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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The new, improved AMD Phenom

The new, improved AMD Phenom

As expected, AMD announced its updated quad-core Phenom processor lineup, and made the new triple-core version official. Despite performance improvements, the Phenom X4 processors--and certainly the X3 chips--remain a value play.

March 27, 2008 by in CXO

AMD ships triple-core Phenoms

AMD ships triple-core Phenoms

AMD has begun shipping triple-core Phenom processors. The company had promised the Phenom 8000 series would ship by the end of Q1, so this seems to be a sign that AMD is getting things back on track.

March 13, 2008 by in Networking

Decoding AMD's 45nm processor announcement

Decoding AMD's 45nm processor announcement

After a dismal 2007, AMD is trying to regain its footing. The company made several technology announcements at a computer tradeshow last week--including progress on 45nm processors. But it remains to be seen whether AMD can deliver on all of this, and be more competitive in 2008.

March 11, 2008 by in Hardware

AMD Phenom triple-core coming soon

AMD Phenom triple-core coming soon

AMD's triple-core Phenom processors should be arriving soon. AMD will release the triple-core version, known by the code-name Toliman, in March for computer makers only. In other words, you won't be able buy boxed versions of the Phenom 8000 yet.

February 25, 2008 by in Networking

The battle for the soul of your smartphone

The battle for the soul of your smartphone

The cut-throat market for the chips that power smartphones and handhelds just got more competitive. In the past few days, no fewer than five semiconductors companies, including Samsung, ST Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, and, yes, even Nvidia, have all announced new application processors.

February 12, 2008 by in Smartphones

Ready or not, here comes Silverthorne

Ready or not, here comes Silverthorne

At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, Intel revealed details of its new low-power processor. But does the world really want Silverthorne-based Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs) and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)?

February 8, 2008 by in Hardware