Friday, February 19, 2010

AMD Begins Revenue Shipments of Twelve-Core Opteron Microprocessors.

Advanced Micro Devices said Friday that it had started shipments of its highly-anticipated twelve-core AMD Opteron microprocessors code-named Magny-Cours. The company indicated that the shipments are limited and are intended to prepare for the launch of servers powered by the new chips due later this quarter.

“We have been aggressively sampling production-level parts to customers for nearly 30 days now and have actually shipped a limited number of production parts to allow customers to prepare for launch – on track for later this quarter,” said Phil Hughes, a spokesman for AMD.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Intel Itanium outsells AMD Opteron

Intel Itanium outsells AMD Opteron

Intel kicked off its Itanium presentation today by saying the Itanium's system revenue since the introduction of 2001 has crossed the $5 billion mark. That outsells total sales of AMD's Opterons.

And, according to IDC Itanium sales surpassed all of SPARC sales for the first time since the introduction of the Itanium. That was in 2001 and was the culmination of former CEO Andy Grove's dreams of a microprocessor that was truly mission critical.

Never before has Intel put two billion transistors onto a transistor. The presenter said that if I started clicking on his foils and there were two billion of them, it would take 62 years, Intel put six microprocessors into the last platform. But corporate customers demand investment protection. This will be the first time Intel will be able to connect eight microprocessors "gluelessly" and without "forklifting" and they can be interconnected seamlessly like 64 socket systems that will be available from HP.

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The Intel Itanium Processor 9300 Series

Intel releases the new Intel Itanium 9300 Series processor which supports up to Eight-Socket Glueless systems and servers!!

Mark this as the first day of the new Supercomputing Revolution!

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Then Open A Beer. It's Time To Celebrate!!!

The New Industrial Revolution

In the February 2010 issue of Wired Magazine, there is a cover story on the New Industrial Revolution written by Chris Anderson. 

It explains how industries are currently being reinvented and how the little guy has just as much chance to compete and win business as do the massive corporations who were successful during the last millenium. 

It's mind blowing stuff for people who want to know where to find the business opportunities of the future!

Here's the accompanying video to the article:

Here's a link to the article:

If this story and video inspired you as much as it did me, please let me know in the comments section.


Todd Swank

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Intel Readies Six-Core 'Westmere' Server Chip

At the ISSCC show next week, Intel officials will talk about their upcoming 32-nm “Westmere” processors for servers and clients, including a six-core version for two-socket servers and high-end desktops. Intel is looking to refresh its entire server lineup, not only with Westmere processors but also with the upcoming Nehalem EX chip and the next-generation Itanium processor, called “Tukwila.” AMD and IBM also are getting ready to release new server products.

Intel is looking to quickly expand the number of its 32-nanometer “Westmere” processors, and will offer a six-core version for both two-socket servers and high-end desktops.

In addition, the company will roll out a dual-core chip for mainstream desktops and mobile PCs.

Intel will present papers on the upcoming Westmere offerings at the International Solid State Circuits Conference 2010 show, which runs Feb. 7-11 in San Francisco. Intel officials gave a preview Feb. 3 of what they’ll talk about.

Intel rolled out its first Westmere chips Jan. 7 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, unveiling more than two dozen 32-nm chips that fell into the Core i3, i5 and i7 families for desktops and laptops.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Super Micro grows like crazy in fiscal Q2

If motherboard and server maker Super Micro is some kind of leading indicator - and a good argument could be made that it is - then the server and PC rackets may indeed be on the mend.

In the company's second quarter of fiscal 2010 ended December 31, Super Micro reported sales of $182m, up a stunning 41.5 per cent from the year-ago quarter. Thanks to tighter cost controls - a little less on research and development, and a bit more for sales, marketing, and other costs - Super Micro was able to boost net income by 42.2 per cent to $7.6m.

Thanks in large part to the rebounding server business, where Super Micro sells a dizzying array of motherboards for the latest chips from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, Super Micro has been able to increase its cash and equivalents pile by 17.1 per cent to $82.7m; it also has $6.2m in long-term investments.

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Intel Ships Next-generation Itanium Chip

Intel on Tuesday said it has started shipping its new Itanium processor codenamed Tukwila, after multiple delays and development problems stalled its release for years.

Itanium chips are 64-bit processors designed to run fault-tolerant servers that require high uptime. The chip's official launch is set for the first quarter of this year, Intel said in a blog entry.

Tukwila is Intel's fastest Itanium processor yet, the company said. It adds numerous performance and architectural enhancements to boost system performance, Intel said in the blog.

"Tukwila more than doubles the performance of its predecessor and adds a range of new scalability, reliability, and virtualization features," Intel wrote. The chip includes a quad-core design and will be an upgrade of the current Itanium 9100 series of chips, codenamed Montecito, which were introduced in 2006.

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