• IBM and AMD: "First to 22nm!" Intel: "Big whoop"

    Well! IBM and AMD are certainly proud of themselves today! They’ve been working on a 22nm SRAM cell, two generations ahead of the current 45nm process. The devices developed and manufactured by AMD, Freescale, IBM STMicroelectronics, Toshiba and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) were built in a traditional six-transistor design on a 300 mm wafer and had a memory… Read More

  • AMD doubles the 4870 fun, still under $400

    I’ve been saying this a lot this year: it’s a good time to be in the market for a video card! NVIDIA and AMD are firing volley after volley of significant improvements and price reductions. Although NVIDIA’s on-GPU physics processing is compelling, AMD’s new 4870 X2 (essentially two of the impressive 4870 cards stuck together) provides an insane amount of power for… Read More

  • AMD taking the bullet train to Splitsville?

    Advanced Micro Devices is apparently getting set to split up into two companies, according to TG Daily. There are two fluffy, happy, candy-cane strategies currently in place, one called Asset Light and one called Asset Smart. It looks like each may become more than just a strategy, though, as they’re expected to split into two distinct companies in a matter of weeks. The two companies… Read More

  • VIA quitting the third-party motherboard business

    Looks like the motherboard business has lost its luster for VIA. Custom PC is reporting that VIA "sees no future in making chipsets for third parties such as Intel and AMD." A VIA rep said that one of the main reasons the company moved into the processor business was because it saw the third-party chipset business becoming less important against providing a complete all-in-one platform. Read More

  • Both AMD and NVIDIA's stocks are falling like rocks – buy!

    Pretty soon both of these suckers are going to bottom out, and since there’s really no other players in the consumer video card game, at least one of them is going to bounce back. NVIDIA is at around $11, down from almost $25 a couple months ago, and AMD has been steadily declining for a long time and is on its way to becoming a penny stock. Have a little extra cash? There’s… Read More

  • Damning email revealed in class action suit against Nvidia and AMD

    Nvidia and AMD have been accused of price fixing in the GPU market. The class action suit alleges that Nvidia and AMD colluded to keep prices artificially high, by releasing products at the same time and at similar prices. Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California read aloud an email which plaintiffs’ attorneys say contained evidence of a conspiracy to fix prices. Out of… Read More

  • AMD Reports $1.2B Loss For Quarter; CEO Ruiz Out

    The AMD Q2 earnings report today recorded a $1.2B loss for the second quarter, as the company replace CEO Ruiz with Dirk Meyer. The board voted out Ruiz, who has been CEO since moving to the company from Motorola in 2001. Dirk Meyer is taking over as CEO from his current position as both COO and President. Meyer has been with the company for 12 years, and presided over microprocessor design… Read More

  • Security Exploits Move To Microprocessor Bugs

    At the upcoming HackInTheBox conference in Malaysia, security researcher Kris Kaspersky will demonstrate how bugs in microprocessors can be exploited to take control of local machines and servers. Commonly security holes have involved exploiting flaws in software applications, such as developer errors made in bounds checking (buffer overflow), input filtering or user access etc. But with each… Read More

  • OTOY Developing Server-Side 3D Rendering Technology

    Imagine you could play video games – and immerse yourself in virtual worlds – with 3D graphics comparable to those found in blockbuster films like Transformers or WALL•E. And then imagine you could experience and control those graphics in real-time from any internet-enabled device, whether it be a desktop computer, set-top box or even iPhone. Sound far-fetched? It doesn’t… Read More

  • HP announces workstations for the price of a PC

    HP has announced the availability of a new line of AMD quad-core processor-based workstations. Starting at $579, the affordable HP xw4550 workstations were announced as part of the company’s efforts to promote its technology in schools. HP says: “The xw4550 workstations can run the high-performance applications pertinent to learning advanced subjects such as digital forensics… Read More

  • AMD developing its own Atom-like netbook processor

    Not content to let Intel steal all the glory with its new low-power Atom chip, AMD appears to be developing a similar chip of its own. It’s currently only known as “BGA” but will hopefully get a much cooler-sounding name when it’s ready to go. AMD’s current low-power Geode processor has served as the company’s netbook CPU of choice, but it tops out at 500MHz… Read More

  • HP to ship Turion X2 (Puma)-based laptops

    Along with the “b”- and “s”-series laptops, HP announced a handful of Pavilion laptops and a Compaq Presario notebook that will ship with the recently announced Puma chipset from AMD. Some of the advantages with the new Turion X2 chips includes longer battery life and compatibility with HD video. The notebooks include the Pavilion: dv4t, dv5t, dv7t, tx2500z and the… Read More

  • AMD officially announces 'Puma' notebook platform

    AMD has officially taken the plastic-wrap off of its new high-performance notebook platform, formerly known as “Puma”. The platform consists of the new AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processor and graphics powered by ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series chips, along with 802.11n and 3G wireless connections. We’ll see notebooks outfitted with the new platform from Acer, Asus… Read More

  • AMD's charity trifecta: gaming, education, and global issues

    When I first saw the information on AMD’s “Changing the Game” effort, I thought it was just another kind of pandering. But then I caught myself in the act of not taking games seriously — something the mainstream media is too often guilty of, resulting in people like Jack Thompson and Kevin McCullough. The fact is, if the AMD Foundation were helping kids make their… Read More

  • VIA 'Isaiah' chips official, now called 'Nano'

    VIA’s 64-bit “Isaiah” processor, which we’ve reported here and here, has now been made official, taking on the “Nano” moniker. The chip uses a 65-nanometer process, measures 21mm x 21mm, and uses the same socket as existing VIA C7 processors, which should make things easier on OEMs. It’s being pitched for more mainstream desktop and laptop… Read More

  • MS blocks HP's AMDs from SP3 update for XP (I love acronyms)

    Since HP can’t seem to make the SP3 patch for XP work with its AMD procs, Microsoft has blocked these computers from getting the free update from Windows Update. The bug affected AMD-based computers that were getting updates for Intel-based computers on accident, notable those made by HD. This would cause endless rebooting as the machines couldn’t utilize the downloaded… Read More

  • AMD's new "GAME!" badges aim to standardize gaming rigs

    Well, it’s not exactly standardization, it’s more a simplification of all the insane model numbers, product lines, and motherboard configurations that go into a serious gaming PC. Since gaming is getting more and more traction among non-gamers, it follows that many technically inexperienced people will be looking at a lot of kit and trying to figure out what it all means. Read More

  • HP trying to fix Windows XP SP3 reboot problem

    Flickr’d HP is hard at work trying to fix that pesky reboot problem brought about by Windows XP SP3. It already has a step-by-step troubleshooter on its Web site, and it’s working on a patch to fix the problem full-stop. (Users can enter SP37394 in HP’s search engine, which will point to the patch once it’s released.) The preliminary reason for all these headaches? Read More

  • VIA's Isaiah chip set for slap fight with Intel and AMD

    Look out Intel and AMD, there’s a new kid on the block. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks, kicked out of his former school for staying out at recess long after the bell rang. His name’s Isaiah and he’s gunning for the both of you. Something like that, anyway. The Isaiah chip by VIA will be here later this month and will be aimed at regular notebooks and desktops. Read More

  • Keep your datacenter green with AMD's quad-core Opteron

    If you’re a datacenter manager with power consumption on your list of things to reduce, then you’re in luck. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced Monday it will be releasing, low-power(High Efficient) quad-core Opteron processors, targeted at servers. The processor has a thermal envelope of only 55 watts, other quad-core processors have higher thermal envelopes of 105 watts or… Read More

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