Sunday, April 26, 2009

AMD Demonstrates Twelve-Core Microprocessors

Advanced Micro Devices has demonstrated its twelve-core microprocessors operating in a 4-way server just days after it said it would start selling six-core chips in May, 2008. Thanks to multi-chip-module nature of the code-named Magny-Cours processor, creation of such chip was a relatively easy challenge.

AMD Opteron 6000-series code-named Magny-Cours with twelve processing engines will be released in the first quarter of 2010, according to some reports. However, already now AMD can demonstrate the chip to public and customers to show off its benefits compared to competing platforms and technologies.























This week AMD demonstrated a 4-way server featuring four Magny-Cours processors. While AMD did not demonstrate any real-world performance numbers, the system with 48 cores looked impressive by itself.
























AMD Magny-Cours processor will be the first chip for the AMD G34 “Maranello” platform designed for Opteron processors 6000-series with up to 16 cores, quad-channel memory interface, 2 or 4 sockets, up to 12 memory modules per socket and some server and enterprise-specific functionality.

In 2011 AMD plans to release a successor for Magny-Cours code-named Interlagos, which will be based on Bulldozer micro-architecture, built using 32nm process technology and contain up to 16 cores.

Official Windows 7 Release Candidate Information

Users who decided to wait for the official release candidate are probably delighted to hear that Microsoft is still aiming for a public release on May 5. Technet and MSDN subscribers can start downloading the release candidate on April 30 which is less than a week from now. Waiting another five or eleven days should not be that of a problem for most users as there are not a lot of obvious changes to previous builds in the release candidate. Stay tuned, we will let you know as soon as the official download links begin to appear on Microsoft websites.

OCZ Officially Reveals 1TB Solid-State Drive for PCI Express Bus

OCZ Technology Group this week officially launched its premium line of solid-state drives with unbeatable performance and designed for installation into PCI Express x4 slot. The incredible performance also means incredible price and in order to make Z-Drive products slightly more popular, OCZ released 250GB and 500GB versions in addition to 1TB demonstrated earlier this year.

“Designed for ultra high performance consumers, the Z-Drive takes the SATA bottleneck out of the equation by employing the ultra fast PCI-Express architecture with a RAID controller and four Vertex controllers configured in four-way RAID 0 within an all-in-one product, making this solution ideal for applications that put a premium on both storage performance and maximum capacity,” said Eugene Chang, vice president of product management at OCZ Technology Group.

OCZ Technology released four versions of its Z-Drive with different capacities – 250GB, 500GB and 1TB – and different levels of performan

ce due to peculiarities of RAID 0 operation. Maximum speed is offered by 500MB version that delivers up to 510MB/s read speed and up to 480MB/s write speed. Z-Drive is based on multi-level cell flash memory chips.




PCI Express x4 interface with 1GB/s bandwidth should provide speed for one of the industry’s first PCIe-based SSDs.

Based on preliminary estimates, OCZ 1TB Z Drive should cost $1500 - $2000. Actual pricing will be announced at a later date and will depend on the region.

With a price-point like that, it is hard to expect OCZ’s new product to become a bestseller, still, it is possible to expect the novelty inside premium-class gaming machines that may retail for $10 000 without monitor.




Patriot Joins the 2GHz “Core i7” Memory Club

Patriot Memory, a popular supplier of high-performance DRAM- and flash-based products, this week unveiled its new Viper-series memory modules aimed at performance enthusiasts. The new modules designed for Intel Core i7 processors will further broaden Patriot’s extensive lineup of triple-channel memory kits for the latest Intel desktop platform.

“At these speeds, your system is just missing wings to fly. If you are a gaming enthusiast, the 2000MHz Viper will be a perfect compliment to your Intel Core i7,” said Saeed Arash Far, technical engineering manager at Patriot Memory.

Patriot Viper 2000MHz 6GB memory module kit is capable of operating at 2.0GHz with CL8 8-8-24 latency settings. The new Viper memory modules feature Patriot's own cooling system to ensure additional reliability and further overclocking potential.

Patriot is not the first company on the market to unveil 2000MHz memory modules, however, since 2GHz kits for Intel Core i7 are not brand new for the market, the firm is likely to offer relatively very competitive pricing on such products in order to attract attention of enthusiasts.

Patriot Viper memory modules are backed by lifetime warranty.

Seagate Begins to Ship 2TB Hard Drives with 5900rpm Spindle Speed

Seagate Technology, the world’s largest maker of hard disk drives, this week started to ship its new Barracuda LP series of hard disk drives that feature up to 2TB capacity, non-standard 5900rpm spindle speed as well as low power consumption, something that becomes rather important nowadays.

“Growing demand for power-efficient computing systems is not just a data center phenomenon as more builders of external storage devices, desktop PCs and home networking systems work to provide customers with products that combine power-efficiency with rock-solid performance,” said Joan Motsinger, Seagate vice president of personals systems marketing and strategy.

Barracuda LP hard drives are just what the doctor ordered for those, who want low-power storage. For example, Barracuda LP 1TB consumes 5.7W in operating mode and 3.0W in idle mode; by contrast, Barracuda 7200.12 1TB consumes 9.4W and 5.0W in operating and idle modes, respectively. More capacious Barracuda LP 1.5TB and 2TB consume 6.8W in operating mode and 5.5W in idle mode.

“Seagate is pleased to deliver a new low-power product line in our Barracuda family that enables system builders and end users alike to attain a higher level of environmental friendliness while cutting costs,” Mr. Motsinger said.

But very large capacities along with trimmed power consumption come at a price: performance of the new Barracuda LP drives with 5900rpm spindle speed is well below that of hard drives with 7200rpm motor. Seagate declares 5.1ms average latency and random read/write seek time of 16ms for Barracuda LP, whereas the Barracuda 7200.12 can boast with 4.16ms average seek time as well as 8.5ms random read seek time and 9.5ms random write seek time.

Barracuda LP family of hard drives presently includes 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB models with 32MB of cache and Serial ATA-300 interface. Manufacturer suggested retail price for 2TB model is $358, 1.5TB flavour should cost $156, whereas 1TB version is supposed to be priced at $118.