Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this week announced a new family of low power server processors optimized for scale-out server architectures. The Sunnyvale chip designer also attached a couple of interesting claims to its new Opteron X Series, formerly known as "Kyoto," the first of which is that these are the highest density, most power-efficient small core x86 processors ever built. The other claim has to do with how they compare to Intel's top Atom chip.
Intel's placing its bets on more than just the company's top-notch fabrication facilities; the company apparently has a stake in creating future generations of robot overlords, as well. Less than a month ago, Intel unveiled a new research project designed to make technology that's smart enough to learn its user's personal quirks and adapt accordingly; then just last week, Intel researchers published a proposal for a new, neuromorphic chip design -- hardware that mimics the human brain.
Flood waters may have receded in Thailand, but the hard drive industry is still reeling under the effects of the disaster. The impact hasn’t been restricted to the hard drive industry alone, though. The ensuing hard drive shortage has lead to serious supply chain disruptions in the PC industry, impacting everyone from PC vendors to chip makers.
Anyone who plays sports knows the exhilaration and utter joy of watching your opponents build up a glimmer of hope, right before you crush their spirits and beat them back to reality. Michael Jordan did it all the time, and if there's an equivalent in the tech industry, it has to be Intel, the world's largest chip maker and by far the most dominant player on the court at this point in its career.
When it comes to PCs, AMD processors are the only thing keeping Intel from complete and utter market domination. But could the plucky little David (OK, AMD's actually pretty pretty big) be preparing to throw in the towel against Intel’s x86 Goliath? A couple of comments by AMD spokesmen over the past few days makes the company's future on the PC seem much more hazy than it did just a few weeks ago, when Bulldozer launched.
If you’re a PC hipster who loves his quad core CPU we have bad news for you, Intel has officially declared that multi-core processors have gone mainstream. The announcement was made by Intel’s chief technology officer Justin Rattner, to a captive audience at their annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last week.
The Terminator movies are entertaining and all, but they forget to point out one important fact in the midst of all the cybernetic shotgunning; if Skynet is ever going to actually become self-aware, it'll probably require a drastic change in the way computers process information. Hey, James Cameron – don't sweat it. IBM has your back. The company just announced it's created a series of prototype "chips designed to emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition." We suspect they'll also be the key to the eventual robot revolution.
ARM is the world’s leading supplier of 32-bit CPU cores for cell-phone processors, consumer electronics, and embedded systems. Lately, this relatively small British company has been irritating Intel, which is trying to muscle into ARM’s low-power territory, so AMD and ARM share a common enemy. Their hugfest at AMD’s conference has important implications.
Despite the shrinking market for Intel's low-power Atom chips, the company is forging ahead with their Cedar Trail parts. The new processors, which should find their way into computers and tablets, are based on the 32nm manufacturing process. This advancement allowed Intel to get the CPU and GPU on a single die.
Sandy Bridge has been back in the news this week in a very big way, with just about every manufacturer launching all new dual core laptops with Core i3, i5, and i7 branded processors. You might make the argument that Sandy Bridge laptops have been around for ages now, but as Engadget points out, only those on the market for quad cores were finding a match up until this week. Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Sony have all hopped on the bandwagon giving you plenty of new machines to pick from.
Hit the jump for a list of this week's notebook releases.