Processors

 
  • New form of processor will make errors at hugely increased speeds

    New form of processor will make errors at hugely increased speeds

    The PCMOS system, designed by Rice University researchers, promises a speed increase of 700% at a thirtieth of the power demands. How, you ask? Well, transistors today are very tiny and use a lot of power to make sure that the intentional signal overpowers the random noise at that near-molecular scale. This is getting harder and harder, as transistor counts multiply and voltage per transistor… Read More

  • New Phenom IIs from AMD drop

    New Phenom IIs from AMD drop

    AMD enthusiasts should mark February 9th as a red-letter day. Five new processors have been unleashed by the ailing but effective CPU company, and they look like a serious value. If you're looking to upgrade your box right now, these new processors are pretty much the only reasonable option. Plus, you can upgrade now with your DDR2 setup, and then move to a new DDR3 setup in six months and keep… Read More

  • Nvidia to try its hand at x86 chips, then get its pants sued off

    Nvidia to try its hand at x86 chips, then get its pants sued off

    While Intel is working on taking on the GPU sector (and may just have a deal with Sony to do it), its main rival, Nvidia, is looking to get into the x86 processor business. The video hardware giant is assembling a team from scratch to make a competitor to the Intel and AMD's CPUs — but doesn't seem to care that the technology is proprietary and must be licensed from the very companies… Read More

  • Intel delays GPU-integrated processors until 2010

    Intel delays GPU-integrated processors until 2010

    The economic crisis and resultant drop in spending has slowed down a lot of tech industries. Even the big players like Intel, NEC, and IBM are taking major hits, part of which is due to, well, people not buying their products. Intel in particular has delayed some rollouts due to a warehouses of Core2 processors and motherboards they expected to have sold by now. One such casualty is their GPU/CPU… Read More

  • Run AMD's Fusion utility on any processor

    Run AMD's Fusion utility on any processor

    Although we were a little underwhelmed at what Fusion actually turned out to be (it got a lot of hype), the good news is that it's helpful anyway, and it's not bound to hardware. AMD doesn't want you to do this of course, and the usual caveats of "at your own risk, etc" apply, but there is a way to make Fusion work on your Intel or (I should think) even VIA processor. Read More

  • You'll be waiting a while for consumer-grade Core i7

    You'll be waiting a while for consumer-grade Core i7

    It looks like the planned "Lynnfield" mainstream versions of the Nehalem architecture chips won't be arriving until August or possibly September. That's bad! But Core2 Duo and Quad chips are expected to receive a price cut very soon. That's good! If you're in the market for a processor, wait a couple weeks and save yourself a few bucks. But what could be the reason for this delay? Read More

  • Uh oh – AMD's new processors are no match for last year's Intels

    Uh oh – AMD's new processors are no match for last year's Intels

    While it has been a sort of unspoken truth that AMD has ceded the performance cup to Intel over the last couple years, they've instead provided an extremely compelling value option, with their processors doing nearly the work of the more expensive Intels for far less money. The new Phenom II processor was to be the keystone in AMD's new Dragon platform, and while the other features of the platform… Read More

  • AMD's Dragon platform hopes to reinvigorate the brand

    AMD's Dragon platform hopes to reinvigorate the brand

    A lot of attention has been on Intel's Nehalem/Core i7 lineup, but AMD hasn't been slacking. They've been working on rolling out their next platform, which is really much more of a complete package than I've seen in a while. The new 45nm Phenom II X4 processor is designed to work with the Radeon 4000 series of video cards and the newest 790 series of motherboards. They've got a real triple threat… Read More

  • Moore's law not in danger just yet

    Moore's law not in danger just yet

    The hard science behind your processor may not be interesting to you now, but if Intel were to say “Sorry, it’s physically impossible to go any faster,” you’d get real interested real fast. Or not. At any rate, it shouldn’t be a problem yet, as even the major quantum-physical barrier posed by the move (still far distant) from 22nm to 16nm appears to be surmountable… Read More

  • Intel to release 32nm Atom chip (‘Medfield’) in 2010

    Intel to release 32nm Atom chip (‘Medfield’) in 2010

    By this time next year, the line between netbooks, UMPCs, handhelds, palmtops, netblets, MIDs, and whichever other portable internet doodads you can think of might get all the more blurry with Intel’s 32-nanometer “Medfield” Atom chip. The current “Diamondville” chip is 45 nanometers, which is already pretty small. The Medfield chip is thought to be aimed more at the… Read More