Feeds

AMD rocks Intel with, er, four-core demo

We'll show you . . . in mid-2007

Remote control for virtualized desktops

In a most anti-climatic move, AMD has fought back against Intel's release of four-core processors with a demo unit.

AMD this week showed off its four-core "Barcelona" version of Opteron at a company event. The chip - due out in the middle of 2007 - should show 40 to 70 per cent better performance than today's dual-core Opterons. The product will also place all four cores on a single piece of silicon, as compared to Intel's "Clovertown" version of Xeon that marries a pair of dual-core chips.

The "native" versus "married" debate doesn't do much for customers, who simply want speedier chips. And, with that in mind, Intel looks like the obvious winner in the current four-core contest. AMD, however, can keep putting out press releases for months in the hopes of convincing you otherwise.

Not to be outdone by AMD's marketing machine, Intel this week talked up its manufacturing prowess. The company is currently transitioning one of its fabs from 65nm to 45nm as it prepares for a major 45nm ramp during the second half of 2007 with the "Penryn" family of chips.

Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr also wanted us to be sure to tell you that the company's current 65nm manufacturing process is mind-blowingly solid and way ahead of AMD, which hasn't quite embraced the 65nm world just yet.

"We believe that Intel leads the competition by more than a year," Bohr - who is anything but a - said. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.