Intel Research Chip Advances 'Era Of Tera'

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 01:08 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2007 - Intel Corporation researchers have developed the world's first programmable processor that delivers supercomputer-like performance from a single, 80-core chip not much larger than the size of a finger nail while using less electricity than most of today's home appliances. This is the result of the company's innovative 'Tera-scale computing' research aimed at delivering Teraflop -- or trillions of calculations per second --performance for future PCs and servers.

Intel's reign of Tera

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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The Tech Report features a look at the 80 core processor unveiled by Intel at the ISSC.  This chip will never hit the stores, but you can bet one of it's descendants will.  One of the more interesting features is it's scalability ... if you feed it only 11W it will run at 310 gigaFLOPS which is still well into supercomputer territory.  However, if you give it a full meal of 98W it will hit 1.0 teraFLOP, which is definitely something to brag about.

New AMD OpteronT Processors Unveiled for Ultimate Datacenter Performance-Per-Watt

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- February 7, 2007 --Delivering on its commitment to industry-leading datacenter performance and performance-per-watt, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced availability of new AMD Opteron™ processor models in both highly efficient (68 watt) and mainstream (95 watt) thermal envelopes.

Source: AMD

Moving onto 65nm

Subject: Processors | February 5, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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HotHardware reviews AMD's A64 X2 series based on the 65nm Brisbane core.  With 4 different socket AM2 processors, running from 2.1 to 2.6GHz and sporting 153.8 million transistors it sounds like a great replacement for the Windsor core.  Although the Brisbane does run a little slower than a Windsor at the same speed, it also uses less power which reinforces AMD's desire for efficiency and getting more work per watt.

Source: HotHardware

Penryn Ho! The attack of the incredible shrinking core

Subject: Processors | January 29, 2007 - 12:34 PM |
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Sometime in the second half of 2007, we should begin to see the new 45nm Penryn Dual Cores appear in reviews, if not the marketplace.  Sometime after that the Quads should start coming out.  Thanks to a new high-k material, Intel has doubled transistor counts again.  When talking about 'k', they are referring to a materials ability to hold charge, and [H]ard|OCP has a lot to say about it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor for Sale @ Newegg

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2007 - 03:08 PM |
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This tip just made it into my mail box...  Newegg is selling an OEM Athlon X2 6000+ processor that runs at 3.0 GHz, the same speed as the top Athlon FX processors using the 1207-pin Socket F.  It is still a 90nm processor, but should be damn fast.

A Core 2 Duo that OCs like a Celeron

Subject: Processors | January 25, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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The new E4300 is essentially an E6300 without Intel's Virtualization Technology, and a slightly slower clock speed ... 1.8 GHz versus 1.86.  However, with a reasonably efficient air cooler it can reach 3.47GHz, which is pretty reasonable for a $130 dollar processor.  The bad news right now is that the only places you will find it for sale have it priced about $10 less than the E6300, so it isn't worth buying ...

Source: Tech Spot

AMD Continues to Give Embedded Designers More Choice

Subject: Processors | January 24, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan.

Source: AMD

Overclocking the QuadFX

Subject: Processors | January 19, 2007 - 03:09 PM |
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Legit Reviews invested the significant amount of money it takes to build a QuadFX system, and overclocked it as far as they could.  At 3.1GHz the system leveled out, so that is the speed the used in comparative benchmarks with the QX6700.  Even though the performance did increase, can it possibly reduce the performance gap, especially when you consider the $200 difference in CPU price as well as the motherboard.

Intel 45nm Process Running Ahead of Schedule

Subject: Processors | January 16, 2007 - 08:52 PM |
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We got the news during CES that the 45nm shrink of Core 2 Duo, code named Penryn, was already up and running, and booting Windows XP on its first revision of silicon.  Well tonight I have news that the Penryn processors have in fact been able to boot Windows Vista, Linux and Apple Max OS-X as well!  Getting a brand new processor spin on a brand new process technology (first 45nm from Intel) running this stable so early paints a good picture on Intel's future into 2007 as Intel is probably going to b

Intel introduces the Core 2 Quad 6600

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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Although 2.4 GHz is slower than the 6700, the reduced cost and power consumption make this processor more attractive to a broader range of people.  There isn't a lot of information about the performance of the processor yet, but The Tech Report tells you everything known so far.

New Intel Processors Expand Quad-Core PC, Server Line-Ups

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 01:36 PM |
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INTERNATIONAL 2007 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2007 — Intel Corporation formally introduced three more quad-core processors, including the first to carry the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor brand name that begins the expansion of quad-core PC sales to mainstream buyers. Intel now offers a total of nine quad-core processor versions in the desktop and enterprise market segments.

Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Cost $531, Less Expensive Quad-Core Enroute

Subject: Processors | January 5, 2007 - 04:23 PM |
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In order to further solidify its positions of the market of
high-performance microprocessors and popularize quad-core chips, Intel
Corp. will sell its highly-anticipated central processing units (CPUs)
with four processing engines at significantly lower price-points than
it so far has been expected.

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD's Quad FX Not Quite the Bargain We Hoped

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2007 - 04:11 PM |
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The guys at Tech Report noticed that even though the Quad FX parts are available for sale now, they aren't the prices AMD quoted to everyone last month. 

Of course, we should point out that neither AMD nor Asus have control over retail prices. Still, at those prices, someone looking to build a machine with a pair of Athlon 64 FX-74 chips will have to pay with a premium of either $129 or $181, depending on the retailer.

VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2006 - 03:53 PM |
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VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics


First to feature the VIA CX700M2 advanced system media processor, the VIA EPIA EX-Series mainboard is the ultimate digital media device platform

Taipei, Taiwan, 28 December 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA's compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor.

AMD Live! To Support Blu-ray and HD-DVD in Q3 2007

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Not a big news break here, since we are taking about 9 months from now, but apparently AMD Live! will support Blu-ray and HD-DVD in the third quarter of next year.  My only question is why is this so far off?

AMD Live!

Source: Digitimes

Intel's Multi-Core Entertainment and Innovation at the Core of CES

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2006 - 11:01 AM |
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Las Vegas Convention Center, Dec. 27, 2006 — Major themes will surface at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show including: the emergence of Internet-delivered entertainment as the PC grows even cozier with the TV; the 'renaissance' of the PC with new Intel dual and quad core processors and exciting new operating systems; and the ongoing growth of PC gaming.

New AMD Roadmaps Spotted

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2006 - 11:00 AM |
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A couple of different sites have come across some updated AMD road maps this week.  First, Chile Hardware has news on the AMD chipset front, including the upcoming ATI RD790 chipset with CrossFire support. 


Also, Akiba PC has some news on the AMD CPU front.  Bring your translater!!


Thanks to HardOCP for the links!


Source: General

AMD Opens new Architecture Design Lab

Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 05:41 PM |
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Maybe feeling the pressure from Intel's extreme R&D resources, AMD is opening a new design lab outside Redmond, Washington

REDMOND, WASH. -- December 21, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the formation of a new Advanced Architecture and Technology Lab led by Rich Witek, AMD corporate fellow and chief architectural officer.

Source: General