CPU/CHIPSET NEWS

February 3rd, 2012, 10:11 AM

Will Rory Read ARM AMD?

Speculation is rampant about AMD’s planned “ambidextrous” mobile strategy, after a series of announcements yesterday by AMD’s top brass at the company’s Financial Analyst Day.Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s general manager, said the company would no longer be “religious” about architectures and this flexibility would be the pillar of the company’s strategic advantage. Neither Dr. Su [...]

January 11th, 2012, 11:13 AM

Microsoft Tries Again: Second Win 7 Bulldozer Hotfix Now Available

After their first attempt to improve Bulldozer performance through a Windows 7 scheduler was quickly pulled due to performance issues, Microsoft is yet again trying by introducing a new core scheduler update.  As we reported in our original Bulldozer review, AMD made it abundantly apparent that Bulldozer couldn’t realize its full potential under a Windows [...]

January 6th, 2012, 11:27 AM

Intel to Release Intel Core i7-3820 on February 13

Fudzilla is reporting that Intel plans to launch the Core i7-3820 on February 13. The 3820 is clocked at 3.6GHz with a turbo clock of 3.9GHz, and has a 10mb cache. The chip has an MSRP of $285.

December 20th, 2011, 9:52 AM

AMD Announces New A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs)

AMD today updated its A-Series line-up of desktop and notebook Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), further improving its top-performing family of dual- and quad-core APUs. Along with speed and performance improvements, AMD Steady Video update make this unique feature more compelling than ever. For desktop users, AMD extends its overclocking pedigree to the APU; for the [...]

December 19th, 2011, 1:28 PM

Microsoft Pulls “Bulldozer” Hotfix

Claiming that the patch was incomplete and released by mistake, Microsoft has pulled a hotfix for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 designed to improve performance on AMD’s “Bulldozer” platform. This hotfix was supposed to offer a performance increase of 10 to 15 percent by addressing performance issues with simultaneous multithreading. However, according to HardOCP, [...]

December 16th, 2011, 2:48 AM

AMD to Appoint Dr. Lisa Su as Senior Vice President and GM, Global Business Units

AMD announced today that Dr. Lisa Su, 42, has agreed to join the company as senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units. She will report to president and chief executive officer Rory Read. Dr. Su, who was most recently senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor Inc., will [...]

December 15th, 2011, 1:34 PM

Microsoft Gives AMD’s ‘Bulldozer’ an Update

This patch has been pulled by Microsoft as some users have complained that it actually further lowers performance. See this story. Microsoft today released a hotfix for Windows 7 users using AMD’s ‘Bulldozer’ chips that aims to address performance issues with simultaneous multithreading. According to the hotfix page: This article introduces an update that optimizes [...]

December 14th, 2011, 11:01 AM

Has AMD’s Chief Marketing Officer Been Axed?

AMD’s Chief Marketing Officer, Nigel Dessau, announced yesterday on Twitter that he is leaving the company and speculation is rampant that he has been fired by new CEO Rory P. Read as part of Mr. Read’s promise to restructure the company. Mr. Dessau left Sun Microsystems in 2008, where he was senior vice president of [...]

December 12th, 2011, 1:48 PM

Updated: AMD Preparing ‘Ultrabook’ Competitor?

Updated December 13 at 12:05 Pacific Time with a comment from an AMD spokesperson. In an interview with The Australian [paywalled], AMD’s AMD Australia and New Zealand country manager Brian Slattery said that the company is preparing a “ultrathin” line of AMD powered laptop’s to compete with Intel’s ‘Ultrabooks’. Mr. Slattery told The Australian that [...]

December 12th, 2011, 12:01 AM

19 Intel CPUs to be End of Lifed

CPU World is reporting that Intel plans to shift their CPU lineup in Q2 2012, dropping support for 19 chips from their Clarkdale, Lynnfield, and Sandy Bridge lines. According to CPU World the list includes: Pentium G6950, G6960, G620, G620T, and G840 Core i3 540 and 2100T Core i5 650, 660, 670, 680, and 2300 [...]