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ARMed warfare on the server: Intel versus AMD plus world?

Underdog, disrupter and casualty – AMD’s been on a rollercoaster ride in its battle against Intel. AMD rose on the strength of its 64-bit, x86-compatible server processors as Intel was penalised on Itanium; Intel re-bounded with the Xeon E5 as AMD got dragged down by IT spending cuts and problems with its Barcelona Opterons. …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2012

AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

AMD is showing off its latest round of APUs – accelerated processing units that combine compute and graphics cores on the same slice o' silicon – that it hopes will be reinforcements in its battle for the consumer market against its main competitor, Intel, especially at the low-power end of the market. "We're working to position …
Rik Myslewski, 23 May 2013
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AMD readies answer to Intel's Ultrabook

How powerful is the Ultrabook brand? AMD is betting it is less important to punters - and laptop vendors - than price. The chip maker is to launch a platform for skinny machines in Q2. According to moles, AMD's "Ultrathin" platform will debut in June with a view to costing computer makers 10-20 per cent less than Intel's …
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2012
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Asus updates netbook line with Intel, AMD chippery

CES 2012 Week Asus has formally outed its next netbook release: the Eee PC Flare series. The Flares are a long cry from the clunky, chunky SCCs of yore - even if the spec isn't. Asus Eee PC 1025C Atom netbook Flare: Eee PC 1025C Yes, we're talking 10.1in, 1024 x 600 display, Windows Starter 7, 1GB of memory, 2.4GHz 802.11n …
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012

Intel, AMD financials: Bad news for Obama campaign

Nothing affects the outcome of a US presidential election more than the state of the economy, and if Barack Obama heard the comments made by Intel and AMD execs when they announced their company's earnings this week, he may very well have broken into a flop sweat. "As we look ahead to the second half of this year, consumer …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2012

AMD to plunk ARM core onto Fusion, Opteron chips

In February, when the new management team at Advanced Micro Devices presented revised roadmaps for PC and server processors that were a bit more conservative than what the old AMD might have drawn up, the company's top techies hinted that they were interested in integrating other intellectual property into Fusion and Opteron …

Intel brings bigger guns to AMD server chip war

If you want to get into the server processor racket, here's some advice: Don't bring a knife to a gun fight. And when you whip out your guns, you better have a piece stashed in each of your boots, maybe another high-caliber rifle on your back, and a few knives while you are at it for price-cutting when the bullets run out. With …
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AMD tiptoes past sparring rivals in embedded CPU foray

The new management team at Advanced Micro Devices is looking everywhere, including under the couch cushions, to find some money so it can afford to explore the embedded systems market again. The chip biz hopes rivals Intel and the ARM collective are too distracted to notice the foray as they fight over each others' territories …
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Intel rattles sabre over AMD licence deal

Intel is still making noises about its licensing deal with AMD, which it claims is invalidated by AMD's corporate restructuring. AMD has spun out its foundry business, with the help of cash from Abu Dhabi, into GLOBALFOUNDRIES. But Intel alleges this means its licensing agreement with Intel is null and void. Intel said back in …
John Oates, 18 May 2009
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Intel, AMD in HP notebook smackdown

In early May, HP released a flurry of updated, redesigned Intel-based business notebooks. Now, AMD – Intel's microprocessor rival – will power these machines as well. On Tuesday, HP announced new business and consumer notebooks equipped with the latest versions of what AMD insists on calling APUs – accelerated processing units …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2011
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Intel comes out swinging against $1.3bn European fine

Intel is petitioning the EU's General Court to overthrow the massive fine imposed upon it by the European Commission back in 2009, saying that the case against it was fatally flawed from the get-go. "The quality of evidence relied on by the Commission is profoundly inadequate," Reuters reports Intel lawyer Nicholas Green telling …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jul 2012
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Tilera routs Intel, AMD in Facebook bakeoff

Facebook may not think of itself as a social marketing company, but for upstart server-chip maker Tilera, the social media giant's internal Memcached bakeoff pitting Xeon and Opteron machines against Tilera boxes is a marketing windfall, indeed. Facebook's Memcached performance paper, being presented at the International Green …

Intel chastises AMD for 'scorched earth' anti-trust attack

Intel continues to paint AMD as an annoying, over zealous whiner, as the two companies' anti-trust battle makes its protracted way to court. At present, Intel and AMD are arguing over who should be interviewed for this case. AMD wants to depose 206 executives from Intel and then 280 more people from the chipmakers' customers. In …
Ashlee Vance, 18 May 2008
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IBM proffers $1bn for Linux development on Power

After opening up its Power chips to bit fiddlers through an ARM-style licensee model, IBM is pouring $1bn into Linux development on the architecture. The $1bn commitment to Linux on Power was announced by IBM on Tuesday at the Linux conference in New Orleans, and follows Big Blue letting licensees fiddle with Power chips through …
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013

Intel, AMD jostled for market share in 2006

AMD lost market share to arch-rival Intel in 2006, but the smaller chip-maker nonetheless managed to make small gains in the desktop and laptop segments, the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research reveal. Intel came out of 2006 with 77.7 per cent of the x86 CPU market, up from 76.3 per cent. Its 1.4 percentage …
Tony Smith, 31 Jan 2007

Intel, AMD squeeze other x86 chip makers

AMD increased its share of the x86 processor market during Q3 2006, it has emerged. But fanboys hoping AMD's gain came at arch-rival Intel's expense will be disappointed: the chip giant's market share also rose sequentially. No, it's the lesser players who took the hit during Q3, according to figures posted by market watcher …
Tony Smith, 01 Nov 2006

AMD ordered off US front in Intel suit

Intel's lawyers will have their laptops searched at one less airport, after a US district judge limited the scope of AMD's antitrust action against the company. In a motion filed with the Delaware Court, Intel sought to have AMD's US suit, alleging monopolistic conduct in the microprocessor market, dismissed on the grounds that …
Drew Cullen, 27 Sep 2006
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Microsoft sues Acacia for suing Microsoft

The hoop-snake world of patent trolling just took another bite on its own tail, with Microsoft suing Acacia Research over licenses Microsoft licensed from Acacia Research, but which Acacia Research has declined to license to Microsoft. Currently under seal, the lawsuit has been filed in the southern district, New York, of the US …
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Date set for Intel's response to AMD antitrust claims

Lawyers from Intel and AMD will meet for an initial court conference in the first week of August, over a month before Intel must file its response to AMD's allegations, court documents seen by The Register reveal. AMD's legal action against its arch-rival, alleging the chip giant engaged in anti-competitive behaviour in …
Tony Smith, 15 Jul 2005

AMD cries foul over Intel's 'river of cash' flowing to Dell

It's document season in the ongoing anti-trust lawsuit between AMD and Intel. Last week, the companies fought over witness testimony and earlier this week a judge told Intel to fork over some documents related to interviews done as the company tried to deal with its deletion of e-mails possibly related to the case at hand. Now, …
Ashlee Vance, 16 May 2008

Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

After 2,035 days writing 2,531 stories containing 1.65 million words (thanks, Word Counter), this aging hack is celebrating his 26th birthday by hanging up his trusty MacBook Air and slipping off into semi-retirement. It's vanishingly unlikely that I'll be around to toast birthday number 27, so this year's binary natal day …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jun 2014
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Wanna make your own Azure? Now you can: Microsoft joins Open Compute Project

Microsoft has given away the secrets of its data centers for free by joining Facebook's Open Compute Project. The shock move will be announced at the Open Compute Summit on Tuesday and means that the server designs Microsoft uses to support Bing, Office365, and Windows Azure will be available for cloud-wannabes across the world …
Jack Clark, 27 Jan 2014
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AMD nabs market share from Intel

AMD's share of the x86 chip market reached 17.8 per cent during Q3 as the chip vendor grabbed market share from arch-rival Intel and lesser competitor Transmeta. The latter's share will soon barely trouble the scorer - in this case Mercury Research - now that it's down to a tenth of a percentage point from two-tenths of a …
Tony Smith, 25 Oct 2005

Dell to betray Intel with AMD mobile chip embrace - analyst

Dell's embrace of AMD processors will turn from myth to reality by March, according to a financial analyst. Dell will begin by slotting AMD's chips into its notebook product line and then "likely" move to use AMD chips in servers and desktops as well, American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman said in a fresh note to …
Ashlee Vance, 31 Jan 2006
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Facebook knuckle-raps Intel, AMD

While social networking site Facebook doesn't seem inclined to pull a Google and build all of its own servers, the company's top techies are frustrated enough with the current crop of x64 boxes that they may be giving the idea some thought. Speaking at the Structure 09 conference in San Francisco yesterday, Jonathan Heiliger, …
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Intel rejects AMD's antitrust allegations

Intel has filed its response to AMD's antitrust allegations and, unsurprisingly, has denied them. It claimed its business practices "are both fair and lawful". In essence, the chip giant says that while it has distributed money to its customers to help fund those company's own marketing programmes, it has never attached …
Tony Smith, 02 Sep 2005
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IBM beefs System x with latest Intel, AMD chips

IBM's high-end System x line has been updated with the faster x64 processors from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. IBM has also updated the Opteron processors used in its BladeCenter blade servers as well. The "Dunnington" Xeon 7400 series chips were launched last September, sporting four-core and six-core variants aimed …

AMD's lawyers go ballistic as Intel's e-mails disappear

You say 'tomato.' I say 'troubling and flawed document retention policy.' Yes, friends. AMD and Intel are at it again, attacking each other this time over Intel's e-mail saving strategy. The chip giant is in the process of turning over millions of e-mails and other documents to AMD's attorneys as the companies head toward an …
Ashlee Vance, 06 Mar 2007

Rock rolls out dual-core Intel, AMD laptops

UK PC maker Rock this week unveiled a pair of dual-core notebooks, one based on Intel technology, the other on an AMD processor. Both sport Nvidia's GeForce Go 7600 graphics chip and other refinements. The Pegasus 660 is the Intel machine. It's equipped the recently released 2.33GHz Core Duo T2700. The screen's a 15.4in 1,280 x …
Tony Smith, 30 Jun 2006

Intel clubs AMD with four-cores

Intel has earned the right to lay it on four-cores thick. The chipmaker today officially released versions of its four-core server and PC chips. The appearance of the 'Clovertown' and 'Kentsfield' processors gives Intel both a marketing and raw performance edge over AMD, which doesn't plan to fire up its own four-core gear in …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Nov 2006
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US Intel case delayed again

The Intel AMD antitrust case has been delayed and now won't be heard until 2010. The case is being heard in the District Court in Delaware and will now start in February 2010 rather than April 2009. The original case was brought in 2005 and accused Intel of offering discounts to computer makers who pledged not to use AMD chips …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008
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Intel, AMD face off in codename clash

Intel and AMD may be bitter rivals, but they will both be pushing products they have codenamed 'Santa Rosa' in the coming months, it seems. Fortunately, they two are unlikely to clash: one's pitched at notebooks, the other at heavy-duty servers. AMD first, since its 'Santa Rosa' looks set to make it to market ahead of the Intel …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2006
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Intel partner sues... Intel (and AMD too)

Intel and AMD were this week both accused of patent infringement, joining VIA in the list of chip makers claimed to have used without permission technology owned by Acacia Research. Intel's role is particularly interesting: it is already being sued by another of Acacia's subsidiaries, and it's also partnering with a third …
Tony Smith, 05 May 2005

AMD shrugs off Intel shackles for ace Q2

AMD shot right past analysts' expectations during the second quarter to post a profit and sparkling processor sales. Not bad for a company alleging that Intel has an illegal stranglehold on the processor market. Opteron, Opteron, Opteron was the key message from management. Sales of AMD's server chip shot up 89 per cent year- …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jul 2005
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Intel’s Asia pivot: How Chipzilla beat Obama by decades

Years before president Obama announced his infamous military “Pivot to Asia” policy, chip giant Intel had already embarked upon its own initiative to build out manufacturing and design capability in the region. Last week for the first time it opened the doors of its Penang facility – Chipzilla’s largest outside of the US – so El …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2013

Intel answers AMD's dual-core chip challenge with French joke

AMD today challenged Intel to a dual-core processor benchmarking duel, and Intel responded by mocking the French. AMD pumped a few major US newspapers with ads, begging Intel to accept the dual-core challenge. The competition would see AMD put its best performing dual-core Opteron up against a comparable Xeon processor from …
Ashlee Vance, 23 Aug 2005
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ECS ships dual AMD-Intel mobo

Here's an interesting plan. Elitegroup (ECS) has announced a mobo capable of supporting both AMD and Intel processors. ECS PF88 mobo The board, the PF88, uses an old technique: the daughtercard. Out of the box, the motherboard sports an LGA775 socket ready for an Intel Pentium of Celeron D processor, be they single- or dual- …
Tony Smith, 01 Sep 2005

AMD spins off manufacturing biz

AMD is splitting into two companies - one to design chips and one to carry out the debt-dependent business of actually making them. Two Abu Dhabi investment firms will hand over at least $6bn to the two new firms and to build a new chip fab near Albany, New York and to refurbish one in Germany. The chip-making business will be …
John Oates, 07 Oct 2008
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AMD's battle with Intel to go west?

AMD's legal action against Intel in the US District Court of Delaware could up stumps and move to the US District of Northern California, if plaintiffs already engaged in proceedings against Intel have their way, court documents seen by The Register reveal. The Delaware Court was this week notified that two Northern California …
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2005
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ARM upstart Calxeda pours $55m into server chip war chest

ARM chip upstart Calxeda is lining its coffers as it prepares to do battle with its 32-bit EnergyCore ECX-1000 processors, and two more cores in its roadmap, to conquer some corner of the server world. Calxeda now has more than 100 employees, who work in its Austin, Texas headquarters as well as in development labs in Silicon …
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x86 chips squeeze out a growth in Q4

The PC market might have stalled as 2011 came to an end, but chip makers peddling x86 chips for PCs, workstations, and servers still managed to eke out some growth in the fourth quarter and for the full year, according to the latest stats from market-watcher IDC. The chip counters at IDC believe that worldwide microprocessor …
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AMD Japan sues Intel for $50m damages - and then some

AMD Japan is suing its Intel counterpart in Tokyo for $50m in damages "arising from violations of Japan's Antimonopoly act". In a second suit it is seeking "millions of dollars" in damages from Intel for various anticompetitive acts which "also had the effect of interfering with AMD Japan's right to engage in normal business …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2005

AMD chip sales crashed in Q4

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices will be disappointing Wall Street once again. But, then again, Wall Street has been particularly disappointing for the past several months itself. AMD this morning issued a terse two-line statement explaining the situation. The first sentence explained that for the quarter ending December 27 …
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EU files anti-trust charges against Intel

After years of investigation, the European Commission has issued formal charges against Intel today, for alleged anti-competitive business practices against rival AMD. "I can confirm the statement of objections has been sent," EC spokesman Ton Van Lierop told Reuters. The EU has been sniffing around Intel's business practices …
Austin Modine, 26 Jul 2007
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Battle of Intel shark and AMD minnow ramps up

A further salvo in the war between AMD and Intel over streaming extensions was fired by the smaller company today. AMD said that Digital Anvil, 3DO and a gaggle of others have already brought thousands of games to the party. But on the 17th, next week, Intel is likely to bring thousands more game companies to the party. Intel …
Mike Magee, 11 Feb 1999

AMD blasts $7.5m right into Transmeta

The cash-starved, collapsed superstar of my enemy is still my friend, according to AMD, which has injected Transmeta with $7.5m. Transmeta announced the infusion in the briefest of statements, saying that AMD will receive preferred stock in exchange for its fat wallet. We'll leave it to you to debate how much stock in Transmeta …
Ashlee Vance, 06 Jul 2007
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AMD to overtake Intel in 2017...

Since time immemorial - at least that's what it feels like - Intel has dominated the PC chip market and the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research offer no sign of a change to the status quo. AMD fanboys will be tickled to know that the chip giant saw its market share slide from 83.5 per cent in Q1 to just 82.7 per …
Tony Smith, 11 Aug 2004

AMD finally goes native with Barcelona

Entire computing platforms have come and gone* in the time that it has taken AMD to shove the four-core version of Opteron known as Barcelona into end customers' hands. AMD today will hold events in Spain and San Francisco to celebrate the release of its latest server chip. The Barcelona part - meant to arrive about six months …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Sep 2007
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Dell Falls for AMD - analyst

Forget a four-way flirtation. Dell is set to go the whole hog with AMD, according to a new report from Merrill Lynch. The financial analyst firm has Dell shipping PCs and notebooks with AMD Inside during the fourth quarter. Such a move would build on Dell's decision in May to add AMD's Opteron chip as an option for high-end, …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Jul 2006

IBM goes after Intel, AMD with Linux-only server

IBM looks set to make a new, lower-end addition to its line of Power-based servers designed to run the Linux operating system, The Register can reveal. IBM has put the two-processor OpenPower 710 up for sale in the UK. (IBM kindly pulled the linked web site down about an hour after this story first appeared. Thankfully, there …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2005