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  • US missile shield gains favour in Poland: poll

    07/06/2008 2:30:45 PM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 98+ views
    US missile shield gains favour in Poland: poll 07-05-2008, 10h08 WARSAW (AFP) Polish opposition to hosting part of a US missile defence shield in the former communist country is weakening, according to the latest poll published on Saturday. Back at the end of February a survey suggested that 52 percent of Poles opposed the plans, however this new study -- a little over three months later -- found that only 46 percent disapproved. The project, which would see 10 interceptor missiles based in Poland and a radar facility in the neighboring Czech Republic, was supported by 42 percent of people...
  • AMD now has 'more than allegations' against Intel

    05/06/2008 11:55:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 100+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | Monday 5th May 2008 21:14 GMT | Austin Modine
    As Intel and AMD near the end of the discovery process in their US antitrust battle, the two companies have begun fighting over whose testimony will make it to the big dance. In a legal filing, AMD has pointed to the employees at some of the technology world's biggest names - HP, Dell, IBM and others - who it thinks will help make its case. Intel has responded in kind, and it's now up to a judge to decide on the strength of the vendors' arguments. Following a dispute over the number of depositions allowed in the case, Special Master...
  • AMD to intro 45nm quad-core Phenom this quarter

    04/29/2008 9:51:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 79+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | 29th April 2008 09:35 GMT | Tony Smith
    AMD appears to be staggering its 45nm quad-core desktop processor release schedule. It's preparing to release one this quarter, but the next two won't ship until toward the end of the year - before January 2009, is what the chip maker's said to be telling mobo makers. First up, there's the successor to the current Phenom X4 9750, a 125W beast that will be superseded later this quarter by a 45nm version of the chip. The new 9750 will only consume 95W. So say said industry sources, cited by a variety of Chinese-language websites. The current 9750 is clocked at...
  • AMD Starts Shipping Triple-Core Phenom Processors

    03/13/2008 11:41:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies · 525+ views
    PC World ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 4:00 PM PDT | Agam Shah, IDG News Service
    Advanced Micro Devices today said it has started shipping triple-core Phenom processors, bringing desktops with the chip closer to release.The triple-core processors are shipping in volume to PC makers only right now, AMD officials said. It declined further comment on chip availability and specifications.Many major vendors, including Dell and Hewlett-Packard, have hinted at including the Phenom triple-core processors in desktops.Dell has listed plans to use the chip in its OptiPlex 740 business desktop systems, with 1.5M bytes of L2 cache and 2M bytes of shared L3 cache, in an online brochure. Dell will ship the triple-core OptiPlex in the second quarter,...
  • Analyst Expects Nvidia to Acquire AMD Despite of Chances to Lose x86 License

    02/23/2008 8:28:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 253+ views
    XBit Labs ^ | Thursday, February 14, 2008 | Anton Shilov
    Doug Friedman, an analyst with American Technology Research, said that graphics chip maker Nvidia Corp. could well acquire x86 microprocessor maker Advanced Micro Devices in order to "re-architect it". The acquisition is considered to be useful due to the fact that roadmaps of AMD and Intel Corp. threat Nvidia. The only problem for the graphics giant is that AMD's x86 license is a non-transferable one... Indeed, shareholders of AMD are hardly pleased with the company's performance in the recent quarters as well as issues with the launch of quad-core microprocessors and the release of DirectX 10 graphics processing units. Nevertheless,...
  • Intel Plans to Launch Six-Core Microprocessors Later This Year

    02/23/2008 7:58:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies · 432+ views
    XBit Labs ^ | February 23, 2008 | Anton Shilov
    Intel Corp. may release six-core microprocessors as early as in the second half of this year, according to a number of media reports. However, if those claims are correct, then it may mean not only another powerful central processing unit for Intel and a threat to chips from Advanced Micro Devices, but also a further delay in unification of Intel Itanium and Intel Xeon platforms. Intel needs a chip to update its multi-processor (MP) enterprise server platform this year as no Nehalem-based microprocessor for the MP market segment is planned for 2008... However, it seems like unified Quick Path Interconnect...
  • Vista SP1 prerequisite kills some PCs

    02/23/2008 7:33:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 78 replies · 277+ views
    TechSpot.com ^ | February 20, 2008 | Jose Vilches
    Last week Microsoft rolled out three prerequisite updates to prepare users computers for the first service pack for Windows Vista. However, one of these updates apparently caused serious issues among some users, prompting Microsoft to quickly suspend automatic installations of KB937287 after customers complained that their PCs wouldn't boot up properly once the update had been applied. For affected users who already received the update, the only solution is to reboot their computers, boot from their original Vista disc and restore their computer to a state several days prior. However, some users have reported hardware and hard disk problems after...
  • Intel chair says no chance to reply before EU raid

    02/23/2008 7:29:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies · 58+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2008 | Huw Jones and David Lawsky, ed by Dale Hudson
    European Union antitrust regulators expanded their investigation of Intel before the world's largest chipmaker had a chance to answer pending charges, the chairman of Intel's board said on Thursday. Asked whether he was surprised that the European Commission had raided Intel in a new probe while still pursuing it on other charges, Craig Barrett said: "You have to ask the EU why they are expanding it at this stage." ...The Commission this month raided Intel offices in Munich and retailers in Germany, France and Britain, seeking evidence they acted illegally to exclude rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices... Also on Thursday,...
  • Exclusive: Dell set to introduce AMD Tri-Core Phenom

    02/17/2008 9:08:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 109+ views
    TG Daily ^ | Saturday, February 16, 2008 13:38 | Theo Valich
    Round Rock (TX) – Still think that Dell is dropping AMD? Think again: TG Daily got to the bottom of the Dell/AMD rumors and discovered that Dell is far from dropping its AMD line-up. In fact, there will be a surprise in new products scheduled for a global launch next week, on February 19. Dell has developed a new line of AMD-based machines for businesses under the OptiPlex brand. At first sight, you won’t see a lot of changes from the old Dimensions C and E series, which were the first AMD system from Dell. The new features are under...
  • Hurler regains sight after 'miracle' diet supplement (macular degeneration)

    02/13/2008 10:59:53 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 64 replies · 1,055+ views
    Former Cork club hurler Jimmy Aherne wept when he was told he would be blind within three years. The father-of-four -- who is a second cousin to hurling legend Christy Ring -- was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The condition is cruel, as it has traditionally been untreatable. For decades, thousands of pensioners who lost their sight were simply told they had "old people's blindness" and that nothing could be done for them. But today, almost 12 months after that shocking diagnosis, the deterioration in Jimmy's eyesight has been halted and his good eye has improved to the point...
  • Dell Drops AMD Chips From Many Machines

    02/08/2008 10:07:17 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 92+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | February 8, 2008 | David Koenig
    Excerpt - DALLAS (AP) — Dell Inc. has stopped selling many computers with processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on its Web site, although it will continue selling some through retailers. The news was a setback for AMD, which wooed Dell for years before breaking the computer maker's exclusive supplier relationship with Intel Corp. in 2006. Intel still made the processors used in most computers sold on Dell.com. But AMD raised its profile in the chip field by being inside some Dell machines. Shares of Dell rose 2 cents, to $19.45, while AMD shares fell 25 cents, or 3.8 percent,...
  • AMD adjusts three-core Phenom roll-out plan, moles claim

    02/01/2008 11:10:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 132+ views
    Register ^ | 1st February 2008 11:21 GMT | Tony Smith
    AMD's upcoming tri-core Phenom 8000-series desktop processors will appear next month, though only two of the anticipated three three-core CPUs will make it to market, it has been claimed. According to PC manufacturer sources cited by Chinese-language site HKEPC, only the 2.1GHz Phenom 8400 and the 2.3GHz Phenom 8600 will arrive in March - presumably after a CeBIT launch. Skip a month, however, and May will see the arrival of the 2.4GHz 8750, with the 2.1GHz 8450 and 2.3GHz 8650 following it in the broader May-June timeframe, the moles suggested.
  • The Large US Companies That May Disappear In 2008

    01/30/2008 5:09:23 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 220 replies · 692+ views
    Wall Street 24/7 ^ | 1-24-08 | Douglas A. McIntyre
    Firestone. American Motors. Texaco. Pan Am. Worldcom. At one point or another these large American companies were at the top of their industries. Pan Am was the leading global airline for decades. All are gone. Some were sold off. Others went bankrupt. Who could have predicted it? There are several iconic US companies that may well not exist at the end of 2008. Some may not even make it halfway through the year. Not all will go out of business. Some may simply be auctioned off in pieces. Others may be bought. These companies will not exist in their current...
  • AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition Overclocking ( HCP tests samples ...gets 3 Ghz

    12/20/2007 8:57:46 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 269+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Thursday , December 20, 2007 | Kyle Bennett
    MD Phenom Black Edition parts are just now hitting the streets and we should see them on retail shelves very soon. We get our hands on one and take it for a quick spin so you guys will know what to expect from the unlocked Phenom. With a little help from our friends overseas, we were able to get our hands on one of the first retail Phenom 9600 Black Edition Processors available. For those of you that are not in the know, the “Black Edition” processors for AMD have unlocked CPU clock multipliers. Our Phenom 9600 runs at a...
  • Getting more from Moore's Law

    12/06/2007 10:57:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 246+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    Already new materials are creeping into modern chips. As components have shrunk critical elements of the transistors, known as gate dielectrics, do not perform as well allowing currents passing through the transistors to leak, reducing the effectiveness of the chip. To overcome this, companies have replaced the gate dielectrics, previously made from silicon dioxide, with an oxide based on the metal hafnium. The material's development and integration into working components has been described by Dr Moore as "the biggest change in transistor technology" since the late 1960s. But IBM researchers are working on materials that they believe offer even bigger...
  • IBM Builds Nanotube Chip

    03/24/2006 1:36:37 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 45 replies · 1,085+ views
    Red Herring ^ | 3/23/06
    Big Blue researchers’ feat suggests the material could be a candidate to replace silicon in chips. IBM researchers have achieved a milestone by creating an integrated circuit out of a single carbon nanotube, a feat that makes the material a likely candidate to replace silicon as the main ingredient for making chips. Big Blue plans to detail the accomplishment in the journal Science on Friday. Long thought to be a good candidate for replacing silicon, carbon nanotube has posed great challenges for scientists who try to coax transistors out of the material and create an integrated circuit (IC). ICs are...
  • Toshiba, NEC Electronics to team up on 32-nm chips

    12/06/2007 7:59:31 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 73+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, November 27, 2007 | Mayumi Negishi
    Japan's Toshiba Corp. and NEC Electronics Corp. said on Tuesday they would jointly develop 32-nanometre chips to better keep up with rivals. The companies will continue talks about jointly producing the chips, and aim to reach a decision in 2008, they said. The two had also approached Fujitsu Ltd, but spokesman Etsuro Yamada declined to comment on whether or not Fujitsu would join the group, only saying that "Fujitsu was considering various options." Chip makers are racing to halve the production cost per function of a chip every year or two. Samsung Electronics Co., IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., Infineon...
  • AMD drops out of top 10 semiconductor ranking

    11/28/2007 8:16:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies · 58+ views
    TG Daily ^ | November 29, 2007 | Wolfgang Gruener
    El Segundo (CA) – AMD may leave the list of the world’s ten largest chip manufacturers as quickly as it had become part of it: iSuppli believes that AMD’s 2007 revenues will not be high enough to remain sustain its 2006 ranking, while Intel expanded its market presence, solidifying the firm’s status of the only chip manufacturer with a double-digit market share. The acquisition of ATI helped AMD to enter the chip top 10 last year for the very first time. Ranked at #8, the company saw its revenues grow by 91.6% from $3.9 billion in 2005 to $7.5 billion...
  • AMD delays Phenom 2.4 GHz due to TLB errata

    11/18/2007 9:38:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 69+ views
    theinquirer.net ^ | Sunday, 18 November 2007, 5:29 PM | Theo Valich
    AMD WILL ONLY LAUNCH the Phenom 9500 and 9600. Even though the channel already got its hands on the Phenom 9700 (2.4 GHz) part, it will have to be pulled off from the shelves. In a weird deja-vu, it turns out that the company found an errata in the TLB (Transition Lookaside Buffer), just like Intel did earlier this year with complete Core marchitecture. However, unlike Intel, that has a micro-code update function in all of its CPUs, AMD is forced to delay the introduction of the part. This comes as a huge hit to AMD, at the time that...
  • AMD Releases Barcelona Prices

    09/11/2007 10:02:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 209+ views
    Channelweb ^ | Mon. Sep. 10, 2007 7:15 PM EDT | By Damon Poeter, CMP Channel
    Advanced Micro Devices on Monday released pricing for the nine models that make up its newly launched quad-core x86 microprocessor family, codenamed "Barcelona." Officially known as the Opteron 2300 and 8300 series, the CPUs are AMD's first entry in the quad-core space. Market leader Intel launched quad-core chips for servers and workstations, as well as for desktops, on Dec. 13, 2006. Pricing for 1,000-unit tray quantities of the nine processors ranges from $209 to $1,019. The 2300 series of 2-way quad-core Opteron processors comprises the AMD Opteron 2344 HE (1.7GHz, 55W) at $209, 2346 HE (1.8GHz, 55W) at $255, 2347...