Fred Weber Leaves AMD

Subject: Processors | September 7, 2005 - 07:23 PM |
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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

Dual-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processors Power New Workstation Series From Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Subject: Processors | August 30, 2005 - 06:52 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

AMD64 Technology Garners More Than 120 Industry Awards

Subject: Processors | August 30, 2005 - 06:52 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

HyperThreading Goes the Way of the Dodo

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 06:32 PM |
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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.

Source: The Inquirer

More on New Intel Architecture

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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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.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Reveals Bits of New Architecture

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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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

Source: AnandTech

AMD Challenges Intel To A Dual-Core Duel

Subject: Processors | August 23, 2005 - 09:52 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

AMD Turion(TM) 64 Mobile Technology Is A Fierce Contender For Mobile Gaming

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2005 - 08:42 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

Multi-core CPU Development Slows Graphics Field?

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2005 - 04:50 PM |
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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

Source: The Inquirer

Asus CT-479 Pentium M Adaptor Review

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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The Tech Report has a review up of the Asus CT-479 device that allows you to use the Pentium M processor on various Pentium 4 socket 478 motherboards.  You can check out my review for comparison too.

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.