AMD's Booth: A lot of Alchemy and Flash

We mentioned that AMD was curiously quiet throughout the show, but their reasonably large booth was tucked away in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Expecting to see a dual core demo or a lot of Athlon 64 MCE machines, we were quite surprised when all we saw were a lot of Spansion flash and Alchemy based devices overshadowing a handful of Athlon 64 systems and notebooks.

FIC has been steadily retreating from the retail channel and will continue to focus exclusively on the OEM market. The future direction of FIC is a bit of a shame considering that FIC produced some of the first, strongest and most unique solutions for AMD or non-Intel customers. We were surprised to see a lot of FIC products at the AMD booth, an interesting attempt to compete with the digital home devices shown off at the Intel booth but definitely not executed as well.

FIC's Alchemy based media player

We did get a bit of information about AMD's dual core - the first Socket-939 dual core Athlon 64 processors will be priced at $700 when they are released later this year, so start saving up.

Games Transmeta Demos 90nm Efficeon at 2.0GHz


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  • thraxes - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

  • bhtooefr - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    Me like the Shuttle set-top...

    Now, can we just get more ordinary P-M boards?
  • Chuckles - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    Was VIA demoing their processors and boards? Reply
  • miketheidiot - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    efficeon looked good, to bad transmeta might be going belly up. Reply
  • linuxOwnzIfUrLeet - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    "we had a 46" samsung and gave it right back, viewing from the side looks dark"

    Do you know anything about plasma vs DLP?

    DLP's only life problem is you'll have to buy a new bulb.

    plasma's problem is that it will continue to go darker and darker until the gas runs out of energy.

    You don't like the dark of dlp you aint gonna like the dark of plasma.


    Plasma - can't change the gas- no refills - no recharging. Continue to get darker picture.

    Dlp - change a bulb.

    Plasma - spend lots of money know and throw away soon.

    Today, I can get a 76" dlp for $1400 with <2cm display thickness.
  • Illissius - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    "The Radeon X800 will be available in the first week of February"
    That's odd. What's this, then?
  • Ardan - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    Thanks for that link :D. I thought those MGE cases looked great as well and made me interested in what they have been making lately. Reply
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  • Houdani - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    Was the second image on the very last page messed up for anyone else? I could only see the top 10% of the image and the rest was blacked out. The image is supposed to show the MGE cases. The text just above the image is...

    "MGE also demonstrated a more sleek lineup of cases, a welcome change from the overly busy gaming cases that we've seen far too much of lately:"
  • snorre - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    "The entire Sound Storm division at NVIDIA has been shut down and thus NVIDIA's Intel solution will have HD Audio support, but we will not see the return of Dolby Digital Encoding support or NVIDIA's Sound Storm DSP."

    I don't believe this for a second. Can someone please confirm or deny this claim? Thanks!

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