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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 arrival of Intel’s 45nm dual- and quad-core processors, the company is officially introducing the X38... 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 it only supports a dual 8x SLI mode."A late November or early December release date is mentioned... Read more...
Global microprocessor chip sales are booming. August 2007 came in a 4.5 percent higher than the previous year. It appears manufacturers of devices that use chips are forecasting a strong Christmas season ahead, and are readying themselves to deliver the shiny stuff for under the tree.The increase is better than historical norms, according to John Pitzer, chip industry analyst at Credit Suisse Securities (USA). August marks the third month in a row that chip sales have been higher than seasonal norms. August is the month electronics manufacturers buy most of the chips they need to prepare for holiday season gadget demand, the SIA said, indicating companies expect strong Christmas sales. Rising... Read more...
The AGEIA PhysX hardware accelerator has been a solution in search of a program.  Meaning, there's just not enough software available to really make it worthwhile.  That said, they have announced a mobile version for notebooks. Today, the company announced the PhysX 100M mobile processor, aimed at adding hardware-accelerated physics to high-end desktop replacement gaming notebooks. According to the press release, this new mobile part is designed to operate, "with power dissipation of nearly 10W under gameplay conditions." It also includes power management features not seen in the desktop version, to throttle down the clock speed if things get too hot or if the chip is idle.Judging... 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 and also introduce some new features.  We've got a motherboard from Gigabyte on the test bed that... 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 to see just how much the platform's performance has changed.  Click the link below and take... 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 cards. An interesting thing about the RS780 is its Southbridge (SB700), which only supports PCI.... 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 drivers are in the final state of polishing with a few bugs left to quash, but plenty of time remains... Read more...
It looks like AMD is considering an exit from the costly chip fabrication business.  This might seem a strange move as many were speculating that part of the advantage of picking up ATI was that they could help the graphics firm eliminate the overhead caused by outsourcing chip fabrication.  It's unclear if the union has provided enough work to make the fabrication plants and associated R & D as profitable as AMD would like.  Most fabrication companies often have multiple customers which helps them evenly distribute the cost of upgrading their process technology.  The idea of AMD and ATI together might have made swallowing those upgrade costs a bit more feasible, but it seems that it might... 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 PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help... 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 in a room or the sound of a voice to the touch of a button—so they can be converted into a digital... 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 formation of snowflakes, tooth enamel and seashells, IBM said. Should be out in 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 been on the fast-growth track lately. Nintendo chose one of its chips for its new Wii game console... Read more...
A professor at MIT has come up with a new programming language and an associated compiler to overcome the challenges presented by programming for powerful multicore chipsets. They call it StreamIt. "Creating software is still something a lot of people can do, but if they had to deal with parallelism, it becomes much more difficult," says Amarasinghe. In single-core machines, software code runs, for the most part, sequentially. This means that tasks--such as accessing certain chunks of memory to open a program--occur one after another, in a predictable way. In a multicore system, tasks get split up among cores. And when different tasks need to access the same chunk of memory,... Read more...
Nvidia based motherboards and SLI technology typically go hand in hand. In the past, SLI technology was only featured on high-end Nvidia platforms, although throughout the years Nvidia has moved this technology down to lower and lower price points. In years past, one would only purchase an SLI enabled motherboard if they had a specific need to run SLI graphics cards. Nowadays, with SLI boards so cheap, even those who don't need this feature will grab SLI-enabled motherboards, simply because there is a small price variance between SLI and non-SLI platforms and the future expansion options are attractive. This was evident of Nvidia's nForce 600-series motherboards for Intel Core 2 processors.... Read more...
Chip sales are usually slow in the first quarter of any year. But 2007 is shaping up to be a blah year in the microprocessor business all the way through. What's the problem? But what makes 2007 special? At least one reason is the transition to the Windows Vista operating system. Microsoft (MSFT) has said it sold 20 million Vista licenses in its first month of general release. Still, PC upgrades on both the consumer and enterprise side of the business have been slow to materialize amid questions over whether to upgrade immediately. Meanwhile on the Apple side, new machines and a new operating system are expected early in the summer, kicking... Read more...
Good Morning All.  Today we've taken a preview look at AMD's new 690 series chipset with integrated Radeon X1200 graphics. Poised at taking on NVIDIA's long since mature nForce 430 chipset, AMD has provided a competitive new offering in the IGP space. Here's a snip from the piece: "It has been a long time since we saw a chipset released under the AMD name and the 690 series appears to be a solid offering in the IGP market. However, it does appear that AMD is still playing catch-up with NVIDIA, as the nForce 430/61xx series has been out for quite a while and NVIDIA is poised to release their MCP68 in the not too distant future. With the promise of an integrated GeForce 7 class... Read more...
With no major processor architecture updates in the immediate future and their DX10-capable graphics solutions still a few months away, the new AMD seems to be slowly picking up slack as we roll through the first two thirds of Q1 '07.  Today, AMD is officially introducing their first new chipset since the ATI acquisition, the AMD 690G/V Series.  Comprised of an RS690 Northbridge and SB600 Southbridge, the 690 series chipset's goal is to provide a full-featured motherboard backed by a solid integrated graphics solution, thanks to an integrated ATI Radeon x1250 with AVIVO support.  What makes the 690G unique, at this point, is its support for VGA and DVI... Read more...
As a follow-up to Nick's post yesterday regarding DDR3 memory coming to the desktop, we have some information by way of Chilehardware.com regarding Intel's upcoming P35 "Bearlake" chipset and some Biostar-built motherboards that are going to use it. "We got more info and Specification of the new Intel P35 chipset, with full support for DDR3 & DDR2." That quote was the only this available in english, but you won't need a translator for the pictures and specifications.... Read more...
Intel Research Chip Advances 'Era Of Tera' 80-Core Programmable Processor First to Deliver Teraflop Performance with Remarkable Energy-Efficiency SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2007 - Intel Corporation researchers have developed the world's first programmable processor that delivers supercomputer-like performance from a single, 80-core chip not much larger than the size of a finger nail while using less electricity than most of today's home appliances. This is the result of the company's innovative 'Tera-scale computing' research aimed at delivering Teraflop -- or trillions of calculations per second --performance for future PCs and servers. Technical details of the... Read more...
Intel sends more details tonight of something we learned a bit about at this past Fall IDF.  We have specific details of the architecture that comprises Intel's mysterious Teraflop 80-Core processor.  This breakthrough comes in the form of a dedicated function circuit but its design and implementation show promise for highly scalable SoC and NoC architectures in the future, with leading edge processes like those that are being developed at Intel's Hillsboro, Oregon facility.    "The ever shrinking size of MOS transistors brings the promise of scalable network-on-chip (NoC) architectures containing hundreds of integrated processing elements with on-chip communication.... Read more...
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