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December 21, 2012 by

Inside IBM's 300mm chip fab: Photos

IBM's 300mm chip fab in upstate New York turns out high-performance chips around the clock. ZDNet was invited to take a look inside, and learn about what the future holds for chip making.

March 5, 2012

Xeon E5 - nearly here...

One of the server industry's worst-kept secrets, Intel's much-delayed Xeon E5 processor platform (Romley/Sandy Bridge E), is due to be officially unveiled tomorrow (6 March). Xeon processors are also widely used in workstations, and we recently took the opportunity to test an all-new Xeon E5 workstation ahead of the launch, to see what the new silicon has to offer.

April 21, 2009 by

AMD says "Fusion" chip looks good, but is 2011 too late?

AMD appears to be on track to release its first "Fusion" processor that combines an x86 CPU core with a graphics processor on a single silicon chip sometime in 2011. The first so-called APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, is code-named Llano and will be manufactured using 32nm process technology.

November 17, 2008 by

Going "Core i7" - What you need!

You know something funny, despite the current economic downturn, my Hardware 2.0 mailbox provides conclusive proof that there are folks out there who want to spend up to $1,000 on Intel's newest piece of silicon - the Core i7 processor. But what do you need to get make your "Extreme" rig Core i7 ready?

January 9, 2008 by

Inside Intel's Penryn Processor

On Monday Intel announced the first mobile quad-core processor called Penryn. The new silicon is the cousin to the Penryn desktop processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX9650, announced on 12 November 2007.

September 17, 2007 by

In core wars, AMD carves out some open field

AMD added a triple-core processor to its desktop roadmap and could find itself with some open field in the core wars. The processor, the AMD Phenom, has three brains--computational cores on a single die of silicon.

August 20, 2007 by

Is AMD's 65nm SOI process broken?

Since news first broke that AMD's Barcelona will be six months late (confirmed by AMD CEO) and six hundred megahertz short on clock speed, the microprocessor community began to wonder aloud whether AMD's 65nm SOI (Silicon On Insulator) process is fundamentally broken.  The fact that there are absolutely zero production AMD processors beyond the 65nm Athlon X2 desktop processor at 2.

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