More details on AMD/IBM partnership
If you're itching for more detail on AMD's partnership with IBM, EE Times has an interview with AMD's chief scientist, Bill Siegle, discussing the deal. Particularly interesting is this snippet on silicon-on-insulator technology:
EET: The SOI wafers are still fairly expensive?
Siegle: Yes, the SOI wafers are expensive, and strain adds another kicker. That is part of our consideration: can it be ready not only technically but in terms of cost?
AMD has touted
the power saving benefits of SOI for its Hammer processors before; I just hope the cost of wafers won't price Hammers too high, or cut AMD's margins too deeply.