Intel Announces Investment in Rio Rancho, New Mexico Site

Subject: Processors | February 27, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

RIO RANCHO, N.M., Feb. 26, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced that it will invest $1 billion to $1.5 billion in its Rio Rancho site to retool Fab 11X for production on Intel's next generation 45 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process. Fab 11X will be the company's fourth factory scheduled to use the 45nm process, with production in New Mexico scheduled to start in the second half of next year.

4 Cores and mores

Subject: Processors | February 26, 2007 - 06:31 PM |

The Inquirer is pitting a 4 core Xeon against a 8 Core.  Now this may seem like a waste of time, as the 8 core will do better than the 4, but it is all a matter of scaling.  Can an octuple core perform twice as well?  Is it better to split a task between 2 quad core machines? 

Or it may be just so they can post a Sandra MultiMedia instruction benchmark of 573,631.

Source: The Inquirer

The 3GHz solution

Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 12:33 PM |

The Tech Report puts the brand new X2 6000+ in direct competition with the E6700.  They spend some time focusing on the memory bandwidth, which lets the X2 show up Intel's chip ... for a while.  Read on to see how the pure speed of the 6000+ compares to the more modern architecture of the Core 2 Duo chip.

New AMD Desktop Processors Designed for Both Performance-Hungry and Energy-Conscious Users

Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 11:32 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 20, 2007 - Underscoring its commitment to
delivering the right products at the right time, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today
introduced desktop processors designed for users seeking the ultimate in
energy-conscious or high-performance computing. The new energy-efficient
45-watt AMD Athlon(tm) 64 single-core processors 3500+ and 3800+ can
help consumers and businesses save energy and experience significant
performance-per-watt benefits

Source: AMD

The K8 is dead, long live the K8

Subject: Processors | February 20, 2007 - 12:59 PM |

AMD has pushed past the 3GHz mark with their new X2 6000+.  HotHardware will take you through the benchmarks in their full review.  One interesting finding is that when the QuadFX's additional cores are not utilized by the program being tested, the raw speed of the 6000+ pushes the performance beyond that of the QuadFX.

Source: HotHardware

AMD Offers New Products, Expands AMD64 Longevity Program

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2007 - 11:34 AM |

Embedded World, Nürnberg, GERMANY - Feb.

Source: AMD

Buy 1000 chips and pay at the new prices

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 02:58 PM |

Here's a brief list of the changes AMD has done to the pricing of their processors.  Follow this link for the entire list.

AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor

  • Athlon 64 FX-62 - $713

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor

Source: 3DCenter

Intel Research Chip Advances 'Era Of Tera'

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 01:08 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2007 - Intel Corporation researchers have developed the world's first programmable processor that delivers supercomputer-like performance from a single, 80-core chip not much larger than the size of a finger nail while using less electricity than most of today's home appliances. This is the result of the company's innovative 'Tera-scale computing' research aimed at delivering Teraflop -- or trillions of calculations per second --performance for future PCs and servers.

Intel's reign of Tera

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 12:56 PM |

The Tech Report features a look at the 80 core processor unveiled by Intel at the ISSC.  This chip will never hit the stores, but you can bet one of it's descendants will.  One of the more interesting features is it's scalability ... if you feed it only 11W it will run at 310 gigaFLOPS which is still well into supercomputer territory.  However, if you give it a full meal of 98W it will hit 1.0 teraFLOP, which is definitely something to brag about.