New Embedded Processors To Be Foundation For Devices...

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:32 PM |
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EMBEDDED WORLD, NUREMBERG, Germany, Feb. 22, 2005 -- Intel Corporation today announced that recently introduced processors and a corresponding chipset are now available for embedded market segments such as communications infrastructure, industrial box and panel PCs and in-car infotainment. Today's announcement demonstrates Intel's commitment to provide modular standards-based building blocks such as embedded processors to a wide variety of industries in addition to providing cost-effective and faster time to market solutions.

Athlon 64 Dual Core to Debut

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 02:31 PM |
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Looks like AMD is showing that they TOO are on the ball for desktop dual-cores very soon.

CHIP FIRM AMD showed off a dual core Athlon 64 chip at its Sunnyvale plant yesterday, as the noise caused by the battle between the two firms, sometimes compared to Tweedledee and Tweedledum, becomes a blinking cacophony and racket.

Intel encouraged its staff at a sales conference last week to go "ga ga" for Smithfield, its desktop bi-cameral microprocessor which it is expected to show off at a Developer Conference in California next week.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD to Demo Dual-Core Desktop CPU!

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 10:46 AM |
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With news of Intel's dual-core desktop CPU fresh in our minds, AMD has just announced that it will be showcasing its own dual-core CPU. Do we all need dual-core CPU's in our systems? Proof will be in the benchmarks per usual. Theresa DeOnis, desktop brand manager for AMD, makes an interesting point below which has been highlighted below.

Putting two cores on a chip will allow a computer to perform two tasks at once, she said, or run specially tweaked applications faster.

Source: AnandTech

SingTel Expan Deploys The AMD Opteron(TM) Processor For Data Center Management

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2005 - 07:35 AM |
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SINGAPORE -- February 3, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Singapore Telecommunications Limited ('SingTel'), one of Asia's leading communications companies, has deployed HP ProLiant DL145 servers powered by the AMD Opteron™ processor for the company's Singapore EXPAN Data Centers, which provide managed hosting services for customers across the Asia Pacific region.EXPAN is a pan-Asian chain of data network centers built on SingTel's own network infrastructure, providing a world-class, robust and secure hosting environment for customers.

Source: AMD

Intel and QinetiQ Collaborate On Transistor Research

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2005 - 07:24 AM |
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The results of a two-year joint research programme by Intel Corporation and QinetiQ into new transistor technology that could become a promising candidate for making microprocessors in the middle of the next decade was made public today. Transistors are the tiny switches in microprocessors that process the ones and zeros of the digital world.

Introducing the IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell Processor — Part I: the SIMD processing units

Subject: Processors | February 9, 2005 - 05:38 PM |
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Another article from Hannibal at Ars Techinca, this time covering the up and coming Cell proccesor.  If you are curious just what this chip is all about, then get a fresh cup of coffee and dig in!

"The Cell proccesor consists of a general-purpose POWERPC processor core connected to eight special-purpose DSP cores.

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Announces Dual-Core Production Has Begun

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2005 - 01:00 PM |
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It looks like Intel may yet get the first foot hold in the dual-core arena against AMD -- today they announced they have started production on a dual-core processor.  They also announced that they will have two dual-core processors available in the 2Q of this year: one a "Smithfield" and the other based on the "Extreme Edition" technology.  The EE dual-core CPU will also have HyperThreading for a total of four concurrent threads being able to run on the system!


You can catch the official PR release

Inside AMD's Hammer: the 64-bit architecture behind the Opteron and Athlon 64

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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A good technical article posted at Ars Technica, on the inner workings of AMD's 64bit architecture, and how it works.  It describes the differences between x86's 64 bit Hammer and it's K-7 predecessors as well as the PowerPC 601.

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n my previous work, I've looked in some detail at the x86-64 instruction set, but I've never talked about the microarchitecture of processors that implement it.

Source: Ars Technica

The AMD Athlon(TM) 64 Fx-55 Processor Reigns As Best Desktop Processor Of 2004

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2005 - 10:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- January 25, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that high-tech market research firm In-Stat selected the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 processor as best desktop processor of 2004. In-Stat Microprocessor Report recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its superior performance, feature-rich architecture, support for 32- and 64-bit capability and Enhanced Virus Protection.

Source: AMD

VIA Dual C7 Processor Mini ITX Picture

Subject: Processors | January 22, 2005 - 01:37 PM |
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At a VIA event we are at, I got a picture of the first dual processor mini ITX board featuring C7 processors.  Take a look at this:



Edit: Just back from lunch, so here are some more details for you.  The picture above shows the two C7 processors, and they are the two small chips underneath the ATX power connector.  The two larger chips are the north and south bridge chipsets.  This has a lot of implications for SFF computing, as well as for the s

AMD Executive Elected President of the HyperTransport(TM) Technology Consortium

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2005 - 06:25 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif., January 17, 2005 — The HyperTransport™ Technology

Consortium, a nonprofit industry organization that manages and promotes low-latency

HyperTransport technology, today announced the election of David Rich, Director of Business

Development and Support, Boston Design Center at AMD, as President of the Consortium,

reporting to the Consortium's Board of Directors. Mr.

Source: AMD

AMD Promotes New AMD Holographic Label And Security Features

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2005 - 09:51 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- January 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced an educational campaign focused on the security features of AMD boxed processors (also known as Processor-in-a-Box, or PIB) in order to help ensure high customer satisfaction. By promoting a newly designed AMD holographic label using one of the most secure authentication technologies available, AMD is committed to helping customers more easily authenticate AMD PIB products.

Source: AMD

Amd Kicks Off New Year With Mobile Performance Personified

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2005 - 09:35 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - January 10, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will usher in a new era in mobile computing. AMD Turion(tm) 64 mobile technology was unveiled by six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong at an AMD event at the International CES 2005 show in Las Vegas.
Source: AMD

AMD64 Processors Power Digital Home

Subject: Processors | January 9, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALF. -- January 5, 2005 --Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced support for the upcoming DivX Connected Certification Program from DivXNetworks, Inc. The DivX Connected Program is a comprehensive technology initiative that connects digital media from the PC to consumer electronics products throughout the home.

Source: AMD

AMD, IBM Announce Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Breakthrough

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2004 - 05:20 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA and EAST FISHKILL, NY -- December 13, 2004 --AMD and IBM today announced that they have developed a new and unique strained silicon transistor technology aimed at improving processor performance and power efficiency. The breakthrough process results in up to a 24 percent transistor speed increase, at the same power levels, compared to similar transistors produced without the technology.

Source: AMD

AMD Press Releases - Week of 12/6/04

Subject: Processors | December 9, 2004 - 07:09 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- December 6, 2004 --AMD today announced the editors of Maximum PC magazine have named the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 processor 'Best CPU' as part of the publication's 'Gear of the Year' awards. Maximum PC recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its unparalleled performance and stellar gaming benchmarks. Currently in its ninth year of existence, Maximum PC's editorial board gives the 'Gear of the Year' awards for products that the magazine has tested and verified as the best of breed for the year.

Source: AMD

New Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester Review

Subject: Processors | December 7, 2004 - 12:09 AM |
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There is a new review of the Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester over at Hexus. For those of you considering a Winchester based cpu, this article is for you!

Our off-the-shelf sample was utterly stable at just under 2.4GHz, cooled only by the supplied reference heatsink. All it took was a slight rise in core voltage and a motherboard capable of scaling with the processor's heightened driven clock.

Source: Hexus

AMD Announces Broad Enterprise Support For The AMD Opteron(TM) Processor

Subject: Processors | December 4, 2004 - 07:18 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif -- December 2, 2004 --With 25 percent of the Fortune Global 100 now using AMD Opteron™ processor-based systems, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced broad enterprise support for the AMD Opteron processor, the world's first 32-bit and 64-bit processor compatible with the x86 architecture. Since its introduction more than one year ago, Fortune 500 companies from industries including financial services, insurance, manufacturing, automotive, and energy have selected AMD Opteron processor-based systems to run their critical enterprise applications.

Source: AMD

AMD Rings In The Season With A New Mobile AMD Sempron(TM) Processor

Subject: Processors | November 24, 2004 - 06:18 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- November 23, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the new Mobile AMD Sempron™ processor 3000+ for thin and light notebooks, expanding the popular product family that has redefined everyday computing for today's mobile lifestyle with AMD's latest technology. In addition to offering best-in-class performance, this full-featured mobile processor also offers Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) designed to prevent the spread of certain malicious viruses when enabled by Microsoft® Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Source: AMD

AMD Launches the Athlon 64 FX-55 and 4000+

Subject: Processors | October 19, 2004 - 01:04 AM |
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Be sure to read my review of the FX-55 and 4000+ processors released today from AMD.  In the meantime, I'll also post some other reviews from around the web.