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.
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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.
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.
The key message from Intel's earnings call last night: consumers and businesses are still buying lots of PCs and microprocessors despite economic woes in the U.S.
This year the laptop list was a tough assignment for several reasons.First, the emergence of a new class of ultra-thin laptops--spawned by lower-cost processors from Intel and AMD--has made things more complicated.
As the end of 2009 approaches, more details about Intel's first 32nm processors are beginning to trickle out.
After weeks of news leaks, there weren't many surprises left for Apple's event today, but the company gave its entire notebook line a badly-needed update. Major changes across the line included a stiffer, "unibody" aluminum case similar to the one used in the MacBook Air; LED-backlit displays; Nvidia graphics; faster processors and more memory; a redesigned touchpad; and mini DisplayPort connectors.
The battle over the role of netbooks appears to be escalating. Computer makers, aided by Nvidia, are broadening the features and performance of netbooks--adding larger displays and more-capable graphics.
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