AMD: Barcelona quad-core 50% faster than Intel’s quad-core Xeon

Following last week’s sobering financial news, AMD today provided some news that may calm down worried analysts and investors.

Akita Elpida develops 1.4 mm MCP with 20 stacked dies

Akita Elpida Memory, the DRAM backend production subsidiary of Elpida Memory, announced the development of a 1.4 mm-thick multi-chip package (MCP) with 20 stacked dies, claiming it as the world's thinnest MCP.

Samsungs stacks DRAM to reach higher capacities

Seoul (Korea) – Stacking is the magic word that promises more capable and sometimes also faster multi-chip packages than what can be achieved today. Samsung claims to have developed a first “through silicon via” (TSV) DRAM stack that soon could deliver 4 GB memory modules for the mainstream market.

AMD’s R600 event – We’re packing our bags for Tunisia

At around this time tomorrow, we’ll be in the air on our way to Tunisia Africa for AMD’s R600 media event.

VIA touts “small is beautiful” with Pico-ITX boards

VIA has shrunk its motherboards again and has announced its Pico-ITX design which is barely larger than a playing card.

Gateway adds Blu-ray drive, OC graphics card to enthusiast PC

With Dell and HP having established a presence in then enthusiast PC market, the third largest PC maker in U.S. is getting more serious about computers that deliver more than just the basics.

Fujitsu starts volume production of 2 Mb FRAM

Fujitsu announced the availability of its 2Mbit ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) chips (MB85R2001 and MB85R2002).

Pioneer unveils $300 Blu-ray Disc Combo drive

Pioneer on April 17 debuted its BDC-S02 Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo drive model in Beijing, for immediate launch in China and later in other markets around the world at a recommended retail price of $299, according to Pioneer's Taiwan subsidiary Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan.

Micron introduces new power-efficient Aspen DDR2

Micron Technology today introduced its new Aspen DDR2 memory family of energy-efficient products, featuring the low-voltage (LV) DDR2 in reduced chip count (RCC) memory modules.

IDF: Intel releases 45 nm Penryn benchmark numbers

Beijing (China) – Don’t pretend you haven’t been waiting for these numbers: Is Penryn really as good as Intel claims? As long as we have not reviewed the CPU in our labs, we can’t say for sure. But if the chip is as capable as the benchmark results provided by Intel indicate, then it is clear that Intel has no intentions of handing the performance crown over to AMD.  

IDF: Intel reanimates its 90 nm Pentium M CPU

Intel began the second day of its Spring IDF with keynotes covering the firm’s mobile processors – including the upcoming Santa Rosa platform, the 45 nm mobile Penryn processor, the first WiMax chipset as well as a new generation of UMPCs, which revives the 90 nm Pentium M processor.

Mercury Computer Systems claims 10X improvement in HD encoding speed

Video professionals know that high-definition video can look great at high bitrates, but encoding such video can be a painful process.  Mercury Computer Systems has announced a ten-fold improvement in AVC/H.264 encoding times with an encoding engine built on the Cell Broadband Engine, the same chip that is used in Sony’s PlayStation 3 console.

IDF: Sun preps first Intel-based servers

Intel and Sun demonstrated a Xeon 5100-based server running Sun’s Solaris operating system.

Nvidia extends DirectX 10 cards into the mainstream

Nvidia today launched the second wave of DirectX 10 graphics cards, which now reach into the entry-level and mainstream market. The announcement comes several weeks before AMD is expected to introduce its first family of DirectX 10-capable graphics chips.

Toshiba commercializes 56 nm-made 16 GB embedded NAND flash production

Toshiba today announced that the company has commercialized a new series of 16 GB embedded NAND flash memory devices which is compliant with the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA) version 4.2 standard for mobile consumer products.

IDF kickoff: Going after AMD, and beyond

Beijing (China) – Intel has opened its Spring IDF in Beijing with a flood of announcements. The company revealed first performance numbers of its upcoming 45 nm Penryn processors, half a dozen technology projects including a floating point accelerator, an update to its 80-core research processor and a new enthusiast PC platform that will house two quad-core processors. Can you spot the AMD angle?  

IDF: Intel’s mobile platform goes quad-core, adds WiMax

Beijing (China) – Intel has begun briefing media representatives on the day before the official opening of its Spring Developer Forum, which is held in Beijing this year. Mooly Eden, one of the key personalities behind Intel’s Core 2 Duo discussed the features of the upcoming Santa Rosa platform and the 45 nm CPU Penryn, which Intel believes will become a gaming monster.  

Intel to to launch QX6850 in Q3

Intel has scheduled to boost the proportion of dual-core processors in its product line up in the second quarter and will launch the quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6850 in the third quarter.

AMD CPU prices drop nearly 50% over past half year

Columbus (OH) - As we continue to look back over the past 28 weeks of data, we have collected of processor prices, this week we delve into specific products that have seen the biggest changes in just six months. Something we noticed right away is that there are completely different trends in the way AMD and Intel prices have shifted.  While Intel provides us with sporadic peaks and drops, AMD has mostly seen constant price reductions over the previous 28 weeks.

Lite-On IT eyeing production of 16x DVD+R DL burners by end of year

The DVD+RW Alliance early this month announced that it had released the specifications for 12x and 16x DVD+R DL (single-sided double-layer) burning speeds (termed v1.2), and in response, Taiwan-based Lite-On IT has geared up R&D producing burners featuring the 16x recording standard and may begin volume production by the end of this year, according to industry sources in Taiwan.