New Intel Processors Expand Quad-Core PC, Server Line-Ups

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 01:36 PM |
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INTERNATIONAL 2007 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2007 — Intel Corporation formally introduced three more quad-core processors, including the first to carry the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor brand name that begins the expansion of quad-core PC sales to mainstream buyers. Intel now offers a total of nine quad-core processor versions in the desktop and enterprise market segments.

Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Cost $531, Less Expensive Quad-Core Enroute

Subject: Processors | January 5, 2007 - 04:23 PM |
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In order to further solidify its positions of the market of
high-performance microprocessors and popularize quad-core chips, Intel
Corp. will sell its highly-anticipated central processing units (CPUs)
with four processing engines at significantly lower price-points than
it so far has been expected.

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD's Quad FX Not Quite the Bargain We Hoped

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2007 - 04:11 PM |
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The guys at Tech Report noticed that even though the Quad FX parts are available for sale now, they aren't the prices AMD quoted to everyone last month. 

Of course, we should point out that neither AMD nor Asus have control over retail prices. Still, at those prices, someone looking to build a machine with a pair of Athlon 64 FX-74 chips will have to pay with a premium of either $129 or $181, depending on the retailer.

VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2006 - 03:53 PM |
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VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics


First to feature the VIA CX700M2 advanced system media processor, the VIA EPIA EX-Series mainboard is the ultimate digital media device platform

Taipei, Taiwan, 28 December 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA's compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor.

AMD Live! To Support Blu-ray and HD-DVD in Q3 2007

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Not a big news break here, since we are taking about 9 months from now, but apparently AMD Live! will support Blu-ray and HD-DVD in the third quarter of next year.  My only question is why is this so far off?

AMD Live!

Source: Digitimes

Intel's Multi-Core Entertainment and Innovation at the Core of CES

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2006 - 11:01 AM |
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Las Vegas Convention Center, Dec. 27, 2006 — Major themes will surface at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show including: the emergence of Internet-delivered entertainment as the PC grows even cozier with the TV; the 'renaissance' of the PC with new Intel dual and quad core processors and exciting new operating systems; and the ongoing growth of PC gaming.

New AMD Roadmaps Spotted

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2006 - 11:00 AM |
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A couple of different sites have come across some updated AMD road maps this week.  First, Chile Hardware has news on the AMD chipset front, including the upcoming ATI RD790 chipset with CrossFire support. 


Also, Akiba PC has some news on the AMD CPU front.  Bring your translater!!


Thanks to HardOCP for the links!


Source: General

AMD Opens new Architecture Design Lab

Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 05:41 PM |
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Maybe feeling the pressure from Intel's extreme R&D resources, AMD is opening a new design lab outside Redmond, Washington

REDMOND, WASH. -- December 21, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the formation of a new Advanced Architecture and Technology Lab led by Rich Witek, AMD corporate fellow and chief architectural officer.

Source: General

Is the AMD 65nm Really Slower?

Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 05:36 PM |
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Looks like AMD's new 65nm processors aren't going over as good as they'd have hoped for!

We're a little perplexed by these developments. Why would AMD increase the latency of its L2 cache, especially without increasing its size? Why isn't the die area of the 65nm Athlon 64 X2 even smaller compared to the 90nm version with the same transistor count? There are a number of possibilities, but I'll refrain from speculating for now, and we'll await some better answers from AMD.

AMD To Drop Debunked Rating System

Subject: Processors | December 21, 2006 - 01:27 AM |
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Could it be that AMD is finally going to let go of the PR-rating system that was useless once the Athlon 64 was launched?

Such decision is a win-win strategy. As Intel realized clock speeds could no longer solely differentiate the performance of different, instead microarchitecture plays an important role in nowadays race, the MHz race ended and PR now more a less become meaningless.

Source: HKEPC