Intel Opens First High-Volume 45nm Microprocessor Manufacturing Factory

Subject: Processors | October 25, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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CHANDLER, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2007 - Production of a new generation of microprocessors for PCs, laptops, servers and other computing devices officially began today inside of Intel Corporation's first high-volume 45 nanometer (nm) manufacturing factory in Chandler, Ariz.

Last of the Kentsfeilds

Subject: Processors | October 19, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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The Kentsfeild is pretty much dead, with the 45nm Penryn coming soon, but there is one new model left to review.  The 3GHz core clock frequency and 1333MHz front-side bus, plus an 8MB L2 cache will add to it's performance, but The Tech Report wants to see a serious increase to justify the chip's $1000 dollar premium over the Q6600.

Shrinkage and growth

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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The new chips from Intel will be on 45nm technology which will help with the heat, but doesn't actually provide anything in the way of a performance benefit.  What you can expect to give you a bit of a boost, for the Yorkfield a roughly 5-10% increase based on TechARP's findings, is the increase cache size.  The Wolfdale provide's a huge improvement over Prescott, as you can see in the full review.

Source: Tech ARP

AMD OFFERS GREATER CHOICE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Subject: Processors | October 9, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) introduced several new energy-efficient desktop processors designed to reduce power consumption for greater performance-per-watt. These processors will offer additional choice for system builders and OEMs looking to differentiate their products and provide customers with low-noise, low-heat system designs.

Source: AMD

Table madness

Subject: Processors | October 5, 2007 - 06:52 PM |
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Hardware Secrets has been busy compiling tables of CPUs, for anyone tracking the changes to the processor lines of AMD and Intel, or just getting confused by all the model numbers.  They have compiled the entire Opteron series into these sets, including the new Barcelona models.  The entire Athlon 64 series can be found on these pages, and anyone looking for information on

New chips on Remembrance Day

Subject: Processors | October 1, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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TechARP has a quick look at the 9000 series of Quads and Duos that Intel will be releasing November 11th.  With the smaller process comes higher speeds.  It looks like we will be waiting until January for dual-core Wolfdales, which will be labeled as the 8000 series, and will arrive in time to counter the triple cored Barcelona chips that should be appearing at roughly the same time.

Source: Tech ARP

Overclocked roundup

Subject: Processors | September 25, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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Looking for an idea as to the relative differences between overclocked Quads and Duos?  The testing at Hardware Logic may not produce the exact same results as your experiences, but it can give you a hint as to how these processors separate once they have been pushed beyond spec.  You can even look at these scores as something to meet or to beat.

Power saving on the rack

Subject: Processors | September 14, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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AnandTech revisits low power server CPU lines, to see if Intel's Woodcrest or Clovertown cores offer a change in their previous ratings, which had AMD on top.  The cost offset of saving a few dozen watts cannot easily justify spending $50-$100 more a CPU.  One of their big questions is how well the move to quad core will help Intel's efficiency.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor

Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:50 AM |
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AMD is officially taking the wraps off the new Barcelona, native quad-core processors today; at least for the server market.  First, head on up and read over my Barcelona preview article then you can check out the AMD PR below: 

AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor, Designed for the Demanding Datacenter


Quad-Core AMD OpteronTM processors Deliver Breakthrough  Performance-Per-Watt


Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept.

AMD to Webcast Most Anticipated Premiere Event

Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 07:00 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced that it will hold its Premiere Event for the launch of the
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor at approximately 6:30 pm Pacific
Time (9:30 pm ET) on Monday, Sept.

Source: AMD

Intel Launches First Industry-Standard Quad-Core Products for High-End, Multi-Processor Servers

Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation has unveiled the industry's first quad-core processors specifically designed for multi-processor (MP) servers running applications requiring uncompromised performance, reliability and scalability. Such applications are typically run in virtualized environments for server consolidation and database uses, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence.

C2Quad versus C2D Extreme

Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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X-bit Labs pits the Q6600 against the brand new E6850 to see which gives a better bang for your buck, and whether 4 cores helps performance.  They try them both at their default settings, as well as getting the Q6600 up to 3.6GHz and the E6850 to 3.85GHz.  These two are the chips that will end up in a lot of systems,

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD Barcelona Prices Outted?

Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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It would seem Daily Tech has gotten the initial pricing sheet for AMD's upcoming Barcelona processor launch later this month.  If the numbers are correct, the most expensive 2-series Opteron processor is going to top out at 2.0 GHz and $372 - a bargain considering how much top-end server processors usually sell for.  The only draw back here is that the pricing could be reflective of the performance levels we'll see out of the CPU.

Source: Daily Tech

Alas poor Athlon, we knew you well

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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It is essentially the end of the road for AMD's Athlon series, and the 'on' suffix, as we anxiously await the arrival of Phenom.  Legit Reviews pulls out some of their old ceramic buddies for one last benchmarking session to see how the line changed over the years, with the 1800+ being the baseline.  It looks like the Black Edition spells the end of the line for this venerable series.

New Intel vPro Processor Technology Fortifies Security for Business PCs

Subject: Processors | August 27, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel vPro processor technology for businesses and IT with new innovations that add better protection against hacking, viruses and other threats.

VIA Announces 1-Watt Processor, the World's Most Power Efficient x86 CPU

Subject: Processors | August 24, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 23rd August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of PC silicon and platform technologies, today announced a 500MHz addition to the VIA Eden ultra low voltage (ULV) processor family. With an idle power of just 0.1 watt, the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor has been designed from the ground up to meet the low power requirements of a wide range of industrial, commercial and ultra mobile applications.

Penryn, rumour and fact

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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At the end of the DigiTimes post, they mention that Intel has no comment about the upcoming Penryn processors, a move very familiar to anyone who has seen them release a major update to their processor line.  It is very likely that they are right about the chip lineup, but we won't know for sure until the end of this year or the beginning of the next.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Launches Athlon X2 6400+ Black Edition

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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AMD snuck out another new processor today, though getting your hands on one might take an act of divine intervention -- they didn't seed samples to any media that I am aware of so maybe the "black edition" refers to its stealth like qualities?

In any event, the CPU is a 200 MHz bumb over the previous fastest Athlon X2 processor, still at 90nm process technology, and that's about it.  Pricing has it about $240 (just about the $250 I said they would be limited to in my podcast last week).

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