Items tagged with x86

Late last week, the Special Master in the Intel antitrust cases ruled against combining a wide range of complaints into a single class-action suit. The decision has been broadly seen as a victory for Intel—it's one of the few judicial or administrative rulings that have gone the CPU manufacturers way in the past five years—and it likely writes finis to a number of cases filed in the wake of AMD's original antitrust suit back in 2005. Special Master Vincent Poppiti found insufficient evidence to suggest that class action status should be granted, noting that the independent claims fell far short of demonstrating the economic harm they claim occurred. Poppiti's analysis of said shortcomings... Read more...
About four months ago, we covered the latest round of shin-kicking between ATI and NVIDIA, with ATI claiming that NVIDIA purposefully crippled CPU performance when running PhysX code and coerced developers to make use of it. NVIDIA denied all such claims, particularly those that implied it used its "The Way It's Meant To Be Played" program as a bludgeon to force hardware PhysX on developers or gamers. A new report has dug into how PhysX is executed on a standard x86 CPU; the analysis confirms some of AMD's earlier statements... NVIDIA Sheds Light On Lack Of PhysX CPU Optimizations... Read more...
About four months ago, we covered the latest round of shin-kicking between ATI and NVIDIA, with ATI claiming that NVIDIA purposefully crippled CPU performance when running PhysX code and coerced developers to make use of it. NVIDIA denied all such claims, particularly those that implied it used its "The Way It's Meant To Be Played" program as a bludgeon to force hardware PhysX on developers or gamers. A new report from David Kanter at Real World Technologies has dug into how PhysX is executed on a standard x86 CPU; his analysis confirms some of AMD's earlier statements. In many cases, the PhysX code that runs in a given title is both single-threaded and decidedly non-optimized.... Read more...
Version 2.2 of Google's Android (codenamed Froyo) has generated a great deal of discussion over the past few weeks, both for its anticipated new features and the fact that it, unlike the iPhone's iOS 4, offers full support for both HTML5 and Flash. It seems consumers and developers aren't the only people interested in Google's new Android flavor; Intel has announced it's preparing a fully x86-compatible version of Froyo that it intends to ship in the next few months. "Our expectation is that (native x86 Android) will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers” Renee James, Intel’s senior veep for software and services, told APC. In addition, "all... Read more...
The x86 architecture has increasingly dominated the server market over the past decade but there's still a market for mainframe, big-iron servers. At present, Intel has challenged old guards Sun and IBM with a mixture of Nehalem-based Xeons and Itanium processors with the octal-core Nehalem-EX waiting in the wings. IBM isn't waiting for Nehalem-EX or Intel's new Itanium processor to hit the market before taking action of its own; Big Blue launched its POWER7 architecture on Monday. At 567mm2 and 32MB of on-die L3 cache, the new CPU is something of a beast. Each POWER7 chip is divided into eight cores each with its own L2 cache. Each core is capable of handling four threads for a total of 32 threads... Read more...
Intel formally announced today that its controversial and much-hyped Larrabee GPU will not hit retail stores in 2010. The company declined to speculate on when retail Larrabee-based GPUs will be available, but stated that the current generation of products will be used for in-house development and sampled to relevant partners. Intel declined to give a specific reason for the delay, saying only that product development was behind where the company had hoped it would be by now. The project's current status is now a bit unclear, but we know Intel hasn't completely killed the project. Instead, software (and possibly hardware) development kits will be made available over the next year to interested... Read more...
Earlier today in a San Francisco press briefing Intel Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner took the wraps off a proof of concept and experimental product that Intel dubbed a "Single-Chip Cloud Computer". The objective this chip was designed to address is the huge opportunity that exists to reduce power consumption and space in the data center, a very real place, rather than mythical, where "the cloud" really exists and increasing user demand for online services continues to chew up bandwidth, processing resources and storage like there is no tomorrow. The Intel Single-chip Cloud Computer or "SCC" for short, is what Intel likes to call a "many core" CPU but actually consists of a 48-core implementation using... Read more...
Several financial analysts have weighed in on AMD's Q2 performance since the company announced results, and their collective opinion has been anything but good. In the wake of its earnings call, AMD has been taken to task over its failure to provide an answer to Atom (or a netbook processor in general), weak margins, and strong competition from Nehalem and the mainstream parts based on it that will launch in the second half of this year. If you want the full tally, have a look at ZDNet's report here. A number of these criticisms are well-founded, but dinging the company for its supposed failure in the netbook market indicates that the analysts in question have a weak grasp on both CPU development... Read more...
Just a day after AMD recorded a rather lackluster quarter, the company has found a reason to smile anyway. Today, the company shipped its 500 millionth x86 processor, which is absolutely a milestone to celebrate. In fact, the company just turned 40, so having this happen right around its 40th birthday is just icing on the cake.Currently, Advanced Micro Devices is still playing second-fiddle to Intel in the mainstream market, but the company's on-time delivery of its Istanbul chips and the newfound surge provided by its Neo platform and new Athlon II processors gives us reason to believe that the tide is turning. AMD has been getting increasingly better about meeting shipping estimates, and if... Read more...
VIA Unveils the World's Lowest Power x86 Processor on the World's Smallest BoardVIA EPIA PX5000EG Pico-ITX board features the 1-watt VIA Eden ULV processor for ultra low power embedded platforms Taipei, Taiwan, May 14 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA PX5000EG Pico-ITX board that features the extremely power efficient 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor, offering embedded developers an uncompromisingly compact, highly integrated board.Building on the success of the VIA EPIA PX10000 Pico-ITX board, which took the embedded industry by storm last year as the world's smallest mass production x86 board ever, the VIA... Read more...
Psystar continues to make headlines, this time because the company’s OS X Leopard-based systems are now being attacked for what seems like the most basic oversight imaginable:"The company didn't get permission from developers working on the OSx86 Project to sell their work.  Netkas, who developed the EFI emulator Psystar is using, posted up a blog entry yesterday calling Psystar "liars" and has re-released his code under a license that specifically forbids commercial usage."If Psystar starts shipping their machines, it might end up causing a lot of trouble for the entire OSx86 group.  Thus far the group’s ability to avoid legal action from Apple is fairly impressive, and some take it as a sign... Read more...
Montalvo Systems might not be a name you know, but that could change in the months ahead.  Montalvo is a company comprised  of people with resumes listing high-level design positions at firms like AMD/NexGen, Transmeta, Intel, IBM, and the list just goes on.Montalvo plans on delivering a unique multi-core chip that they've already designed and filed numerous patents on.  That's not surprising considering the work history of several of their employees.“Montalvo's chips, however, will fundamentally differ from the latest Core or Opteron processors from Intel and AMD in that the cores on its chip won't be symmetrical, i.e. identical to each other. Instead, Montalvo's chips will sport... Read more...
VIA Unveils Next-Generation Isaiah x86 Processor Architecture New architecture provides substantial increases in performance and functionality with leading power efficiency to enable next generation "Small is Beautiful" computing devices Austin, Texas, US, 24 January 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform technologies, today announced details of the VIA Isaiah Architecture, a new x86 processor architecture that will deliver significant boosts to the functionality and performance of desktop, mobile and ultra mobile PCs while minimizing power requirements, saving on battery life and enabling ultra compact system designs. Designed from the ground up by the... Read more...
Over 90% of the world's computers and servers are still using the x86 ISA (Instruction Set Architecture) introduced by Intel in 1978. Many have tried to come up with an alternative, but nothing has come close to supplanting it. ZD Net examines the reasons why, and why it might continue turning up in computers until the sun cools off. A performance improvement that small isn't going to encourage a dramatic move away from x86, said Pat Gelsinger, a veteran chip designer and senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "We're delivering 2x performance gains every year" with existing designs that can still... Read more...
Good morning everyone :) Whether your waking up on the west coast, or having lunch on the east coast, grab yourself a coffee and enjoy tales of overclocking and digital photography. Check back later for more of the news you love. Possible Doom for Mac OS X on x86 @ CoolTechZone "Apple's recent collaboration with Intel to use its microprocessors surged a great deal of interest throughout the industry. Though there are several arguments spanning the market currently, one thing is certain – Apple has stated it will not let users install Mac OS X on non-proprietary hardware, even though the CPU will fully comply with x86 architecture. The only apparent way for Apple to achieve that is... Read more...
  AMD Announces World's First 64-Bit, x86 Multi-Core Processors For Servers And Workstations At Second-Anniversary Celebration Of AMD Opteron Processor —AMD launches Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors for server and workstations and unveils AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor for consumers and business users — NEW YORK -- April 21, 2005 --Charting another industry first, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced a broad portfolio of dual-core solutions from server and workstations for enterprise users to desktop and desktop-replacement notebooks for consumers and business users. At the second-anniversary celebration of the award-winning AMD Opteron processor, the company announced immediate... Read more...
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