Monday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. AMD spreads propaganda, ex-employee speaks out
  2. X-bit labs: AMD expects Windows 8 to boost performance of AMD FX chips
  3. Forbes: AMD now ‘verging on irrelevancy,’ analyst says
  4. TechFlash reports Congress takes action over Amazon Silk privacy concerns
  5. C|Net on Steve Jobs’ last big project: The next iPhone
  6. Skype 5.6 for Windows updated
  7. Firefox 8.0 beta 3 release notes
  8. Halo Anniversary has gone gold


  1. ZDNet: Facebook sued for violating wiretap laws with tracking cookies
  2. Huff Post Tech: Google Buzz gets the ax, as do others in ‘fall sweep’
  3. BusinessWeek: SEC urges disclosure of hacker threats in public company filings
  4. LanOC Reviews: GeForceLAN 6 LANing on a boat
  5. TestFreaks interview CEO Eric Di Sivilla
  6. Tbreak’s interview with Sennheiser’s Heston Saldanha
  7. Extra Life: Top 100 science fiction and fantasy books flowchart
  8. Dealzon’s deals: $400 coupon 17.3” hp Envy 17 i7-2670QM / Radeon HD 6850M,

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  1. Reuters: Apple’s iPhone 4S luring people to ditch rival phones
  2. X-bit labs: Sony Ericsson axes feature phones, plans to shift to smartphones in 2012
  3. Tbreak’s HTC Sensation XE review
  4. Tbreak’s final look – LG Optimus 3D viewing & sharing experience
  5. Neowin reviews HTC Radar Windows Phone
  6. Neowin reports Firefox for Android changes UI code
  7. Engadget reports Sony Reader PRS-T1 hacked to

    expose Android, run other e-reader apps (video)

Software and gaming

  1. Office 2007 Ribbon Editor 3.0.0 beta 3
  2. Joystiq: Frank West can be Proto Man in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
  3. TweakTown’s FIFA 12 PlayStation 3 review


  1. Laptoping benchmarks Ubuntu 11.10 vs. Windows 7 Starter on a netbook
  2. Tech ARP’s BIOS option of the week – PCI clock synchronization mode
  3. Real World Labs on HIS HD 6970 IceQ Mix 2GB
  4. Kitguru’s Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo 6990 cooler review
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    • ClickClick5
    • 8 years ago

    Halo Anniversary has gone gold…

    …goes to Carmack talking about the pc not being the lead platform for id.

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    AMD in its current form would struggle very hard against mighty Intel for the foreseeable future. Sometimes I think IBM should just snap up AMD. A lot of valuable jewels held by AMD, such as its precious rare x86 license, serious graphics technology division being one of only two in the world, and established channel partners, are at risk of disappearing or being sold off to different companies if AMD goes bankrupt. IBM, at least, could keep all these jewels in one place and Intel would think twice about pushing IBM around. And of course, having two big players instead of a David and Goliath industry bodes well not only for the x86 industry in general, but for consumers as well.

      • Forge
      • 8 years ago

      AMD’s x86 license would not transfer. If AMD is acquired, the license evaporates. This was established back in the Athlon (pre-Athlon64) days.

        • Arclight
        • 8 years ago

        Is this true for Intel as well? Not that Intel is up for sale, just wondering, since i thought they became equal in terms of license since the settlement when AMD got that $1 bn.

        • Ringofett
        • 8 years ago

        People keep saying that, but the government will not allow Intel to hold a monopoly. Period. They’ve been investigated already, I just don’t see it happening. Avoiding a monopoly is the only reason Intel doesn’t drop Ivy Bridge on us right now; AMD only exists because Intel allows it to.

          • CB5000
          • 8 years ago

          I agree. If it wasn’t for antitrust laws, AMD would never have seen the light of day.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 8 years ago

    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate that you post these at midnight. They make great late-night reading!

    • codedivine
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Forbes: AMD now 'verging on irrelevancy,' analyst says [/quote<] AMD is certainly in a very bad position right now. Might become an acquisition target. Or they might abandon the business of designing x86 cores to compete with Intel altogether, and just go with licensing ARM CPU cores while still designing their own graphics.

      • PeterD
      • 8 years ago

      Sounds to me like creating a buzz

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 8 years ago

      I doubt very much any of those things are likely at this point. Most people who are not super high end gamers will not care.

      AMD needs to bring its prices more in line with expectations.

      People multitask far more often than not.

      • yogibbear
      • 8 years ago

      If AMD tried to quit the x86 business, intel would throw them a bundle of cash.

      • ronch
      • 8 years ago

      If there’s a company who should acquire AMD, it’s IBM. Deep pockets, plus Intel would think twice about bullying IBM around.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        IBM is not likely to get in to the mass production of x86 chips. the market they are in is a low volume/high price industry. why would they want to go down to consumer, whilst intel is pushing further into the server market share that IBM currently has.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 8 years ago

        There’s no benefit to IBM – never gonna happen.

        • khands
        • 8 years ago

        Samsung is probably more likely to buy out AMD than IBM.

          • LaChupacabra
          • 8 years ago

          As much as I would hate it, nVidia probably wants the x86 liscense the most.

            • Deanjo
            • 8 years ago

            It’s a moot point since they cannot acquire it through a purchase of AMD.

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      They are still a great option for budget-minded users, so they might do well to just take a break from trying to compete in the high-end space.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]just go with licensing ARM CPU cores while still designing their own graphics.[/quote<] AMD sold off all their divisions (a really dumb move) that were in that market quite a while ago. Qualcomm taking the biggest chunk of it (mostly for the graphics). They would be starting from square one again and I'm not sure they could afford to do so.

      • anotherengineer
      • 8 years ago

      Gotta love analysts. hmmmmmmmmm 2 major x86 players, and 2 gov parties….I wonder if the analysts said the republicans are “verging on irrelevancy” if they would win votes or lose them?

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    I’ve been seeing those cool AMD FX videos. Yep, the marketers sure are working overtime.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<] AMD spreads propaganda, ex-employee speaks out[/quote<] Wow, speachless [quote<]The reason DEC Alphas were always much faster than anything else is they designed each transistor by hand. Intel and AMD had always done so at least for the critical parts of the chip. That changed before I left – they started to rely on synthesis tools, automatic place and route tools, etc. I had been in charge of our design flow in the years before I left, and I had tested these tools by asking the companies who sold them to design blocks (adders, multipliers, etc.) using their tools. I let them take as long as they wanted. They always came back to me with designs that were 20% bigger, and 20% slower than our hand-crafted designs, and which suffered from electromigration and other problems.[/quote<] 2 billion transistors, 8 cores behemoth beaten by it's predecessors confirms this.

      • Tristan
      • 8 years ago

      There are 2 bln transistors with huge L2/L3 cache. Thuban (6 core) has 146 mln trans more than Deneb (4 core), so each core count 73 mln trans with cache L2. Each sram bit requiers 6 transistors, so 1 mb cache requires 48 mln trans. Pure logic core contains only 25 mln transistors.
      Even if Bulldzoer core counts 40 mln transistors, you can fine tune some parts manually. You are not working with transistors but with gates and larger modules. AMD engineers are just lazy, and avoids this fine tuning, and AMD confirms this:

        • FuturePastNow
        • 8 years ago

        A Bulldozer die also has four HT links, three of which are disabled on the desktop version, since it’s the same silicon as the server version.

        Thuban, meanwhile, was supposedly a different die than the similar 6-core Opterons. If that’s true, it only had one HT link to begin with.

        I don’t know how many transistors that accounts for, but it’s something.

      • ronch
      • 8 years ago

      I’d like to know how many transistors are actually used in the cores. Cache is very transistor-dense that’s why 2B was reached.

    • thanatos355
    • 8 years ago

    I’m lovin’ the sci-fi/fantasy flow chart! 😀

    • TravelMug
    • 8 years ago

    LOL @ Insideris. Welcome to the party, boys!

    This has been discussed a year ago (see actual post dates on those macrumors forum posts). For those who want to read the juicy bits without reading the whole thread Insideris links to, here are some snippets with the appropriate link in a nice post on hardforums from July:

    [url<][/url<] That one also has the link to the (now infamous) post(s) by Mitch Alsup in google groups.

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