AMD's busy product line

Subject: Processors | July 8, 2008 - 10:02 PM |
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Not only is AMD pushing out a brand new line of graphics cards, it also launched several CPUs in the recent past.  LostCircuits focuses on a pair of these processors, the 2Ghz X4 9350e and the 2.6Ghz X4 9950.  Drop by to see how well they compete with other systems, including Spider versus SkullTrail.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Goodbye 65nm

Subject: Processors | July 2, 2008 - 05:06 PM |
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AMD is thinking conservatively with it's Phenom line which will hopefully pay off in the business and server markets, for they are not impressing the enthusiast with their three new chips.  The chips are faster than previous offerings and retain the low pricing, gaining a reduced TDP and unlocked multipliers.   Drop by Ars Technica for an overview of the 2Ghz Phenom 9350e compared against an underclocked 9850.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Phenom 9350e: A Tale of Woe and Despair

Subject: Processors | July 2, 2008 - 01:44 AM |
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Today is the launch of the 9150e and 9350e Phenom processors, as well as the new Black Edition 9950.  The "e" series of chips are rated at a nice 65 watts, and are aimed at productivity boxes as well as HTPCs.  The high end 9950 chip is unlocked and ready for some overclocking action.  It also sets a new record for power at 140 watts TDP.  The 9150e is clocked at 1.8 GHz, the 9350e is at 2 GHz, and the 9950 is sitting pretty at 2.6 GHz (a full 9 months after the infamous Tahoe launch event).

Source: AMD

Get the right match for your Wolfdale

Subject: Processors | June 27, 2008 - 06:34 PM |
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Madshrimps takes a look at the overclocking performance of Intel's new Wolfdale processor on all of the major chipsets currently on the market.  Most of their time is spent on the Intel chipsets, for as they put it (nVIDIA's) "680i = 780i = 790i".  There really isn't that much difference, whereas the Intel chipsets have had some significant changes in their updates.

Source: Madshrimps

Forcibly motivating your Phenom

Subject: Processors | June 19, 2008 - 10:41 PM |
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OCIA starts out their K10 overclocking guide with a very important warning; even those with a lot of experience OCing previous generations of AMD processors are going to encounter a bit of a learning curve when they first start to play with a Phenom.  Don't let that stop you though, the guide has almost every tips you could possibly need to get you up to that higher speed.

Source: OCIA

AMD Stream Processor First to Break 1 Teraflop Barrier

Subject: Processors | June 16, 2008 - 09:38 PM |
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DRESDEN, Germany -- June 16, 2008 -- At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced its next-generation stream processor, the AMD FireStream 9250, specifically designed to accelerate critical algorithms in high-performance computing (HPC), mainstream and consumer applications. Leveraging the GPU design expertise of AMD's Graphics Product Group, AMD FireStream 9250 breaks the one teraflop barrier for single precision performance.

Source: AMD

Intel's cheap trick

Subject: Processors | June 13, 2008 - 07:00 PM |
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Intel's 65nm E7200 sits at $130, runs at 2.66GHz with the new 1066FSB and with a little extra juice it can hit  3.80GHz.  Not too shabby for a cut down Wolfdale processor.  Take a look at the benchmarks over at Tech Spot.

Source: Tech Spot

AMD's 75 watt Quad Core Opterons

Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 11:02 PM |
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Last week AMD made an announcement that made the rounds, but was not reported as being terribly important.  After having read it, and thought about it some more, the release actually says quite a bit about the health of AMD and what they are concentrating on now.

Source: AMD

AMD halts new Phenom CPU models

Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 03:43 PM |
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I think this was something we all pretty much saw coming, but it seems to be getting more official as rumors like this start to circulate that AMD's 65nm production has just reached its limit.

AMD originally planned to launch two 65nm dual-core
Phenom processors codenamed Kuma for the desktop PC market in May or
June this year, however the company has recently suspended the plans
and will let its Athlon X2 5600B processor cover the market until the
company enters 45nm production, accord

Source: Digitimes

Intel roadmap details a few Nehalem processors in Q4

Subject: Processors | June 10, 2008 - 03:28 PM |
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The folks over at Expreview got their mitts on an Intel roadmap that shows not just one Nehalem processor, but three. 


Source: General

Computex 2008: Gigabyte Shows Retail-ready Intel Atom CPU and Motherboard

Subject: Processors | June 4, 2008 - 07:11 AM |
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Despite rumors to the contrary, Gigabyte says they have a retail-ready motherboard and CPU combo (the processor is soldered on the motherboard) based on Intel's Atom platform.


Computex 2008: Intel Demonstrates Nehalem and Touchscreen Interface

Subject: Processors | June 3, 2008 - 09:00 AM |
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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 - 04:19 PM |
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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.

Nano-Nano

Subject: Processors | May 29, 2008 - 03:45 PM |
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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 - 03:37 PM |
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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 - 09:23 PM |
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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 - 04:49 PM |
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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 - 04:20 PM |
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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 - 03:26 PM |
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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 - 10:37 PM |
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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.