Multi-core and multi-threaded Gaming Editorial

Subject: Processors | March 15, 2005 - 01:12 AM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

Dual Core Athlon 64 Benchmarked

Subject: Processors | March 13, 2005 - 02:52 AM |
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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.

VIA Brings Dual Processing to Mini-ITX with the New VIA EPIA DP-310 Mainboard

Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 12:24 PM |
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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

Star Wars Episode III Rendered on Windows 64

Subject: Processors | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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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

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Processors and DDR2/3 Memory

Subject: Processors | March 9, 2005 - 03:29 PM |
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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
Source: General

AMD Embedded Performance: Geode GX vs. VIA's C3

Subject: Processors | March 9, 2005 - 03:27 PM |
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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

Source: Sudhian

Intel Spills Dual Core Information

Subject: Processors | March 1, 2005 - 02:46 PM |
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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)

  • EM64T

  • Execute Disable Bit

  • LGA775 Package

  • Die size: 206mm^2

  • 230 million transistors

For the

AMD Continues Multi-Core Momentum...

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:39 PM |
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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.

Source: AMD

Intel Desktop Processors Get 64-Bit Support

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2005 - 06:35 PM |
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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 Intel® 925/915 Express chipset family, the processors can help enable improved performance and more rapid response times for computing platforms.

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