Heterogeneous compute has been on the tip of the tongue for many involved in integrating compute platforms, and despite talk and demos regarding hardware conforming to HSA provisional specifications, today the HSA Foundation is officially launching the ratified 1.0 Final version of the standardized platform design. This brings together a collection of elements: - the HSA Specification 1.0 defines the operation of the hardware, - the HSA Programmers’ Reference Manual for the software ecosystem targeting tools and compiler developers, - the HSA Runtime Specification for how software should interact with HSA-capable hardware The specifications are designed to be hardware agnostic as you would imagine, allowing ARM, x86, MIPS and other ISAs to take advantage of the HSA standard as long as it conforms to the specifications. The HSA...

Intel P35 Memory Performance: A Closer Look

Our recent review found a 16% to 18% improvement in P35 memory bandwidth. We take a closer look at the components of that performance improvement.

14 by Wesley Fink on 5/18/2007

AMD's Next-Generation Mobile Architecture Revealed: Griffin

AMD is continuing with its disclosure of future plans, this time talking about Griffin and Puma, it's new mobile architecture and platform.

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/18/2007

AMD Names Athlon's Successor: Phenom

With the utmost caution, AMD slowly unveils its processor plans. It all starts with a name.

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/14/2007

AMD - The Road Ahead

AMD has decided to be even more forthcoming with details on their current and future plans. What's in store, and can they continue to compete with Intel?

55 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/11/2007

Intel Penryn Performance Preview: The Fastest gets Faster

In its recent tradition, Intel gave us an indication of Penryn performance well before its official ship date. Get a preview of what the first 45nm Intel CPUs...

65 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/18/2007

Intel Developer Forum - Beijing 2007: Penryn and Intel's High End GPU

The first day of IDF Beijing has begun and Intel gave away some more information on Penryn, as well as its first real ATI/NVIDIA competitor.

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/16/2007

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800: The Fastest Desktop CPU, now with more cores

Intel gave its quad-core Kentsfield a speed bump, meanwhile AMD went through a significant set of price cuts. The landscape has indeed changed.

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/9/2007

Intel: More Details on Penryn and Nehalem

Today we met with Intel and were given some additional juicy details of what is in store for CPUs due for release during the next year. Think QX6700...

14 by Johan De Gelas on 3/28/2007

EVGA 680i LT SLI: NVIDIA's 680i Cost Reduced

We provide our first impressions of NVIDIA's 680i LT SLI chipset using EVGA's board and wonder if cost reductions are always beneficial.

16 by Gary Key on 3/28/2007

Intel G965: microATX Performance Update

We perform a quick performance comparison of an Intel G965 mATX platform and similar Intel P965 platform.

8 by Gary Key on 3/16/2007

AMD 690G: Performance Review

We compare AMD's new 690G chipset against NVIDIA's GeForce 6150 and Intel's G965 chipsets with some surprising results.

70 by Gary Key on 3/6/2007

Barcelona Architecture: AMD on the Counterattack

After a tremendously successful K8 architecture, AMD lost the performance crown when Intel released Core 2. Details on the upcoming Barcelona architecture are here, but will it be enough...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/1/2007

AMD 690G: Technology Overview

We provide our first impressions of AMD's new integrated graphics chipset before we roll out our performance review.

14 by Derek Wilson and Gary Key on 2/28/2007

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+: Competing with Aggressive Pricing

AMD has lowered its CPU pricing considerably as of late, but is it enough to make up for a 3-year old architecture? Find out as we perform our...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2007

The Era of Tera: Intel Reveals more about 80-core CPU

Last year Intel talked about an 80-core Teraflop CPU, today we get many more details on its architecture and its role in the future of many-core CPUs.

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/11/2007

Intel Demonstrates new 45nm Transistors and Conroe's Successor

What's better than a Conroe? That would be a Penryn. Learn about the transistors that make Penryn so special.

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/27/2007

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300: Affordable and Highly Overclockable

Every generation a ridiculously overclockable bargain chip is born, and the Core 2 Duo E4300 is just that chip.

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2007

AMD's 65nm Preview Part 2 - The Plot Thickens (Updated with Information from AMD)

We take a closer look at AMD's first 65nm parts, uncovering the roots of its lower performance and poor overclocking. Now updated with an official response from AMD.

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2006

AMD's 65nm Brisbane Core Previewed: The most energy efficient AMD CPU to date

Intel has had two major advantages over AMD as of late: 65nm and a newer architecture. Today we take a look at AMD's first 65nm offering and see...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2006

AMD's Quad FX: Technically Quad Core

It's four cores spread out across two processors in a $370 motherboard drawing close to 500W of power. How does it stack up to Kentsfield? We'll find...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/30/2006

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