Intel Ships New Processors for Embedded, Communications and Storage Markets

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

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 April

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2008 - 01:07 PM |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

*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 |

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 |

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


AMD loses major Asian super computing deal

Subject: Processors | January 29, 2008 - 01:50 PM |

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

AMD ditching Dozer for plain old GPUs

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2008 - 10:26 AM |

As Jon Stokes over at Arstechnica describes, it would appear that AMD has changed its tune when it comes to the way Fusion technology will be implemented.  Bulldozer, as we originally thought, was going to be a completely new CPU design from the ground up.  But now AMD appears to be backing off that plan and going with existing CPU and GPU designs for their first Fusion produc

Source: Ars Technica

AMD to showcase upcoming Phenom CPUs at CeBIT 2008

Subject: Processors | January 25, 2008 - 11:12 AM |

While you won't find me in Hannover, you will find AMD's newest Phenom processors.  At CeBit, AMD looks to be showing off the upcoming Phenom 9700 and 9900 processor models along with the energy-efficient 9100e processor.

Source: Digitimes

New chip on the block

Subject: Processors | January 24, 2008 - 12:10 PM |

VIA has a brand new chip, the Isaiah Processor designed with Centaur, the people responsible for Cyrix.  While some stats are lacking in details as of yet, [H]ard|OCP pegs the speed at 1GHz when run below 1v and up to to 2GHz at 1.15v.  While they are not going to work on dual core chips yet, having enough power to play Crysis in a 60mm2 (think dime sized) chip is rather impressive.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hammer not included

Subject: Processors | January 22, 2008 - 06:25 PM |

If the last time you installed a CPU it had pins on the bottom, the ZIF socket was an arm bar only and the cooler weighed less than a small child, chances are you haven't installed a Socket775 processor.  Either as a refresher for your memory, or as something new you've never done, check out PC Stats guide on installing Socket775 processors and coolers.

Source: PCStats

AMD Posts a Whopper Loss

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 05:11 PM |

Don't let the first three lines of the linked Business Wire fool you.  AMD took it in the pants this last quarter.  The bottom line is that AMD announced $1.77 billion in revenues, which is a record.  They also recorded $1.772 billion in losses.  Yes...

Source: AMD

Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 04:15 PM |

In case some of you guys aren't checking out the RSS feeds of our articles or just skip over the icons above, I really need to make sure you see the new ray tracing article from Daniel Pohl.  As a follow up to Daniel's previous article that first introduced ray tracing to our readers, this newest iteration dives into some examples of how ray tracing can be more efficient than rasterization when it come to rendering games. 

The short answer is ...

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |

Not without a TEC or LOX setup.

Extremetech found overclocking the Phenom 9600 to be difficult and unpredictable.  They were unable to get more than 200MHz above the spec speed, and even then it sounds like there were difficulties encounter.  About the only thing they could count on was a big jump in the heat produced by the chip.

Source: Extremetech