According to TG Daily, an Intel spokesperson confirmed that the Montecito platform, which will premiere the company's next-generation 64-bit Itanium architecture, will dispense with executing all 32-bit instruction set applications on-die, prompting customers to opt instead for software-based emulation which Intel promises will be faster anyway.
The disposal of the on-die feature was discovered last week by CNET reporter Joris Evers, who noticed the omission of any mention of x86 platform emulation in an addendum manual for the Montecito platform released by Intel last week, entitled "Dual-Core Update to the Intel Itanium 2 Reference Manual." The update manual refers to the fact that first-generation IA-32 processing support had been moved from the hardware level, to emulation software called "IA-32 Execution Layer." "IA-32 EL is OS-based and is only available after an OS has booted," it states, which is the manual's way of saying it's a program on disk, not microcode on a chip.
What was unclear was whether this meant for certain that x86 emulation was being moved to IA-32 LA as well, or perhaps to some other unmentioned service. But in a statement to us this afternoon, Intel spokesperson Scott McLaughlin stated, "x86 software will run on Montecito using the IA32-EL emulation software rather than via an on-die solution."
At one time, support for 32-bit software was considered critical to IA-64's consideration as a full-featured platform. But the reasons for this change in direction, stated McLaughlin, are threefold: "First, IA32-EL is good code," he said, "and outperforms the hardware solution by [greater than a factor of three], and as the processor performance scales, so will the application performance.
"The second point is related," McLaughlin continued. "Application performance scales well through the emulation software, which means the customers get benefits without us having to re-spin or redesign transistors to deliver more performance. This is good for them, us, [as well as] system manufacturers who need to revalidate after every silicon spin. Finally, this lets us use the transistors that were focused on x86 software for other features in the processor."
Later, McLaughlin added that all of his 32-bit "legacy apps" run fine on the Itanium-2 64-bit platform, "which is all I care about, really."
With Intel's more consumer-related projects having stolen the spotlight, not much had been stated about Intel's plans for Montecito and Itanium 2 since last September's demonstration at the IDF conference.
Source: TG Daily
Kingmax is now offering its new microSD card with 256MB capacity. This form-factor is currently one of the smallest in the world and is naturally intended for mobile phones or such.
ASUS, more known as a PC hardware vendor, announced a new tri-band mobile handset - ASUS V66 Cell Phone. The novelty has stylish design oriented for younger people. The package includes ASUS MV Director software that manages photos, music and videos.
Following the announcement of ATI's X1900 GPUs, all companies are presenting their corresponding products.
ASUS announced the EAX1900XTX and the EAX1900XT cards that adopted Radeon X1900XTX and Radeon X1900XT VPUs, respectively.
Info-Tek presented GC-X1900XTD-VIE3, GC-X1900XTXD-VIE3, and GC-CX1900XT-E2 cards with MSRP of $549-649.
MSI's RX1900 series includes two models RX1900XTX-VT2D512E and RX1900XT-VT2D512E.
Sapphire unveiled RADEON X1900XTX, RADEON X1900XT, and RADEON X1900 Crossfire products.
All products have reference specifications and differ primarily by packages and proprietary features. If you need the complete specifications, please take a look at this page.
ATI Technologies introduced its latest handheld media processors - the Imageon 2380 and the Imageon 2388 - that support OpenGL ES 1.2.
Also, the programmable audio engine in the new Imageon processors enable new features such as positional 3D sound, CD-quality ring-tones and music phones with stereo recording and playback. Novelties support more than seventeen audio formats, including AMR, AAC LC, aacPlus enhanced, MP3, Real Audio, WMA and MIDI.
The Imageon video engine enables a mobile digital camcorder/player and supports advanced features such as video-telephony and video-streaming. Both media processors support video playback and recording at up to 30 frames-per-second in MPEG-4 and H.263/H.263+ formats. In addition, they support the latest video formats such as H.264 and Real Video offering compatibility for video streaming applications. Another feature implemented into the processors is ATI's PowerPlay power management technology.
All Imageon components come with the necessary software drivers and middleware that is compatible across the product line.
ATI is currently sampling the Imageon 2380 and Imageon 2388 to customers.
Source: ATI Technologies
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