CPUs

Hot Chips is an annual conference that allows semiconductor companies to present their latest and greatest ideas or forthcoming products in an academic-style environment, and is predominantly aimed as the professional semiconductor engineer. This year has a number of talks about power management, upcoming IBM CPUs, upcoming Intel CPUs, upcoming NVIDIA SoCs and the final talk of the final day is from AMD, discussing Zen in even more depth than the previous week. While we were unable to attend the event in person, we managed to get some hands-on time with information and put questions to Mike Clark, AMD Senior Fellow and Chief Design Engineer on Zen.

Nehalem - Everything You Need to Know about Intel's New Architecture

It's called the Core i7, but we knew it as Nehalem. We go through the entire micro-architecture and explain the new developments from IDF.

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/3/2008

The Dark Knight: Intel's Core i7

Intel reinvented itself with Conroe two years ago, could the sequel possibly live up to expectations? Later this month Intel's Core i7 processors will be shipping and you'll...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 11/3/2008

The Business of Tech: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - AMD Goes Fabless

In the most dire of cash crunches, AMD has confirmed the rumors and parted ways with its fabrication arm. What does this mean for AMD and its new spin off?

39 by Ryan Smith on 10/7/2008

AMD Fusion for Gaming Utility: Automatic AMD Platform Overclocking With a Twist

The beta version of the AMD Fusion for Gaming utility has been released. It overclocks both CPU and GPU and only runs on AMD hardware. But its that little...

39 by Derek Wilson on 9/18/2008

AMD 790GX - The Introduction

We provide an overview of the new 790GX chipset while we complete our benchmark testing.

42 by Gary Key on 8/6/2008

Intel's SoC Update: 1B Transistors Embedded in 5 Years

Intel revealed a bit about its upcoming embedded and SoC plans. Aside from Larrabee, these are brand new areas for Intel's x86 architectures. Intel has 15 chip...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/24/2008

AMD's SB750: Enabling Higher Phenom Overclocks?

Rumor has it that AMD's new South Bridge will allow Phenom processors to clock higher. Believe it or not, it works. We try and figure out why...

51 by Gary Key on 7/23/2008

AMD's Phenom X4 9950, 9350e and 9150e: Lower Prices, Voltage Tricks and Strange Behavior

AMD is introducing three new quad-core Phenom processors today: a 2.6GHz 9950 Black Edition, a 2.0GHz 9350e and a 1.8GHz 9150e. AMD has also dropped its prices, making...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Gary Key on 7/1/2008

The Nehalem Preview: Intel Does It Again

Two years ago we previewed Intel's Conroe core and to our surprise it blew away its closest competitor by 20 - 30% easily. Today, Intel is without competition...

110 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2008

Intel Launches Low-Power 65nm 4 Series Chipsets for the Desktop

With the release of their X48 Express performance chipset just a few short months back, many are asking why Intel is releasing another round of new chipsets so soon...

15 by Kris Boughton on 6/5/2008

AMD Announces GAME!: Raising the Bar for Mainstream Gaming PCs

There's been one successful platform logo in recent history: Centrino. Today AMD announces its own logo program but for mainstream gaming PCs. The program is called AMD...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/19/2008

NVIDIA 780a: Integrated Graphics and SLI in One

We provide our first look at NVIDIA’s latest chipset that provides integrated graphics functionality free, well almost; you do need to buy the motherboard.

39 by Gary Key on 5/6/2008

AMD's Phenom X3 8000 Series: Fighting Two Cores with Three?

AMD is introducing the first triple-core x86 processors as a part of its quick and dirty strategy to remain competitive with Intel's dual-core CPUs. Despite having more cores...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/23/2008

IGP Power Consumption - 780G, GF8200, and G35

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the greenest of them all? The answer may surprise you.

44 by Gary Key on 4/18/2008

Intel's Atom Architecture: The Journey Begins

When we reviewed the first Centrino CPU we claimed that it would revolutionize the mobile world, and it has. Intel's Atom processor has even more ambitious goals and...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2008

Higher Clock Speeds, No TLB Issues and Better Pricing: The New Phenom

Last year Phenom brought AMD a terrible end to a terrible year. While AMD continues to try to resurrect itself we find ourselves in the midst of a...

65 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/27/2008

NVIDIA's 790i Arrives: SLI Rides Again

Users looking to run the latest DDR3 memory technology with multi-GPU graphics from NVIDIA finally have the answer they've been waiting for. We examine exactly what makes the nForce...

20 by Kris Boughton on 3/18/2008

Opening the Kimono: Intel Details Nehalem and Tempts with Larrabee

Intel gave us a few morsels of information on its future microprocessor plans, including details on the architectural enhancements to its first desktop CPU with an integrated memory controller...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/17/2008

AMD's B3 Stepping Phenom Previewed, TLB Hardware Fix Tested

We scored a B3 stepping Phenom with the hardware level fix for the TLB bug. Let's find out if Phenom take-two is any better than the original.

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2008

AMD 780G: Preview of the Best Current IGP Solution

We take an initial look at HD playback quality against the GeForce 8200 and G35.

50 by Gary Key on 3/10/2008

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