TSMC will be part of the AMD asset light strategy

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:49 PM |
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While this news has been anticipated, the fact that more and more details are emerging are still incredibly surprising and thought provoking.  According to reports, TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, has started test runs of the SOI technology used by all of AMD's current processors.  AMD and TSMC already have plenty of agreements in place for sharing technology since ATI was a big TSMC partner before it was purchased by AMD in 2006 so the relationship should be easy to continue.  It

Source: 3DCenter

VIA Isaiah details, going 45nm with dual-core Isaiah

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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Sure, VIA may be a fabless CPU and chipset designer, but that isn't stopping them from one-upping AMD when it comes to process technology on their next CPU release.  According to Digitimes, the new Isaiah core processors are set to transition to 45nm process technology by the end of 2009 with the move to dual-core products. 

Source: Digitimes

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor Family Expands with New Low-Power Options

Subject: Processors | May 12, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 12, 2008- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
introduced the industry's first energy-efficient x86 server processors
with four processing cores and an integrated memory controller all in a
low 55-watt ACP thermal envelope.

Source: AMD

Intel, Samsung Electronics, TSMC Reach Agreement for 450mm Wafer Manufacturing Transition

Subject: Processors | May 5, 2008 - 06:37 PM |
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May 5, 2008 - Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics and TSMC today announced they have reached agreement on the need for industry-wide collaboration to target a transition to larger, 450mm-sized wafers starting in 2012. The transition to larger wafers will enable continued growth of the semiconductor industry and helps maintain a reasonable cost structure for future integrated circuit manufacturing and applications.

Only 500MHz? What a gyp!

Subject: Processors | May 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Well, it turns out there is a major design flaw in the Intel Q9300 ... it can only hit a 500MHz FSB.  Horribly disappointing, isn't it? 

Head on over to see the final answer to the equation Q9300 + nVentiv Mach2 Phase-Change cooler + MADSHRIMPS = ...

Source: Madshrimps

AMD has problems with Phenom X4s and 780G

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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According to this report coming out of CNet.com, AMD has admitted to problems with their 780G chipset motherboards and "high end" Phenom X4 processors.  The problem seems to arise from 780G board makers not properly building in support for 125W TDP processors; what is more upsetting about this issue is AMD's response:

Intel Atom processors and platforms facing delays

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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According to an article over at Electronista, Intel is having problems providing as much as 50% of their Atom orders with actual product.  If this is the case, it could be an opening for VIA's Isaiah architecture to really move into the market and win over some of these high-value OEMs. 

Source: General

Host of upcoming AMD processors discussed

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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This report on Digitimes goes over quite a few new processors that AMD will supposedly be releasing in the coming months including new quad-core and triple-core SKUs.  Basically outlining the plans for AMD's move to 45nm process technology, here's the bullet points outlined in the text:

Source: Digitimes

Queer as a three dollar bill

Subject: Processors | April 28, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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Triple core processors have allowed AMD to sell a lot more Phenoms, as any Quad Cores that have one core that is not up to spec can have the troublemaker disabled.  Now they have a fully functional Triple Core, which runs at the speed they had expected it to.  Of course, things are never that easy.  In this case it is the assumption that many programs make, that the number of cores available will be divisible by two, so a triple core is identified as a single.  Lost Circuits tries to pin down where yo

Source: InsideHW

HP purchases 100,000 VIA CPUs for low-cost systems

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM |
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News is circulating that HP has purchased an allotment of 100,000 VIA C7-M processors for their mini-notebook and Gigabyte will be buying some for another UMPC model.  This is good news for VIA as the Isaiah architecture will soon be making rounds and these kinds of relationship will setup for better deals down the road.

Source: Digitimes