Items tagged with process

Multi-core processors are here, and the amount of cores are bound to increase fast. That's good. There's bound to be problems, of course. That's bad. How do you get the things to talk to one another without crashing the whole system? Technology Review examines the challenges faced by programmers when dealing with multiple cores: Historically, writing software for multi-core systems has been the job of experts in the supercomputing world. But with the coming age of personal supercomputers, average programmers also need to be able to write software with multiple cores in mind. "That's a scary thing," says Krste Asanovi, professor... Read more...
NVIDIA and TSMC Celebrate New Milestone: 500 Million Processors SANTA CLARA, CA AND HSINCHU, TAIWAN - OCTOBER 24, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Inc. (TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today celebrated the shipment of the 500 millionth processor designed by NVIDIA and manufactured by TSMC. These processors--which include NVIDIA GeForce(R) GPUs (graphics processing units) and NVIDIA nForce(R) MCPs (media and communications processors)--were created on 2.6 million eight-inch equivalent wafers.  READ MORE...... Read more...
ATI Delivers 'Ready for Vista' Multimedia Performance and Productivity with New Mobility Radeon(R) graphics processors for Notebook PCs MARKHAM, ONTARIO, Sep 25, 2006 (CCNMatthews via COMTEX News Network) -- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) has developed a family of notebook graphics to meet the complete needs of mobile professionals-from creating vivid presentations, to watching high definition videos to playing their favorite video game on their flight home. ATI's Mobility Radeon X1700(R), Mobility Radeon(R) X1450 and Mobility Radeon(R) X1350 Balance performance with longer battery life to transform notebook PCs into high-powered mobile entertainment systems and Windows... Read more...
There has a been a lot of bad news reported lately with regard to Sony's Playstation 3, but it seems the Cell processor that was jointly developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba for the PS3 is ready to go.  So ready in fact, IBM just announced a new line of servers powered by two 9-Core 3.2GHz Cell processors... "Today IBM announced a new line of high-powered QS20 Blade Servers intended for use in seismic research, encryption, digital image rendering and military surveillance applications. Each QS20 will include two nine-cored Cell Processors clocked at 3.2Ghz apiece, which were developed by IBM along with Sony and Toshiba for Sony's upcoming Playstation 3 console, among other things. Toshiba... Read more...
Yesterday AMD updated their prices across their entire range of CPU's. AMD Athlon 64 FX Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 FX-62 - $827 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 X2 5200 - $403 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ - $301 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $276 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $240 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $215 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $187 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $176 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $152 A quick scan on Pricegrabber found that most AMD OEM/Retail CPU prices are approximately 10-20% lower than AMD's official pricing.... Read more...
New High-End Intel Server Processors Expand Performance Leadership Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series Intro Continues 'Summer of Servers' Push SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 29, 2006 - Intel Corporation today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously codenamed "Tulsa," the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated energy costs. The Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 processor series offers up to twice the performance1 and nearly three... Read more...
There is a very interesting story breaking today concerning AMD processors and a new "proof-of-concept" virus.  It seems the virus can gain low-level access to hardware and potentially bypass kernel and user-level protection mechanisms. Dubbed W32.Bounds (32-bit) and W64.Bounds (64-bit), the virus is not much of a threat at the moment, as you can see in the threat assessment posted at Symantec. "The worm comes in two versions, targeting 32-bit and 64-bit processors from AMD. Symantec refers to the online pests as w32.bounds and w64.bounds. Because it involves proof of concept code, both viruses are rated as low level threats.... Read more...
Kyle got his hands on some slides that detail some of the features and technology going into AMD's upcoming quad-core processors.  If you were thinking AMD was just going to "glue" together two Athlon 64 X2 dies, think again. IPC improvements, a shared L3 cache, and new clock gating technologies are all planned according to the slides. "We have some official AMD slides to share with you that outline AMD's upcoming Quad-Core technology that has recently taped out. This tech will be the heart of next-gen Opteron and Athlon 64 FX processors."... Read more...
Michael Schuette from Lost Circuits has an article on-line detailing the power and performance characteristics of three energy efficient processors, the Core 2 Duo E6300 and the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and 4600+.  As usual, Lost Circuits does a great job with the technical analysis.  For another take on AMD's Energy Efficient processors, take a look at what we had to say right here.  "With the release of the Core2 Duo line of CPU, Intel has made a complete turn-around in their line-up, pushing the new party line of instructions per Watt. At first glance, primarily the lower speed grades are target for energy-efficiency claims... Read more...
The guys over at the Tech Report put AMD's new energy efficient X2 3800  up against Intel's Core 2 E6300. Both of these processors have low power draw, are cheap, and are at the bottom of their respective product lines. Those of you who are thinking about putting together a SFF or HTPC box should pay attention. "The Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Energy Efficient Small Form Factor, meanwhile, has a different mission in life. It's not bad on the desktop, with a WorldBench score better than a Pentium D 960 and decent performance in today's games. But the EE SFF can't keep up with the E6300 on the performance front, and it's not much of an overclocker, either. Instead, the EE SFF would... Read more...
 Intel Teams With Top Universities for Software-Related Research, Curriculum for Future Multi-Core Processors 45 Universities Worldwide Will Offer Multi-Threading Courses to Equip Students to Take Advantage of Multi-Core Platforms SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced a global effort to prepare university students for a new paradigm of software development as Intel transitions its processors from single-processor engines to ones that will have multiple cores and threads. This evolution will transform software design and require entirely new thinking and innovation in order to leverage this kind of processing power. As part of its higher education program,... Read more...
Hello everyone. We've just taken a look at a pair of energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 processors, more specifically the A64 X2 4600+ and the X2 3800+. These two processors have max TDPs of 65w and 35w, respectively, and as such they sip power and radiate much less heat than their "full-powered" counterparts. Here's a snip from the article... "Both AMD and Intel have made great technological strides when it comes to power consumption in their current CPU architectures. Both the Athlon 64 X2 and Core 2 Duo processor cores have elaborate clock gating schemes to allow their cores to ramp down during periods of inactivity or light... Read more...
Energy efficiency and power consumption are major concerns for modern computing architectures, whether you're an Enthusiast, an IT Manager in a Data Center, or simply an ecologically minded individual.  Let's face it, the modern high end computer is like a small space heater for all intents and purposes, and where there's heat, there's power consumption -- typically a lot of power consumption. Both AMD and Intel have made great technological strides when it comes to power consumption in their current CPU architectures.  Both the Athlon 64 X2 and Core 2 Duo processor cores have elaborate clock gating schemes to allow their cores to ramp down during periods... Read more...
If you've jumped on the Socket AM2 bandwagon and are looking to upgrade from AMD's stock CPU cooler, the crew at [H]Enthusiast have a round-up posted today that will be of interest. They take a look at a handful of AM2 compatible coolers from Scythe to Zalman, and two unit stood out from the rest. "So you've got a new AM2 based machine and you want to keep it cool, but you don't know what heatsink to use? We didn't either, so we tested seven coolers from six different companies to find out. Rather than just show you a graph with a bunch of temperatures we also take into account ease of installation, perceived noise levels and price. This way you can make an informed decision about which... Read more...
Intel Unveils Core 2 Processors New Product Line Delivers Record Breaking Performance While Consuming Less Power SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 27, 2006 - Intel Corporation today unveiled 10 Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Core 2 Extreme processors for consumer and business desktop and laptop PCs and workstations, reshaping how computers perform, look and consume power - and most importantly - transform how people use them. "The Core 2 Duo processors are simply the best processors in the world," said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel. "Not since Intel introduced the Pentium(R) processor has the industry seen the heart of the computer reinvented like this. The Core 2 Duo desktop processor... Read more...
It seems Michael Schuette is rather impressed with Intel's new Core 2 Duo processors.  As usual, Michael give plenty of technical detail in his write up, and in a rare move he gave the Core 2 Duo an "Exceptional Hardware Award". For reference, our coverage of the new Core 2 Duo E6700 and Core 2 Extreme X6800 is available right here. "After years of senseless netbursting against a frequency wall, Intel is finally going back to real processing with their latest creation dubbed Core 2 architecture. Based on the original design of the Pentium3 with the additional features of dynamic wide execution and a cache that is truly shared between cores, the new processor family has... Read more...
By now, we hope you've all read our article detailing the features and performance of Intel's new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors.  If you haven't, go do that now. Then come back and check out GamePC's evaluation of Intel's Woodcrest Xeon 5150 and 5160 Processors. Woodcrest and Conroe are based on the same Core microarchitecture, hence the similar performance and power characteristics. "Nearly one month ago, we took our first glimpse at Intel's new "Core" architecture based processors for workstations and servers, codenamed "Woodcrest". The "Woodcrest" architecture is the basis of the new Intel Xeon 5100 series processor lineup, models of which are just making... Read more...
Digitimes reports that Intel is preparing to use some additional price cuts in October to help phase out the stock of the budget-oriented Celeron D CPU's. As these processors are taken off the market, Intel will be replacing them with a single-core variant of the new Core 2 processors. Dubbed Conroe-L, these new processors will be released in the second quarter of 2007. An exciting new product for the value segment will also be the release of the Core 2 Duo E4300 dual-core processor in the first quarter of 2007. The Core 2 Duo E4200 processor which was originally aimed to launch in the fourth quarter of this year will be scrapped in favor of launching the E4300 processor with a healthy 200Mhz... Read more...
For the past few years, Intel's desktop processors have been playing second fiddle to AMD's Athlon 64 in a number of ways. Both single and dual-core variants of the Athlon 64 have been at the top of most benchmark charts essentially since their introduction, and AMD's processors have been more energy efficient as well.  Conversely, since the introduction of the Prescott core, Intel's processors have earned a somewhat notorious reputation for running hot and consuming more than their fare share of power. This scenario has played out since September of 2003, when AMD first released the Athlon 64 FX-51. But it all ends today. A while back Intel announced that they would be abandoning... Read more...
Marvell To Purchase Intel's Communications And Application Processor Business For $600 Million SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 27, 2006 - Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell its communications and application processor business to Marvell for a purchase price of $600 million plus the assumption by Marvell of certain liabilities. The planned sale will give Marvell a strong presence in the growing market segment for processors used in smart handheld devices. The sale also will enable Intel to focus its investments on its core businesses, including high-performance, low-power Intel Architecture-based processors and... Read more...
Scott from the Tech Report just sent word of a new article where he takes a look at Ageia's PhysX PPU.  In typical TR fashion, there's plenty of technical detail, but unfortunately there isn't much performance data due to the lack of software to support the device.  Here's our take on the PhysX PPU from a few weeks back. "I'VE HAD THE CHANCE to spend a few days playing with a PhysX card from Ageia, and there is much to tell, though not much one can do with the hardware just yet. I did find some interesting ways to test the PhysX card, and the results may enlighten us about the prospects for physics acceleration... Read more...
Is it possible that Nvidia might one day compete against AMD and Intel in the CPU market? Someone seems to think so, though it's still a long ways off if true. "Here at Computex we have the privilege of meeting a lot of companies; employees ranging from CEO`s all the way down to Customer Service. We were very fortunate to speak with someone from Nvidia at a restaurant. We can not say who this person is, or what position this person holds. According to Him/Her, Nvidia will invade the processor market in the long future, telling us that it could take years but eventually - it will happen."... Read more...
First ... Prev 2 3 4 5 6 Next