IDF: Intel shows Nehalem at 3.2 GHz

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:18 PM |

More news from the great red country shows Intel has their upcoming Nehalem architecture working at speeds up to 3.2 GHz.  While we continue to take these kinds of demonstrations with a grain of salt since we remember seeing Barcelona running at 3.0 GHz before its release as well (and see how well that turned out). 

Source: Daily Tech

AMD will split CPU development for fab business

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:08 PM |

Our good buddy Charlie over at the Inquirer has posted a piece that theorizes a split of AMD into two different companies: one that developers processors and GPUs, the other that will actually make them at the various fabrication facilities AMD currently owns.  The benefits here include allowing the AMD design team to be debt free and could enable them to take the additional, yes obviously necessary, risks required to tackle an opponent like Intel.  Also, the AMD fab team would be able to

Source: The Inquirer

AMD targetting mainstream CPUs only

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:03 PM |

While the idea that AMD is only selling mainstream processors today isn't exactly new information, it is interesting to see that at least one publication seems to think this is AMD's official stance now.  As we all know, when you CANNOT compete at the high end with your best stuff, you simply cut the prices and sell it to compete where it can; AMD did it with the

Source: fastlanehw

New VIA VX800 Series Chipsets to Extend VIA Leadership in Ultra Mobile Market

Subject: Processors | April 1, 2008 - 04:22 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 1 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX800 Series of digital media IGP chipsets featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip measuring just 33x33mm.

Everyone who actually experienced a TLB bug related crash ...

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 12:49 PM |

Please put your hands in the air.   Anyone?  Anyone at all?

The TLB bug disappearing really isn't the big news when you look at AMD's B3 stepping Phenoms.  The X4 9850 runs at 2.5GHz, the fastest quad core we have seen from AMD, and the MSRP is around $250, giving it a nice seat when talking about performance for price.  Other improvements are the upping of the memory controller and system bus to 2000MHz.  Get the full story from Ryan's review.

AMD Extends Energy-Efficient Processing Leadership with World's First

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse.

Source: AMD

High Performance AMD PhenomT X4 Processors Lead the Charge to HD Desktop Gaming and Video

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:26 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom(tm) X4 processors for PC users in search of the Ultimate Visual Experience. Led by the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor, each CPU features true quad-core design, and when matched to AMD 790 series chipsets supports up to four award-winning ATI Radeon(tm) HD 3800 series graphics cards.

Source: AMD

AMD Launches World's First x86 Triple-Core Processors

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
availability of AMD Phenom(tm) X3 8000 series triple-core processors,
providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with exceptional
performance at mainstream price points. AMD Phenom X3 processors are
designed to improve multi-threaded application performance over
dual-core processors at the same clock speed.

Source: AMD

Intel Atom processors to start as low as $29

Subject: Processors | March 26, 2008 - 07:53 PM |

The upcoming line of Intel Atom processors, formerly announced just a couple weeks ago and making up the brains behind the new Diamondville platform, could start with prices as low as $29 according to a report at Digitimes.  The piece also mentions Core 2-based Centrino processors at 2.16 GHz for $107 or so.

Source: Digitimes

The Core 2 part is easy

Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 04:01 PM |

... but when you are choosing which CPU to get, it is a bit more difficult.  Is a Quad core the way to go, or would you be better off with a Duo Extreme?  Techware Labs breaks down that decision into several key areas, as well as delving into the more obscure realms of steppings.  Read on to see if their advice can help you in your decision.

New Intel Server Processors: Fewer Watts, High Performance

Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 11:21 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 25, 2008 - Intel Corporation has further increased its energy-efficient performance lead today with the introduction of two low-voltage 45 nanometer processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts, or just 12.5 watts per core and frequencies as high as 2.50 GigaHertz (GHz).

Intel reveals a few of their cards

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2008 - 05:52 PM |

The details are still a little sketchy from Intel about Tukwilla, Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee, but we do know a bit more than we did.  Ryan gathered the slides and info from the preview to the IDF and has posted them for your enjoyment.  Check out what we do know about Intel's upcoming projects.

AMD ships TLB-fixed B3 Opterons

Subject: Processors | March 12, 2008 - 01:52 PM |

The first B3 steppings of AMD's Opteron processors have finally made their way out into the hand of customers according to this report at Dailytech.  There still isn't any word on when these will start shipping in volume or when the consumers will begin seeing B3 stepping Phenom processors or when we'll get clock speeds to ramp up competitiveness to Intel's parts. 

Source: Daily Tech

TLB or not TLB

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2008 - 02:36 PM |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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