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.

Art Lebedev publishes animation of LED keys

If you are following the development of Art Lebedev’s OLED keyboard, then here is a new piece of information. The company published a brief animation that shows four OLED keys from different viewing angles.

Intel phases out three Xeon processors

Intel has notified system vendors that it will be phasing out three Netburst architecture-based Xeon processors.

Micron adds anti-shake function to camera SoC

Micron Technology has developed an anti-shake feature which it will incorporate into a 3-megapixel system-on-chip (SoC) camera suitable for handsets, webcams and PDAs.

Fujitsu spurns small hard drives, goes solid state

Fujitsu is betting everything on solid-state drives and is stopping development of small 1.8-inch magnetic drives.

HP announces 50 ppm color printer

Hewlett-Packard (HP) this morning announced two enterprise multi function printers (MFP) that are capable of cranking out up to 50 pages per minute (ppm) in color – or 60 ppm in black and white.

Samsung rolls out 160 GB 2.5" single-disk drive

Samsung has announced a 2.5-inch form-factor drive with 160 GB of capacity.

Sun CEO shows first pictures of new 16-core Sparc processor

Jonathan Schwartz, chief executive officer of Sun, published the first pictures of Sun’s upcoming Ultra Sparc processor, code-named “Rock”. The new processor apparently is taking its first steps in initial tests and Schwartz claims that prototype chips “are running billions of instructions already.”

Analysis: AMD loses dominance in U.S. retail channel to Intel

Yesterday, AMD issued a surprising revenue warning and said that especially the resale channel turned sour during Q1. Today, TG Daily learned that AMD’s market share in U.S. desktop retail dropped significantly and handed the majority of the market - which AMD had held for five subsequent quarters - to its rival. Is AMD in trouble?

NEC develops super bright 2.7” TFT LCD

NEC said it has developed a new LCD for portable devices that achieves a brightness of 550 cd/m2, which is 2.75x the brightness of a comparable conventional small form factor display.

Dell to introduce 19-inch widescreen monitor

Dell will have its OEM manufacturers in Taiwan volume produce 19-inch widescreen LCD monitors in April, as the popularity of the segment is growing fast in the market, according to industry sources.

Spansion samples 128Mb MirrorBit SPI flash in 104MHz frequency

Spansion announced its latest MirrorBit supports serial peripheral interface (SPI) family member, the 90nm-made 128Mbit MirrorBit flash at 104MHz frequency (part number S25FL128P) with sampling already started.

TSMC expects to enter 45nm production in September

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today announced that it would complete 45nm technology qualification and enter production as early as September 2007.

VIA says reports on Intel chipset licensing just rumors

VIA, in response to recent reports from media in Taiwan concerning a chipset licensing deal with Intel, on April 7 stated that the reports are based on rumors and that the company would not comment further on them.

Intel intros new flagship desktop CPU QX6800

Intel introduced a new quad-core enthusiast processor to bolster its product line for high-performance computers. The new QX6800 CPU increases the clock speed to 2.93 GHz and lifts the price of an Intel enthusiast CPU to a new record level.

AMD and Intel: The battle for processor price segments

Columbus (OH) – 2006 brought earth-shattering changes in the processor market with a competition we haven’t seen in many years. Prices have eroded much faster than in the years before. If you have been following our price/performance charts, it is no secret to you the competition between AMD and Intel in the retail market is reaching new heights almost every week. Time to recap what happened in the past half year and check which manufacturer focused on which segment.