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Intel Developing Ultra-Low Power Manufacturing Process

NVIDIA Introduces A New Family of GPU Motherboard Solutions

Sun Demonstrates Its Multi-Core x64 AMD Opteron Processor on Netra ATCA Blade Server at VON

Spansion Demonstrates 90nm Mirrorbit Based Flash Memory

Intel Developing Ultra-Low Power Manufacturing Process

Intel is developing an ultra-low power derivative of its high-performance 65nm logic manufacturing process that will enable production of very low-power chips for mobile platforms and small-form factor devices. The ultra-low power process will be Intel's second process based on 65 nm process technology.

Intel's ultra-low power, 65nm process technology includes several key transistor modifications which result in significant reductions in the three major sources of transistor leakage: sub-threshold leakage, junction leakage and gate oxide leakage. The benefits of reduced transistor leakage are lower power and increased battery life.

The new processes also combine higher-performance and lower-power transistors, a second-generation version of Intel's strained silicon, eight high-speed copper interconnect layers and a low-k dielectric material. Building chips using the 65 nm processes will allow Intel to double the number of transistors it can build on a single chip today (using Intel's 90nm technology).

Source: Intel

NVIDIA Introduces A New Family of GPU Motherboard Solutions

NVIDIA unveiled its latest core-logic motherboard solutions targeted at the integrated computing markets combining new NVIDIA nForce 400 MCPs with a new line of GeForce6 series GPUs with the following features:

  • Deliver HD video playback and output to HD televisions
  • GeForce6 graphics core supports Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and Shader Model 3.0
  • Secure networking and secure storage

The new chipset integrates NVIDIA Pure Video technology, whose hardware acceleration engine enables smooth playback of HD video, including Windows Media 9- and MPEG 2-based footage. NVIDIA PureVideo also delivers advanced de-interlacing, inverse telecine, and high-quality scaling.

NVIDIA nForce 400 and GeForce 6100-based systems will be available from worldwide system builders in October. Additional product information and specific partner availability will be made at that time.

Source: NVIDIA

Sun Demonstrates Its Multi-Core x64 AMD Opteron Processor on Netra ATCA Blade Server at VON

Sun Microsystems made the first public demonstration of its upcoming Netra ATCA (advanced telecom computing architecture) blade server powered with the multi-core AMD Opteron processor and running Solaris 10 OS at the 2005 VON (Voice on the Net) Conference. Sun's ATCA blade platform will be able to support both SPARC and AMD Opteron processor-based blades in the same chassis with choice of operating systems, including the Solaris OS and MontaVista Linux.

The ATCA blade server with the SPARC processor is scheduled for release at the end of 2005 with the AMD Opteron processor-based blade scheduled for release at the end of the first quarter of 2006.

Sun will bring the advantages of the carrier grade Solaris 10 OS with a common standards-based management and availability suite to those customers who choose to use the AMD Opteron processor in Sun's ATCA blade platform. For those customers who require carrier grade Linux on Sun's ATCA blade platform, Sun is announcing support for MontaVista Carrier Grade Edition (CGE). Monta Vista is currently working on an optimized port of its Linux environment for Sun's ATCA blade platform and multi-core AMD Opteron processor-based blade server.

Source: Sun Microsystems

Spansion Demonstrates 90nm Mirrorbit Based Flash Memory

Spansion, the Flash memory venture of AMD and Fujitsu Limited, showed silicon of its single-chip 1 Gbit GL NOR Flash memory and demonstrated working silicon of its 1Gb ORNAND Flash memory based on 90nm MirrorBit technology. Both novelties are manufactured at Spansionís flagship Fab 25 facility in Austin, Texas.

During an event held at Fab 25, Spansion conducted a live demonstration of a 1 Gb ORNAND device based on MirrorBit technology at 90nm for use as data storage in a wireless handset application. Using a handset reference design equipped with Spansion NOR Flash memory for code storage and a 1Gb MirrorBit ORNAND device for data storage, Spansion representatives demonstrated multimedia features including camera, camcorder, music and video playback. In particular, demonstration highlighted the write performance fast enough for a QVGA camcorder (320x240 pixels) recording at 15 frames per second.

Spansion also provided further details for its 90nm MirrorBit product roadmap, including samples of 1Gb devices with both NOR and ORNAND architectures planned for this year, and plans for a 2Gb density ORNAND device by mid next year. In addition, the company expects to sample its very high performance 1.8-volt 512Mb NOR device in early 2006. Spansion also plans to begin production of 65nm MirrorBit technology in 2006.

Source: AMD

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