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AMD plans two six-cores in Q2 2010

We don’t have many details, but we can confirm that AMD plans to launch two six-core desktop CPUs next year. This should happen in Q2 2010 and if AMD holds on to this date, it might come a bit later than Intel’s Core i7 980X.

AMD’s six-core 45nm part is codenamed Thuban and it comes with 6MB L3 cache, C-state performance boost as well as DDR3 1333MHz support. As we said before, it supports AM3 motherboards and it should work in most existing models.

We don’t have any specifics about the clocks or what will be difference between these two SKUs, but we can confirm that they are planned.

HP spills beans on upcoming Radeons

Engadget has scooped up several leaked HP slides detailing new Pavilion all-in-ones and, more interestingly, AMD's upcoming HD 5570 and HD 5350 graphics cards.

The HD 5350, codenamed Evora Cedar, will feature 1GB of memory and HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors and it will ship January 7. The somewhat more interesting HD 5570 Jaguar will pack up to 2GB of memory and drop VGA in favor of DisplayPort. The availability date is January 20.

The HD 5350 will send HD 4350 and HD 4550 parts into retirement, while the HD 5570 should replace HD 4650, HD 4670 and to some extend HD 4770 cards.

AMD to Demonstrate on Blu-ray Stereoscopic 3D

Are you ready for Blu-ray 3D? We aren't either, but AMD is excited to show off its Blu-ray stereoscopic 3D standard. The company today announced that it will demonstrate the forthcoming "standard" at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

AMD said that it will be partnering with CyberLink to jointly preview its 3D technology in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Geneva 2010 AMD mobile dual has 15W TDP

After AMD's recently launched Congo platform comes Nile, which is scheduled for launch in 2010. Congo codename got replaced to 2nd generation Ultrathin as some people were against the name because of a massive genocidal campaign in Congo, which claimed the lives of around 5 million people in the past decade. We can assure you that AMD was just thinking about cool codenames for its chips and didn’t have time to bother with politics.

AMD shows some love for Flash Player 10.1

Starting with Radeon HD 3000 IGP. In order not to give Nvidia too much breathing room, AMD has announced that the new Flash Player 10.1 beta will make use of ATI Stream technology for some neat hardware acceleration.

Hardware acceleration for Flash Player 10.1 beta will include both notebook and desktop platforms which run on Radeon HD 4000, 5700 and 5800 series graphics cards, Mobility Radeon HD 4000 and HD 3000 IGP, as well as bunch of FirePro cards starting from V3750 to V8750 and higher.

AMD expects key business to be profitable in 2010

SUNNYVALE, California (Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices said it expects to report profits next year from its chip design business, the backbone of a company trying rebuild market share and better compete with rival Intel Corp..

AMD executives spent much of a meeting with analysts and investors on Wednesday emphasizing the company's efforts to remake itself as profitable chip designer, while addressing worries over the heavy debt it has accumulated in doing so.

What Intel just bought for $1.25 billion: Less risk

Even for a company as powerful as Intel, with $13 billion in cash on the books, $1.25 billion is a lot of money. So why drop that huge quantity of money in the lap of its biggest rival, Advanced Micro Devices?

The payment is, of course, to settle the antitrust suit AMD brought against Intel five years ago. AMD's stock surged 22 percent Thursday after the chipmakers announced the agreement, but Intel's share price dropped 1 percent, indicating which company the investors thought got the better deal.

AMD dumps DirectX 9 card support under Windows 7

We were surprised to see that customer oriented AMD has decided to leave its all DirectX 9 supporters hanging. According to AMD's support site, its DirectX 9 cards won’t be officially supported under Windows 7.

AMD Phenom II X2 555 at 6.6Ghz!

The AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition is the successor to the well known Phenom II X2 550, which has made its rounds through the online media a while ago, due to the ability that some samples have of being unlocked to a full Phenom II X4.

This new X2 555 model is available in the AM3 form factor - which also works in AM2+ compatible motherboards - and has a clock of 3.2GHz, 6MiB of L2 cache and an HT link @ 4 GHz. Being a Black Edition CPU, it comes with no cooling fan and an unlocked multiplier.

AMD 12-Core ''Magny Cours'' Samples Up And Running

Overclocked, runs 12 cores at an impressive 3GHz. Impressive, to say the least: current "Istanbul" Opterons run at 2.8GHz in the high end with 1.3v and these new cores are manufactured at the same 45nm process. The new engeneering samples are holding at 3 GHz with just 1.16v, which is also necessary to keep power consumption low.

Also, a screenshot running lower clocks but showing that the system is a dual-socket motherboard, running 24 cores:

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