The Silicon Jungle ... or ... Where's Waldo?

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2005 - 03:57 PM |
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Engineers, like most humans, are weird, and they can get bored.  So what do they do when they get bored?  Would you believe they etch micron scale icons and cartoons into processors, and other integrated circuits?  CNet has a story up with Micheal Davidson, who runs a website called the Silicon Jungle, a collection of all the examples he has found.

"Davidson suspected at first that the tiny design he saw

Athlon64 4000+ Overclocking

Subject: Processors | October 4, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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Neoseeker tries out the AMD64 4000+, pairing it with DDR600.  They managed to hit 2.7 GHz from the 2.4 it ships at, and they include hints for reaching it yourself. 

"The 4000+ is a very good overclocker - or at least the part we had a chance to play with. As you can see from our charts the performance is very nice when the processor is overclocked. I ran the processor at 1.5V, the memory at 2.7V with 2.5-4-4-8-2T timings and the HT multiplier at 3x.

Source: Neoseeker

The Power Of Two A64 4000+'s In One Chip & More

Subject: Processors | September 22, 2005 - 01:20 PM |
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The Athlon64 X2 4800+ processor that PCStats got to test is based on the 'ACBWE' stepping.  It's dual core, runs at 2.4Ghz, with 128KB of L1 and 1MB of L2 cache.  Both cores share a single 128 bit DDR memory controller and it's defaulted to run at 1.3 V.  Read the full review to see just how much more powerful than the competition AMD's newest offering really is.

"If you want the best processor on the market there is little doubt t

Source: PCStats

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