Alas poor Athlon, we knew you well

Subject: Processors | August 28, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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It is essentially the end of the road for AMD's Athlon series, and the 'on' suffix, as we anxiously await the arrival of Phenom.  Legit Reviews pulls out some of their old ceramic buddies for one last benchmarking session to see how the line changed over the years, with the 1800+ being the baseline.  It looks like the Black Edition spells the end of the line for this venerable series.

New Intel vPro Processor Technology Fortifies Security for Business PCs

Subject: Processors | August 27, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel vPro processor technology for businesses and IT with new innovations that add better protection against hacking, viruses and other threats.

VIA Announces 1-Watt Processor, the World's Most Power Efficient x86 CPU

Subject: Processors | August 24, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 23rd August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of PC silicon and platform technologies, today announced a 500MHz addition to the VIA Eden ultra low voltage (ULV) processor family. With an idle power of just 0.1 watt, the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor has been designed from the ground up to meet the low power requirements of a wide range of industrial, commercial and ultra mobile applications.

Penryn, rumour and fact

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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At the end of the DigiTimes post, they mention that Intel has no comment about the upcoming Penryn processors, a move very familiar to anyone who has seen them release a major update to their processor line.  It is very likely that they are right about the chip lineup, but we won't know for sure until the end of this year or the beginning of the next.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Launches Athlon X2 6400+ Black Edition

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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AMD snuck out another new processor today, though getting your hands on one might take an act of divine intervention -- they didn't seed samples to any media that I am aware of so maybe the "black edition" refers to its stealth like qualities?

In any event, the CPU is a 200 MHz bumb over the previous fastest Athlon X2 processor, still at 90nm process technology, and that's about it.  Pricing has it about $240 (just about the $250 I said they would be limited to in my podcast last week).

Waiting on K10

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models.  X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.

Source: X-Bit Labs

New SiSoft Sandra XII (2008) Released!

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:59 PM |
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If you frequently use the SiSoft Sandra software for testing your own system, you'll be interested in see what the new version of SiSoft Sandra is going to offer. 

So what's in it for you:

Intel lines up nine 45nm CPUs for the desktop

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:41 PM |
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Digitimes is reporting that nine 45nm Penryn-based processors are going to be launched for desktop users.  The amount of quad-core processors is going up with nearly half of the nine running with three of their buddies.  The report also indicates a return of the 0.5x multiplier to allow for more CPU choices (and more overclocking with us!).

Within the nine CPUs, five will be dual-core processors (Wolfdale) and the remaining four will be quad-core (Yorkfield).

Source: Digitimes

VIA Introduces 1W Eden Processor

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:37 PM |
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The CPU developers at VIA Technologies are about to introduce a new product in their ultra low voltage lineup: a 500 MHz frequency chip at 1W.


VIA Technologies is about to introduce a new addition to its Eden ULV (ultra low voltage) processor lineup, the company announced at a press conference yesterday (Aug 16).

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AGEIA Needs a Boost

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 is another big title with support for AGEIA's PhysX processor, but do the advancements in game play stack up? And what about the dedicated AGEIA Island level that is fully interactive?