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Intel announced a major technology shift today in a move that fundamentally changes how the company will build transistors in the years to come. Starting with Ivy Bridge, Intel is adopting what it calls Tri-Gate (3D) transistors. Up to this point, Intel has relied on conventional bulk silicon, but its ability to scale this base technology is coming to an end. As processes shrink, it's become increasingly difficult to prevent current leakage. "For years we have seen limits to how small transistors can get," said Gordon E. Moore.  "This change in the basic structure is a truly revolutionary approach, and one that should allow Moore's Law, and the historic pace of innovation, to continue."... Read more...
You know, it's not often we get to bestow upon you words of pure wisdom.  Sure, we provide detailed, timely news, product and technology analysis but really, we're not in the business of covering your backside.  That's what Moms are for or your personal Wingman or Wingwoman, as the case may be.  That said, we'll give you a bit of advice for this fine Friday... If you see a dude dressed up like this and looking seriously pleased about it, coming your way, we'd suggest you run (don't walk) the other way.  Let's see if your instincts are in proper attenuation tonight. Can you tell us, who is the MAN in the middle of this fab tour shot?They're like Gangstas but geekier...... Read more...
ARM AND GLOBALFOUNDRIES ESTABLISH A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO ENABLE APPLICATION OPTIMIZED SOC PRODUCTS ON 28NM HIGHK METAL GATE (HKMG) PROCESSRelationship leverages synergies between ARM’s leading low power processor architecture, optimized physical IP and partner Eco-system with GLOBALFOUNDRIES advanced technology, design and manufacturing excellence. CAMBRIDGE, UK – October 6, 2009 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)] and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announces a long-term strategic relationship to provide their mutual customers with an innovative SoC enablement program.   To support the long-term relationship, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM have signed a broad agreement on processor implementation... Read more...
Global Foundries Calls for Renewed Focus on 300mm Manufacturing Innovation- At SEMICON West, the new leading-edge semiconductor foundry describes the need for increasing efficiency and minimizing waste in the 300mm manufacturing process - SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 14, 2009 – In its effort to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumer technology, the semiconductor industry has long been preoccupied with smaller transistors and larger silicon wafers. While these are important tactics, opportunities for increasing efficiency, becoming more agile, and minimizing waste are often overlooked in manufacturing processes, according to Thomas Sonderman, vice president of manufacturing systems and technology... Read more...
Global Foundries Appoints Head of Enterprise Quality, Completes Senior Leadership Team- Foundry industry expert to drive maximum quality and process improvement for customers as company positions for long-term success as an independent leading-edge foundry - SUNNYVALE, CA – July 7, 2009 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Ron Dickinson as vice president of enterprise quality. The appointment marks the completion of the senior management team, cementing a strong leadership base to support the long-term growth and success of GLOBALFOUNDRIES as it aims to reshape the foundry landscape. In his role, Dickinson will enhance the customer experience by driving maximum levels of quality... Read more...
GLOBAL FOUNDRIES Details Advanced Technology Aimed at 22nm and Beyond- At VLSI 2009, engineers describe new technique to continue scaling in HKMG transistors - SUNNYVALE, CA and KYOTO, JAPAN – June 16, 2009 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES today described an innovative technology that could overcome one of the key hurdles to advancing high-k metal gate (HKMG) transistors, bringing the industry one step closer to the next generation of mobile devices with more computing power and vastly improved battery life. The semiconductor industry is celebrated for overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to continue the trend toward smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient products. Performed in partnership with IBM... Read more...
T-RAM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES enter into Joint Development Agreement for application of T-RAM’s Thyristor-RAM embedded memory to advanced technology nodes MILPITAS, Calif. - T-RAM Semiconductor Inc. (T-RAM) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced today that they have entered into a joint development agreement targeted toward the application of T-RAM’s Thyristor-RAM embedded memory to advanced technology nodes.According to Gregg Bartlett, Senior Vice President of Technology and R&D at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, “We are pleased to be jointly developing T-RAM memory for 32nm and 22nm technologies. T-RAM’s embedded memory technology shows a great deal of potential for use in low-power, high-performance dense cache applications... Read more...
Although the lion's share of news these past couple of days pertains to Intel's Core i7 unveiling, information about AMD's next salvo of desktop processors has slowly been leaking as well. According to a story posted today on the Digitimes website, AMD will be launching a pair of new 45nm quad-core Phenom processors sometime this month..."AMD is planning to launch two 45nm quad-core desktop CPUs (Deneb) – the Phenom X4 20550 and 20350 for socket AM2+ systems with core frequencies of 3GHz and 2.8GHz, respectively in November this year, according to sources at motherboard makers.  The company will also launch six 45nm triple-core CPUs (Heka and Regor) including 14x00, 12x00 and 1xx00e series.... Read more...
In addition to our in-depth article coverage of Intel’s new Core i7 processor and platform architecture, we also have a video spotlight up that gives the viewer a hands-on look of various new Intel Core i7 hardware as well as a Core i7 system in action on the test bench. Direct Link:https://hothardware.com/Articles/Getting-To-Know-Intels-New-Core-i7-Video-Spotlight/ Synopsis:  Ultimately, we can't help but be impressed by the new Core i7 processors. The performance, power profile, and overclockability are all very good even at this early stage.  Intel clearly has another exceptionally strong product in their line-up that will undoubtedly appeal to PC enthusiasts and multimedia... 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...
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 on the community to 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... Read more...
VIA Nano Processor: World's Safest, Most Power Efficient Cryptography for Mini-notes and x86-based ComputersNew SiSoftware Sandra 2009 benchmarking software includes measurable cryptographic tests showing the VIA Nano processor using only 5% of the power and almost double the speed of competing CPUs Taipei, Taiwan, October 14, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showed that the cryptographic performance of the VIA Nano processor is the most power efficient on the market, due to its dedicated VIA PadLock Security Engine, a suite of security tools integrated directly into the processor die. The hardware security implementation within... Read more...
NVIDIA and Opera team to accelerate the full web on mobile devicesOpera 9.5 Browser Licensed and Optimized For Tegra Processors SANTA CLARA, CA -- September 9, 2008 -- Browsing the Internet on a mobile device will take a leap forward with today's announcement that NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Opera Software (OSE: OPERA) are collaborating to bring the full desktop Web-browsing experience, including support for JavaScript, accelerated vector, and video content, to smartphones and mobile Internet devices. As a result, NVIDIA will offer an optimized Opera 9.5 browser in its suite of pre-integrated, in-house and third-party software for the NVIDIA Tegra family of computer-on-chip Windows... Read more...
Intel was showing off some of their next-gen hardware today at a posh NYC hotel on the east side of Manhattan.  There aren't many specifics we can talk about just yet, but we were allowed to snap off a few pictures of a system that we're sure many of you are eager to check out.  What you see pictured here is a complete Nehalem-based rig, built around an Intel X58 chipset motherboard.  Unfortunately, we can't disclose any benchmark scores or frequencies, nonetheless, there is still some interesting stuff to see here.     Intel's Nehalem Demo System First off, how about that case?  The Nehalem demo machine was assembled in an Origen AE S21T HTPC enclosure,... Read more...
Today we have a look at Intel's new top-of-the-line Core 2 Mobile chip, the Core 2 Extreme Mobile X9000.  At 2.8GHz with a full 6MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 35 Watts, this chip is Intel's fastest notebook CPU for the performance enthusiast, gaming, and multimedia  markets, aka the Desktop Replacement (DTR) crowd.  Our test vehicle was none other than Dell's XPS M1730 killer mobile gaming machine.  A match made in heaven?  Perhaps. Click the link below and find out...Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile X9000 Processor... Read more...
VIA made quite a splash early this year when they announced the Isaiah CPU architecture, which was developed at their Centaur design center.  At the time of the announcement, we spoke with VIA's Centaur design center president, Glenn Henry, to get a deeper insight into what VIA had in store with Isaiah, but we weren't given many hard details regarding final clock speeds and specifications, performance, branding, or availability.Today though, VIA is ready to disclose a few more details regarding the Isaiah CPU architecture.  First off, Isaiah-based processors now fall under the Nano brand.  Due to their low-power design, VIA's Nano processors will initially be used to power... Read more...
Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q9300 has some rather large shoes to fill. This newly shipping, relatively low-cost quad-core processor from Intel is a replacement for their long-standing price to performance champ, the Core 2 Quad Q6600.  The Q6600 was the first quad-core in Intel’s arsenal which was actually affordable, and even today, it remains one of the best values on the market.  Not only is the Core 2 Quad Q6600 inexpensive for a quad-core CPU, but it is extremely overclockable and provides a significant amount of computing power for the dollar. Core 2 Quad Q6600’s are still in high-demand – a trend which is likely to continue until they are no longer available. Like we said, rather large... Read more...
Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q9300 has some rather large shoes to fill. This newly shipping, relatively low-cost (~$270) quad-core processor from Intel is a replacement for their long-standing price to performance champ, the Core 2 Quad Q6600. The Q6600 was the first quad-core in Intel’s arsenal which was actually affordable, and even today, it remains one of the best values on the market. Not only is the Core 2 Quad Q6600 inexpensive for a quad-core at around $230, but it is extremely overclockable and provides a significant amount of computing power for the dollar. Core 2 Quad Q6600’s are still in high-demand – a trend which is likely to continue until Intel physically removes from... Read more...
When AMD first announced plans to introduce triple-core processors back in September of last year, reaction to the news was mixed.  Some felt that AMD was simply planning to pass off partially functional Phenom X4 processors as triple-core products, making lemonade from lemons if you will.  Others thought it was a good way for AMD to increase bottom line profits, getting more usable die from a single silicon wafer and mitigating yield loss.  We were somewhat perplexed by the first reaction.  This is an age-old strategy in the semiconductor space and after all, the graphics guys have been selling GPUs with non-functional units for years.  AMD was simply borrowing a play... Read more...
When AMD first announced plans to introduce triple-core processors back in September of last year, reaction to the news was mixed.  Some felt that AMD was simply planning to pass off partially functional Phenom X4 processors as triple-core products, making lemonade from lemons if you will.  Others thought it was a good way for AMD to increase bottom line profits, getting more usable die from a single silicon wafer and mitigating yield loss.  We were somewhat perplexed by the first reaction.  This is an age-old strategy in the semiconductor space and after all, the graphics guys have been selling GPUs with non-functional units for years.  AMD was simply... Read more...
S3 Graphics Announces Ultra Energy-Efficient Embedded Multimedia Graphics Processor at ESC 2008 The S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor combines 30% better power-efficiency with best-in-class HD video and DX10.1 / OpenGL 2.1 graphics Fremont, California, April 16, 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor for embedded markets, bringing the latest in HD video playback, graphics rendering, display connectivity, and power management to developers of gaming, digital signage and other multimedia intensive embedded applications. The S3 Graphics 4300E will debut at Embedded Systems Conference, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on... Read more...
AMD Extends Energy-Efficient Processing Leadership with World’s First 65-Watt Quad-Core Desktop ProcessorAMD Phenom™ X4 9100e Processor Enables Full–featured, Sleek and Quiet Quad-Core PCsSUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the availability of the world’s first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse. With AMD Phenom™ X4 9100e quad-core processors, digital media enthusiasts and performance-hungry users can experience the powerful computing capabilities of a true multi-core architecture with a processor operating at a maximum of 65–watts.By coupling an AMD Phenom X4 9100e with an... Read more...
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