At 49 years old and an ex Lenovo Chief Operating Officer, Rory Read is going to be taking the helm of the technology giant AMD. Thomas Seifert will be handing over his position as interim AMD CEO who has held the position since January.
The last CEO Dirk Meyer left the company in January after there were concerns for his direction taken into the mobile market. Before Mr Read joined Lenovo he had 23 years at IBM showing he has a long history in the industry and plenty of experience.There will be a lot of eyes on him to see how he handles the threat from ARM chips. Windows 8 isn’t far away and it works really well on ARM hardware; an option for consumers that is far [...]
AMD has revealed some more details on their upcoming Bulldozer CPU line, letting slip the fact that there will be some interesting features of the chips. The eight-core Bulldozer will have four dual-core modules with 2MB of L2 cache; the Northbridge having its own 8MB of L3 cache. There will also be two 72-bit DDR3 memory channels and for 16-bit HyperTransport links.
Like Intel’s iSeries of chips the new Bulldozers will support Turbo Core technology which allows for the auto overclocking of certain cores when multithreading isn’t supported.
Bulldozer is AMD’s first real architecture change in the past few years, so fans are hoping for some Intel [...]
Chip giant Intel has released some new details on their next range of Itanium Poulson chips at the Hot Chips conference in California. The new features mentioned and moust touted were: Instruction Replay, improved Hyper-Threading and new instructions.
The first of these three allows for remote access services, making this the first Intel chip to support such an update. Intel certainly know this and were keen to champion it, fronting with Pauline Nist, the general manager of the Intel Data Centre Group, “utilizes a new pipeline architecture to expand error detection in order to capture transient errors in execution. Upon error detection, instructions can then be [...]
IBM have developed a new kind of chip that say is able to make predictions and “sense” events similar to the brain; they term the new method “cognitive computing”. Able to learn from its mistakes, like the human brain this new cognitive chip uses pattern recognition at its core to develop.
This isn’t mere concept stuff either, they’ve actually made this. On top of that, it’s fully out of the testing stage and with a further investment of $21 million from the Department of Defence, the are currently working on handling mass production and implementation.
Apparently this new set of chips is able to “rewire themselves on the fly.” [...]
If you’re an AMD fan, at the moment it’s all about the buildup to Bulldozer. However, if you’re looking further along the tick tock development cycle, you might catch the glimpse of the Deccan platform due for release sometime in 2012.
Fortunately some slides have been released/leaked which details the Wichita and Krishna chips. Both will support USB 3 and will be made using a 28nm process which AMD says will help grant them a 20% performance increase over previous generations. On top of this, since it’s an APU there is DX11 support and 25% boost to graphics processing power, equating to an overall 30% computing power increase.
The Wichita and [...]
Those running an older i3 processor are in for a treat; Intel is releasing a software update to improve their performance. It’s a straight upgrade, with software. Those with 2312M and 2102 that install the update will find themselves with spanking new 2393M and 2153 chips respectively, while the Pentium G622 can be upgraded to a G693.
Intel released the following statement, “With these upgrades, customers will enjoy: Better performance for photo, video, and music tasks. Better responsiveness for everyday PC activities. Better responsiveness for PC productivity at work or at home.”The 2312M to 2393 upgrade adds more cache to the chip (or in reality in [...]