TLB or not TLB

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2008 - 02:36 PM |
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The Phenom's infamous TLB issue had been eclipsed by the performance hit you take when using the fix.  What would really help many prospective AMD system buyers is a big list of motherboards that tells which have a switch to disable or enable the TLB fix.  Well, you had better thank The Tech Report because that is exactly what they did.

CeBit 2008: AMD Shanghai quad-core on display, working

Subject: Processors | March 6, 2008 - 11:08 AM |
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Despite reports to the contrary, AMD did in fact have their 45nm Shanghai quad-core parts up and running at the show, though there was no information on the clock speeds being divulged. 

AMD Shows off 45 nm Shanghai at CeBIT

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 03:58 PM |
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We knew near the end of 2007 that AMD was expecting the arrival of the first 45 nm Shanghai samples around the first of the year.  It now seems that those initial samples were fairly successful as AMD is showing off working 45 nm silicon at CeBIT.  The chips in question are apparently Shanghai based and they are running a variety of OSs and applications.  AMD is of course not talking about things such as clockspeed, but we can assume that the products being shown are likely the first major respin from the original samples that showed up early in January.

Source: AMD

CeBit 2008: Watch AMD's Presentations at CeBit

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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If you are curious to hear about AMD's 780G chipset, Puma and other CeBit announcements, then you can get it straight from AMD's own streaming press event. When its over, it will still be looping throughout the day.

Intel Announces Intel Atom Brand for New Family of Low-Power Processors

Subject: Processors | March 3, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2008 - The Intel Atom processor will be the name for a new family of low-power processors designed specifically for mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and a new class of simple and affordable Internet-centric computers arriving later this year. Together, these new market segments represent a significant new opportunity to grow the overall market for Intel silicon, using the Intel Atom processor as the foundation.

The talented E8500

Subject: Processors | February 29, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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Intel's Core 2 Duo E8500 is retailing for about $495, which gets you a 3.16GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz (333x4) FSB 45nm process chip that overclocks like an old Celeron.  Legit Reviews hit 4.73GHz by dropping the multiplier to 9 and cranking up the bus speed to 526MHz.  Before they overclocked the chip, it's power consumption was noticeably lower than previous models, though pumping

More details on Intel Diamondville platform are revealed

Subject: Processors | February 27, 2008 - 04:38 PM |
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Dailytech has some new information on Diamondville, Intel's major push into the world of ultra-low power form factors that we are used to seeing VIA excel in.  The processors are set at a 4-8 watts (!!) TDP and should find their way into a lot of interesting designs in the future.

Source: Daily Tech

Intel Ships New Processors for Embedded, Communications and Storage Markets

Subject: Processors | February 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced expanded offerings for embedded market segments with new processors with extended, 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset and a carrier-grade server. The processors, based on Intel's revolutionary high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company's 45-nanometer (nm) process, include the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 Series and Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5200 Series.

Intel Hexa-core Processors coming soon

Subject: Processors | February 25, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Information has hit the web courtesy of some clumsy IT at Sun Microsystems that shows Intel's plans for a 6-core (or Hexa-core) processors based on the existing Penryn core.  Codenamed the "Dunnington", perhaps in a nod to what they are hoping AMD will be after its release (get it, "done"-ington?), the CPU will feature three seperate dies each with their own dual-core setup and each with their own 3MB of L2 cache.  All six cores will then share in a 16MB portion of L3 cache, setting up a cache hierarchy much like that of AMD's Barcelona CPUs. 

Source: Daily Tech

AMD Phenom 2.6 GHz still coming Q2

Subject: Processors | February 18, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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According this very tiny news post at Fudzilla, its possible that AMD is still going to be coming in Q2, even though we had previous heard the B3 stepping was pushed back into Q3. 

Phenom 9600 at 2.6GHz will launch with B3 revision at some
point in late Q2. You should be able to see and buy this CPU before July but we
don’t have any better date that that.

Source: fastlanehw

Intel Montevina platform will be Centrino 2

Subject: Processors | February 18, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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As it turns out, the third, or maybe fourth iteration, nope 5th version of Centrino is going to be called "Centrino 2".  Well, its about time - and I actually mean that: this will help consumer confusion between different versions of Centrino technology.

Source: engadget

Maxed headroom?

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2008 - 06:33 PM |
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With a quick flash, The Tech Report turned the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
into a perfect test platform to try out the unlocked multiplier on the 9600 Black Edition Phenom processor.  One of the newest features you might notice has to do with the TLB workaround, which has been implemented in an odd way.  They did manag

Intel price cuts coming...in April

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2008 - 01:07 PM |
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Fudzilla has rumors of an upcoming drop in Intel processor prices.  How does a Q6700 going from $$527 to $270?

Source: fastlanehw

A free way to buy more speed

Subject: Processors | February 11, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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The Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor is poised to take over as the poster child of inexpensive and overclockable CPUs for many enthusiasts.  It runs at ~2.5GHz, 333MHz at a 7.5 multiplier, and a total of 6MB of L2 cache, 3MB per core, which you can compare to the Q6600 at 2.4GHz with a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  The price stays exactly the same, $266.  The heat remains the same for these two processors as well, and considering that a 333MHz bus is the first step to overclocking the Q6600, and the Q9300 runs 333MHz at stock, you can see there is more room to push this chip faster. 

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dell to drop AMD from online sales

Subject: Processors | February 8, 2008 - 10:24 AM |
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News and rumors have been swirling for a couple of days, but it seems nearly concrete now that Dell will be dropping AMD-based systems and notebooks from their online store.  They will apparently only sell AMD systems in Dell's new brick and mortar partners like Best Buy and Staples, but we all know this is a SMALL part of Dell's sales and thus this is a very bad development for AMD.

Source: Daily Tech

AMD to leave faster Phenoms at home for CeBit

Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 12:56 PM |
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Even though just over a week ago we told you that AMD was going to be showing off both the low power K10 core processors known as the Phenom 9100e series and the upcoming, TLB fixed Phenom 9700 and Phenom 9900 models, that's no longer the case.  It would seem that rather than get people's hope up for the B3 revision to soon, AMD is going to just show off the triple-core processors instead.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Tukwila to have 2 billion transistors

Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 12:52 PM |
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*Cue Dr. Evil Laugh*  Yes, that is correct, 2 Billion transistors will take up refuge on the upcoming Tukwila processor, the successor to Itanium's Montvale processors. 
Even more surprising is that it is built on Intel's 65nm technology, making this one BIG chip.

Source: engadget

AMD's 45nm transition could be savior

Subject: Processors | February 1, 2008 - 10:00 AM |
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According to some scant news from Digitimes, AMD is reporting once again to its partners that 45nm is on schedule for a 2nd half of 2008 release, though the time frame could use a little more detail in our view.  AMD is saying now that the 45nm process is a success, will allow them to scale frequencies much higher and triple the amount of L3 cache from 2MB to 6MB.

Source: Digitimes

It had better do more than just beat the Q6600

Subject: Processors | January 30, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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The new VIA Isaiah processor isn't the only new chip hitting the streets, and if you haven't caught up with VIA's newest then check Ryan's look, as well as the links just below.  For those looking for a new Intel processor, then check out Techgage's review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor.  This chip, if paired with the right mot

Source: TECHGAGE

AMD loses major Asian super computing deal

Subject: Processors | January 29, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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The Inquirer has a detailed piece on AMD losing a deal with Sun to power one of Asia's most powerful super computer with Barcelona chips.  Instead, Sun is replacing it with 45nm Penryn core based systems.  Obviously, if this is true, this could have a large impact on AMD's hold of the HPC market going forward.

Source: The Inquirer