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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.
Subject: Processors | February 12, 2005 - 07:35 AM | Joe White
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.
Subject: Processors | February 12, 2005 - 07:24 AM | Joe White
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.
Subject: Processors | February 9, 2005 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | February 7, 2005 - 01:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | February 2, 2005 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
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.