Tech companies often send swag to journalists as part of their promotional efforts. Apparently AMD has been sending out some special items for Valentine's Day that poke at Intel's troubles with Sandy Bridge. We didn't receive any of these items from AMD, but Cnet did and thankfully they blogged about them. AMD sent an "I (heart) APU" ceramic mug that read:
"In late January, Intel explained that it had uncovered a SATA problem with Cougar Point that could cause performance degradation over time. As a result, Intel stopped shipment of the affected chipsets, will take a charge of roughly $1B, and won't start shipping updated chipsets to its partners until later this month (volume shipments to customers will come later)."
"It’s always nice to see the company you work so hard for do well. Also nice? Getting a big fat bonus when it posts record breaking financial results. VentureBeat reports that Intel employees are receiving four times their usual bonuses thanks to the company’s record-breaking year. As if that weren’t enough, Intel is said to be giving workers the equivalent of three extra days of pay on top of that." | more
"Nvidia released news today that Intel has agreed to pay the graphics maker an aggregate of $1.5 billion in licensing fees payable in five annual installments, beginning Jan. 18, 2011. Just as big news is that Nvidia and Intel have also agreed to drop all outstanding legal disputes between them.... Under the new agreement, Intel will have continued access to Nvidia’s full range of patents.
"Intel has confirmed rumors that it's temporarily switching to copper wires for use in the company's Light Peak connection technology. While that might upset those who were looking forward to the, well, "light" part of Light Peak—fiber-optic cabling—it will nevertheless allow Intel to get Light Peak out the gate faster than anticipated." | more
"Intel's big announcement at CES is their new Sandy Bridge architecture. Without getting too far into the technical side, the important thing about this is the first-ever addition of graphics processing onto the main CPU itself. It may sound like a simple upgrade, but it could change the way we all do a lot of things with our computers." | more
"For years there have been rumors that NVIDIA has a top-secret x86 processor project, and last November an NVIDIA exec all but confirmed that the company is looking at making an x86 chip at some point. That's why today's processor announcement from NVIDIA was both surprising and unsurprising... No, NVIDIA didn't finally take the wraps off its x86 project—assuming that it hasn't been cancelled, that's still a secret.
"As performance computer users, we hate to feel held back from accomplishing a task because our hardware is too slow. The little hourglass (or the spinning rainbow wheel) can sometime drive us insane when we perceive that we're able to work faster than our computers." | more
"Intel is currently producing and selling some 75 percent of 45nm based products, while some 25 percent of Intel's processors are 32nm. Sandy Bridge parts again in 32nm are already in production but the sales starts in Q1 2011 and already in this quarter the market share of 45nm will shrink to 65 percent while 32nm will grew to 35 percent..." | more
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