Waiting on K10

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models.  X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.

Source: X-Bit Labs

New SiSoft Sandra XII (2008) Released!

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:59 PM |
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If you frequently use the SiSoft Sandra software for testing your own system, you'll be interested in see what the new version of SiSoft Sandra is going to offer. 

So what's in it for you:

Intel lines up nine 45nm CPUs for the desktop

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:41 PM |
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Digitimes is reporting that nine 45nm Penryn-based processors are going to be launched for desktop users.  The amount of quad-core processors is going up with nearly half of the nine running with three of their buddies.  The report also indicates a return of the 0.5x multiplier to allow for more CPU choices (and more overclocking with us!).

Within the nine CPUs, five will be dual-core processors (Wolfdale) and the remaining four will be quad-core (Yorkfield).

Source: Digitimes

VIA Introduces 1W Eden Processor

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:37 PM |
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The CPU developers at VIA Technologies are about to introduce a new product in their ultra low voltage lineup: a 500 MHz frequency chip at 1W.


VIA Technologies is about to introduce a new addition to its Eden ULV (ultra low voltage) processor lineup, the company announced at a press conference yesterday (Aug 16).

Source: Digitimes

New Intel Server Processors Provide Ultimate Choice in Speed and Energy Efficiency

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2007 - 02:41 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2007 - Continuing with its flurry of delivering quad-core server processors and other products ahead of schedule, Intel Corporation launched two quad-core Intel Xeon processors. The new processors boast unprecedented combinations of performance and energy efficiency, along with a pricing strategy to move the enterprise industry to multi-core systems.

Competing with themselves

Subject: Processors | August 10, 2007 - 12:30 PM |
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The E6300 was released last year as the low end of the C2D processor scale, and it looks like it's on it's way out.  The newly introduced E2160 runs at 1800MHz with a 200MHz FSB and a 1MB L2 cache, putting it in the same territory as the E6300.  You can see what kind of an effect the lower FSB and smaller cache have on performance at Madshrimps, as well as a look at it's overclocking ability.

Source: Madshrimps

Intel's Viiv Branding Dead Already

Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:28 PM |
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According to the Inq, it looks like Intel may already be ending the Viiv branding -- not a bad move considering it's pace of adoption.

And so, if a story on Digitimes turns out to be correct,
the world+dog will breathe a sigh of relief as Intel has decided to
rationalise its very confusing range of Core, Dual Core, Core 2 Dual, 2
Dual Cores, Solo Single Core, Quad Core Duo, Duo Quad Core Single Solo
Cores Dual, etc. etc.

Source: The Inquirer

TSMC to Split AMD's Fusion Production

Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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Looks like the first wave of Fusion products will indeed be split between being built by AMD and TSMC.

Motherboard makers predict that AMD will retain
production of the CPU portion of its Fusion processor at its own fabs
or that of Chartered Semiconductor until at least 2009, with Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce the graphics
processor unit (GPU) portion of the processor.

Source: Digitimes

Intel's shines a light on the CPUs possible future

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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The idea is to stop using those sluggish electrons, and switch to those speed demon photons.  This won't be an easy switch, but it may be needed to keep the increase in speed that we have become accustomed to.  If it can be done, a prototype silicon laser modulator that can achieve 40Gbs is very impressive, and necessary to have a photonic IC.  Slashdot has the news flash.

Source: Slashdot

JPMorgan Spills Beans on AMD Outsourcing?

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:30 PM |
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This is definitely interesting news if true: is AMD outsourcing their first Fusion chips to TSMC and their 45nm production?

While voicing confidence over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) second quarter performance, a recent JP Morgan research report hinted that the foundry may have signed a foundry contract with AMD for the production of Fusion CPUs on 45nm.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Gives Away Software Threading Tools

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Intel has apparently decided to "open source" their tools to help developers better improve on software performance for multiple cores.  This will benefit users of Intel's CPUs as well as AMD's.

Intel is open-sourcing its Threading Building Blocks 2.0 software, a C++ template library that simplifies the development of software applications running in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fighting hard for last place

Subject: Processors | July 18, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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AMD and Intel seem to currently be in a race to see who can use the least amount of power, especially when it comes to servers.  Instead of measuring who is the fastest, or the most powerful, AnandTech's review focuses on the power consumption of Intel and AMD's low power chips, when performing an identical task.  Whether you are looking to lower your power costs, or even just trying to figure out what TDP means to you, this article will help you along your way.

Source: AnandTech

Intel's new king of the hill

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 01:02 PM |
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The Core 2 Extreme Quad core QX6850 makes it's debut today, and you can get a good impression as to what this ~$1000 processor can do at HotHardware.  We know the technical specs, 133MHz FSB, 3GHz on 65nm construction, 130W TDP, and a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  What you won't know until you read the review is how much better it is than the pair of 6800 Extremes already on the market.

Source: HotHardware

Intel has announced some new shinys!

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 12:13 AM |
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The QX6850, a quad extreme 1333MHz FSB , as well as new C2Ds with 1333 FSB, and a even a new Core 2 Quad have all just been announced.  Sticking with the new philosophy CPU manufacturers have, these new parts will not have a significant increasing in TDP.

Additionally, the first mobile extreme processor, the Core 2 Extreme X7800 is making an appearance.  It's a fully unlocked Merom, allowing OCers to try their hands at pushing it to the limits.

Less of what you don't want

Subject: Processors | July 9, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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At Legion Hardware, they are testing two 2GHz processors, Intel's Celeron 440 against AMD's Sempron 3600+.  While the Sempron line is being phased out in preference for the BE series, you are much more likely to find a Sempron for sale.  Both are priced very low, and the TDP is lower than many of the top of the line chips, giving them a niche of their own.  Check out how they fare against one another.

Processor Price/Performance points

Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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Join the Tech Report for a look a processors from a money conscious perspective.  Getting the latest and greatest CPU is certainly an easy answer to the question of what processor to buy, but what if you are asking that question with a twist.  What if you want to get the most processing power per dollar?  16 processors are tested, and a final five are chosen.  Find out which ones.

AMD to Ship Industry's First Native x86 Quad-Core Processors In August

Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 11:09 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 29, 2007 - Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, code-named "Barcelona", are planned for shipment in both standard and low power versions at launch later this summer.

Source: AMD

Intel's new top model

Subject: Processors | June 25, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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The previews of the C2D E6750 are hitting the streets today, and you can start out at HotHardware.  As far as the raw stats go, you are looking at @ 2.66GHz CPU, with a 1333MHz "Quad-Pumped" front side bus.  It is a 65n process chip, with 4MB of shared, full-speed L2 cache.  As far as the power goes, it runs between .85 - 1.3625v and generated 65 - 75 watts TPD.  Read on to see how much better the increase in FSB makes this chip when compared to the E6700.

Source: HotHardware

Intel's low power initiative

Subject: Processors | June 20, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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Rather than letting the Pentium line die, Intel has repositioned it as low cost and low power.  With the E2140 and E2160, they are positioned to take on AMD's new BE series of chips.  Techgage puts these chips through their banchmarks, as well as managing overclocks worthy of the old Celeron series.

Source: TECHGAGE

A quiet heart for your HTPC

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2007 - 05:21 PM |
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The new, and relatively confusingly named Athlon X2 BE2350 is a very low power CPU, designed for use in systems that need to be quiet.  It is also very cheap and a good value for those looking to build an HTPC or even a SFF PC to surf the web and deal with emails.  The Tech Report has put together a comprehensive look at this processor, so give them a visit.