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Introduction and Processor Specifications

Intel has added SpeedStep technology, 64-bit extensions, Execute Disable Bit and an extra MB of L2 cache to the P4 line and the Extreme Edition processor. Is it enough to cut the distance to the Athlon?

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

AMD Promotes New AMD Holographic Label And Security Features

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2005 - 09:51 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- January 10, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced an educational campaign focused on the security features of AMD boxed processors (also known as Processor-in-a-Box, or PIB) in order to help ensure high customer satisfaction. By promoting a newly designed AMD holographic label using one of the most secure authentication technologies available, AMD is committed to helping customers more easily authenticate AMD PIB products.

Source: AMD