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Subject: Processors | March 31, 2005 - 10:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
I was some how left out of this endeavor to AMD this week, but no matter. Anandtech has a good quality article up on what comments they got from Fred Weber, who was the lead architect on the K8 core.
We also asked Weber about his thoughts on wafer and die stacking; he sounded particularly interested in them, but added that for a microprocessor it's far too early to count on die stacking because of yield concerns. He said that the time for the technology to be used on microprocessors would only exis
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2005 - 10:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
Legit Reviews has another look (with actual benchmarks this time) of the Asus CT-479 Pentium M upgrade kit.
The idea to put Intel Pentium M — the chip originally designed for mobile computers — into desktops has been around for a quite while, and Legit Reviews sees the trend staying around in the future. With Intel seeing companies selling Pentium-M adapters and desktop boards it may be only time till Intel jumps on board and designs a mobile desktop solution. If corporate buyers pic
Subject: Processors | March 23, 2005 - 12:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
In my IDF coverage, I mentioned how healthy the 65nm technology from Intel looked, but I didn't think they would be bumping up time tables, but it looks like that may happen.
The interesting bit is that Intel is now telling people that it may pull the 65 nanometre launch forward by a few months, maybe as early as late Q3. This would mean Cedar Mill, Presler, and possibly Yonah wukk arrive much earlier than anyone thinks.
Subject: Processors | March 23, 2005 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Scott over at The Tech Report has taken a good, detailed look at the current state of the 64-bit world by comparing the Athlon 64 and the new Intel EM64T processors against each other in several series of benchmarks.
For PC enthusiasts and gamers, moving to 64 bits may not present as many obvious advantages in the near term, but there's also very little apparent penalty in going with Windows XP Pro x64, even if it's only to run 32-bit applications.
Subject: Processors | March 21, 2005 - 11:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you think you might want to change that old 478-pin motherboard over to a 479-pin Pentium M platform, then you may want to look at the Asus CT-479 that will do just that. This article does little more than give you a vague look at the product, but more a more complete look is coming soon here at PCP.
The CT-479 seen above actually has a quite a bit more to it than one might expect. Since the adapter will not allow a standard socket 478 heat sink to be used ASUS provides one with the kit.
Subject: Processors | March 17, 2005 - 02:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you have heard anything about the recent announcements of the PS3 and the development of something called a "cell processor", then you'll want to read Anandtech's article on the architecture. Anand finds out some damn detailed info on the new processing sytle, and what it might mean to you, very soon.
Cell's architecture is similar to the next version of Microsoft's Xbox and upcoming PC microprocessors in that it is heavily multithreaded.
Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 12:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like Intel is going to dropping prices on the current Pentium M processors, but not until July 24th. The price drop comes with the launch of a new processor, the 780, but the 765 price will drop by 50% to $423! This is good news, but I wish the price drop would occur sooner as I am actually working on a P-M desktop article.
Intel plans to cut the prices of its 700-series Pentium M processors on July 24, to take on Advanced Micro Devices' (AMD) newly launched Turion 64 mobile CPUs, according
Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 12:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to the French folks at X86-secret.com, VIA is going to be launching a new processor at this summer's Computex show in Taipei. The new C7 processor is going to be based on the current 478-pin package. You'll need to take the Babelfish with you to read it though, heh.
C'est Ã©trangement au CeBIT que nous avons obtenu confirmation du lancement des CPUs VIA C7 et C7-M lors du Computex de Taiwan.
Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 01:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech has posted an editorial on the theories and ideas behind multi-threaded gaming, and the difficulties associated with it. This is worth the read, especially with the interview with Tim Sweeney of Epic Games on support for multiple threads in the Unreal Engine 3.
Tim Sweeney: Yes! These are hard problems, certainly not the kind of problems every game industry programmer is going to want to tackle.
Subject: Processors | March 13, 2005 - 02:52 AM | Ryan Shrout
An Italian site called HWUpgrade.it has apparently benchmarked a 2.4 GHz Athlon 64 dual core processor in the Cinebench test, with some interesting results. The site is in Italian, but the images are universal, so give it a look.
Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 12:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you remember, we brought you the very first pictures of this board from our VIA meeting in January. But now, the launch is official:
The VIA EPIA DP-310 Mini-ITX mainboard is powered by two power-efficient 1GHz VIA Eden-N(TM) processors featuring advanced in-built hardware security, while the acclaimed VIA CN400 digital media chipset, Gigabit Ethernet and an extensive array of high bandwidth I/O, high-speed storage and connectivity options afford an unprecedented level of integration for server and em
Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM | Ryan Shrout
At CeBIT in Germany, The Inquirer heard that Microsoft was touting the EP3 movie was being rendered on beta versions of Windows 64. What's more exciting to me though is that I saw the new trailer on TV last night for the movie, and you can download it today as well! (Edit: take that back -- only if you PAY to subscribe to the website can you download it right now...grrr)
This version of Windows is almost ready to meet all the Athlon 64, FX, Pentium Four and Celerons which support it and this is just a start
Subject: Processors | March 9, 2005 - 03:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
I don't think we hear often enough from the likes of Penstarsys, but I found this little bit of an editorial on their site that discusses their thoughts on what direction AMD is going to take on memory specs on their future processors.
So, I would expect an official PC4000 spec for DDR before we see AMD support DDR-2. If you remember back in the day when Intel was all over RAMBUS and AMD was the driving force for DDR. Many scoffed at AMD, but in the end they were proven right. DDR was the right technology at t
Subject: Processors | March 9, 2005 - 03:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sudhian today is taking a look at what makes AMD's Geode processors tick and compares them to VIA's current offerings in the embedded system field.
Ask a computer enthusiast or industry follower to name an AMD product and chances are you'll hear about the Athlon 64 or AthlonXP. Those who've followed Sunnyvale for an extended period of time may rattle off the K6, K6-2, or even the K5 as examples of earlier products, but one microprocessor line you aren't likely to hear much about is Geode. The AMD Geode is Sunny
Subject: Processors | March 1, 2005 - 02:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
While I don't have pictures to share with you yet, I will get them soon, but Intel has shared with the press their plans for the upcoming Q2 2005 introductin of dual core processors. Here are the details I have now:
- Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition
- 3.2 GHz clock speed
- Dual Core
- Two threads per core
- 800 MHz FSB
- 2 MB L2 cache (1 MB for each core)
- Execute Disable Bit
- LGA775 Package
- Die size: 206mm^2
- 230 million transistors
Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:39 PM | Joe White
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 23, 2005 --After garnering rave reviews for its multi-core server and workstation demos at LinuxWorld last week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) gave an encore performance today by demonstrating a dual-core AMD Athlon™ 64 processor, manufactured on 90nm technology. The demonstration took place at the company's Sunnyvale facilities. AMD has now publicly showcased its broad portfolio of multi-core AMD64 technology, ranging from server and workstation to client systems.
Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:35 PM | Joe White
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of five new processors for desktop computers that deliver entertainment and IT benefits for consumers and businesses. When coupled with the widely adopted IntelÂ® 925/915 Express chipset family, the processors can help enable improved performance and more rapid response times for computing platforms.
Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:32 PM | Joe White
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.
Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 02:31 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 10:46 AM | Sean Pelletier
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.