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Just 1 day after Intel announced reducing their fourth-quarter revenue estimate by about $1 billion, AMD today launched its first 45-nanometer Opteron server processor, code named Shanghai.
This long-awaited 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron came almost a year late since Intel launched their server processor using 45nm semiconductor fabrication process. Anyway, at least now AMD is on par with Intel.
Performance enhancement of the new processors compared to previous generations of AMD Opteron processors are as the following :-
- 35% increase in power efficiency (consume 75 watts of power)
- 30% greater performance
- 3x L3 cache (now 6MB!)
- Higher clock speed. (2.3 GHz – 2.7 GHz)
As expected, the price of Shanghai also won’t come cheap, they will be selling in price range US$377 – US$989 for the 2000 series and US$1,165 – US$2,149 for the faster 8000 series.
On an unrelated note, the current on-going economy crisis has so far hit the 2 computer chip manufacturer really hard, driving Intel’s stock price to 12-year low while AMD’s is heading 18-year low! Is it time to grab some bargain? Hehe…
The Turion X2 processors will be launched in early May 2006, The Inquirer reported. So, what’s so great about Turion64 X2, you might ask. Well, Turion64 X2 is the upcoming AMD’s dual core Turion64 mobile processor, which has two separate core in one mobile processor die.
As reported, there will be 2 groups of new Turion X2 processors :-
- 1.6GHz, 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz models (with 2x 512KB L2 caches)
- 1.6GHz low-end model (with 2x 256KB L2 caches)
I have written a short introduction to Turion processor some time back.
So far, microprocessor manufacturer, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), does not have its own motherboard chipset unlike their bitter rival, Intel, do. However, soon AMD will introduce its own special chipset for entertainment-oriented PCs.
AMD is planning to come up with a new brand for its digital media platforms in 2006 utilizing their own chipset. Currently AMD is still relying on third party chipset manufacturer such as VIA Technology. The coming chipset will be labeled a brand new name too which remains unknown at the moment. Well, this new brand is likely to compete against Intelâ€™s Viiv which also targeting entertainment-oriented PCs.
While Intel’s Viiv based PC is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2006, the development time line for the new brand of AMD is still unclear to the public. Hopefully, sooner or later we will see some AMD brand motherboards available in the market.
Just few days ago, a report from the analysis done by Current Analysis suggested that AMD has overtook the market leader Intel in October as the leading supplier of computer processors for the US retail personal computer market. Current Analysis is an analysis company that delivers critical market share analysis for various industries including Computing, Consumer Electronics, Telecom Infrastructure and Printing & Supplies.
Current Analysis announced a press release regarding the analysis. According to Current Analysis, based on the data derived from the Current Analysis Retail Panel, a panel comprised of the United Stateâ€™s leading consumer electronics retailers, they concluded that:
In October 2005, 49.8% of the personal computers (desktops and notebooks combined) sold in the US retail market utilized AMD processors, thus allowing AMD to narrowly surpass Intel, which accounted for 48.5% of the market.
I have just come across a very well written article comparing mobile processors, both Intel Pentium-M (Dothan) and AMD Turion64. I know, there are tons of articles comparing the two, but I found this selected review is comparing as scientifically fair as possible. In other words, the review picked laptops with the specifications as close as possible and running benchmarks more than once to produce reliable results, not like some other reviews comparing totally different laptop setups (like this one).
Of course, there are limitations of the review (which doesn’t?), such as running most of the benchmarking off the AC plug. This is because running off AC plug and off the battery would possibly results in difference on performance of the laptop.
Furthermore, you will definitely be surprised of some benchmarking results like file compression, multimedia and battery life. After reading through the review, I can’t agree more with some of the conclusions made.
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Intel Pentium-M vs AMD Turion64
3 weeks ago, I posted regarding Fujitsu-Siemens is taking orders for their desktop models Esprimo E small form-factor PC and Esprimo P tower models with AMD processors, after just 2 weeks AMD filing suit against Intel. In fact, before this lawsuit been filed, AMD claimed that Fujitsu-Siemens was hiding its AMD computers on its website and removing all references to commercial AMD-powered products in the companyâ€™s retail catalog because Intel offered Fujitsu-Siemens a ‘special discount‘ on Celeron processors.
So, as we can see, Fujitsu-Siemens started taking order for desktop PC models and now Fujitsu started selling AMD Turionâ„¢ 64 based laptop on their website within only 1 month. :)
The Fujitsu LifeBook S2000 series features AMD Turionâ„¢ 64 mobile technology, which supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. With its 64-bit Turionâ„¢ processors, MT-28, S2000 runs at 1.6GHz with 512KB L2 cache. It has 512MB ( 2 x 256MB ) DDR333 memory too.
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Fujitsu AMD Turion Laptop S2000 Series