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.

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  • Cat - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    What does the phrase '10 ft UI optimized' mean when talking about Prince of Persia? Reply
  • oupei - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    #3, #4 you may not like the image but I don't see any plasmas hitting 1080p. Personally, I don't care for RPTVs of any type, but I'm sure hoping that the xHD3 makes it to front projectors without incidence. Reply
  • zeroreality - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    from page 14:
    "the Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers are quite happy with nForce4 on the AMD side and they'd rather not produce any more Intel motherboards that won't sell, so ATI loses out."

    the Xpress200 isn't an intel chipset...?
    did any of the manufacturers say anything about the Xpress200 southbridge?
  • danidentity - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    I really like those MGE cases. I can't seem to find their website though, anyone got a link? Reply
  • Koing - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    #3 Shabby some people just like the 'image' of the dlp's. Some don't and I am in that category. I don't like exactly the things you have mentioned also. Also I am in England and they don't make any decent dlp's anyway :P

    Hopefully I'll be getting a Pioneer 43XDE plasma in mid March sometime :D

  • shabby - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    Meh whats the big deal with dlp's?
    We had a 46" samsung and gave it right back, viewing from the side looks dark, samething if your a bit above the set or below.
    And when you're staring at it dead on it blinds you with its bright lamp.
    So we settled for a pioneer plasma set and its perfect, much richer colors then the dlp we had.
  • bmetzger - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    any video coverage i can download? interested in that media center PC. Reply
  • KeithDust2000 - Monday, January 10, 2005 - link

    Anand, "We also asked Intel if they had any tricks up their sleeve for regaining the definitive performance crown next year - unfortunately their answer was no."

    You probably meant to say "this year" (2005), and not next.

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