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Intel orders rival to stop making CPUs
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Written by Gizmo   
Thursday, 23 November 2006 09:39

Read the full story at The Inquirer:

"Giant CPU maker Intel is pressuring smaller rival Via Technologies to exit the CPU market, industry sources in Taiwan claim.

In exchange, Intel will allow Via to continue making PC chipsets which use Intel's patented technology, say the sources at PC mainboard manufacturers, who do not wish to be named."

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Microsoft CPUs?
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Written by Gizmo   
Thursday, 19 October 2006 07:52

The New York Times is reporting that Microsoft is looking to start designing its own CPUs:

"Microsoft is turning to a new source of chip design: its own labs.

The design effort will initially be split between research labs at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., and its Silicon Valley campus here. Tentatively named the Computer Architecture Group, the project underscores sweeping changes in the industry.

One reason for the effort is that Microsoft needs to begin thinking about the next-generation design of its Xbox game console, said Charles P. Thacker, a veteran engineer and Microsoft engineer who will head the Silicon Valley group. Voice recognition may also be an area where the research could play a significant role."

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AMD Athlon 64 Socket AM2 CPU in a Socket 939 Motherboard
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Written by Gizmo   
Friday, 13 October 2006 08:01

OCInside shows off the Asrok 939SLI32 eSATA2 with a twist: this socket 939 board is designed with a CPU upgrade slot to allow it to handle different CPUs:

"As already mentioned in the top of the test, the 939SLI32-eSATA2 Motherboard offers beside
the AMD 939 pin CPU socket also a so-called ASRock Future CPU Port (yellow slot).
Of course this option shouldn't remain untested, because who already own this Motherboard
and would like to buy now one of the inexpensive AMD AM2 CPUs,
can upgrade the board for Socket AM2 within a few minutes!

You just need the so-called AM2CPU board from ASRock and of course the suitable 240-Pin
DDR II memory modules, which are set directly on this board.
The CPU EZ Upgrade board is currently available for approx. 29 euro (10/2006) and
is delivered in this small box:"

(Image Courtesy of OCInside)

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AMD to counter Intel QX6700 with three new Athlon 64 FX CPUs in mid-November
Processors & Memory
Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 26 September 2006 14:39

Read the full story at DigiTimes:

"Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to launch three 90nm Athlon 64 FX processors intended for its 4x4 platform (a two-socket board, each containing a dual-core processor) in mid-November, with an aim to counter Intel's planned launched of its Core 2 Extreme QX6700 CPU, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers who are familiar with AMD's latest roadmap.

The three Athlon 64 FX processors will be marketed under the FX-70, FX-72 and FX-74 names and have clock frequencies of 2.6GHz, 2.8GHz and 3.0GHz, respectively, with all models having 2MB (2x1MB) L2 cache and a TDP (thermal design point) of 125W, the sources indicated."

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Intel Core 2 Quadro
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Written by KeithWalton   
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 11:14

Kentsfield aka Core 2 Quadro isnt far away now! Engineering samples have been floating around for some time, and a new batch has recently been doing the rounds. It seems this chip is ready to go as the mid-october time frame has been mooted as a release date. Now this is really dragging the chip kicking and screaming into life.
It was originally slated for Q1 2007 and it was only a few weeks ago that this became Q4 2006 and now it would appear that its early Q4 2006 at that!

I do wonder if Intel's launch will coincide with amds ramp to 65nM ? do amd have there quad core waiting in the wings as a suprise counter measure or are intel just getting ready and putting more pressure on there rival.

As intel are being far from quiet about there cpu releases these days.

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