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Subject: Processors | October 12, 2005 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Engineers, like most humans, are weird, and they can get bored. So what do they do when they get bored? Would you believe they etch micron scale icons and cartoons into processors, and other integrated circuits? CNet has a story up with Micheal Davidson, who runs a website called the Silicon Jungle, a collection of all the examples he has found.
"Davidson suspected at first that the tiny design he saw
Subject: Processors | October 4, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker tries out the AMD64 4000+, pairing it with DDR600. They managed to hit 2.7 GHz from the 2.4 it ships at, and they include hints for reaching it yourself.
"The 4000+ is a very good overclocker - or at least the part we had a chance to play with. As you can see from our charts the performance is very nice when the processor is overclocked. I ran the processor at 1.5V, the memory at 2.7V with 2.5-4-4-8-2T timings and the HT multiplier at 3x.
Subject: Processors | September 22, 2005 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Athlon64 X2 4800+ processor that PCStats got to test is based on the 'ACBWE' stepping. It's dual core, runs at 2.4Ghz, with 128KB of L1 and 1MB of L2 cache. Both cores share a single 128 bit DDR memory controller and it's defaulted to run at 1.3 V. Read the full review to see just how much more powerful than the competition AMD's newest offering really is.
"If you want the best processor on the market there is little doubt t
Subject: Processors | September 7, 2005 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is surprisingly big news coming from AMD today. A press release hit my email box just today that discusses Phil Hester, the new CTO of AMD and mentioned very briefly is the "departing CTO Fred Weber." Fred being the primary designer of the K8 architecture that has brought AMD such success, I can't help but wonder why AMD would have let him go and how this will affect future products.
Prior to joining AMD, Hester was the founder and CEO of Austin, Texas based Newisys
Subject: Processors | August 30, 2005 - 06:52 AM | Joe White
MUNICH, GERMANY -- August 30, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a leading European IT provider, is offering a new series of workstations based on the AMD Opteron™ processor. The CELSIUS V830 supports the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Models 275, 270 and 265, which offer the best overall performance and performance-per-watt available in the market1.
Subject: Processors | August 30, 2005 - 06:52 AM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 30, 2005 --AMD (AMD: NYSE) today announced the AMD64 platform, the gold standard for 64-bit computing, has earned more than 120 industry awards globally since the launch of the AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ 64 processors in 2003. Accolades from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Business Awards, Network Magazine and Microsoft TechEd top AMD's list of most recent honors.
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 06:32 PM | Ryan Shrout
More info from IDF for you at the Inquirer; it looks like Intel's much touted HyperThreading technology is NOT going to be implemented into their next generation core technology. What? You mean HT isn't all it was cracked up to be???
THERE WAS ONE THING that did not make the cut for the Merom cores, and for some reason Intel isn't shouting about it.
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
Charlie over at The Inquirer has a bit more information and analysis on the new Intel architecture for you to look over.
The basic structure is a four issue wide core, without going into specifics, they said the Merom cores can keep up a sustained 4 ops from issue to retire. This probably has a bunch of caveats, addenda and asterisks, but it is clear that wider is the course for the day. Each pipe is a full pipe versus the old P6 derived simple and complex pipe structures.
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech has some early coverage from IDF that goes over what little Intel has released about their new, upcoming core architecture arriving in late 2006. So far the highlights include a much shorter pipeline, shared L2 cache between dual cores and a single architecture between mobile, desktop and server platforms.
You can also catch what Scott at Tech Report has seen on this information, here.
The new architecture will featu
Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 09:52 AM | Joe White
Live Shoot-Out to Focus on Server Workloads and Energy Consumption
SUNNYVALE, CA -- August 23, 2005 --In the spirit of fair and open competition, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today issued a challenge to Intel to conduct a head-to-head competition of dual-core x86 server processors.
Subject: Processors | August 22, 2005 - 08:42 AM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- August 22, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today revved up the performance of AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology with the introduction of two new models, MT-40 and MT-37. These new additions to AMD's popular 64-bit mobile processor family are expected to be available in new ENVY Featherweight and ENVY Middleweight notebook computers from VoodooPC.
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2005 - 04:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
This article at The Inquirer points to an interview with Chief Scientist at NVIDIA, David Kirk, saying that because game developers will no be spending more time working on utilizing the multiple cores of the CPU, improvements in graphics and the utilization of the GPU will slow down. Interestingly, this is a very similar statement to what we heard echoed by John Carmack at his recent keynote at this year's Quakecon event. Citing the use of multiple cores in the consoles a
Subject: Processors | July 26, 2005 - 02:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
Compared to other available Pentium M desktop solutions, the CT-479 is compelling. Currently, the CT-479 is available for approximately $42, and compatible motherboards are available for as little as $80-85.
Subject: Processors | July 26, 2005 - 02:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD hit a big milestone recently according to this News.com article that shows AMD has hit 11.2% of the server marketshare.
The milestone is important in that server chips sell for more than desktop ones. An increase in sales of Opteron servers also gives AMD an opportunity to sell chips to manufacturers of business desktops and servers. To date, the vast majority of AMD desktop and notebook chips have gone into consumer computers.
Subject: Processors | July 8, 2005 - 06:41 AM | Joe White
SANTA CLARA, Calif, July 7, 2005 — Based on internal testing by Intel Corporation, a system based on the forthcoming dual-core IntelÂ® ItaniumÂ® processor codenamed 'Montecito' demonstrated a 60 percent performance increase over a previous technical computing benchmark posted by a four-way RISC-based system.
Subject: Processors | June 24, 2005 - 09:11 AM | Ryan Shrout
I forgot to post this last week, but GDHardware has a review of the new Athlon 64 FX-57 processor that will be announced on the 27th of this month.
The real target audience for the FX-57 is going to be the ultra-gamer who insists on nothing but the absolute fastest gaming CPU money can buy. It simply crushes everything in its path in game performance and handles most of today's common applications with power to spare.
Subject: Processors | June 16, 2005 - 10:58 AM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech is looking at the near future of Intel's roadmaps including the Presler and Cedar Mill cores.
As we mentioned earlier, two Cedar Mills running at lower clock speeds will compose a Presler dual core processor (Smithfield's replacement). HyperThreading, EIST, XD and EM64T are enabled on all of these new processors. Furthermore, all Cedar Mill chips will also receive VT technology, with the exception of the Pentium 4 631. The Pentium 4 631 and 633 are identical except the absence of VT in the 631.
Subject: Processors | June 6, 2005 - 11:27 PM | Joe White
WWDC 2005, SAN FRANCISCOâ€”June 6, 2005â€”At its Worldwide Developer Conference today, AppleÂ® announced plans to deliver models of its MacintoshÂ® computers using IntelÂ® microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007. Apple previewed a version of its critically acclaimed operating system, Mac OSÂ® X Tiger, running on an Intel-based MacÂ® to the over 3,800 developers attending CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address.
Subject: Processors | June 6, 2005 - 03:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is really a blow to the stomach for AMD with Steve Jobs officially announcing that they are going to Intel for their Mac line of computers. So many times we thought we had seen AMD nearly sign up with Apple for this exact deal, but it would seem that AMD's smaller fab capabilities are holding it back yet again.
One interesting point though is that with the Intel chips in Macs, that means an official x86 version of Mac OS X should be released soon, so maybe AMD users that build their own systems can still get the Mac experience if they wish to?
Subject: Processors | May 31, 2005 - 08:54 AM | Joe White
TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- May 31, 2005 --Following the introduction of the world's first dual-core AMD64 processors, including the first x86-based dual-core server and workstation processor, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announces close alignment and support from the world's premier motherboard manufacturers. AMD and partners have shown a sustained commitment to AMD64 technology with dual-core support for the world's highest performing x86-based 32- and 64-bit processors.