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     More outsourcing for ASUS?
      Posted on 27/07/2007 at 01:23 by Nicolas - source: Digitimes
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    ASUS continues its reorganization and starting January 1st, 2008 will change its outsourcing strategy related to the motherboard and laptop production that it puts its name on.

    More specifically, this means that Quanta will become the main OEM manufacturer of ASUS notebooks and that production of at least some of its motherboards will be entrusted to Foxconn. However, this move is by no means abnormal because when demand is high the Taiwanese giant already outsources up to 30% of its production. Results of ASUS’ future PC branch, Pegatron Technology, shouldn’t initially be affected too much, but this clearly indicates the desire to make each entity of ASUS more autonomous. However, while such a strategy is often beneficial for stockholders and company executives, this is yet to be seen for clients because the quality control of products can become that much more complex.

     VIA: x86 64bit CPU in the first quarter of 2008
      Posted on 27/07/2007 at 00:54 by Nicolas - source: Digitimes
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    Despite VIA’s current financial difficulties, its Isaiah processors based on a new architecture will enter the Engineering Validation Test phase in the fourth quarter and be released in the first quarter of 2008. They will take over for the aging C7 based on the Esther core introduced in 2004. Engraved in 65nm, the Isaiah is equipped with the transistors necessary to extend its x86 instruction set to 64bits, which we suppose it close to AMD64 and IA32E. The FSB is Quad Pumped and attains 1333MHz (versus 800MHz for its predecessor) while the size of L2 cache has been multiplied by 8 to reach 1MB. In addition, there is ECC memory support as well as virtualization technology.

    Frequencies have not yet been revealed, however, we believe that they will be reduced because this Taiwanese company mainly works on low consumption CPUs. Nevertheless, overall performances should be more interesting as they could double those of the C7. If we believe the manufacturers that were the source of this information, the FPU unit, which has always been the main weakness of VIA processors VIA and their ancestors from Cyrix and IDT, should be four times as fast.

    While these figures sound promising, an update of their CPU line was necessary if VIA wanted to stay on the market and keep those clients that are more interested in silent PCs than performances.

     G3MX: more DDR3 for Opterons
      Posted on 27/07/2007 at 00:19 by Nicolas - source: AMD
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    AMD just revealed G3MX (Socket G3 Memory Extender) technology which allows a significant extension of memory on platforms based on Opteron processors. It will enable the continual use of DDR3 in DIMM format rather than relying on costly FM-DIMM as Intel does with some Xeons amongst others.

    Developed in coordination with IDT and Inphi, in practice it translates to an added buffer on the motherboard which controls memory modules. This has the advantage of being more economical than installing a buffer on each module, as is the case with FB-DIMM. Each processor should then be able to support up to 16 memory modules via G3MX. The impact on latencies should also be less than with the rival technology. Finally, as AMD has integrated memory controllers on its CPUs, there is the added advantage of not having to modify them to increase the amount of memory.

    Expected out in 2009, AMD told us in May at the CTO Technology Summit that the G3MX technology would be implemented to future Opteron quad and octocores based on the Montreal architecture. This architecture will be the last evolution of the K8 core before an entirely new one, but will be the first to use G3MX. This will be optional because it will still be able to use memory in a more classic way.

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