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Intel boosts Atom with new dual-core and SoC designs

Posted: April 18, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The pint-sized processor continues to punch above its weight with a dual-core netbook chip plus a fully integrated system-on-a-chip for in-car entertainment and media phones.

IDF Beijing 2010 | Intel plans to make its mighty-mite Atom processor both stronger and smarter this year.

The chipmaker is believed to be working on a dual-core Atom aimed at netbooks rather than desktops.

Intel already has two dual-core Atoms –  the Diamondville-class Atom 330 and the more recent Pineview-class Atom D510 – but these are designed for all-in-one desktops, net-top boxes and home servers.

The advanced design of the second-gen Atom Pineview processor integrates the processor, graphics and memory controller onto a single 45nm chip which draws half the power compared to the original Diamondville design of the single-core N270 and N280.

This could make it possible for Intel to introduce a beefy dual-core Atom netbook processor to offer a higher level of performance without adversely impacting battery life or system heat.

The tiny Atom processor in its even tinier system-on-chip (SoC) guise, codenamed Tunnel Creek

“I still think there will be significant growth in the netbook business year-over-year” said Intel CEO Paul Otellini, including what he termed as the forthcoming “netbook refresh cycle”.

“The next innovation coming to Atom is on dual-core, which comes out in the second quarter, and I think that will be a very attractive product.”

Otellini wouldn’t be drawn on details but his comments about dual-core were framed within reference to netbooks, not desktops. Intel is also tipped to give the Atom platform a leg up by moving to faster DDR3 memory.

Another path ahead for Atom is the shift into an advanced system-on-chip (SoC) design which crams everything – the processor core, graphics and video engine memory controller hub – onto one chip, with a PCI Express interconnect to third-party silicon.

The SoC design is codenamed Tunnel Creek and it’s headed for the ‘embedded systems’ market for uses such as in-car infotainment and IP media phones.

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AMD ! is Apple going to make partner with them for future?

Posted: April 16, 2010 in Uncategorized
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News that Apple executives and their counterparts from chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices have been spotted together has fed speculation that Apple may be moving future Macs away from the Intel chips they’ve been using since 2006. AppleInsider quotes “people familiar with the matter” as saying that Apple’s already worked out an agreement with AMD to use its chips in their labs, an indication that work is already underway to get AMD’s desktop and notebook chips in Mac computers.

According to AppleInsider’s report, Apple has been frustrated by limited availability of Intel’s newest processors, which they suggest may have been a reason why refreshes of products like the Mac Pro and Mac Book Pro have taken so long to get to market. There’s also speculation that AMD might be willing to work with Apple on custom chip designs. In addition, AMD now owns graphics chipmaker ATI, which would give Apple an edge on getting improved GPUs into Macs. Both companies are silent on the matter, but witnesses are reporting that AMD top execs have been seen on the free Commuter Coach buses that Apple runs between San Francisco and company headquarters in Cupertino, and have been spotted on the Apple campus coming out of meeting rooms with Apple upper management.

Interestingly, AMD’s ties to Apple seem to have a number of tendrils. The Inquirer reports that it was engineers that Apple hired away from AMD last year who developed Apple’s in-house graphic switching technology. Bob Drebin and Raja Koduri were top talent AMD got from its ATI acquisition who came to Apple in 2008. Drebin, who had been Chief Technology Officer at ATI, was also instrumental in the development of the GameCube’s graphics hardware when he was with ArtX.

The report does not suggest that Apple would move all its lines en masse to new processors. Rather, Apple would become like most other computer manufacturers, choosing from a mix of vendors for its CPUs and graphics chips. Price per GHz is not significantly better with AMD chips, but Apple may well surmise that introducing competition may cause their partners at Intel to come up with sweeter deals

AMD plans to go 12-core in 2010, compete with Intel’s 8-core

Posted: March 2, 2010 in Uncategorized
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 6000+ 3.0 GHz ProcessorAn announcement made just the other day by AMD indicates that their previous 8-core processor roadmap has now been pitched into the bin. The future holds a 12-core chip from AMD, coming in the second half of 2010. Dubbed Magny-Cours, the server world will see the benefits of what could easily be called “extreme multi-cores”. In an attempt to satiate the massive bandwidth required by a 12-core chip churning away at high speed, Magny-Cours will receive a seemingly lightweight 6MB of L3 cache shared among all cores. The chip will support DDR3 memory and, according to AMD, is easier to make than an 8-core chip.
A 6-core version, called Sao Paulo, will also be coming out in 2010. The 6-core chip will be a single package, similar to Barcelona’s 4-core chip. The 12-core version will include two 6-core chips alongside each other in a single package.
AMD has not been doing well financially, and is currently planning on laying off more than 1,600 workers by the third quarter of 2008. AMD is planning this 12-core version to compete with Intel in that time frame. Intel’s current road map will have a 6-core Xeon out this year, with an 8-core version as their follow-on in 2009. AMD’s desire to introduce the 12-core chip is an attempt to gain market share in server spaces. Today, Intel accounts for 78.5% of all x86-based sales in server spaces.
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