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Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | July 26, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | July 18, 2007 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 12:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | July 9, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | June 25, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | June 20, 2007 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | June 12, 2007 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's move to 65nm has brought the opportunity to provide big power savings via their new Brisbane processors. The two dual core models, the BE-2350
which runs at 2.1GHz and the
BE-2300 at 1.9GHz
both have 64K of L1 instruction space, and 64K of L1 data cache per core. The L2 has a 512KB cache for each core as well, so there has been no real reduction there. Drop by HotHardware for a look at how well they managed to reduce power and heat, and also make sure to
Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 5, 2007 - In his opening keynote at the Computex computer trade show, Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney unveiled the new Intel 3 Series Chipset family along with several other technology plans that surround the company's popular Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors for home and business PC users.
The products enable a number of innovative features for today's PCs such as greater PC performance, clearer definition video and storage technologies that help better protect valuable data.
Subject: Processors | May 31, 2007 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's Pentium E2140 is a stripped down Conroe with a cut rate price. The L2 cache becomes 1MB, and is shared between the 2 cores, and the FSB is reduced to 800MHz. HotHardware's testing showed it to be about 10% slower than the C2D E6300, and about half the price. They also pushed the 1.6GHz chip up to 2.9GHz with stock cooling.
Subject: Processors | May 14, 2007 - 10:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Processors | May 8, 2007 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the newest episode of HEXUS.tv, you can watch 2 Intel developers, Stephen Fischer and Mark Buxton, talk about Intel's new projects at IDF. From the changes in the instruction set to the growth of the L2 cache, they cover a lot of ground, including the fact that Intel is not currently working on any new single core processors.
Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware caught a glimpse of Intel's 8 core processor, the motherboard that it will sit on, and a few benchmarks as well. Luckily they brought a camera so they can share. Except for memory bandwidth, this new multicore CPU cleans up with Sandra benchmarks. It obciously has a lot of power behind it, it can do a Cinebench rendering pass in 2/3's of the time it takes a C2E QX6800.
AMD Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Platform with New 65nm AMD TurionT 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technolog
Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 2, 2007 - NVIDIA and Broadcom joined AMD (NYSE: AMD) to showcase the 3D graphics, wireless, battery life, and compute performance advantages of next-generation AMD mobile platforms at an event held in San Francisco today. Based on superior technologies from the AMD Better by Design program -- including next-generation 65nm AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology, chipsets from AMD and NVIDIA, and leading wireless networking solutions from Broadcom -- these mobile platforms deliver a superior Windows(tm) Vista experience for end-users.