Lost in all of the (inaccurate) commotion yesterday about AMD entering the netbook market were much broader changes in the company's product plans as it struggles to regain profitability and keep up with a deep-pocketed Intel. In the past year, AMD has announced plans to spin-off manufacturing, abandoned efforts to compete for "all screens" including TVs and smartphones, and at yesterday's analysts' meeting, revealed major changes to its server, desktop and notebook roadmaps.
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AMD officially introduced its first 45nm processors today. Compared to its existing 65nm AMD Opterons, the new quad-core server processors code-named Shanghai, will offer better performance and use less power, and because they use the same socket and have the same thermal requirements, they will be available in more than 25 server systems by the end of the year, according to the company.
Intel won't announce its new Core i7 chips until later this month, but the first real reviews are popping up all over the place today. Based on the early previews, I expected to see good numbers and Core i7, formerly known as Nehalem, delivers.
Samsung has abruptly dropped its $5.8 billion bid for the memory card-maker SanDisk.
Intel will launch its first three Nehalem processors on November 17, according to a report on the site Expreview.com.
AMD and a technology investment company backed by the government of Abu Dhabi have established a new semiconductor company that will manufacture AMD's advanced processors. The new company--currently known as "The Foundry Company"--will take over all of AMD's existing manufacturing facilities, including the two leading-edge fabs in Dresden, Germany, and will construct an additional fab in upstate New York.
Samsung Electronics recently made public its $5.8 billion offer for SanDisk, a major manufacturer of memory cards.
The cost of good graphics is going down fast.AMD plans to release new versions of its ATI Radeon 4000-series graphics processing units (GPUs) for entry-level graphics cards, according to the site TGDaily.
One of the bolder goals Intel set at IDF this week is that within a decade it wants ship 1 billion Intel-based mobile computing devices each year. That's a big bet when you consider Intel estimates there will be a total of 163 million notebooks shipped this year.
Intel has given new details of what it calls the biggest change in its processor platform in a decade.The new information on Nehalem, discussed in keynotes and presentations at the Intel Developer Forum this week, was expected.