Finally entering the value notebook market with a real
processor (so long, K6-2), AMD unveils
lower-power Durons. Though not exactly
Transmeta-class in terms of power consumption, they trounce both
similarly-clocked Crusoes and Celerons
Previously expected to appear in Q1 of 2002, AMD's
upcoming 64-bit 'Clawhammer' & 'Sledgehammer'
server chips will not arrive now until the end of 2002. Prototype
samples, however, may see the light of Christmas this year...
Beefing up their mobile line and introducing the
prefetch-enhanced 'Morgan' core for desktop Durons, AMD tries to steal
some PR thunder from Intel and their upcoming launch of a 2GHz Pentium 4
Finally raising Celeron's
anaemic bus speed to 100MHz, Intel matches AMD's value-conscious Duron
at 800MHz. Meanwhile, select OEM's such as Dell
are receiving clocked-down 1.3GHz Pentium
4's for their latest systems.
Just over a year since their announcement
of a 1GHz Pentium-III for desktop
computers, Intel can now crow about producing the first 1GHz processor
for notebooks. Unlike last year, the new giga-books are actually available
Code-named after an archaeological dig in Israel,
where it is being designed by the same team behind the ill-fated Timna
integrated Celeron project (now scrapped), "Banias" will be
built from the ground up with increased power management tools and lower
power requirements. Expect Intel's newest mobile CPU toward the end of
Intel's D1C Development Fab in Hillsboro Oregon
garnered this world-leading distinction. The larger wafers (normally
only 200mm in diameter) provide increased cost efficiency and less waste
than current fab processes.
Reminiscent of last
year's embarrassing chip recall, Intel has admitted they cannot yet
fix a bug in existing servers employing their Pentium-III Xeon 900MHz
(2MB L2 cache version) processor. All such processor shipments have thus
been stopped. Until the problem is solved, Intel will substitute the
next-slower (700MHz) stepping of their large-cache Xeon instead,
forgoing the US$1500 premium of the faster chip.
Is this a deal for server buyers? Check out our CPU
Comparator to see for yourself.
unveiled at TechX NY inside
demo notebooks, Intel officially announced their new low-power,
speed-enhanced, mobile (M) extension of the Pentium-III
family-- Tualatin-- built at 0.13 microns.
Server versions of Tualatin (Pentium III-S)
have been shipping since May, we find out. Desktop versions are also
available, but only with a stripped-down L2 cache, so as not to threaten
Intel's own Pentium 4.
Delayed for a month so Intel could complete some
"extra validation" on the chip, the latest 'Foster' Xeon is
still limited to dual-processor configurations only. Still, Intel hopes
that more speed will entice more Xeons into more servers, rather than
reign only as their workstation champ.
Technologies launches its new C3 processor line, the first 0.15µ CPU
for PC's. With a small 52mm2 footprint, low power
consumption, and a new L2 cache, VIA hopes the C3 will garner 5% of the
budget processor market by the end of the year.
Boosting their flagship processor to more respectable
speeds, VIA also introduces the first CPU manufactured using a
0.13-micron trace process. Still Celeron (Socket-370) compatible, this
newest chip has now shrunk to become the smallest x86 processor at a
mere 52 mm2.