured at 65nm as opposed to 90nm.  Using the more advanced process to build the chips should result in lower power consumption and lower operating temperatures as well.  The P45 will also be paired up with a new ICH10-series southbridge, which is similar to the ICH9 sans a few legacy features.Asus... Read more...
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