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InfoHQ Daily Computer News

January 2005

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Feb 7 Intel Has Double Vision: First Multi-Core Silicon Production Begins
Jan 10 AMD Kicks Off New Year With Mobile AMD Turion 64
Jan 6 Ten Resolutions From Intel For A Mobile 2005


Feb 7 - Intel Has Double Vision: First Multi-Core Silicon Production Begins. Intel Corporation today announced it has completed initial production runs of dual-core processors and provided further details about its multi-core plans to its customers, signaling the beginning of an era when PCs will have two or more “brains” inside.

Intel plans to deliver two separate dual-core products and dual-core-enabled chipsets for its Pentium® processor-class families in the second quarter, including the Pentium® processor Extreme Edition. The Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition will include Hyper-Threading Technology, providing the ability to process four software “threads” simultaneously.

“In addition to our products, we are investing heavily to further prepare the industry for the shift to multi-core computing platforms,” said Robert Crooke, vice president, Desktop Platforms Group and general manager, Desktop Marketing and Strategic Planning, Intel. “We accelerated this effort with the introduction of Hyper-Threading Technology three years ago and we’re extending it by building multi-core processors. Platforms based on Intel multi-core technology will provide the performance and responsiveness consumers and businesses need to get the most enjoyment and productivity from their applications.”

These first dual-core desktop platforms reflect Intel’s continued investment in silicon and platform innovation, manufacturing technology, capacity and industry enabling efforts that span the desktop, server, workstation and mobile market segments.

“As the leader in the extreme gaming, consumer and workstation markets, Dell plans to offer Intel’s powerful dual-core processor technology on high-end systems,” said John Medica, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. “No other companies make innovative technology more affordable to large groups of customers than Dell and Intel.”

Dual- and multi-core products are designed by including two or more full CPU cores within a single processor enabling the simultaneous managing of activities. When combined with HT Technology, which allows a processor to present itself as two logical processors, the Pentium Processor Extreme Edition product can process four software threads simultaneously by more efficiently using resources that otherwise may sit idle.

Platforms based around Intel’s dual-core Pentium Processor Extreme Edition are an ideal solution for PC computing and entertainment enthusiasts who crave computing power for audio, video, digital design and gaming tasks. The Pentium Processor Extreme Edition will be combined with a new chipset named the Intel® 955X Express chipset, formerly codenamed “Glenwood,” that includes features such as Intel® High Definition Audio, PCI-Express and faster dual-channel DDR-2 memory. Intel will also couple its mainstream “Smithfield” processor with two new chipsets named the Intel® 945G Express chipset and Intel® 945P Express chipset, both previously code-named “Lakeport” in the second quarter of the year.

Intel has more than 10 multi-core related projects underway and plans to increase its software and solutions enabling product lines, tools, investment and programs to further spur software design and validation.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Jan 10 - AMD Kicks Off New Year With Mobile AMD Turion 64. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will usher in a new era in mobile computing. AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology was unveiled by six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong at an AMD event at the International CES 2005 show in Las Vegas.

Based on award-winning AMD64 technology, AMD Turion 64 mobile technology is uniquely optimized to bring AMD64 performance to a new level of mobility. AMD tailored the upcoming processor family to suit highly mobile business professionals and consumers who demand reliable, high-performance notebook PCs with long battery life, outstanding wireless compatibility, rich graphics and enhanced security -- both today and tomorrow.

“AMD Turion 64 mobile technology represents freedom and mobile performance personified. We expect this new product family will set a precedent for mobile PCs in the same way that AMD Opteron™ did for servers,” said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD. “Again, AMD will be the first to market with leading technologies, bringing you a complete family of high-performance, 32-/64-bit processors made for mobility.”

“What's custom about today's PC technologies is not the technologies themselves, but how they are arranged to meet the needs of specific usage models,” said Shane Rau, senior analyst with IDC. “Technology brands, such as the new AMD Turion 64 brand for its mobile PC processors, reflect how PC technology providers are adapting standardized technologies, such as the x86 instruction set, to meet the needs of consumer and commercial mobile PC users.”

“In cycling, just like any other elite competition, there is a thin line between success and failure,” said Lance Armstrong, champion cyclist. “As our team’s technology partner, AMD helps us achieve uncompromising performance, extraordinary mobility and exceptional reliability.”

By working with best-in-class industry partners, AMD enables its customers to develop differentiated solutions based on open standards, to uniquely satisfy the variety of ways in which notebooks are used. More details about AMD Turion 64 mobile technology will be forthcoming when PC systems become available. Business professionals and consumers can expect to see notebook PCs based on AMD Turion 64 processors from leading OEMs worldwide in the first half of 2005.

Mobile AMD Athlon™ 64 processors will continue to be offered for notebook buyers who want exceptional performance for the most demanding applications, readiness for tomorrow’s 64-bit applications, and Enhanced Virus Protection in conjunction with Windows® XP Service Pack 2.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, Flash memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer, communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers. For more information visit www.amd.com.

Jan 6 - Ten Resolutions From Intel For A Mobile 2005. More like 10 reasons to use Intel Mobile technology. But you have to give them an "A" for effort.

According to the Chinese calendar, 2005 is the year of the Rooster. However, a technology calendar might suggest that it is the year of mobility. In that spirit, Intel proposes 10 mobile resolutions:

1. Be a wireless winner: In honor of Mobility month, beginning Jan. 6,use Yahoo! Maps* to find an Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology-verified hotspot and you could win a Sony* notebook based on the next-generation Intel Centrino mobile technology platform, codenamed Sonoma. Other prizes include movie downloads from Movielink and music downloads from Musicmatch. Every entrant will receive a free month of games from Yahoo! Games on Demand*. To enter, go to www.mobilitymonth.com or maps.yahoo.com and look for the Mobility Month link.

2. Mobilize your home entertainment: In January, Intel will launch the Sonoma platform, enabling mobile entertainment PCs that support accelerated graphics for superb DVD playback and gaming, theater-quality sound for MP3s and TV tuner ExpressCards* that will be available soon. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 6-9, see the latest all-in-one laptops based on the new Intel Centrino mobile technology, combining the features of personal data assistants, DVD and MP3 players, and mobile gaming devices.

3. Take your laptop on vacation: Record your favorite TV shows with an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-based Entertainment PC and take them with you on your notebook. Your notebook also enables you to stay in touch, store and send digital photos, replace weighty travel guides and maintain photographic travelogues on your family Website. A great wireless destination is the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 20-30, where you can watch streaming video of the nominees from WiMAX-enabled cafes and lodges.

4. Escape the house often for some relaxing entertainment: Be seen at a Wi-Fi-enabled park, cafe or beach unwinding with a broad-brimmed hat, dark sunglasses and an Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebook to stay current on Hollywood gossip, fashion and, in particular, the Golden Globes*. Get the latest news leading up to the Jan. 16 ceremony as it unfolds with "ET Inside the Golden Globe Awards" on Yahoo!, exclusively sponsored by Intel Centrino mobile technology, at et.tv.yahoo.com/micro/globes2005/.

5. Battle bulk: Dieting may be the most common New Year's resolution, but the truly trendy also will resolve to shed notebook bulk with a slimmer model. Intel Centrino mobile technology enables thin, light notebooks with great battery life and integrated wireless LAN capability.

6. Stay in visual touch: Cameras for videoconferencing are now available for notebooks, enabling videoconferencing with friends and family from more than 56,000 Intel Centrino mobile technology-verified wireless hotspots worldwide.

7. Work smarter, not longer: Whether you are flying cross-country or waiting at soccer practice, laptop mobility enables you to fit work into slices of time that otherwise would go unused, freeing time later for other important activities.

8. Get smarter, have fun: Notebooks are becoming mobile backpacks at all educational levels. Students access information online from wireless hotspots on and off campus, including cafes, libraries and dorms. New laptops based on the Intel Centrino mobile technology to be introduced this month will double as all-in-one entertainment devices, making more space for other dorm room necessities, such as the minifridge and lava lamp.

9. Make a wireless café your extended office: Advanced wireless communication combined with an increasing number of hotspots are heating up the coffee culture around the world with people genuinely relaxing on a café couch with everything they need to do their jobs on their laptops.

10. Reuse or recycle that old equipment: If you've upgraded to an all-in-one laptop that delivers improved graphics and audio features, consider giving your old DVD player or stereo to a charitable organization. Donate old computers to educational organizations or dispose of them through an environmental e-waste organization. Good sources are www.eiae.org and www.intel.com/education/recycling_computers/strut.htm.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

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