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AMD Announces Chipset with ATI Graphics

Posted in AMD,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2007

AMD releases chipset combined with the power of ATI graphicsAMD announced Wednesday the first chipset from the company that combines AMD’s technology with ATI’s in the ATI Radeon X1250 GPU.

By combining the Radeon graphics processing with AMD’s 690 chipset they eliminate the need for a separate graphics card. “With its leading image quality and 3D graphics capabilities, the AMD 690 series chipset is a proven performer, easily handling the demanding workloads of today’s PC users,” said Phil Eisler, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Chipset Division in a press release Wednesday. “This is just the first in a line of innovative, high- performance AMD chipsets that we’ll introduce to address every sector of the market.”

The new integrated 690 chipset is said to provide an excellent viewing experience with operating systems such as the new Windows Vista making Windows Flip and Windows Flip 3D an common part …

New AMD Processors For Power Hungry and Savvy

Posted in AMD,Processors by Darrin Olson on February 21st, 2007

AMD unleashes new Athlon 64 processors for energy and performance conscious individualsAMD has recently released two new Athlon processors to the market with opposite goals in mind for each. The AMD Athlon 64 single-core processors (3500+ and 3800+) have been designed to target the energy conscious at a 45-watt power consumption, giving an efficient solution for per-watt performance. The AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor 6000+ is directed at the opposite purpose, delivering high performance with a lower concern for excessive power consumption.

“Our relentless focus on customer-centric innovation and industry leadership in performance-per-watt enables AMD to offer the market new energy-efficient AMD Athlon 64 processors. We expect that our commercial and consumer customers, as well as end-users, will be pleased with both the low noise and small form factor designs possible using this latest generation of energy-efficient desktop processors,” said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop …

AMD Introduces 3 New Mobile Media Processors

Posted in AMD,Mobile Phones,Processors by Darrin Olson on February 13th, 2007

AMD Mobile Media ProcessorsAMD has recently unveiled three new processors for mobile devices that are focused on enhancing multimedia capabilities – the AMD Imageon 2298, 2294 and 2192 media processors.

The processors are intended to bring faster and more efficient processing of high quality video and images to the mobile devices. Along with improved processing performance, multi-threading of applications would also be enabled to allow users to listen to music simultaneously while taking photos without disrupting the processing and music playback.

“As mobile broadband networks continue to increase capacity and improve quality, the consumer appetite for sophisticated multimedia on the go is growing exponentially,” said Paul Dal Santo, of AMD’s Handheld Business. “We are bringing to fruition our vision of helping global OEMs and network operators truly delight their customers with incredibly realistic, immersive media-rich experiences.”

The new Imageon media processors will enable a number of enhanced multimedia functions …

Teraflops Chip from Intel

Posted in Intel,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on February 12th, 2007

Worlds first Teraflop processor chip from IntelPictured here is ASCI Red which was the first computer to reach a Teraflops of processing, equal to trillions of calculations per second. ASCI Red did this in 1996 using almost 10,000 Pentium Processors running at 200MHz and using 500kW of power. (Another 500kW of juice was needed to keep the room cool.)

Intel has now announced just over 10 yeas later that they have developed the world’s first processor that will deliver the same Teraflops performance all on one single 80-core chip using less electricity than a typical single-core processor at only 62 watts and small enough to rest on the tip of your finger.

This exact chip design from Intel is not intended to actually go to market, but this processor will be instrumental in looking into the types of interconnections needed for moving this amount of data as well as …

Intel outlines new 45nm chip fabrication

Posted in Intel,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on January 27th, 2007

Intel Penryn processor chip details releasedToday Intel has announced plans for their next generation processor chips, intended to improve processing speeds and increase the lead between themselves and their competition when the new chips go into production. The new processor, code named Penryn, will used a 45 nanometer manufacturing process to provide faster processing on the same amount of physical space without significant changes to power consumption.

Intel’s ability to improve performance is due to the implementation of high-k dielectrics and metal material for the transistor gate electrodes. According to Mark Bohr, senior fellow at Intel, the insulation layer of the silicon on transistors has gotten so thin that there is a risk of excessive electricity leaking from the chips which would cause laptop batteries to run down too fast, among other problems. To solve this problem Intel implemented a new denser hafnium metal.

Intel claims that …

Intel to Provide Processors for Sun Servers

Posted in Intel,News,Processors,Sun Microsystems by Darrin Olson on January 22nd, 2007

Intel to provide processor chips for Sun Microsystems yet this year.After some recent rumors about a collaboration between Sun Microsystems and Intel, both companies confirmed today in a press conference that Sun will begin using chips made by Intel in some of its servers. This is another major step ahead for Intel after landing a deal last October to provide processors for Apple MacBooks. At the same time this announcement is a set back for rival chip maker AMD who has been in head to head competition with Intel in coming out with more advanced, multi-core chips sets. AMD also currently provides processors for Sun servers.

Sun stated that it is planning on integrating the Intel Xeon chips yet in the first half of this year. They will offer systems running not only Solaris, but also Windows and Linux OS’s with the new Intel chip as …

AMD Shows Off Native Quad Core Processor

Posted in AMD,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 30th, 2006

AMD Native Quad-Core X86 Processor Today AMD did a demonstration of the world’s first Native Quad-Core X86 Processor, (codenamed Barcelona), at the annual Industry Analyst Forum in California. The demonstration was done on a four processor server platform running Windows 2003 Server 64 bit. The demonstration also showed the ease of upgrading the server simply by replacing the four DDR2-based Opteron processors with the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron’s and updating the BIOS.

Randy Allen, the corporate vice president for AMD in the Server and Workstation Division stated “AMD is guided by an overarching strategy to reduce datacenter complexity and to deliver performance increases without forcing customers to endure disruptive platform transitions,”. Allen added, “We discussed quad-core requirements with our customers and their end users, and determined that, as we did with the introduction of dual-core x86 processors in 2005, only a native quad-core x86 server processor …

Intel Launches Quad Chips, Gets Jump On Competition

Posted in Intel,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 14th, 2006

Intel Quad Core Chips ReleasedIntel has made significant jumps over the past year, and on Tuesday they have officially launched their Quad Core Chips which Intel says are more energy efficient, have better utilization and are more reliable and then previous generations of Intel processors as well as the competition. This chip offers the equivalent processing strength of four separate processors in one chip. This is the second major release this year after Intel announced the Core 2 Duo in August and now the Quad Core, doubling the offered processing power twice in a year.

“In one year, we’ve achieved a four-fold increase in performance. That is stunning,” Pat Gelsinger, head of Intel’s Digital Enterprise group, told the Financial Times.

The Xeon 5300 and the Core 2 Extreme are the first two chips being released with the Quad processing power and are intended for …

Apple Unveils MacBooks With Core 2 Duo Processor

Posted in Apple,Intel,News,Notebooks,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 8th, 2006

Macbook with Intel Core 2 DuoApple has just announced the release of it’s new line of Macbooks with the Intel Core 2 Duo Processors, giving the new versions up to 25% faster processing speeds than previous versions. To keep up with the faster processing, the new notebooks will also feature double the memory offering up to 2 GB and more storage than previous models making hard drives of up to 200 GB available for the heavy hauler.

The 64-bit processor architecture of the Intel Core 2 Duo allows it to handle data and process more decisions double time (64 bits versus 32 bits), giving the Macbook more processing power. Apple states that this additional processing speed equates to 6 times the performance over the iBook and 12-inch PowerBook. The Apple web site boasts the performance enhancement with the Core 2 Due by showing examples demonstrating a …

Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme Chips Released

Posted in Intel,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 3rd, 2006

Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme QX6700Intel has gone ahead and released a quad core processor called the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, seemingly right on the heels of it’s Core 2 Duo release 4 months ago. This is the first try Intel has had at putting 4 cores into one processor, and reports have shown that they seem to have done a good job.

This new processor is just as it sounds, having 4 cores which literally can process 4 time the amount of a single core processor at the same time. Keep in mind though, that although the power is there with this new technology, only applications that are built to take advantage of the additional threads of processor will truly benefit from it. Some applications may not present a great improvement, but this really opens up the power of the ones that do.

Reports point out …

Dell Offers New Notebooks With AMD Processor

Posted in AMD,Dell,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on November 1st, 2006

Dell Notebook with AMD ProcessorDell has recently released notebooks with AMD processors in them instead of the Intel chips which ends the exclusive long-standing relationship Dell had with Intel. This exclusivity ended recently when AMD Processors were added to Dell servers, providing these computers with AMD processors.

Dells website currently features an Inspiron 1501 notebook which comes with a range of AMD processors, including the AMD Sempron, AMD Turion 64 and the AMD Turion 64 X2 series. At a price tag of not much over $500, this makes for a more affordable notebook for gift buyers in the coming holiday season.

This was somewhat of a quiet release for Dell, as we just noticed the AMD ad on the web site, with no big press release, parade or anything.

Check it out [Dell]

New Dell PowerEdge’s Have AMD Inside

Posted in AMD,Dell,News,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Dell With AMD Processor

Dell unveiled two PowerEdge servers at a press conference at Oracle Open World yesterday which both feature AMD Opteron processors. These processors are “SE” variations, which were previously only available in servers from Sun Microsystems. This is after a near 7-year hold that Intel had on the giant computer maker.

The first server that was introduced was the Dell PowerEdge 6950, which is a four-socket server designed for database software, server consolidation, along with similar uses. Dell states that the performance is is still at industry leading speeds while it can use up to 20 percent less power than similar previous-generation servers from Dell. The 6950 features quad Opterons running from 2.0 GHz to 2.8 GHz.

The second server introduced with the AMD Opteron was the Dell PowerEdge SC1435, which is a two-socket server optimized for high-performance compute clusters, distributed Web serving and …

Intel Core 2 Duo Coming out in MacBooks

Posted in Apple,Intel,News,Notebooks,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 24th, 2006

Intel Core 2 Duo Apple MacBookAfter some time of speculation, Apple announced today that its entire line of MacBook Pro laptops would now include faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 4MB of shared L2 cache, as well as double the memory and larger hard drives. Apple states that this increase in processing power will make the Macbook up to 39 percent faster than it’s previous generation 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro and more than 7 times faster than the 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing was quoted saying “We are thrilled that our notebook sales are growing twice as fast as the overall notebook market, and we hope these new MacBook Pro models continue that success”.

The new MacBook Pro’s are coming out in three differnt models:

15-inch model with a 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo and 1GB of RAM
15-inch model with a 2.33GHz …

Dell Optimizes with Opteron-Powered Servers

Posted in Dell,Processors by Paul Patterson on October 24th, 2006

Dell OpteronDell has announced that two new models in its family of PowerEdge servers would feature AMD Opteron processors. The new processors will be found in the PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 servers and are designed to lower power consumption and reduce complexity in server environments.

The Dell PowerEdge 6950 is a four-socket server designed for enterprise applications such as databases, server consolidation, and virtualization. The PowerEdge SC1435 is a two-socket server designed for high-performance clusters, distributed Web serving and small- to medium-sized businesses.

The AMD Opteron was the first of AMD’s eighth-generation x86 processors based on the K8 core, and the first processor to implement the AMD64 (x86-64) instruction set architecture. The Opteron family was released on April 22, 2003 and was intended to compete in the same server market segment as the Intel Xeon processor.

The PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 with dual-core, next-generation …

Intel Quad Core Chips in November

Posted in Intel,Processors by Darrin Olson on October 16th, 2006

Intel Quad Core In a continuing race with AMD, Intel is planning on bringing its quad-core chips to market in a new line of HP workstations on November 13th.

Invitations have been sent out to the presentation event, but no indication of what models or prices will be involved.

A launch date in November by Intel for the new chips would mean that Intel brings quad-core processors to the market before AMD does, which would be a significant win for Intel in this race with AMD. AMD has stated plans to release a quad-core chip in mid-2007, in which AMD claims it will have a supurior design.

The advantage of the quad-core chip is it’s ability to provide more processign power and handle more tasks simultaneously compared to current chips, and at the same time not increasing power consumption or heat generated. The gamers will be the true …