CPU/CHIPSET NEWS

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 [...]

July 18th, 2012, 4:31 PM

Desktop Trinity is Available,Yet Rumours Persist on Delays

DigiTimes recently filed a report which claimed that due to “production and design issues with the Trinity processors” AMD’s desktop variation of Trinity would be delayed until the fall, and launched alongside the company’s Vishera FX-series — built on the Piledriver core that is shared with Trinity. SemiAccurate’s Charlie Demerjian first reported on similar rumours in [...]

July 17th, 2012, 7:03 PM

Intel Has Challenging Quarter

Intel had a challenging quarter of changing consumer preferences and weak consumer demand, as its earnings report released on Tuesday showed. Intel had forecasted revenue of US$14.3-billion, with a margin of error of $500-million, for this quarter but it only came in at $13.5-billion — higher than the $13.03-billion reported a year ago at this [...]

July 17th, 2012, 1:04 PM

Samsung Buys Parts of U.K Chip Factory CSR for $310 Million

Samsung Electronics has purchased the mobile arm of U.K chipmaker CSR for $310 million, the companies announced on Tuesday. The deal was done largely to get rights to some of CSR’s portfolio of mobile patents involving, “ handset connectivity technology” — largely CSR’s Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM and GPS technologies. CSR also said that Samsung has purchased [...]

July 12th, 2012, 11:00 AM

x86 No Moore? Intel Reportedly RISCing Potential Defections to ARM

A number of the biggest names in enterprise computing are reportedly “exploring” integrating RISC based ARM processors into some of their server and PC lines, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News. The Mercury News says that HP and Dell — which count for approximately one third of Intel’s sales — are [...]

June 22nd, 2012, 12:28 PM

AMD Shows Commitment to Servers With New VP Appointment

AMD announced Thursday it had hired long time networking executive Suresh Gopalakrishnan to be vice president and general manager of AMD’s server business unit, overseeing the company’s Opteron and cloud server efforts. Dr. Gopalakrishnan comes to AMD from Extreme Networks, where he served as vice president of Engineering. He has previously served in a variety [...]

June 13th, 2012, 11:14 AM

AMD and ARM Partner for Hardware Level Security Initiative

Speculation was put to rest this morning about AMD’s plans for licensing 3rd party intellectual property when the company announced it was joining forces with ARM to integrate its TrustZone technology into future APUs. ARM’s TrustZone technology will be integrated via the inclusion of an ARM Cortex-A5 processor on AMD’s Fusion APUs from 2013 forward. [...]

June 12th, 2012, 8:15 PM

AMD Claims No Delay With Desktop Trinity

AMD contacted Hardware Canucks today to clarify some details about the availability of its desktop Trinity APU. AMD claims that desktop Trinity is on schedule. “AMD is focused on OEM systems as part of our initial rollout of Trinity APUs. We expect to start shipping Trinity APUs into the component channel starting in the second half of [...]