John Morris

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.

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Intel launches new chip for consumer electronics

Intel launches new chip for consumer electronics

In its latest bid to expand beyond PCs and servers into industrial and consumer electronics applications, Intel has announced a new family of embedded processors.These chips are not based on the Atom processor already used in netbooks and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)--those versions won't arrive until sometime next year.

July 24, 2008 by in Networking

AMD Phenom gets (a little) faster

AMD Phenom gets (a little) faster

AMD has rounded out both the high and low ends of its desktop processor line with three new Phenoms. Though the chips have the same basic design, they are targeted at very different audiences by virtue of frequency, power consumption and price.

July 1, 2008 by in Processors

Via finally releases new Nano processor

Via finally releases new Nano processor

Early this morning Via Technologies finally announced is new Nano processor, better-known by its code name, Isaiah. The Nano will deliver two to three times the performance of the current C7 with roughly the same power requirements, according to the company.

May 29, 2008 by in Processors

Report: Nvidia GTX 200 series will be one big GPU

Report: Nvidia GTX 200 series will be one big GPU

More details on Nvidia's new GTX 200 series GPUs, which are set to launch sometime next month, courtesy of the site TGDaily.The new chip will reportedly be massive, measuring 576 square millimeters, due to the increased number of processing units and a 512-bit memory controller.

May 20, 2008 by in Networking

AMD announces new PC gaming push

AMD announces new PC gaming push

AMD announced today a new program designed to boost sales of mainstream PCs for gaming. The AMD Game logos will appear on AMD-based desktops and notebooks that meet the system requirements to run nearly all of the latest games.

May 18, 2008 by in Hardware

Fight card: AMD Radeon 4800 vs. Nvidia GTX 200

Fight card: AMD Radeon 4800 vs. Nvidia GTX 200

The high-end graphics card market isn't the straightforward, mano-a-mano battle it used to be. Graphics cards with dual GPUs, systems with multiple cards in CrossFire or SLI implementations, and most recently hybrid graphics have all muddied the picture.

May 16, 2008 by in Processors

After a slow start, quad-core is catching on

After a slow start, quad-core is catching on

This week AMD is expected to announce that it has sold more than 1 million quad-core processors, according to the site TGDaily. That sounds about right since the company previously said it had shipped 500,000 in the first quarter, and 400,000 in the fourth quarter last year.

May 6, 2008 by in Intel

Reviews of the AMD Phenom X3 8750

Reviews of the AMD Phenom X3 8750

Following my post yesterday on the AMD Phenom X3s, you asked for some performance numbers on the X3 8750. Below is a roundup of reviews that have been posted in the past 24 hours.

April 24, 2008 by in CXO

AMD's 45nm chips to hit faster speeds?

AMD's 45nm chips to hit faster speeds?

An update to my post earlier today on Shanghai, AMD's 45nm processor due around the end of this year. The site Fudzilla says internal data shows the quad-core desktop version, code-named Deneb, can reach speeds as high as 3.2GHz.

April 21, 2008 by in Hardware

Intel cuts quad-core prices

Intel cuts quad-core prices

Over the weekend, Intel cut prices on its high-volume quad-core desktop processors. Intel trimmed the price of the 2.40GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 by 16% from $266 to $224, and chopped the price of the 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad Q6700 by a whopping 50% from $530 to $266.

April 21, 2008 by in Intel

AMD can't get to 45nm fast enough. A 12-core package?

AMD can't get to 45nm fast enough. A 12-core package?

If there was a bright spot in AMD's first quarter, it was the new PC and graphics products in the pipeline. The 65nm Barcelona bombed last year. Meanwhile, Intel is minting millions of 45nm chips. So it's no surprise that AMD is shifting to 45nm processors as quickly as possible.

April 21, 2008 by in Processors