One of ARM’s most tangible business advantages is its offer of both CPUs and GPUs to SoC designers. Anyone with experience in business to business relationships knows just how complex forming and maintaining a mutually beneficial collaboration can be. Setting up contracts, forming rapport, defining goals, and even just understanding documentation and technical content formatting all takes time. Unless there is significant benefit to investing in two different relationships and technologies, it is simpler (read: cheaper) to single source contributing components of a design. There are down sides of single sourcing (see Boeing 787 battery fiasco), but depending on a business’ capacity for risk, the savings are undeniable. Especially when ARM undoubtedly offers bundle pricing promotions.

Intel Insider: Sandy Bridge Gets 1080p High Bitrate Streaming

In an attempt to ultimately raise its stock price, Intel is trying to shock and surprise investors by keeping details scarce on unannounced products. We saw the first example...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

Lucid Enables Quick Sync with Discrete Graphics on Sandy Bridge

If you read our Sandy Bridge Review you’ll know that we were very excited about Intel’s Quick Sync hardware transcode engine. It easily offers at least twice the performance...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2011

AMD and GlobalFoundries, CES 2011

The entities formerly known as AMD—namely, AMD and GlobalFoundries—are both here in Vegas for CES, and we had an opportunity to stop by and discuss their current and future...

73 by Jarred Walton on 1/7/2011

Ask Your 2nd Gen Intel Core Processor Questions Here, Update: Now with Answers!

ASUS and Intel are putting together a webcast that they've invited me to attend. The topic of discussion? Sandy Bridge. The webcast will air after Intel's official announcement of...

223 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2011

The Sandy Bridge Review: Intel Core i7-2600K, i5-2500K and Core i3-2100 Tested

Intel never quite reached 4GHz with the Pentium 4. Despite being on a dedicated quest for gigahertz the company stopped short and the best we ever got was 3.8GHz...

282 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/3/2011

AMD's Winter Update: Athlon II X3 455, Phenom II X2 565 and Phenom II X6 1100T

AMD is usually pretty aggressive with turning process tweaks and yield improvements into new products. Just two months ago AMD gave us the Athlon II X3 450 and the...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/7/2010

The Brazos Performance Preview: AMD E-350 Benchmarked

Last week I mentioned that I had recently spent some time with AMD down in Austin, TX, benchmarking its upcoming Brazos platform. The Brazos platform is composed of an...

222 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2010

VIA's Dual Core Nano & VN1000 Chipset Previewed

I haven’t had an official product briefing with VIA in years. The last time I met with a representative from the company was two years ago outside of IDF...

54 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/15/2010

Previewing AMD's Brazos, Part 1: More Details on Zacate/Ontario and Fusion

I hate to keep things from you all, but last week I was diligently working in a room at AMD’s new campus in Austin, Texas. You see, AMD wanted...

115 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2010

AMD’s Radeon HD 6800 Series & Llano “Fusion” APU: A Story in Pictures

We happen to have the AMD Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 6850 in-house for testing at the moment. We wanted to play Show & Tell, but the nice...

54 by Ryan Smith on 10/19/2010

AMD's Fall Refresh: New Phenom II and Athlon II CPUs Balance Price and Performance

I don’t know the last time I was this excited about AMD’s roadmap. Zacate and Ontario are due out in a quarter, and both promise to bring competition to...

99 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/21/2010

Context-aware Computing, Intel Paints the Future of Devices

Traditionally a large focus of IDF is looking at future computing trends. For the longest time the name of the game was convergence. The shift to mobility highlighted many...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2010

AMD's Zacate APU Performance Update

It’s 12:43AM and I just got back into my hotel room. I spent the past few hours in AMD’s suite a block from IDF trying to get to the...

104 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2010

Intel announces Tunnel Creek - Atom E600 System on Chip

At the end of this morning's keynote at IDF 2010 intel announced the Atom Processor E600 series. It's a Moorestown-like SoC designed for embedded applications. It's pretty obvious what the...

26 by Brian Klug on 9/14/2010

Intel Announces CE4200 SoC for Smart TVs

Intel just announced its CE4200 (Groveland) SoC, the successor to the CE4100 used in devices like the Boxee box. The CE4200 is based on Intel's 45nm Atom architecture and features...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2010

Intel's Sandy Bridge Architecture Exposed

A few weeks ago we previewed the performance of Intel’s next-generation microprocessor architecture, codenamed Sandy Bridge. We came away impressed with our early look at performance but honestly had...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2010

AMD Benchmarks Zacate APU

Update: We've spent more time with Zacate and have some more accurate performance comparisons here. It's tradition for AMD to have an off-site meeting place during IDF week and this...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2010

Intel Demos Sandy Bridge, Shows off Video Transcode Engine

Today marks the first day of our IDF 2010 coverage and we just left Dadi Perlmutter's keynote. Keeping up with tradition, Dadi's keynote focused on two of Intel's upcoming...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2010

AMD Reveals Competitive Fusion APU TDPs: 9W for netbooks, 18W for notebooks

After the ATI acquisition AMD announced it would be creating a new category of microprocessors that featured integrated ATI GPUs. AMD called these hybrid CPU/GPUs Accelerated Processing Units (APUs...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2010

Sandy Bridge Graphics Update

Last week we published our preview of Intel's 2011 Core microarchitecture update, codenamed Sandy Bridge. In the preview we presented a conservative estimate of what shipping Sandy Bridge performance...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/1/2010

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now