News of the day (January 18, 2010)

 New CPUs for socket 775!
  Posted on 1263824868 by Benoit

Is socket 775 set to make a final lap of honour? It certainly seems possible given the news we have here. Not content to adjust the price of some of its processors, Intel has also launched some new socket 775 models!

In terms of price changes, the Pentium Dual Core E6500 (2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB, 2 MB of cache) drops from $84 to $74 for a thousand units, accompanied by the E5400 (2.7 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB of cache) that is cut from $74 to $64 for a thousand units. At the same time the little Celeron E3300 (2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB of cache) is now at $43 down from $53 (still for a thousand units).

These cuts are no doubt linked to the arrival of new processors in the range. The Intel offer now also includes the Celeron E3400 at $53. It therefore replaces the E3300 and adds 100 little megahertz. In spite of the risk of confusion with the old model, Intel are reusing the name E6600 for one of its Pentium models. Clocked at 3.06 GHz, it still has 2 MB of L2 cache and has an FSB at 1066 MHz for $84. A new Core 2 Quad has also been introduced: the Core 2 Quad Q9500, clocked at 2.83 GHz with 6 MB of cache and an FSB at 1333 MHz. It is priced at $183, just $13 less than the i5 750.

These few changes aren’t about to usher in a revolution and socket 775 is obviously at the end of its life in the medium term. The Pentium Gs, Core i3s and i5s surpass the older processors in all areas and the LGA1156 platform is set to replace socket 775. That said, the richness of the current offer on the older socket means you can take your time in upgrading if you want to extend the life of your machine.

 GlobalFoundaries comes together with Chartered
  Posted on 1263813397 by Benoit

Although AMD is still a prvileged partner of GlobalFoundaries, GlobalFoundaries must continue to evolve in order to earn itself a place on the market. And Global are moving forward fast! They have announced the integration of Chartered, which was bought indirectly in September. Although not as well known as UMC or TSMC, Chartered was an important player in the foundary sector. Doug Grose stays on as CEO of the new entity.

With the addition of Chartered, GlobalFoundaries now has a total of 10,000 employees, 7 foundaries and a new FAB under construction in the state of New York. In 2009, the combined turnover of GlobalFoundaries and Chartered was around USD 2bn. With a little over 150 customers (including IBM, Qualcommm and STMicro) and not yet a year old, the new company looks set to challenge TSMC as top dog.

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