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.
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?
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.
Subject: Processors | January 27, 2005 - 10:53 PM | Joe White
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.
Subject: Processors | January 22, 2005 - 01:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
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