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There was lots of interesting news this week, most of it came from Intel's
Developer Forum, but first I'd like to ask you for help. In the past DV
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Firsr there's the news that Intel solved
a leakage problem with its 45nm process. If everything goes well the
45nm should bring another huge reduction in power consumption. Intel
also admitted the dual-core Pentium D was a rush
Canon went a little frantic and released a bunch of new digital cameras.
This includes the new PowerShot
S80, the EOS-1D
Mark II N, the EOS
5D, the A620, A610
and A410 and also the SD550,
SD450 and SD30. Pentax released the new *ist
Google launches the second version of its Google
Desktop and also presented its instant messaging tool Google
Power supply manufacturers seem to believe the bigger the better as Enermax
is now preparing a 1GW
ATI's R520 seems to
be planned for October and CrossFire will come by
Here's a short look at the things Intel (and other companies) presented
at the IDF: a Voltage
Regulator Board concept, processors may have thousands
of cores in the future, Serial
ATA 2.5, DDR3
memory from Elpida, performance per watt with Merom,
Conroe and Woodcrest, more performance
for less energy, some photos of Intel's upcoming
processors, additional details about Intel's
next-generation architecture, CE-ATA
HDD specification for mobile devices.
Intel's next-generation laptop processor Merom will only
use 1-2W on average with a TDP of 35W, Napa the
next mobile Centrino platform, a new 100%
AMD64 compatible Prescott stepping, XScale moves
beyond 1GHz, really
portable PCs, more details about
Yonah, notebooks to have 8
hours battery life by 2008, Viiv
technology for the digital home, 945
Express Callistoga chipset details, a digital
home and gaming
speculative threading, RAID
for notebooks, multi-core
for all segments, CrossFire support
for the 955X chipset.
Here's some information about 802.11n
Wi-Fi which full feature 100Mbps, Yonah's
L2 cache with granularity and porting, compilers
for x86 Mac OS X, early Yonah
and Sossaman benchmarks, AMT and VT to make Ethernet connections more
secure, Tulsa Xeon to
have 1.3 billion transistors, user-aware
systems for the future, the presentation of a Pentium M with on-chip
Northbridge and voltage regulator, the Pentium
4 660 and 670 will get VT, Diamond visual
desktop search tool, Wireless
USB and finally Network
Manageability Engine. Oh and here's a discussion whether Intel's
Performance Per Watt may
be bad for AMD. That was a selection of all things that happened at
IDF Fall 2005!
AMD challenged Intel to
a duel but the latter one's CEO refused
this. AMD also presented dual-core
Turion 64 silicon which should be launched by early 2006 and they
also sneaked out a new 2.8GHz
New iPod minis with 4GB flash memory may
come later this year and Apple also extended its PPC processor agreement
with Freescale to 2008.
Sony finally launched
the North American version of its PSP firmware 2.0.
A new Windows Mobile based phone from Mio, the
A710, with PDA and GPS functionality.
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