We went down to AMD headquarters in Austin, TX to take a look behind the scenes at AMD. The chipmaker gave us access to just about anything and everything, and the result is a series of videos that just might change the way you think about the company that grew to give Intel a run for it’s money. Here is a list of the content you will see appear over the next few days:
- Inside the AMD Performance Lab
- Winner of Vanishing Point Meta-Puzzle Awarded Plaque
- The Difference Between AMD and Intel Approaches to Quad Core Processing
- Head to Head: Intel Chipset vs. AMD Chipset In-Game Performance
- AMD Live! Digital Home Cinema
Plus we have a few things that we can’t even show you for another week or so, but we are sure that you will enjoy everything we have put together in this series of videos. As pieces are published, we will linkify the above video descriptions so they are easy to find.
We caught up with Intel where we got the lowdown on the Viiv platform along with the latest Viiv-based PCs. For a definition on what Viiv is, we go to Wikipedia:
Viiv is a platform marketing initiative from Intel. Like Intel’s Centrino and vPro, Viiv is a computer platform certification for a particular combination of Intel products as its primary components. It is an open specification for an Intel-based Media Center PC. Specifically, Viiv is a particular combination of CPU, mainboard chipset, software, Digital Rights Management and network card. It is intended for primary use as an in-home media and desktop platform with the ability to operate as a normal PC or as a hardware media player/centre - running applications, playing DVDs, CDs, MP3, photographs and games as well as subscription based (partially DRM protected) content such as ILoveFilm, Napster and SKY.
So, if you want to hop on board with the next-generation of computing devices specifically targeted towards multimedia in a living room environment, check the video to get all the details from Intel.
Dan Snyder from Intel chats with us about their upcoming Core 2 Quadro line, and explains why the move to four cores is an important one. As Intel says, programmers are starting to write for multi-core systems, and if you want the snappiest PC on the market, you will likely want to be looking towards Intel’s quad core chips.
Both AMD and Intel announced price cuts earlier this week on both notebook and desktop processors, more than likely to clear room for new products in their respective lines. Here is a look at some of the price drops:
- The TL-60, a dual-core 2GHz Turion notebook chip, dropped 26 percent, from $354 to $263.
- The TL-56, which is a similar chip that runs at 1.8GHz, dropped from $263 to $220.
- The TL-52, which runs at 1.6GHz, goes from $220 to $184.
- On the desktop side of things, the Athlon 64 FX-62, a 2.8GHz monster chip for gamers, declined from $827 to $713.
On the Intel side of things:
- The Celeron D 360 for desktops went from $84 to $69, an 18 percent decline.
- The Celeron 326,that being the absolute bottom line chip from Intel, went from $39 to $34.
Be on the lookout for new chip releases from both companies soon.
Read More | CNET
The success and just awe inspiring performance of the Core 2 Duo has really pushed Intel back up on the throne in the desktop processor market. Well, this success appears to have driven them to push ahead of schedule on their multi-core technology with the new Core 2 Quadro which will add 2 additional cores to the Duo, giving it 4 total processing cores (hence the “Quad” in Quadro). The new processor line, dubbed as Kentsfield, was originally scheduled to release in Q1 of next year, but instead will premier within the next 3 months as the newest Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor. Essentially, the processor is two Core 2 Duo E6700 processors running at 2.66GHz packaged onto a single CPU. The Kentsfield line will be socket 775 compatible and will run on all “975X” chipset based motherboards, but support only a select few “965” series based boards.
The official release date of the Kentsfield line is unknown, but has been moved on the road-map to Q4 of ‘06, so we may see this quad-core extreme edition processor by Thanksgiving, leaving just enough time to get it on your Christmas list to Santa along with that 103” Toshiba Plasma.
Read More | Daily Tech
Intel has revealed its new dual-core processors for high-end servers using more than four chips, the Intel Xeon 7100 Series. The units, although based on the outdated NetBurst microarchitecture, still offer relatively strong performance as well as power efficiency. The chips, built on the 65nm process, includes all of the features expected on Intel processors such as hyperthreading, virtualization, and Intel cache safe technology. The clock speed vary on different models, ranging from 2.60Ghz to 3.40Ghz, though all feature 2MB of L2 cache. The Xeon 7100’s are directed at enterprise customers. Admittedly, Intel has done an excellent job lately with their new technologies and processors. Looks like it’s time for AMD to play catch up.
Read More | X-bit Labs
ATI announced today that they are delivering a new chipset including a technologically unmatched integrated graphics processor for Intel mobile processors including the Core Duo. The new Radeon Xpress 1250 is the first Intel chipset utilizing ATI’s revolutionary AVIVO graphics architecture allowing for vibrant images and smooth video playback, for all types of multimedia, including high-definition content. This AVIVO engine includes hardware acceleration for MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 and WMV9. The IGP also includes an integrated TV encoder providing advanced TV-out capabilities. The internal TV encoder is based on ATI’s Xilleon set top box solution and delivers Macrovision 7.1 copy protection with YPbPr component video output. Resolutions of 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p and 1080i are supported via component outputs. DVI and HDMI are also supported with an external TMDS transmitter.
But let’s not forget that this isn’t just a mobile video chip, this is a north bridge solution for Intel’s newest processors. The memory controller allows up to 16GB of 400MHz-800MHz DDR2 memory, 512MB of which can be dedicated to the IGP video buffer. And if the IGP doesn’t have quite enough punch for you, one PCI Express x16 slot is available for an external video adapter. The Radeon Xpress 1250 will likely be paired with the SB600 south bridge for 10 USB 2.0, four SATA II, one ATA133 ports, high definition audio and PCI.
NEC will be the first to use the Radeon Xpress 1250 in its notebooks, but expect others to follow closely behind. Also, expect to see desktop variants of this product for both AMD and Intel desktops in the not too distant future.
Read More | ATI
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