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     Report: the Radeon HD 2600 & 2400
      Posted on 03/07/2007 at 15:49 by Damien
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    Announced May 15, 2007, the Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 finally make an appearance and thus seal the arrival of the AMD’s and Nvidia’s first DirectX 10 lines. What are the performances of these cards? Has AMD managed to do better than Nvidia, whose GeForce 8600 left something to be desired?

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     Infineon & Hitachi move forward on the SATA 6 Gbit
      Posted on 03/07/2007 at 00:15 by Nicolas - source: Infineon
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    Infineon and Hitachi Global Storage seem to be satisfied with their cooperation and advancement on support of the SATA 6 Gbps standard. On the one hand, they carried out the demonstration of a System-on-Chip system whose reading speed surpassed the current standard of 3 Gbps amongst other things thanks to Infineon's 6 Gbps Serdes interface. Partners are suggesting that the next generation of hard disks will be faster and still based on perpendicular recording to justify the interest of such speeds.

    On the other hand, the German maker has also proceeded with the demonstration of a 6 Gbps PHY (Physical Layer interface) chip that will be apt to function without generating errors in a "closed eye" type environment, which will be required by the future SAS 6G standard. This multi-standard PHY chip is intended to function with SATA 6 Gbps, SAS, and FC 4.25 Gbps (Fiber Channel) interfaces as well as being reverse compatible with their respective predecessors.

     Opteron Shanghai 45nm: still on Socket F
      Posted on 03/07/2007 at 00:08 by Nicolas
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    According to our colleagues at X-bit labs, AMD will not activate the next version of HyperTransport in the Opteron Shanghai DP (dual processors) and MP (multi-processors), or at least a LGA 1207 format version will be released limited to registered DDR2 support in dual channel, so that they remain compatible with current platforms. This should then represent an interesting upgrade possibility for a number of servers equipped with AMD CPUs sold since August 2006.

    Expected out in the second half of 2008, these Opterons will benefit from the finesse of 45nm engraving, an L2 cache of 512 KB per core and an L3 cache attaining 6 MB, which will be shared between the two. We will just have to wait and see if AMD will also produce a Shanghai version benefitting from HyperTransport 3.0 and/or DDR3 (the core supports this technology) or will prefer to wait until the beginning of 2009 and the Montreal octocore, which will integrate more flexible HyperTransport and new memory interface for adoption of a new platform.

     Quad cores: AMD is late and Intel a million
      Posted on 03/07/2007 at 00:02 by Nicolas
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    AMD officially announced that they would start delivery of Opteron Barcelona quad cores in their standard and low power consumption version starting this summer.

    Its partners should receive the first processors in August and therefore can start selling Barcelona platforms in September. Starting frequencies are equal or less to 2GHz, but they say that they hope to supply faster processors starting in the fourth quarter of this year either in standard or SE (Special Edition). For the Phenom, rumors continue and tend to confirm the information that was leaked during the Computex.According to several motherboard manufacturers, its release will only happen in the first quarter of 2008, which AMD denies.

    At any rate, while they continue to boast about coming solutions, which have the advantage of up to four cores on a single die, Intel has now indicated to have sold more than a million quad core processors. This was particularly thanks to the Xeon 5300 Clovertown, as the sales of the CPU desktop Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Quad have been relatively low. According to Intel’s projections, this should represent less than 10% of its activities in this area during the third quarter.

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