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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 First up, there's the successor to the current Phenom X4 9750, a 125W beast that will be superseded later this quarter by a 45nm version of the chip.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 ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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...
  • AMD: Quad-core in 2007

    11/16/2005 12:11:06 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 335+ views
    2CPU ^ | 2005-11-16 13:44:44 | staff
    AMD has finally opened-up and given some insight into the direction they have decided to take with future processors and technologies.Phil Hester, corporate vice president and CTO, said by 2007 AMD will introduce processors that will contain at least four cores and scale to up to 32 sockets. The processors will be coupled with chip sets that contain L3 cache; an improved memory technology, presumable Fully Buffered DIMM (FBDIMM); and Hypertransport 3.0 that will include support for fault tolerant I/O.More here at EETimes.
  • ATI/AMD's New Open-Source Strategy Explained(Open source drivers)

    09/07/2007 6:32:57 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 168+ views
    Phoronix ^ | September 6th | Michael Larabel
    AMD will continue producing a closed-source proprietary driver; however, they are opening the source-code to a critical library with accompanying GPU specifications for X.Org developers. To get the ball rolling, AMD is also funding the development of a new open-source R500/600 driver.
  • KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) Forum 2007

    08/31/2007 11:05:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 278+ views
    DABCC ^ | Friday, August 31, 2007 3:22:00 AM | staff
    This is the first gathering of the community surrounding the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) project. The agenda is impressive with speakers from the development team, Intel, IBM, AMD, and others. The event is presented by Qumranet, the company supporting the KVM open source project.  As you may remember, I mentioned KVM in this article. Although Rails Machine’s virtualization infrastructure is based on Xen and CentOS, my local development environment is powered by Ubuntu and KVM (on a Thinkpad X60s and a home built Core 2 Quad). So, why is KVM different? It leverages the hardware virtualization support in recent processors and...
  • Intel in Euro-Land

    07/31/2007 5:24:27 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 5 replies · 367+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 31, 2007 | WSJ
    Computer chips are getting faster and smaller, and prices are dropping amid fierce competition. So naturally the European Commission thinks this is the ideal time to lodge another antitrust suit against another American technology titan. Last Friday, EU regulators accused Intel Corp. of offering computer makers -- brace yourself -- rebates designed to harm rival Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD, in the chip market. In Brussels jargon, that's an "abuse of a dominant position" and could lead to a fine of as much as 10% of Intel's annual global turnover, or perhaps €3.5 billion... The investigations were prompted by AMD,...
  • 45-minute operation to restore sight to millions

    06/05/2007 5:16:34 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 38 replies · 1,328+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6th June 2007 | FIONA MACRAE
    A revolutionary technique being developed by British scientists could cure blindness in millions of people around the world. The first 45-minute operations could take place within five years and could be as commonplace as cataract surgery in a decade. The improvement is likely to be great enough to transform lives, allowing the blind to regain the ability to carry out everyday tasks such as reading or driving. The pioneering stem cell surgery tackles age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in the elderly. There are about 300,000 sufferers in this country and the number is expected to...
  • AMD will deliver open graphics drivers

    05/13/2007 7:53:51 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies · 328+ views
    AMD will soon deliver open graphics drivers, said Henri Richard just a few minutes ago, and the audience at the opening keynote of the Red Hat Summit broke into applause and cheers. Richard, AMD’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, promised: “I’m here to commit to you that it’s going to get done.” He also promised that AMD is “going to be very proactive in changing way we interface with the Linux community.”
  • AMD makes cuts

    05/09/2007 8:37:09 PM PDT · by King_Corey · 12 replies · 817+ views
    Austin Business Journal ^ | 2:53 PM CDT Wednesday, May 9, 2007 | Austin Business Journal
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has laid off about 80 employees in Austin as part of a larger cost-cutting plan. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company last month reported a $611 million first-quarter loss, compared with a $185 million profit a year earlier, on sales that slid about 1 percent to $1.2 billion. Executives of AMD blamed the weak results on price competition from Intel Corp., its chief rival in the market microprocessors, and promised to trim costs, including job cuts. Travis Bullard, an AMD spokesman in Austin, told the Austin Business Journal in an e-mail that the 80 employees losing their jobs...
  • AMD's Athlon X2 price cuts go into effect

    04/11/2007 9:04:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 326+ views
    2CPU ^ | 2007-04-11 09:24:22 | ReMeDy
    ingle Socket Bargain shoppers, rejoice. AMD went full speed with their price slashing on April 9th. Source say the Athlon 64 X2 3600 price dropped to $69, the Athlon 64 X2 3800 dropped to $79, the X2 4000 price fell to $99, and the X2 4200 was effectively discontinued. Meanwhile, the higher end Athlon X2 6000 dual core price plummeted more than 50 percent to $229, while the Athlon X2 5600 dropped $50 to $179. Having competition in this market can lead to good things. Article.
  • AMD v Intel Transcript [Intel can't stop deleting email...]

    03/12/2007 8:18:57 AM PDT · by TChris · 7 replies · 711+ views
    AMDZone.Com ^ | 3/11/2007 | Chris Tom
    AMD has the following notes on a transcript from the Intel anti trust case. Apparently Intel can't stop deleting e-mail. Funny. Attached is a court transcript from a meeting that occurred last Wednesday in Delaware between counsel for AMD/Intel and Special Master Poppiti after the hearing with Judge Farnan. After giving it a once-over, it seems to me that here’s where the most newsworthy meat is to be found from the 58 page transcript, in page order: Page 12, beginning at line 15 – Intel CEO Paul Otellini is revealed to be one of the Intel executives who is not...
  • Intel tactics questioned in AMD case ["Loses" a ton of evidence]

    03/09/2007 12:04:05 PM PST · by TChris · 14 replies · 581+ views
    EE Times ^ | 3/6/2007 | Antone Gonsalves
    Whether Intel suffers severe legal consequences for failing to save all potential evidence in Advanced Micro Devices' antitrust lawsuit against the chipmaker will depend in large part on whether Intel can convince a judge it followed best practices. [snip] "They're going to have a very hard time defending their process," Robert Brownstone, law and technology director at the law firm Fenwick & West in San Francisco, said. [snip] Intel acknowledges that ... a small number of hundreds of employees whose e-mail was deemed as potential evidence failed to move all messages to their hard drive, which means the e-mail would...
  • New AMD Platform Integrates ATI Graphics ~

    02/28/2007 10:07:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies · 377+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Wednesday February 28, 2007 6:59 AM (CST) | Posted by Steve 6:59 AM (CST)
    AMD today introduced the AMD 690 series chipset, the company’s first chipset to bring together the combined strengths of AMD CPU and platform technology with the industry-leading features of the ATI Radeon™ X1250 GPU. “As a result of the ATI merger, AMD is delivering innovative platforms for the commercial and consumer markets featuring best of breed performance, visual computing experience, energy efficiency and stability,” said Dirk Meyer, AMD president and COO.
  • To Add Speed, Chipmakers Tune Structure ~ finding ways around the physical problems ....

    02/15/2007 10:37:35 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 145+ views
    Business Week ^ | February 15, 2007, 12:00AM EST | Arik Hesseldahl
    IBM, Intel, and AMD are finding ways around the physical problems that have hampered their efforts to make chips faster To understand the quest to build ever faster and more powerful computers, it's helpful to understand the problems that hold them back from getting faster in the first place. While chips themselves are getting faster all the time, faster is a relative term. Even though chipmakers like Intel (INTC) and IBM (IBM) are building more powerful chips every 12 to 18 months, other chips that go inside a computer haven't historically kept up in the performance race. If you think...
  • I.B.M. Reports a Speed Record for a Type of Computer Memory...major speed ...

    02/14/2007 4:11:44 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 257+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 14, 2007 | JOHN MARKOFF
    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13 — I.B.M. researchers say they have set a speed record for a type of computer memory that promises a fundamental performance increase in a coming generation of microprocessors with multiple computing engines. The announcement, to be made at a conference here Wednesday, sets up a potential confrontation between I.B.M. and Intel over the design of microprocessors that will begin to be available commercially next year. While I.B.M. now appears to be planning to integrate ultrafast memory directly into its processors, Intel has been hinting that it will instead stack memory chips on top of its processors...
  • AMD touts power consumption tech in quad core ~ processors will cycle independently....

    02/12/2007 9:21:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 224+ views
    CNET ^ | February 11, 2007, 9:00 PM PST | Michael Kanellos Staff Writer, CNET
    The cores inside Barcelona, the quad-core chip coming from Advanced Micro Devices later this year, are going to lead independent lives when it comes to power consumption. The processor, which AMD will discuss at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) next week in San Francisco, will sport a new version of AMD's PowerNow technology that will let all four cores simultaneously operate at different speeds, depending on their work loads, to curb power. If one of the cores is running a 3D simulation, for instance, it can crank past 2GHz, while the other three can slumber at 1GHz. The...
  • BM, Intel Reach Chip Milestone in Dead Heat

    01/29/2007 3:32:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 157+ views
    TechNewsWorld TechNewsWorld ^ | 01/29/07 2:31 PM PT | Walaika Haskins TechNewsWorld
    Moore's Law, which postulates that the number of transistors on a chip will double every 18 to 24 months, recently faced a major roadblock: power leakage. However, by using so-called "high-k" materials, IBM and Intel both say they have remedied this efficiency problem, allowing the continued shrinking of computer chips. Worries over the imminent death of Moore's Law have apparently been greatly exaggerated. At least that is the word following announcements on Saturday from both IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) that each has developed a new energy-saving microchip design. According to the two chip makers, the advance is...
  • IBM, AMD and Intel Fight for Supremacy in 45nm Chip Technology

    01/27/2007 6:49:53 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 345+ views ^ | 06:44 PM, January 27th 2007 | Dan Nicolae Alexa
    Intel claims major advancement in the 45nm technology for processors, but IBM and Intel’s rival AMD had already claimed the same thing last December. The 45 nanometer (45 nm) process is the next milestone (to be commercially viable in mid 2007 to early 2008) in CMOS fabrication. Intel stated in 2003 that high-k gate dielectrics may be introduced at the 45 nm node to reduce gate leakage current. However, chipmakers have since then voiced concerns about introducing these new materials into the gate stack. Intel’s researchers say their advancement in the 45nm technology represents the most significant change in...
  • IBM, Intel pace each other with improved transistors

    01/27/2007 11:57:21 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 436+ views
    Macworld ^ | January 27, 2007 11:57 am ET | Ben Ames, IDG News Service and Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service
    IBM and Intel accelerated their horse race in semiconductors when each unveiled at midnight Saturday Eastern Time similar chip-manufacturing advances. The research from both companies involves a crucial building block — called high-k material — to build smaller, more efficient transistors in microprocessors. High-k materials are better insulators than standard silicon dioxide, allowing engineers to keep shrinking transistors without losing efficiency through leaking electricity.In both announcements, engineers say they plan to use the material to build transistors that switch on and off better, using “high-k metal gate” technology.The announcements promise to keep alive Moore’s Law, which holds that the number...
  • Chips Push Through Nano-Barrier

    01/27/2007 7:51:58 AM PST · by blam · 64 replies · 1,145+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-27-2007
    Chips push through nano-barrier New materials have had to be developed to shrink the transistors The next milestone in the relentless pursuit of smaller, higher performance microchips has been unveiled. Chip-maker Intel has announced that it will start manufacturing processors using transistors just 45 nanometres (billionths of a metre) wide. Shrinking the basic building blocks of microchips will make them faster and more efficient. Computer giant IBM has also signalled its intention to start production of chips using the tiny components. "Big Blue", which developed the transistor technology with partners Toshiba, Sony and AMD, intends to incorporate them into its...
  • EU Investigators Urge Intel Charge Antitrust Chief To Weigh Decision On AMD Complaint

    01/17/2007 5:04:53 AM PST · by Brilliant · 162+ views
    WSJ ^ | January 17, 2007 | MARY JACOBY
    European Union investigators have recommended that EU Antitrust Commissioner Neelie Kroes formally charge Intel Corp. with illegally thwarting competition... Ms. Kroes must either act against the Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker or drop the six-year-old case. She has asked for more information before making a decision, the people said. She can do so at any time. Last October, EU investigators convened an internal panel of legal and economic experts to explore possible weaknesses in their case. In a reflection of the case's high economic and political stakes, the EU investigators then spent nearly three months on internal debate before reaching...
  • AMD promises 16-core threading by 2012

    01/10/2007 10:43:39 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 197+ views
    the inquirer ^ | Monday 08 January 2007, 09:02 | Fuad Abazovic in Las Vegas:
    AN AMD panellist here in Vegas thinks that it will reach sixteen cores software programming within five years. This will be in time for the Playstation 4, the new Xbox and Geforce G2012 or Radeon whaetever they will want to call it. The next move for 2007 is to get to software quad core optimised. After that, it will go exponential and move to sixteen cores. Software should be threaded to exploit sixteen cores in the next five years, the AMD spinner spun. Intel didn’t talk about any future plans apart from software stuff where the games need to get...
  • AMD Demonstrates World's First Native Quad-Core X86 Server Processor

    11/30/2006 1:41:27 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 351+ views
    HardOCP ^ | November 30, 2006 Posted by Steve 2:52 PM (CST) | Steve
    Thursday November 30, 2006 AMD Demos Native Quad-Core Server CPU AMD demonstrated native quad-core processors earlier today at the AMD Industry Analyst Forum. AMD Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Henri Richard is pictured below holding a native quad-core Barcelona processor next to Intel’s Clovertown processor that uses two separate processors on one package. AMD today demonstrated the industry’s first native quad-core x86 server processor, achieving four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon. At the annual AMD Industry Analyst Forum, a server powered by four upcoming Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors (codenamed Barcelona), manufactured on 65nm silicon-on-insulator process technology,...
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-74 & Quad FX Platform Review(Core2Quad or 4x4?)

    11/29/2006 11:34:36 PM PST · by Echo Talon · 7 replies · 301+ views
    [H]ardOCP ^ | 11/30/2006 | Paul Jastrzebski
    AMD's much hyped "4X4" system today brings dual socket Athlon 64 FX processors to the desktop allowing two dual-core AMD processors to be used. This in effect gives us a quad-core system and paves the way for a true octo-core desktop platform next year.Introduction If you take a look back at the microprocessor industry, and more specifically the battles between Intel and AMD over the last few years, you see that a see-saw pattern of enthusiast market dominance tends to emerge. We see either Intel or AMD on top for a while, then due to an ambitious product launch or...
  • Vanity - Better Choice - Intel or AMD?

    11/28/2006 7:08:02 AM PST · by jonno · 94 replies · 1,777+ views
    jonno ^ | 11-28-06 | Jonno
    It's been a long, long time, but I'm back in the market for a new PC. The last time I built a machine (10 years ago 8^) I used an AMD processor, but there were always "issues". I've been looking over at the Dell site, and they seem to have some very good deals. What is interesting is that the AMD-based machines are a good deal cheaper - and what about that Celeron? So today I'm looking to tap into the deep pool of Freeper knowledge.
  • AMD's Secret Weapon: Dresden's Skills

    10/30/2006 11:51:28 AM PST · by Brilliant · 15 replies · 1,095+ views
    Business Week via Yahoo! ^ | October 30, 2006 | Jack Ewing
    For the past decade, Germans have watched in dismay as swaths of their vaunted industrial might migrated to lower-cost regions such as Central Europe or Asia. So it's all the more surprising that one U.S. high-tech company has concentrated almost all its manufacturing in Germany -- home of intransigent unions, coddled workers, and high wages. Sunnyvale (Calif.)-based semiconductor maker AMD (NYSE:AMD - News) has made the east German city of Dresden its manufacturing capital. Except for a small number of chips produced by a Singapore contractor, all of AMD's microprocessors for PCs, laptops, and servers come from two plants there,...
  • ATI and AMD Announce Fusion CPU+GPU

    10/25/2006 2:24:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies · 538+ views ^ | October 25, 2006 | Jason Chen
    It's been three months since AMD and ATI made the nasty, and what do they have to show for it besides a big mess and the broken hearts of nVidia and Intel? Something called the "Fusion", a CPU/GPU hybrid chip. Thanks to their respective expertise, ATI and AMD can come together and make a CPU that's capable of handling many GPU tasks. Instead of offloading graphical functions to the card, which then has to be piped back to the CPU for additional computation, many things can be done "in house", saving time and making your apps faster. These Fusion CPU/GPUs...
  • Russia berates planned U.S. anti-missile shield

    10/10/2006 10:38:11 AM PDT · by lizol · 35 replies · 1,061+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 10, 2006
    Russia berates planned U.S. anti-missile shield Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:50am ET MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Tuesday at U.S. plans to deploy an anti-missile shield on Polish soil, saying the move was an attempt to destabilize the balance of power. Washington is investing billions of dollars to develop a missile defense system which would use rockets to shoot down hostile missiles. It is considering placing its biggest anti-missile site outside the United States and is talking to Poland and the Czech Republic about possible locations. "We see this as an element of destabilizing the situation, an attempt...
  • Intel Could Face EU Antitrust Case

    10/04/2006 4:56:15 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 8 replies · 306+ views
    WSJ ^ | October 4, 2006 | MARY JACOBY, ADAM COHEN and DON CLARK
    European Union investigators believe they have enough evidence to pursue formal antitrust charges against Intel Corp., a critical step in their five-year probe of the computer-chip maker, according to two people with knowledge of the case. Investigators for the European Commission in Brussels have prepared a written draft of charges against Intel... After that process, a report will be sent to European antitrust chief Neelie Kroes, who will make a final decision, likely before the end of the year, on whether to issue formal charges against the Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker... Intel would then get two months to issue...
  • Intel hits AMD with quad-core 70% performance boost

    09/28/2006 8:53:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 1,005+ views
    IT Wire ^ | September 28, 2006 | Stan Beer
    Intel is pulling out all stops to turn up the heat on its smaller but more nimble rival AMD. The latest salvo comes with the announcement that the new quad-core Core 2 Extreme chips for the high performance games market will be available in November sporting a whopping 70% performance hike. AMD has tried to gain a lot of political capital from the fact that Intel's new quad-core package is not really a quad-core chip but in fact two dual-core chips "stitched together". However, Intel CEO Paul Otellini has a point when he says that consumers don't care whether they're...
  • Judge dismisses key part of AMD antitrust lawsuit against Intel

    09/27/2006 3:17:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 101+ views
    AP ^ | 9/27/6 | JORDAN ROBERTSON
    A federal judge dismissed a major portion of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s antitrust lawsuit against archrival Intel Corp., ruling that AMD cannot sue in the U.S. for Intel's alleged monopolistic tactics overseas. The judge also set a trial date of April 27, 2009 for AMD to argue that Intel forced major customers into exclusive deals and offered secret rebates to undercut AMD in the market for microprocessors that act as the brains of computers. U.S. District Judge Joseph J. Farnan Jr. set the 2009 trial date Wednesday, a day after stripping a key component from AMD's lawsuit, which alleges anticompetitive...
  • Obesity can lead to blindness

    01/03/2006 6:08:35 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies · 723+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | January 2, 2006
    Overweight and obese people should be aware that their unhealthy lifestyle could put their eyesight at risk, scientists say. It is common knowledge that expanding waistlines are linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But research shows that obesity is also linked to eye problems, which could lead to loss of eyesight. Two Israeli ophthalmologists are now warning that the prospect of eye disease should also be a powerful incentive to lose weight. Professor Michael Belkin and Dr Zohar Habot-Wilner, from the Goldschleger Eye Institute at the Sheba Medical Centre, reviewed more than 20 studies involving thousands...