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One of the biggest benefactors of the mobile device revolution that's taking place right before our very eyes is ARM, which licenses its technology to a number of players, like NVIDIA and Qualcomm (to name just two). If you own a smartphone or tablet, there's a good chance it's rocking ARM-based hardware inside. As a result, ARM is sitting on a record amount of cash and the highest stock price in more than a decade. Shares of ARM shot up this month to the highest they've been since 2000, as investors reacted positively when the company posted record quarterly revenue two weeks ago. In addition, ARM stated that its backlog of orders has never been higher than what it is right now. Sitting on a... Read more...
AMD and ARM are leveraging the former’s acquisition of SeaMicro to develop ARM-based servers, and now there’s a concerted effort to develop a software ecosystem for the platform, driven a slew of industry leaders. Companies including AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell and Red Hat are joining forces with ARM, HiSilicon, Samsung and ST-Ericsson to form the Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG), which will undertake the challenge. The group will be working to improve time-to-market acceleration, reduce R&D costs, and share information on differentiated systems to help bring lower-power hyperscale servers to market. The hope is that this technology will cut... Read more...
AMD’s Bulldozer chips were, to put it bluntly, a disappointment, but the company is hoping that its upcoming Piledriver, the second generation of the Bulldozer processors, will deliver on their promised performance even as the third generation of the chips (Steamroller) looms on the horizon. In advance of the official global release, shopblt.com has preorders and pricing available. The lowest-end CPU in the family, the FX 4300 QC (3.8GHz) will cost just $131.62, while the top-end FX 8350 8C (clocked at a whopping 4GHz) will be $253.06. The middle two chips, the FX 8320 8C (3.5GHz) and FX 6300 6C (3.5GHz) will cost $242.05 and $175.77, respectively. The new processors will be available soon,... Read more...
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) saw its share price drop by more than 8 percent after announcing preliminary second quarter financial results with lower than expected sales numbers. The chip designer told investors it expects revenue to dip around 11 percent sequentially in Q3, which is in sharp contrast to a previous forecast of a 3 percent gain, plus or minus 3 percent. "The lower preliminary revenue results are primarily due to business conditions that materialized late in the second quarter, specifically softer-than-expected channel sales in China and Europe as well as a weaker consumer buying environment impacting the company's Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) business," AMD explained.... Read more...
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is just now getting around to publishing data for chip sales in the month of November 2011, and on the surface they're not particularly flattering. According to SIA, worldwide chip sales two months ago totaled $25.1 billion, which is nothing to scoff at, but it does represent a 2.4 percent downward swing from one month prior when chip sales totaled $25.7 billion. "Supply chain disruptions resulting from the floods in Thailand have impacted semiconductor sales in the near term, however OEM’s are expected to recover production losses over the course of the next few months," said Brian Toohey, president, Semiconductor Industry Association. "November... Read more...
The one-two combo of Intel’s X79 chipset and six-core Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition CPU is a potent one--especially, it seems, for overclockers. MSI reports that overclockers all over the world are juicing their Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition chips to 5GHz on X79-based MSI motherboards using air cooling alone. MSI singled out one source, Guru 3D, which specifically hit 5.2GHz with an MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) board. 5GHz is nothing to sniff at, especially considering that the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition has a stock clock of 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo). MSI points to its Military-Class III components, including DrMOS II, as a reason why its boards can handle that kind of heat. Whatever the reason, it’s... Read more...
With the bold proclamation that it is the highest-performing CPU block the company has ever produced, Danger Den announced the availability of the DD-M6 CPU Block. Beginning January 2, customers can get their hands on the new device, which is replacing Danger Den’s MC-TDX block. The DD-M6 is available in brass or nickel-plated finishes and features improved thermal performance, a low flow restriction design, and a new mounting system. An AMD version of the block will follow two weeks after the initial release of the Intel version of the DD-M6. The brass and nickel versions will cost $74.95 and $79.95, respectively. Danger Den DD-M6 CPU Block Danger Den® introduces a new CPU Cooling... Read more...
It's been several weeks since Asus announced that certain socket AM3 motherboards would support AMD's upcoming Bulldozer processors. Since then, we've turned up additional rumors on the nature of such support. MSI has also announced its own plans to retrofit some existing AM3 boards with Bulldozer compatibility. What follows is the general shape of the situation as we currently understand it... Questions of Compatibility: AMD, AM3, and Bulldozer... Read more...
It's been several weeks since Asus announced that certain socket AM3 motherboards would support AMD's upcoming Bulldozer processors. Since then, we've turned up additional rumors on the nature of such support. MSI has also announced its own plans to retrofit some existing AM3 boards with Bulldozer compatibility. What follows is the general shape of the situation as we currently understand it. Will AMD Officially Support Bulldozer On The AM3 Platform? No. The recent announcements from Asus and MSI make it clear that some AM3 boards will function with a Bulldozer-class processor installed. With that said, AMD originally justified moving from AM3 to AM3+ because not doing so would prevent certain... Read more...
We're back again this week with another HotHardware video podcast chatting it up about recent developments in tech, PC hardware and related industry news. This week we cover NVIDIA's various announcements from the GPU Technology Conference which just took place in San Jose. We also cover some new chips from Intel and AMD, talk about our in-depth gaming headset / headphone buying guide and round-up, and we give you details on how to win a FREE, fully configured killer gaming system from CyberPower PC... Show Notes: 0:18 - NVIDIA Exposes GPU Roadmap: Kepler Arrives 2011, Maxwell in 2013 ______NVIDIA Finds Its Rhythm: Tegra 3 Imminent with Annual Updates ______Despite Delays, NVIDIA Building... Read more...
To the average Joe, it might seem as though the knock-down, drag-out battles between AMD and Intel have slowed to what amounts to a thumb wrestling match by comparison, but market research firm iSuppli sees things a different way. According to iSuppli, even though both Intel and AMD maintained their market share positions in the global microprocessor business so far in 2010, this only reflects "intense competition" among the world's two top chip makers. "The static market share situation might suggest that the second quarter was an uneventful quarter in terms of the competition between the two dominant microprocessor suppliers of Intel and AMD," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for compute... Read more...
We are back again this week to talk about some more happenings in the HotHardware world with our friends at TechVi. Topics include Intel's new Core i7-980X Extreme 6-Core processor, a couple of home theater friendly machines from Toshiba and Dell, fake Core i7-920 processors from NewEgg, and Android's rapid growth in adoption rate in the mobile space... Show Notes:0:18 - Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 6-Core Processor1:47 - Toshibia Satellite E205-S1904 w/ WiDi and Dell Inspiron Zino HD5:11 - Newegg Ships Fake Intel Chips; Supplier Threatens Journalists For Reporting It6:24 - Android Crushes the Competition, iPhone Stands Still8:58 - Showing The Love: HH and Cyberpower PC Sweepstakes... Read more...
We're back to talk about some HotHardware with our friends over at TechVi, including a new player in the SSD market, affordable GPUs from ATI, NVIDIA Optimus technology that allows users to switch between integrated and discrete graphics on the fly and more.   Show Notes: 0:24 — OCZ Vertex 2 Pro3:46 — ATI Radeon HD 55703:26 — ATI Radeon HD 54504:18 — NVIDIA Optimus Mobile Technology Preview7:00 — Intel details: Upcoming mobile and six-core processors8:16 — Showing The Love: HH and Cyberpower PC Sweepstakes... Read more...
We made our annual pilgrimage to Intel Developer Forum this year and upon arriving in sunny San Francisco, we were greeted with the usual IDF fanfare in a sleek, modernistic environment. Presentations and demonstrations of Intel's latest cutting-edge technologies awaited us in the lobby as we noshed a bit on the continental breakfast buffet, but the glitz of table top demos were not what we really were after. Intel's Sean Maloney introduced Intel President and CEO, Paul Otellini setting the backdrop for this year's Intel Developer Forum with the big idea behind the company's conference theme: The Continuum. Intel's Continuum is a concept and vision of the future of technology where all devices... Read more...
  Within the enthusiast scene, there exists an elite group of overclockers who push the limits of hardware to the breaking point. With the help of phase change coolers, dry ice, liquid nitrogen and even liquid helium, these enthusiasts achieve the seemingly impossible. In this world, maximum frequencies and world records are the motivation behind the countless hours spent modding and tweaking PC hardware. AMD recognized the blood, sweat, and tears that extreme overclockers put into their hobby by creating a very special, limited edition processor made specifically for them. The Phenom II X4 TWKR Black Edition processor is a hand picked CPU that performs above and beyond the normal parameters... Read more...
Located in the heart of Texas, the city of Austin is known for many things. Nicknamed Silicon Hills, the state capital accommodates an army of tech companies including the one and only Advanced Micro Devices, better known as AMD. From May 20th to the 22nd, AMD brought in some of the biggest names in the extreme overclocking scene with the goal of breaking world records. Armed with AMD's latest Black Edition processor, the Phenom II X4 955, a steady flow of liquid nitrogen (LN2), and several vats of liquid helium (LHe), the stage was set for one of the most impressive overclocking exhibitions of recent memory.  The best of the best were on hand to push AMD's new silicon to the limit.... Read more...
AMD to Webcast Special Meeting Of Stockholders SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- February 2, 2009  --  AMD (NYSE:AMD) will hold a Special Meeting of Stockholders at 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive in Austin, Texas. AMD will provide a real-time audio webcast of the meeting on the Investor Relations page of its Web site at this URL.  The webcast will be available for 10 days after the meeting.The Proxy Statement is available online here.... Read more...
New research out of the University of Manchester in Britain appears to herald the imminent creation of the Cylon race.  It appears the structure for computer processors will switch from silicon to carbon, just like people, perhaps, eventually. It's not news that graphene (carbon in sheets an atom thick) conducts electricity exceptionally well. But it needs to insulate as well, and until recently, it wasn't clear it could do the job. The university's research showed graphene can be modified to insulate. What does that mean? It means there can be electronics made entirely from carbon, silicon need not apply. The semiconductor industry exploits the "whole periodic table" to manufacture... Read more...
AMD has been fighting an uphill battle on two fronts for the last few years. For a time, fierce competition from NVIDIA, coupled with some of their own problems executing, put the ATI graphics division in a deep hole. And ever since the introduction of the original Core 2 processors, and more recently the Core i7, AMD's processor division has fallen well behind Intel in terms of overall performance. Starting in November of 2007 though, we got a sense that AMD was slowly, but surely, clawing its way back into the fight. It began with the introduction of the Spider platform, which consisted of AMD's native quad-core Phenom processors, 7-series chipsets, and 3800-series graphics cards. Individually,... Read more...
Intel Completes Next Generation, 32nm Process Development Phase SANTA CLARA, Calif., - Intel Corporation has completed the development phase of its next-generation manufacturing process that further shrinks chip circuitry to 32 nanometers (a billionth of a meter). The company is on track for production readiness of this future generation using even more energy-efficient, denser and higher performing transistors in the fourth quarter of 2009.Intel will provide a multitude of technical details around the 32nm process technology along with several other topics during presentations at the International Electron Devices meeting (IEDM) next week in San Francisco. Finishing the development phase... Read more...
AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Dec. 04, 2008 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2008 to be approximately 25 percent lower than third quarter 2008 revenue of $1.585 billion, not including process technology license revenue. The decrease is due to weaker than expected demand across all geographies and businesses, particularly in the consumer market.AMD will report fourth quarter 2008 results after market close on January 22, 2009. AMD will hold a conference call on this day for the financial community at 2:00 p.m. PT to discuss fourth quarter results. A real-time audio broadcast of... 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...
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