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Intel switches ARM stance from 'No' to 'Maybe'

Ten days ago, Intel CEO Paul Otellini told US investors that Chipzilla wouldn't use its new 22nm Tri-Gate process technology to build chips based on an ARM core. At a UK investors confab this Thursday, CFO Stacey Smith hedged on Otellini's emphatic "No". If a customer came to Intel and asked them to fab processors that weren't …
Rik Myslewski, 27 May 2011
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Intel's Tri-Gate gamble: It's now or never

Analysis There are two reasons why Intel is switching to a new process architecture: it can, and it must. The most striking aspect of Intel's announcement of its new Tri-Gate process isn't the architecture itself, nor is it the eye-popping promises of pumped-up performance and dialed-down power. And it certainly isn't the Chipzillian …
Rik Myslewski, 9 May 2011
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Intel PC hegemony facing ARMy attack

ARM-based processors will bite off a significant chunk of Intel's PC hegemony in the next few years, achieving a 13 per cent share of the PC-processor market by 2015. That's one conclusion of "Worldwide PC Microprocessor 1Q11 Vendor Shares", an IDC report released Thursday. Notice that IDC's report focuses on PC processors – …
Rik Myslewski, 5 May 2011
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ARM's Intel challenger set for 2012 release

ARM Holdings' high-performance, low-power Cortex-A15 processor design will appear in products in late 2012 or early 2013, when it will begin to muscle in on territory long dominated by Intel's x86 architecture. "With our upcoming Cortex-A15 processor, we are definitely moving closer to the day when your smartphone or tablet …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2011

AMD chip chief: 'one day, microprocessor skyscrapers'

Although today's processors are all residents of Flatland, AMD's head chippery honcho says that multi-level, multi-core processors may be the wave of the future. "I'm not saying it's an easy dimension, the third dimension," AMD's senior vice president and headman of the company's Technology Group Chekib Akrout cautioned The …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Nov 2010
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Intel reports first $11bn-plus quarter

Less than two months after Intel lowered Wall Street expectations for its third-quarter, it released said financial info — and the news ain't too shabby: Chipzilla exceeded $11bn in revenues for the first time in its history. "Intel's third-quarter results set all-time records for revenue and operating income," Intel president …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Oct 2010
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GlobalFoundries says Intel process squeezes chip devs

GTC 2010 According to AMD-spinoff GlobalFoundries, chip-baking is about to hit a wall — but they're ready for it. They also claim that their way of handling the latest advance in chip materials is superior to that used by Intel and soon to be introduced by their ginormous competitor, TSMC. On Wednesday at its first annual Global …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Sep 2010
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Apple files chip block stack patent

Apple has filed a patent application that supports the stacked-component design of its A4 chip used in the iPad and iPhone 4, and points to further future integration of multiple system components on the same die. The filing, "Systems and methods for providing a system-on-a-substrate," describes methods for reducing the size …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Aug 2010

AMD ships low-cost six-core Phenom IIs

AMD's six-core Phenom II X6 processors have hit the streets, and the company claims that since they work with existing AM3 and AM2+ socket motherboards "with proper BIOS support," the move to six cores is "an easy upgrade." As The Reg reported last week, the two new processors are the 2.8GHz Phenom II 1055T and the 3.2GHz …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Apr 2010
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AMD claws back to profitability

Business is picking up at AMD, which has announced its financial results for the first three months of 2010, which president and CEO Direk Meyer identified as having attained "record first quarter revenue." That said, it's not a simple matter of reading the company's bottom line to fully understand exactly what shape Intel's …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2010
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Intel details fresh desktop, mobile 'Cores'

Surprising no one, Intel announced on Thursday that it would be rounding out its Core i3/5/7 mobile and desktop processor lines on January 7 at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Not that there's anything wrong with being unsurprising - after bumps such as the recent Larrabee GPU/CPU shutdown, a little …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Dec 2009
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Intel cash pays down AMD debt

Less than a week after accepting $1.25bn from Intel in exchange for dropping its legal actions against Chipzilla, AMD has announced how it plans to use that windfall. In a trio of Wednesday announcements, the world's second-largest microprocessor designer revealed a plan to slash its debt by as much as $1.4 billion, thus …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2009
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Intel coffers rebound from first half beating

The theme of Intel's third quarter earnings today is paying no mind to last year and focusing on how much better things are compared to Q2. Chipzilla is indeed doing much better sequentially. But to finger the issue more precisely, Intel had suffered a particularly awful second quarter this year. (It was also hit with a $1. …
Austin Modine, 13 Oct 2009

Intel's Moorestown left homeless?

Intel believes its upcoming 32nm processor shrink will move it firmly into the pocketable, internet-enabled device market - but that focus may leave the 45nm Moorestown mobile platform out in the cold. At Wednesday's Technology Summit in San Francisco, the company's sales skipper Sean Maloney focused solely on the company's …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jul 2009
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AMD foundry spin-off breaks $4.2bn ground

Global Foundries*, the chipmaker spun-off by AMD earlier this year, announced on Friday that it had broken ground on its $4.2bn manufacturing facility in upstate New York. The huge plant bucks the growing trend for chips to be manufactured in Asia, and it's a significant gamble for Global Foundries and its prime investors: AMD …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jul 2009
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Intel goes to ultraviolet extremes

Research@Intel A long-awaited breakthrough in chip-making technology is inching closer towards commercial reality. But progress is slow and remains uncertain. At Thursday's Research@Intel event in Mountain View, California, The Reg and other press folk sat down with Mike Mayberry, Intel's VP of technology and manufacturing, to discuss the …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jun 2009
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Chip cooler launches liquid nitro at CPUs

A US company that specializes in CPU-cooling systems has just released its latest weapon in the war against melty microprocessors: liquid nitrogen. Auburn, Washington-based Koolance offers a broad range of CPU coolers, but none that will make a serious overclocker's heart skip a beat more than the CPU-LN2 Liquid Nitrogen …
Rik Myslewski, 11 May 2009
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AMD loses cash less quickly

AMD's CEO Dirk Meyer has fired a shot at his Intel counterpart, Paul Otellini, who recently said that the PC market has hit rock bottom. In a call on Tuesday revealing his company's 2009 first-quarter results, Meyer said: "I've heard some say we've hit bottom. I don't know how someone could say we've hit bottom in the current …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Apr 2009

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