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     Radeon HD 4890 frequencies
      Posted on 17/03/2009 at 15:56 by Marc
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    Some shops such as the Dutch Salland have put online the technical file for the forthcoming Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 1 GB, which is officially out at the beginning of April. It is reported to have a clock of 850/1950 MHz, compared to 750/1800 for a Radeon HD 4870.

    Which is to say that with a 13% improvement on the GPU clock and 8% on the memory, the increase is not that impressive for a revision that nevertheless comes 9 months after the original. Indeed, the RV790 is only a small step forward from the RV770, still engraved at 55 nm and, with the architecture and number of units presumably staying the same, it is unlikely to bring a significant gain at equal frequency.

     Judicial battle over the x86
      Posted on 17/03/2009 at 15:26 by Marc
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    Last October, AMD announced that it was ceding its factories to a new entity, GlobalFoundries, to be 44.4% owned by AMD and 55.6% by ATIC (Advanced Technology Investment Company), an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund.

    The only problem is this package doesn’t seem to have pleased Intel. Intel and AMD have had a technology cross-licensing agreement since 2001, but according to Intel, GlobalFoundaries is not a subsidiary as defined in the agreement. As a result, according to Intel, AMD should not be allowed to get GlobalFoundaries to manufacture CPUs using technology that is covered by the agreement. Intel says that the structure of the AMD-ATIC partnership violates a confidential part of the agreement.

    Intel has therefore notified AMD of this and has given AMD 60 days to resolve the situation, after which it will lose any rights resulting from the agreement. According to AMD, this is not the procedure outlined in the agreement for resolving disputes and, as such, Intel itself is violating the accord, which in turn gives AMD the right to withdraw Intel’s rights to AMD patents…!

    All this should keep the lawyers pretty busy over the next 60 days or so.

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