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Digitimes reports that AMD will be launching the 65u "Tyler" mobile CPU in the second quarter of 2007 with the single core "Sherman" CPU arriving in Q3 2007. As the latest revision to the mobile Turion 64 X2 and mobile Sempron CPU's, these latest cores offer some significant improvements. Here, we find added support for DDR2-800 memory, 100MHz per second granularity, and SOI technology. Should these improvements be just what you require, it will be tough to not find a shiny new notebook under the Christmas tree this season as you'll have to have patience and wait for notebook vendors to utilize AMD"s latest chips sometime next summer.... Read more...
AMD Validated Solutions Program Empowers Channel To Deliver Best-Of-Breed Commercial Platforms SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- October 2, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled AMD Validated Solutions (AVS), a new initiative that represents a significant evolution of the company's channel offerings. Designed to help solution providers deliver competitive, leading-edge commercial systems based on AMD64 technology, AVS addresses a growing need for best-of-breed platform provider solutions. The new program provides rigorous platform validation and testing, as well as post-sales service and support, all directly from AMD.  READ MORE...... Read more...
AMD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES MERGER CONTROL CLEARANCE IN TAIWAN SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 2, 2006 -Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced that the Fair Trade Commission of Taiwan has cleared the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD. The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24, 2006, still remains subject to the approval of ATI shareholders, court approval of the plan of arrangement, approval by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada Act and other customary closing conditions. Subject to satisfaction or waiver of these conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed... Read more...
Charlie from the Inquirer has snapped off a couple of pictures of wafers that reportedly contain 65nm Quad-Core AMD processor cores. Not much information other than the pictures, but still fun to look at nonetheless... "WHEN AND WHERE will AMD show off its 65 nanometre Rev H cores? How about two minutes ago at the Microsoft Global High Tech Summit in Santa Clara?" Looks like a typical 3.5" x 2" business card in those pictures.  And it looks like approximately 5 1/4 cores span the 3.5" card.  That makes each core about .66" wide, or roughly 16.72mm. 16.72mm squared is about 280mm2.  That would make the AMD's Quad-Core 65nm dies about 100 square millimeters... Read more...
AMD Announces Strategic Agreement with Founder Technology, Second Largest PC Provider in China BEIJING - Sept. 28, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Founder Technology today announced an agreement to offer Founder customers a range of systems based on AMD64 processors, which are recognized for their innovation and performance-per-watt leadership.   Founder, China's second largest PC provider and the seventh largest global desktop PC provider, expects to launch AMD64 processor-based desktop PCs throughout China in early October 2006. The sales agreement will begin with desktop systems and expand to cover both the notebook and the server markets in the near future.  READ MORE...... Read more...
What at one time seemed like the hot new CPU technology to own, AMD's AM2 has turned out to be somewhat of a dud since it's release. While AMD has delivered improved performance and features, the new socket hasn't been what many had hoped. XYZ Computing has decided to delve into the many reasons why AMD's AMD has failed to excite. "OK, a platform can't perform too well, but the success of 939 meant that in order to top it AMD would have to do bring something really innovative. They were clearly unable to do so (or did not intend to) so most 939 owners were never inclined to upgrade. The strong performance of 939, the availability... Read more...
A federal judge has dismissed part of AMD's suit against Intel on the basis that it does not meet the anticompetative claims made.  In June of 2005 AMD filed a 48 page complaint against Intel alleging the company was engaging in monopolistic behavior by forcing companies (38 different ones cited) into using their chips thus forcing AMD out. Last year IDC reported Intel held 80% of the x86 processor market. Today those numbers are have changed slightly with AMD claiming that it has gained greater than 20% market share during the first two quarters of this year. Yesterday's ruling is sure to deal a blow against AMD. "AMD has not demonstrated that the alleged foreign conduct... Read more...
AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sep. 28, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the opening of an advanced microprocessor development facility in Fort Collins, CO.  Dubbed the "Mile High Design Center" (MHDC), the facility is the latest in AMD's growing international network of chip design hubs. AMD plans to use the increased flexibility and efficiency provided by the MHDC to accelerate the introduction of next-generation microprocessors that are more closely aligned with the evolving priorities of customers, partners and end-users worldwide.        "The opening of the Mile High Design Center is a testament... Read more...
The foreign website Tweakers.net has posted a supposedly leaked roadmap of AMD's "4x4" platform for your viewing pleasure. Although you'll need to arm yourself with your favorite online translator to grasp the content, the chart outlining the various pending products is universal. It will certainly be interesting to see what kind of performance we can expect from future products like the 3GHz FX-74. One thing which does seem a bit odd here though is the reference of that CPU being made with a 90u process as AMD will have already been manufacturing some cores at 65u. Per usual, time will tell what AMD's "official" plans regarding these processors... Read more...
AMD ANNOUNCES SOCKET COMPATIBILITY PLANS TO DRIVE INDUSTRY COLLABORATION Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its Torrenza Initiative is serving as a collaborative force toward achieving future processor socket compatibility in the server industry.  By leveraging the advantages of AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport(tm) technology, OEMs will be able to standardize on a Torrenza Innovation Socket for many of their current and future server platforms. This game-changing approach to server design will enable OEMs to consolidate server offerings for multiple processors to potentially a single platform, reducing datacenter disruption... Read more...
[H]ard|OCP had a chat with AMD's CTO Phil Hester about the upcoming K8L Quad Core AMD processor.  Phil gave Kyle and crew some new insight as to just how AMD is looking to handle the newly competitive market served up by Intel's Core 2 Duo. "Phil Hester knows that competition is good for AMD. With the release of Intel's Core 2 Duo desktop processors AMD is again in the #2 spot and feeling more competition than they have in the last couple of years. But AMD isn't sitting around twiddling their thumbs. They've already taped out their next-generation "K8L" quad-core processor design with healthy increases in IPC and parallelism inside an already established power envelope." Dave and... Read more...
Dell has finally introduced two new AMD desktops. First up is the Dimension C521 which is is based on an nForce 430 socket AM2 platform with support for AMD Sempron, Athlon 64, and Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core CPU's.  Graphics will be driven by an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE GPU with an option to upgrade to an ATI Radeon x1300 128MB or x1300 Pro 256MB video card through either the 1 x PCI, 1 x PCIe x1 or 1 x PCIe x16 slots.  Memory support includes 4 x DDR2 slots available with support up to 4GB of 533Mhz memory and 1 x SATA-II internal hard drive with support up to 320GB.   Audio will be provided via integrated 7.1 surround sound and an integrated... Read more...
AMD PIONEERS INTERACTIVE ONLINE RESOURCE, REDEFINING TRADITIONAL WAYS IT INDUSTRY ACCESSES INFORMATION - AMD Virtual IT Experience Brings Industry Together, Using Cutting Edge Gaming Technology to Create an "Always On" Resource - Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 12, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the AMD Virtual IT Experience, a revolutionary online event that offers a new way to approach audiences seeking access to information about AMD and its partners. The AMD Virtual IT Experience is an interactive, content-rich venue to help customers quickly locate information, tools and advice to combat IT problems and advance their business - whether it's finding new ways to solve issues... Read more...
Yesterday AMD updated their prices across their entire range of CPU's. AMD Athlon 64 FX Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 FX-62 - $827 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 X2 5200 - $403 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ - $301 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $276 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $240 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $215 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $187 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $176 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $152 A quick scan on Pricegrabber found that most AMD OEM/Retail CPU prices are approximately 10-20% lower than AMD's official pricing.... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that the new AMD-ATI conglomerate is poised to launch a new notebook platform in Q4 2006 which will be aimed directly at Intel's Napa refresh platform. Dubbed "Yokohama", the new platform will take advantage of ATI's upcoming RS690M, RS690DC, and RS790M chipsets as well as utilize AMD's latest Turion64 X2 processors. Much like Intel's Centrino platform, AMD will likely work with major networking vendors such as Broadcom and Atheros to ensure the platform will also have a solid WLAN component as well. With a complete notebook platform coming out the doors of AMD, NVIDIA will surely have their work cut out for them should they wish... Read more...
Over the last few months, we've all heard a lot about Intel's VIIV and AMD's Live! initiatives for the digital home.  But understanding exactly what each specification entails can be a bit confusing. TweakTown has an article posted that explains the differences between VIIV and Live! (hey, that rhymes - think that's a coincidence?), which should shed some light on the situation. "Today we at TweakTown hope to put the myths to rest and describe exactly what should be conjured up whenever someone speaks about Digital Home. We looked at Intel's Viiv standard recently but today we're taking a deeper look and comparing Viiv against the AMD Live! standard."... Read more...
LostCircuits has an informative article on-line today that focuses on a number of popular audio and video encoding applications.  They pit a handful of Intel processors against similarly priced counterparts from AMD. If encoding performance is important to you, this article will likely be of interest. "Arguably, the biggest factor driving the computer industry is gaming. However, the home entertainment sector, especially encoding of audiovisual content, is becoming increasingly important as well. Ripping and editing software ranges from super-expensive studio editions to free downloads. Each program has its own quirks, favoring either Intel's... Read more...
There is a very interesting story breaking today concerning AMD processors and a new "proof-of-concept" virus.  It seems the virus can gain low-level access to hardware and potentially bypass kernel and user-level protection mechanisms. Dubbed W32.Bounds (32-bit) and W64.Bounds (64-bit), the virus is not much of a threat at the moment, as you can see in the threat assessment posted at Symantec. "The worm comes in two versions, targeting 32-bit and 64-bit processors from AMD. Symantec refers to the online pests as w32.bounds and w64.bounds. Because it involves proof of concept code, both viruses are rated as low level threats.... Read more...
Kyle got his hands on some slides that detail some of the features and technology going into AMD's upcoming quad-core processors.  If you were thinking AMD was just going to "glue" together two Athlon 64 X2 dies, think again. IPC improvements, a shared L3 cache, and new clock gating technologies are all planned according to the slides. "We have some official AMD slides to share with you that outline AMD's upcoming Quad-Core technology that has recently taped out. This tech will be the heart of next-gen Opteron and Athlon 64 FX processors."... Read more...
AMD EXPANDS CHINA OPERATIONS WITH OPENING OF NEW SHANGHAI RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER - Largest AMD Center for Platform Innovation Outside the U.S. to Support Worldwide Customers and Technology Partners in the Design and Validation of Next-Generation AMD-powered Systems- SHANGHAI, CHINA - Aug. 22, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today officially opened the Shanghai Research and Development Center (SRDC), a multi-million dollar research and development facility driving next-generation AMD processor-powered platform innovation through increased technology partner and customer collaboration. Initially, the SRDC's engineering staff will focus on the development of AMD's next-generation mobile... Read more...
AMD's acquisition of ATI has been causing some prominent motherboard manufacturers to rethink their current production strategy. There's a bit of uncertainty floating around over the state of Intel motherboards containing ATI chipsets. As DigiTimes reports, ECS may be having second thoughts about launching their Intel-based boards which contain ATI's RD600 and RS690 IGP chips. On the other end of the spectrum, Gigabyte Technology has plans to produce a motherboard using ATI's RS690 IGP for the AMD platform. To further compete with Intel in the OEM PC Market, AMD may also be planning to bundle their CPUs with ATI chipsets.... Read more...
Intel is looking for details from AMD in the Antitrust case that was started last year. Now that the AMD-ATI merger is complete, Intel is requesting all sorts of info from both AMD and ATI, and is questioning whether AMD will make ATI chips. Intel is specifically looking for financial details from the merger, as well as document's that could possibly affect AMD's semiconductor manufacturing. "Interestingly, Intel want to see documents provided to ATI or any initiative by AMD to improve performance or competitively position against Intel's Stable Image Platform (SIP). Interestingly, because AMD has collaborated with fierce ATI competitor... Read more...
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