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Isaiah Turns to Nano

VIA's Isaiah processor architecture has been getting a lot of attention for being a strong competitor to Intel's Atom line of processors for the ULV CPU segment. Today VIA is officially unveiling the new Nano Processor line for mainstream desktops, notebooks and mini-notes (to name a few) and the specifications look impressive.

Intel Could Possibly Delay the Atom Line

Subject: Processors | May 28, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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AMD might have just gotten a great bit of news in its mailbox - it would seem that Intel's Atom processor and platform brand known as Centrino 2 looks to be delayed until  the middle of July.

Source: engadget

Now that's cool

Subject: Processors | May 22, 2008 - 05:23 PM |
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With a E8500 and a Custom 2stage Cascade (-100 C!) cooler, MADSHRIMPS set out to see just how far they could push the speed.  As it turns out, while they did get a big bump in speed, exotic cooling isn't really necessary for this processor, air-cooling can get you almost to 5GHz.  You can pick up some good tips on a motherboard to pair it with if you are going to try.

Source: Madshrimps

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