New Intel Server Processors Provide Ultimate Choice in Speed and Energy Efficiency

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2007 - 02:41 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2007 - Continuing with its flurry of delivering quad-core server processors and other products ahead of schedule, Intel Corporation launched two quad-core Intel Xeon processors. The new processors boast unprecedented combinations of performance and energy efficiency, along with a pricing strategy to move the enterprise industry to multi-core systems.

Competing with themselves

Subject: Processors | August 10, 2007 - 12:30 PM |
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The E6300 was released last year as the low end of the C2D processor scale, and it looks like it's on it's way out.  The newly introduced E2160 runs at 1800MHz with a 200MHz FSB and a 1MB L2 cache, putting it in the same territory as the E6300.  You can see what kind of an effect the lower FSB and smaller cache have on performance at Madshrimps, as well as a look at it's overclocking ability.

Source: Madshrimps

Intel's Viiv Branding Dead Already

Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:28 PM |
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According to the Inq, it looks like Intel may already be ending the Viiv branding -- not a bad move considering it's pace of adoption.

And so, if a story on Digitimes turns out to be correct,
the world+dog will breathe a sigh of relief as Intel has decided to
rationalise its very confusing range of Core, Dual Core, Core 2 Dual, 2
Dual Cores, Solo Single Core, Quad Core Duo, Duo Quad Core Single Solo
Cores Dual, etc. etc.

Source: The Inquirer

TSMC to Split AMD's Fusion Production

Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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Looks like the first wave of Fusion products will indeed be split between being built by AMD and TSMC.

Motherboard makers predict that AMD will retain
production of the CPU portion of its Fusion processor at its own fabs
or that of Chartered Semiconductor until at least 2009, with Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce the graphics
processor unit (GPU) portion of the processor.

Source: Digitimes
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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: AMD
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AMD Barcelona is Almost Here

AMD had their analyst day this afternoon and talked about the upcoming Barcelona as well as future GPU technologies and the first implementations of the much talked about Fusion technology.

Intel's shines a light on the CPUs possible future

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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The idea is to stop using those sluggish electrons, and switch to those speed demon photons.  This won't be an easy switch, but it may be needed to keep the increase in speed that we have become accustomed to.  If it can be done, a prototype silicon laser modulator that can achieve 40Gbs is very impressive, and necessary to have a photonic IC.  Slashdot has the news flash.

Source: Slashdot

JPMorgan Spills Beans on AMD Outsourcing?

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:30 PM |
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This is definitely interesting news if true: is AMD outsourcing their first Fusion chips to TSMC and their 45nm production?

While voicing confidence over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) second quarter performance, a recent JP Morgan research report hinted that the foundry may have signed a foundry contract with AMD for the production of Fusion CPUs on 45nm.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Gives Away Software Threading Tools

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Intel has apparently decided to "open source" their tools to help developers better improve on software performance for multiple cores.  This will benefit users of Intel's CPUs as well as AMD's.

Intel is open-sourcing its Threading Building Blocks 2.0 software, a C++ template library that simplifies the development of software applications running in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fighting hard for last place

Subject: Processors | July 18, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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AMD and Intel seem to currently be in a race to see who can use the least amount of power, especially when it comes to servers.  Instead of measuring who is the fastest, or the most powerful, AnandTech's review focuses on the power consumption of Intel and AMD's low power chips, when performing an identical task.  Whether you are looking to lower your power costs, or even just trying to figure out what TDP means to you, this article will help you along your way.

Source: AnandTech

Intel's new king of the hill

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 01:02 PM |
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The Core 2 Extreme Quad core QX6850 makes it's debut today, and you can get a good impression as to what this ~$1000 processor can do at HotHardware.  We know the technical specs, 133MHz FSB, 3GHz on 65nm construction, 130W TDP, and a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  What you won't know until you read the review is how much better it is than the pair of 6800 Extremes already on the market.

Source: HotHardware