Intel releases new chipset

Posted by Matthew on Wednesday November 17, 2004 @12:29PM

from the If-you-can't-be-first,-at-least-be-best dept.


Matthew writes: Hoping to capitalize on the sudden massive popularity of Texas Hold ‘Em, Intel has developed and released a new low cost chipset and signed new channel distribution partners to push it into the retail markets.

Retailing for $ 129.99, the chipset consists of 500 individual 11.5 gram (casino weight) chips in various denominations. “We were beat to the 64-bit x86 market by AMD, and we’re a little late to this market, but we’re betting that our superior chipmaking technology, market penetration, and industry weight will put us on top. We’re are deeply committed to all chipmaking vertical markets, and we’re going all-in here.

Intel unveils Pentium 4 Mobile Home Edition

Posted by Matthew on Monday May 10, 2004 @11:30PM

from the Check-your-neck dept.


Matthew writes: Intel has announced a new low performance processor value priced processor that will appeal to the cost conscious consumer to be called the Pentium 4 Mobile Home edition.

The design is similar to a typical mobile computer, but without the mobility. P4 Mobile Home editions are typically mounted permanently to their desks, often with an old dog asleep under it. The processors also support the “double-wide” 64-bit processor mode in upcoming Pentium 4 and AMD processors. Rudimentary clustering is the norm, with eight to sixty-four units forming Parks wherever an undeveloped parcel of deskspace remains unclaimed for a long period of time. Wireless capabilities are built in, but require the addition of an old coat hanger for extended range reception. The systems typically ship with three or four mice, and will be sold exclusively through WalMart with Red Neck Enterprise Workstation pre-installed.

AMD introduces new naming conventions

Posted by Matthew on Monday May 10, 2004 @05:44PM

from the bigga-is-betta dept.


Blitzenn writes: AMD annouced on Friday that they will begin using a new naming convention to represent their CPU’s processing speed in an attempt to further distance themselves from Intel. Instead of the current convention that gives the buyer a relative number that represents the computational power as it relates to an Intel Processor, they are introducing a new gauging system that they are calling ‘BiggaHertz’.

AMD Rep: “Our Processors simply have ‘bigga’ hertz than the Intel versions. So whereas a Pentium 4 may run at 3.2 Gigahertz, our chips are currently pushing 2.2 Biggahertz. We process twice as many bits per hertz, so we needed nomenclature that made that apparent. Intels chips just Hertz more.”

Intel contracts with Frito-Lay for chip production

Posted by Michael on Saturday October 26, 2002 @12:38AM

from the why-do-we-keep-picking-on-Intel dept.


Squid writes: Intel announced today that, in an effort to reduce production costs, they have signed a multimillion dollar deal with Frito-Lay to handle the fabrication of the new low-cost Celeron models. “Their plants are already experienced in larger-diameter wafer production, and at much lower costs than our existing fabrication plants,” said an Intel representative.

Industry analysts are uncertain whether the new production techniques will produce reliable chips, and there is some concern that consumers will be confused by the many variations of the new chips. “I’m not sure if the world is ready for the new BBQ and Cheddar Celeron,” said one source.

Intel announces sequels to Itanium processor

Posted by Michael on Monday October 7, 2002 @06:21PM

from the ntel-nside dept.


Squid writes: Intel announced today that it is planning several additional processors in its 64-bit Itanium line. The current Itanium models have already sold well over six units according to an Intel sales report, and are receiving many accolades from the press.

The next processors will have incrementally faster clock speeds and bug fixes, and will be named Irconium, Anadium, and Anganese. Rumors of a DRM-enabled chip called Alladium have not yet been confirmed. “We’re also switching to this naming scheme for our lower-end processors,” said an Intel spokesperson. Upcoming Pentium 4 replacements include Ilver, Old, and Opper.

X-Scale processor beat up by smaller orphan processors

Posted by Matthew on Tuesday October 1, 2002 @01:44AM

from the Faster-is-not-always-faster dept.


Matthew writes: Intel’s new 400MHz X-scale processor was accosted yesterday while walking to school in a Toshiba i740 PDA. An older, slower iPaq 3600, running the previous generation ARM processor at a mere 206 MHz, demanded the X-scale’s lunch money.
Challenged to a benchmark by calculating chess moves using a common chess application for the PocketPC, the X-scale was able to calculate only 90 percent as many positions in the same period as the older iPaq. Blaming it’s loss on Microsoft’s unwillingness to recompile PocketPC specifically for the X-scale, the x-scale went especially hungry that day, considering that it requires considerably more power than it’s lower clock rate competitor.

Intel on Itanium path to smaller future

Posted by Matthew on Tuesday October 1, 2002 @01:20AM

from the ten-years-and-five-billion-down-the-drain dept.


Matthew writes: Intel has announced that with the release of the Itanium 2 processor, they are on track to capture a smaller piece of the processor market than ever before.
“We’ve tuned the Itanium and gotten the project back on track. It’s been ten years and five billion dollars to get to this point, but we’re now running at a third of the clock rate of our own Pentium 4, and we’re consuming 130 watts to do it–that’s twice the power of a typical light bulb. Those are numbers I think any other chip maker could be proud of.
“Furthermore, we’ve decided that backwards compatibility is no longer necessary, so the Itanium won’t be compatible with any existing applciations. Our consumers have indicated that they’re tired of their old software, and would like the opportunity to re-license everything they have as part of a migration to this architecture.”
“With the Itanium, we’re moving into a glorious new future, where Intel’s market share will be decimated by competitors like AMD and our own Pentium line of processors, which we’ll be forced to continue producing forever.”

Intel declares most current PCs obsolete

Posted by Michael on Tuesday September 10, 2002 @12:36PM

from the planned-obsolescence dept.


Squid writes: Concerned about declining sales of computers, Intel has officially declared most of the PCs currently in use obsolete. “Anything less than 1 GHz is now obsolete, regardless of whether it still works,” said an Intel spokesperson.

Intel has sent an open letter to Microsoft, urging them to release a slower operating system. A quote from their impassioned plea: “Windows XP may be bloated, but it still runs fine at 500 MHz. How are we supposed to sell these new 3.0 GHz Pentium IVs? Only graphic artists need that kind of speed, and most of them are Mac people.”

Intel stresses that they can’t force anyone to upgrade. However, according to the press release, those who continue to use slower machines “will be laughed at behind their backs.”

Intel reaches 5GHz

Posted by Matthew on Friday August 23, 2002 @05:57PM

from the we-don't-need-no-laws-of-physics dept.


Intel has released this statement on their new Sexium processors, which will debut at 5 GHz. “We’ve easily surpassed the performance level of the Pentium III 1GHz (but not the 1.13GHz) with our new .32 Angstrom architecture. By reducing the amount of work done per cycle until we could get the clock up to 5GHz, we’ve made significant gains in ancillary features sets such as ambient room comfort for colder climates. Also, the processors appear to generate hydrogen from atmospheric moisture.”