Industry exec: Next iPhone to feature A4-based chipsets

By on April 19, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

Industry exec: Next iPhone to feature A4-based chipsets

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Samsung is reported to be singing the blues as it scrambles to recover from the partial loss of one of its largest customers. According to the Korea Times, which cites an anonymous industry executive, Apple will indeed discontinue its tradition of using Samsung-designed processors with its next iPhone. In its place, the phone will run a modified version of Apple’s A4 processor which just so happens to be proficient in handling 720p playback. It’s not a complete loss for Samsung considering it’s expected the electronics giant will be entrusted with manufacturing the chip, but no doubt Apple’s decision to keep mobile processor design in-house will effect Samsung’s bottom line. At this point it’s hard to say how much the iPad and iPhone chips will will differ from one another — size and battery life being the two key obstacles — but it seems safe to say Apple won’t sit idly by while everyone else brags about their smartphones having processors that clock in around the 1GHz mark. More →

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Future Apple hardware to be powered by AMD?

By on April 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM.

Future Apple hardware to be powered by AMD?

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Those sleuthing Apple informants seem to have struck gold once again. After noticing a continuous stream of AMD bosses and representatives travelling to and from Apple’s Cupertino campus, they’re now reporting that Apple is seriously considering the #2 chipmaker as a replacement for its current Intel offerings. Apple is thought to be unhappy with Intel, whose prolonged chip development cycle has slowed the pace of Apple’s hardware refresh and whose incompatibility with Nvidia has forced Apple to use the less than optimal integrated Intel graphics chipset. In fact, Apple’s dissatisfaction with Intel’s GPU performance is what prompted the company to develop the novel automatic graphics switching utilized by its recently refreshed MacBook Pro line-up. The hardware work-around allows the notebook to switch from the integrated Intel chipset to the more powerful NVIDIA GT 320M and GT 330M cards when needed. AMD, with its strong ties to ATI, could seemingly offer Apple greater flexibility over its future products which might one day include a powerful graphics subsytem worthy of the Apple name. Before you get too excited and sell your new Core i5 and Core i7 MBPs on eBay, keep in mind that all of this is speculation based upon the rather ambiguous, yet highly referenced “people familiar with the matter”. Respond appropriately. More →

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AMD Opteron 4000 & 6000: 12 cores, 1 chip

By on March 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM.

AMD Opteron 4000 & 6000: 12 cores, 1 chip

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Last week, we reported on several chip set announcements — of the 6-core variety — from both Intel and AMD. Today, just one day before an Intel press event, AMD has released details about its new 12-core server processing chip, the AMD Opteron 4000 and 6000. The 4000 series chip will target the low-end, energy-conscious market, while the 6000 series is for those who don’t look at the electric bill and need as much high-end horsepower as possible. AMD is touting that the new 12-core processors are more than twice as fast as the previous line of 6-core chips and, “will beat Intel’s [chips] in processing performance and energy efficiency, as well as cost per computing power.” Intel’s announcement is tomorrow… let the processor wars continue. More →

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Hard Core: Intel and AMD update CPU lineups

By on March 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM.

Hard Core: Intel and AMD update CPU lineups

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Processor manufacturers AMD and Intel are updating their desktop processor lineups, and they will be bringing 6-core number-smashing goodness, as well as a few low wattage options, to a CPU near you. DigiTimes has a source on record claiming: “Intel will soon launch its 32nm high-end dual-core Core i5-680 with price of US$284 and will replace the existing Core i5-670; and 45nm low-voltage Core i7-870s with a price of US$560 and a power consumption of 82W.” Their connect goes onto detail some of AMD’s future plans: “AMD will launch several six-core Phenom II processors in the second quarter including X6 1035T (2.6GHz/95W), X6 1055T (2.8GHz/95W) and X6 1075T (3.0GHz/125W).” No prices were leaked by the DigiTimes source for the AMD hardware, but they went on to list a plethora of Phenom and Athalon models and prospective release dates.  More →

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