Computex 2008: Intel Demonstrates Nehalem and Touchscreen Interface

Subject: Processors | June 3, 2008 - 05:00 AM |

During a meeting with Intel today, we got a little preview of some technology that Intel is going to be using to show off the power of their coming 8-core Nehalem processors.

Neither Atom nor Nano, it's Tegra

Subject: Processors | June 2, 2008 - 12:19 PM |

Next up in the race to shrink the parts they consider most important is nVIDIA, following Intel's following of VIA's main focus.  Regardless of what your spam may tell you, size reduction can be rather important, especially if you can get to the point where you can accurately be described as a 'system on a chip'.  Josh has written up a summary on what we know so far, which you can read through here.


Subject: Processors | May 29, 2008 - 11:45 AM |

VIA's Isaiah may have changed it's name to Nano, but that is the only thing that has changed about this low power CPU.  VIA has always been the king of small, low power processors, and has seen competition appearing from Intel.  VIA takes advantage of that history to ensure the new Nano will work with existing C7 compatible boards.  For once, Intel is the new kid on the block.  Read Ryan's take on these high powered, low wattage processors.

Intel Could Possibly Delay the Atom Line

Subject: Processors | May 28, 2008 - 11:37 AM |

AMD might have just gotten a great bit of news in its mailbox - it would seem that Intel's Atom processor and platform brand known as Centrino 2 looks to be delayed until  the middle of July.

Source: engadget

Now that's cool

Subject: Processors | May 22, 2008 - 05:23 PM |

With a E8500 and a Custom 2stage Cascade (-100 C!) cooler, MADSHRIMPS set out to see just how far they could push the speed.  As it turns out, while they did get a big bump in speed, exotic cooling isn't really necessary for this processor, air-cooling can get you almost to 5GHz.  You can pick up some good tips on a motherboard to pair it with if you are going to try.

Source: Madshrimps

TSMC will be part of the AMD asset light strategy

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:49 PM |

While this news has been anticipated, the fact that more and more details are emerging are still incredibly surprising and thought provoking.  According to reports, TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, has started test runs of the SOI technology used by all of AMD's current processors.  AMD and TSMC already have plenty of agreements in place for sharing technology since ATI was a big TSMC partner before it was purchased by AMD in 2006 so the relationship should be easy to continue.  It

Source: 3DCenter

VIA Isaiah details, going 45nm with dual-core Isaiah

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:20 PM |

Sure, VIA may be a fabless CPU and chipset designer, but that isn't stopping them from one-upping AMD when it comes to process technology on their next CPU release.  According to Digitimes, the new Isaiah core processors are set to transition to 45nm process technology by the end of 2009 with the move to dual-core products. 

Source: Digitimes

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor Family Expands with New Low-Power Options

Subject: Processors | May 12, 2008 - 11:26 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 12, 2008- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
introduced the industry's first energy-efficient x86 server processors
with four processing cores and an integrated memory controller all in a
low 55-watt ACP thermal envelope.

Source: AMD

Intel, Samsung Electronics, TSMC Reach Agreement for 450mm Wafer Manufacturing Transition

Subject: Processors | May 5, 2008 - 06:37 PM |

May 5, 2008 - Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics and TSMC today announced they have reached agreement on the need for industry-wide collaboration to target a transition to larger, 450mm-sized wafers starting in 2012. The transition to larger wafers will enable continued growth of the semiconductor industry and helps maintain a reasonable cost structure for future integrated circuit manufacturing and applications.

Only 500MHz? What a gyp!

Subject: Processors | May 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

Well, it turns out there is a major design flaw in the Intel Q9300 ... it can only hit a 500MHz FSB.  Horribly disappointing, isn't it? 

Head on over to see the final answer to the equation Q9300 + nVentiv Mach2 Phase-Change cooler + MADSHRIMPS = ...

Source: Madshrimps

AMD has problems with Phenom X4s and 780G

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:30 PM |

According to this report coming out of, AMD has admitted to problems with their 780G chipset motherboards and "high end" Phenom X4 processors.  The problem seems to arise from 780G board makers not properly building in support for 125W TDP processors; what is more upsetting about this issue is AMD's response:

Intel Atom processors and platforms facing delays

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:23 PM |

According to an article over at Electronista, Intel is having problems providing as much as 50% of their Atom orders with actual product.  If this is the case, it could be an opening for VIA's Isaiah architecture to really move into the market and win over some of these high-value OEMs. 

Source: General

Host of upcoming AMD processors discussed

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:20 PM |

This report on Digitimes goes over quite a few new processors that AMD will supposedly be releasing in the coming months including new quad-core and triple-core SKUs.  Basically outlining the plans for AMD's move to 45nm process technology, here's the bullet points outlined in the text:

Source: Digitimes

Queer as a three dollar bill

Subject: Processors | April 28, 2008 - 02:40 PM |

Triple core processors have allowed AMD to sell a lot more Phenoms, as any Quad Cores that have one core that is not up to spec can have the troublemaker disabled.  Now they have a fully functional Triple Core, which runs at the speed they had expected it to.  Of course, things are never that easy.  In this case it is the assumption that many programs make, that the number of cores available will be divisible by two, so a triple core is identified as a single.  Lost Circuits tries to pin down where yo

Source: InsideHW

HP purchases 100,000 VIA CPUs for low-cost systems

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM |

News is circulating that HP has purchased an allotment of 100,000 VIA C7-M processors for their mini-notebook and Gigabyte will be buying some for another UMPC model.  This is good news for VIA as the Isaiah architecture will soon be making rounds and these kinds of relationship will setup for better deals down the road.

Source: Digitimes

Pleasing price, potentially powerful processor

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 01:22 PM |

AMD's new triple core CPUs have arrived, with the X3 8750 up for review first.  The X4 9550 is roughly the same price, so the big question is the difference in performance between the extra core of the X4 and the extra 200 MHz of the X3 8750.  Read Ryan's full review to see how it stacks up against other AMD parts, as well as several dual and quad core Intel processors.

AMD Extends Energy Efficient Leadership with 45-Watt Dual-Core AMD Athlon X2 Processors

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:10 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 23, 2008 - Building on its long-term
leadership in promoting energy efficient computing for both consumer and
business solutions, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced two new 45-watt
processors, the Energy Efficient AMD Athlon(tm) X2 4450e and AMD Athlon
X2 4050e

Source: AMD

AMD Delivers Complete and Balanced Solutions for Desktop PCs

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:06 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 23, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of three new AMD Phenom X3 triple-core processors that, when combined with the AMD 780 series chipset, can give consumers a full HD experience and visually stunning gaming and digital performance.

Source: AMD

Intel's new processor prices

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2008 - 12:54 PM |

The Intel price cuts for April are finally out and Intel passed on this official pricing table to help us get all the information together in one place.  The first point is obviously that not ALL processors are seeing a price drop - anything over the Q600 price point is left unchanged.  That doesn't mean that the Q6700 and Q6600 don't become much better deals now; the Q6700 that runs at 2.66 GHz on the 1066 MHz FSB gets a 50% price drop!

AMD Phenom X3 Triple-Core processors already on sale

Subject: Processors | April 19, 2008 - 10:54 AM |

Even though the NDA doesn't expire until next week, a