CPU/CHIPSET NEWS

September 30th, 2012, 5:56 PM

Intel Launches ‘Clover Trail’

Intel has long struggled to adapt to the changing realities of the I.T marketplace: the company that dominated the P.C processor market space had fumbled the transition to a mobile-centric computing market, losing market share to ARM licensees. Now, with the introduction of Clover Trail — officially unveiled Friday in San Francisco — Intel is [...]

August 29th, 2012, 11:18 AM

For AMD, the Future is in ‘Surround Computing’

On Wednesday, at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, AMD’s chief technology officer argued with a concentrated passion that the future of computing is in the emerging trend of ‘surround computing’. As Mr. Papermaster explained, ‘surround computing’ is the logical conclusion to the era of ubiquitous data generated by the increasing growth of mobile computing [...]

August 27th, 2012, 12:18 PM

AMD Introduces Entry-Level FX 4130 Processor

AMD has spent the day on the low-price offensive: in addition to introducing an aggressive set of price cuts, the chipmaker has introduced the AMD FX-4100 — a new entry level chip geared towards low end systems. “The AMD  FX-4130 processor, for enthusiasts who like their graphics (GPU) interchangeable and upgradeable, is a 4-core CPU [...]

August 27th, 2012, 11:02 AM

After GPU Price Cuts, AMD Makes Chip Price Cuts

Following its price cuts for Radeon GPUs, AMD has cut prices across the board for its A-series, FX series, and Phenom II processors. In AMD’s A6 line, the notable price cuts were the A6-3670K, which saw 20% being knocked-off its price and the A6-3650 which got a 19% cut going from $95 to $77. For [...]

August 8th, 2012, 1:55 PM

AMD Goes to Debt Market to Raise $300 Million in Senior Notes

AMD announced Tuesday that it was heading to the debt market to raise $300 million in senior notes. A senior note is debt issued by a business that is of the highest seniority on the issuer’s balance sheets. It is secured by collateral, and should the issuer go bankrupt this debt must be repaid. It [...]

August 6th, 2012, 11:04 AM

Qualcomm Nabs Intel Executive to be Marketing Chief

Qualcomm announced Monday that it had named former Intel executive Anand Chandrasekher to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. “I am pleased to welcome Anand Chandrasekher as chief marketing officer,” Qualcomm President Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement. “His extensive experience in marketing and management makes Anand well-suited to help grow Qualcomm’s communications and marketing [...]

August 1st, 2012, 12:56 PM

AMD Nabs ARM Expert from Apple

In a bid to prove its seriousness about developing a mobile chip strategy, AMD has hired a former Apple chip designer who has a wealth of experience in the low-power processor design sector. AMD announced Wednesday that it had hired Jim Keller, formerly of Apple’s platform architecture group, to serve as corporate vice president and [...]

July 25th, 2012, 3:36 PM

ARM Outperforms Rivals, Beats Industry Forecasts

ARM is proving to be the exception to the rule in the summer of silicon discontent, as its second-quarter earnings released on Tuesday show it is outperforming the semiconductor industry as a whole. ARM’s chips power virtually the entire smart phone and tablet industry, with Apple’s iPhone and iPad using the processors, along with Samsung’s [...]

July 23rd, 2012, 2:03 PM

ARM’s Advances Into Sub-20nm Chips Puts Pressure on Legacy Chipmakers

ARM announced today that it had began collaboration with Taiwan Silicon Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) to produce sub-20nm 64-bit CPUs based upon new 3D transistor technology. “By working closely with TSMC, we are able to leverage TSMC’s ability to quickly ramp volume production of highly integrated SoCs in advanced silicon process technology,” said Simon Segars, executive [...]

July 19th, 2012, 2:12 PM

Former AMD Engineer Turns Up at Apple

According to a Linkedin profile update first noticed by Semi Accurate, former AMD system engineer John Bruno — who is seen to be one of the ‘fathers’ of Trinity — has turned up at Apple. Mr. Bruno joined AMD when it acquired graphics manufacturer ATI, but was laid off in November 2011 as part of [...]