"In Q4 2010 a massive 65 percent of all Intel desktop CPUs are socket 775 based. This is the Core 2 Duo / Quad and current Celeron socket. Amazingly the Core i 2010 generation with all the Core i3, i5 and i7, even some Pentiums holds a meager 27 percent share of the market.
"An experimental Intel chip shows the feasibility of building processors with 1,000 cores, an Intel researcher has asserted. The architecture for the Intel 48-core Single Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) processor is "arbitrarily scalable," said Intel researcher Timothy Mattson, during a talk at the Supercomputer 2010 conference being held this week in New Orleans." "This is an architecture that could, in principle, scale to 1,000 cores," he said.
"If you don’t have the time to research the benchmarks, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to pick the right processor for your next gaming machine, fear not. We at Tom’s Hardware have come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming CPUs offered for the money." | more
"AMD has joined chip-rival Intel's MeeGo initiative, which aims to build a Linux platform for mobile devices. The company said on Monday that it's providing MeeGo with engineering expertise to help establish "the technical foundations for the next-generation mobile platforms and embedded devices." | more
"Intel has not offered support for the new USB 3.0 interface in its chipsets and the few machines on the market with USB 3.0 support are doing so using third-party chipsets. On-chip support for USB 3.0 from Intel is thought to be as far out as 2012. Intel is talking up its own much faster competing standard to USB 3.0 known as Light Peak. Light Peak first surfaced earlier this year and was thought to be coming in late 2010." | more
"In a blog post that went up earlier today, Intel's Bill Kircos flagged an announcement by Achronix that the latter company would be making its field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) on Intel's upcoming 22nm process. Kircos was very careful to emphasize the small size of this deal: "With Achronix," Kircos writes, "we are selectively offering access to our 22nm fabs.
"Intel is still tweaking its roadmap and it appears that it is planning to launch the fastest Pentium to date. Intel currently sells Pentium 6950 for around €70 and for this price you can get a dual-core "Clarkdale" 32nm with integrated graphics and 2.8GHz clock speed. In the US the same CPU sells at $99.99, which seems quite high." | more
"Intel has formed an alliance of Fortune 500 companies to set the standards for cloud interoperability. The Open Data Center Alliance is made up of 70 international companies with a combined annual IT spend of $50 billion, Intel said in a statement. It will be steered by 10 multi-nationals including BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, and Shell. Other companies may join the group at the lowest "adopter" level." | more
"Hot on the heels of Intel's record-breaking quarter, the chipmaker has announced the specifics of its 22nm transition plans. Intel will spend between $6 billion and $8 billion upgrading its fabs for 22nm, with part of the money going to a brand new fab in Oregon.
"We thought we were going to build a 10GHz chip. It was only when we discovered that they would get so hot it would melt through the Earth, that we decided not to do that," Newell said, jokingly, in an interview with IDG. Now it's about who has more cores, but Newell doesn't see that continuing indefinitely. "There will come an end to the core-count wars. I won't put an exact date on it, but I don't myself expect to see 128 cores on a full-sized server die by the end of this decade," said Newell.
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