At the same time it is shipping out its first Bulldozer server chips (the 16-core Interlagos), AMD appears to be delaying its roll-out of Bulldozers for the desktop. Previously thought to be due in the next couple of weeks, the Bulldozer desktop chips, code-named Zambezi, have been pushed back at least another month, according to Fudzilla.
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John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
Its fate still somewhat uncertain as it appears less likely that it will find a suitor, the HP PC business continues to pump out new products. Today it unleashes a slew of new all-in-one desktops at varying price points and for both home and business customers.
Manufacturers are churning out solid state drives at an ever-quickening pace, though the number of truly distinctive ones is limited. But OCZ has just launched a pretty compelling concept in the form of the RevoDrive Hybrid, which packs both a traditional hard drive and an SSD onto a PCI Express card.
As it races to get its Ultrabook platform out to market for the holiday shopping season, Intel is putting the brakes on its Ivy Bridge 22nm chip-manufacturing process. According to DigiTimes, the company has pushed back its plans to introduce the new processors from the fourth quarter to the spring of next year.
Despite all the real and virtual ink spilled over the Ultrabook concept, which Intel first announced back in June, the exact specs of these MacBook Air-apparents have remained a mystery. With the official announcement today of the first Ultrabooks, we're getting a much better idea of how these will look.
Netbooks have been shoved aside by tablets, but Intel is carrying on with its forthcoming Cedar Trail platform and new Atom processors, even if their launch has been delayed by graphics driver issues. The company can at least be encouraged by the first benchmarks for the new platform, which have just been revealed by VR-Zone.
At the annual Hot Chips conference, AMD provided some new details on the innovative Bulldozer architecture behind the upcoming FX Series for desktops and Opteron server processors.
While everyone waits to find out if HP is able to sell its PC division as part of its spin-off campaign, what will the company do with the PCs it's already produced and has ready to sell? If your guess is to drop prices until it's moved its inventory, you may be guessing right.
An interesting report has emerged from the postmortem for the TouchPad, the webOS-based tablet that HP dumped last week as part of a surprise pivot for the company away from consumer products. According to The Next Web, members of the webOS team have claimed that the hardware HP chose to build the TouchPad around was slow and old -- based on an existing slate design HP had lying around that webOS was simply built into.
At the same time it was ditching its webOS-based hardware, HP announced that it was looking to "spin off" its Personal Systems Group, which includes its PC division. While that's not always code for "selling," it's clear that the tech giant had tired of the low-margin business, and that it may be looking for a suitor to pick up HP's computing assets.