The history of the semiconductor manufacturing business is both a story of great success and great failure. On the one hand semiconductor manufacturing has allowed the creation of devices that have transformed society, and unusual for most technologies it has remarkably improved at a steady rate for over 40 years now, making Moore’s Law a reality. On the other hand the history of the semiconductor business has been one of a constant weed-out process, as every generation of technology has seen the number of players narrow as the cost and complexity of semiconductor manufacturing continues to grow. Compared to the early days only the richest and most powerful firms have survived, and today the price of progression has claimed another player: IBM.
Today IBM has...
After breaking the 1GHz barrier just this year, how long do you think it will take before we reach 5GHz? What about 10GHz? Intel is predicting that...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/11/2000
Now that AMD has shown us what they can do with DDR SDRAM and the Athlon, it's time for the third party manufacturers to step in and carry this...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/29/2000
Having just recently released the Pentium 4, Intel is still better known for their presence in sub-$1000 PCs in today's market. While it's easy to recommend AMD's Duron...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/26/2000
Intel may be having a hard
time on the desktop front, facing a lot of competition from other chip producers.
One area that Intel has yet to be challenged...
Matthew Witheiler on 11/23/2000
Three days ago we brought you a glimpse of Intel's plans for 2001. Now we're following up the coverage with AMD's roadmap for the next year and on...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/21/2000
The Pentium 4 is here. Intel has poured all of their efforts into the creation of this, their first new micro-architecture in the past 5 years. However...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/20/2000
Armed with the ability to adjust the clock multiplier, voltage, and now the FSB of the Athlon and Duron CPUs we have in the lab, watch what we've been...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/1/2000
The future of the Athlon platform is here, the AMD 760 is the first Athlon chipset to support DDR SDRAM as well as the 266MHz FSB.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/30/2000
AMD introduces two new clock speeds for both of their processor lines. With the Pentium III 1.13GHz delayed until next year, and the Celeron crawling because of its...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/17/2000
For the first time since the Intel Celeron was launched, AMD has a value processor that can not only beat the Celeron in terms of performance but can also...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/5/2000
With the 1.13GHz Pentium III facing a full recall, it's time to take a look at what events lead up to this recall and what eventually proved that a...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/29/2000
The Thunderbird is back, this time sporting a 1.1GHz operating frequency, see how it stands up to Intel's latest 1.13GHz Pentium III offering in our review.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/28/2000
With Intel's annual Fall IDF just a couple of days away, we are giving a quick sneak peak as to what you can expect Intel to reveal about the...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2000
Today AMD released the first public documentation regarding their x86-64 architecture and we took this opportunity to have a look at the architecture behind the K8 as well as...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/10/2000
While they weren't the first to hit the 1GHz mark, Intel is the first to release a CPU that clocks in faster than 1GHz with their new 1.13GHz Pentium...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/31/2000
For quite a while, Intel was the only manufacturer of mainstream chipsets that also offerred dual processor (SMP) capable chipsets. Well times are changing and after successfully stealing...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/13/2000
Using a Socket-A motherboard we modified in house to allow for clock multiplier adjustments we are finally able to bring to you all the performance of every commercially available...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/12/2000
Intel finally released a 133MHz FSB chipset that 1) doesn't use RDRAM and 2) allows for an external AGP graphics accelerator. The i815 is upon us and it's...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/27/2000
With AMD's Duron dominating the value market, does Intel's "new" Celeron have the same appeal it once did? Take a look at our review of Intel's latest as...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/26/2000
The next piece of AMD's processor puzzle is here, the Duron. While intended to be a member of their value line of desktop processors, we confirmed what everyone...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/19/2000