John Morris

<p>John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine. He now works for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this blog, and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made. No investment advice is offered in this blog. All duties are disclaimed.</p>

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AMD's Extreme Makeover: What the new roadmaps reveal

AMD's Extreme Makeover: What the new roadmaps reveal

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.

published November 14, 2008 by

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AMD's 45nm Shanghai gets official

AMD's 45nm Shanghai gets official

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.

published November 13, 2008 by

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Intel's Core i7 gets put to the test

Intel's Core i7 gets put to the test

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.

published November 3, 2008 by

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AMD finally announces "asset-smart" plan; new Foundry Company created

AMD finally announces "asset-smart" plan; new Foundry Company created

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.

published October 6, 2008 by

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About Atom: Intel's big plans for its little chip

About Atom: Intel's big plans for its little chip

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.

published August 20, 2008 by

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Before Intel's big show, AMD launches an attack

Before Intel's big show, AMD launches an attack

With Intel's annual conference set to start this week, AMD launched a pre-emptive strike in a press conference on Friday.AMD executives said the processor innovations you'll hear about next week are imitations of technology they introduced as much as five years ago, and Intel's Larrabee graphics architecture remains little more than a PowerPoint slide.

published August 18, 2008 by

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Review roundup: AMD's Radeon 4870 X2 delivers

Review roundup: AMD's Radeon 4870 X2 delivers

AMD has been on a roll lately with its Radeon 4800 series GPUs, and with the official introduction of the Radeon 4870 X2, it can now claim the world's fastest 3D gaming card.The Radeon 4870 X2 combines two of AMD's fastest GPU, the RV770, each clocked at 750MHz on a single graphics card for a total of 1,600 stream processors.

published August 12, 2008 by

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The lowdown on Intel's Larrabee

The lowdown on Intel's Larrabee

With Siggraph 2008 starting next week and IDF (Intel Developer Forum) on its heels, Intel is revealing more details of its mysterious Larrabee project. Intel has finally stated unequivocally that its "many-core" architecture will be used in desktop add-in boards for 3D gaming that compete directly with AMD and Nvidia GPUs--at least initially, though there are other applications as well.

published August 5, 2008 by

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