Intel would 'like us dead' says AMD lawyer
After Intel accused AMD on Monday of breaching a 2001 patent cross-license agreement with Intel, AMD's top lawyer had some choice words for its bigger rival.
In a phone interview Tuesday, AMD general counsel Harry Wolin refuted Intel's claim that the AMD manufacturing spin-off Globalfoundries is not a subsidiary--and thus cannot legally use Intel intellectual property--and talked more broadly about Intel's tactics.
Intel's ultimate goal, Wolin believes, is to crush rivals into oblivion. "In their perfect world, we wouldn't exist. If they had to deal with the government every now and then, that's fine, and they're still extracting monopoly profits from the industry," he said.
Wolin doesn't buy into the oft-repeated theory that Intel needs AMD to keep the industry honest and to keep the U.S. government at bay. "I don't agree with the premise that they have to have us and they think they have to have us. I think they would absolutely like us dead," Wolin said.
The Dickensian depiction of AMD as the impoverished, distressed victim of Intel's bullying and manipulation is inaccurate and, more importantly, misses the relevant point, according to Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy. "It's nice of them to try to speak for us. AMD has been a competitor for almost 40 years in one form or another. This is not about AMD going away," he said. "This is about our rights and AMD's rights under the patent cross-license agreement."
Ashok Kumar, an analyst at investment bank Collins Stewart, said the premise of a remorselessly predatory Intel set on killing off its rivals is attention-getting but not that realistic.
"Could Intel put them out of business? Probably. But is it a likely outcome? I don't think so," he said. "Because they'll get a lot of significant push back from the OEMs (PC makers). The OEMs will essentially be making a beeline to Washington, D.C."
Intel contends this is a very localized dispute about whether Globalfoundries is a subsidiary or not, and not a manufactured issue "to distract the world from the global antitrust scrutiny (Intel) faces," as AMD said in a statement Monday. "AMD cannot unilaterally extend Intel's licensing rights to a third party without Intel's consent," said Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Intel, in a statement on Monday. Intel maintains the issue is that Globalfoundries is 34.2 percent owned by AMD and 65.8 percent-plus owned by Advanced Technology Investment Co., an investment company. So, in effect, Globalfoundries is not an AMD subsidiary.
Wrong, AMD says. It is not about ownership. AMD has met the conditions that qualify it as a subsidiary. "It requires that AMD originally contributed at least 50 percent of the assets. If you look at the fact that we've thrown in the German factories, we've thrown in the people, we've thrown in the technology, we've thrown in the intellectual property. I don't think there's any credible argument that says we haven't thrown in more than 50 percent of this. It says nothing about owning. It says you have to originally contribute 50 percent of the assets," Wolin said.
And what happens from here?
"Let's say the parties end up in a lawsuit at the end of 60 days," Wolin said. (Intel says it will terminate AMD's rights and licenses under the cross license in 60 days if the alleged breach has not been corrected.) "Well, you know, that lawsuit doesn't come to court for years and wouldn't come to court until well after the antitrust suit would come to court, which is currently scheduled for February of next year," according to Wolin.
Intel says the next step is mediation, where Globalfoundries is brought to the table. If this doesn't resolve the issue, then they would both be off to the races and the lawsuits would begin [source cnet].
Daily deals Mar 20 2009
So for this edition of daily deals at Guru3D I wanted to focus on motherboards for a change. There are many, they are diverse but let's run through some of the good deals shall we ?
AMD - Phenom / Phenom II
- For AMD motherboards and Phenom processors there's really only one motherboards series that applies. Your motherboard should be based on AMDs 790 chipset, LOADED with features. Check out this Asus M4A78T-E Motherboard at $139.99
- Or the MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 selling even cheaper at $129.99 , fair deal .. lovely motherboard in specs and aesthetics really.
- If you need to shave of the price a little further you could opt the 780 chipset, some great deals are to be found there. The ECS (Elitegroup Computers) ECS A780VM-M2 Motherboard for example, will run great, aestically less pleasing .. yet at $62.99 you just can't complain really.
Intel - Core 2 Duo/Quad
- GigaByte GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard, one of my facvorites, Core 2 compatible LOTS of features as well. It's available for $114.99 which is just an astounding deal really.
- ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 Motherboard -- if you are on a budget, check this out as it has everything you need fully Core 2 compatible and sells at merely $59.99
Intel - Core i7
- Rampage II extreme -- there can only be one the best, it's this one from ASUS. I own one myself and it is sick. The price is also sick though at $398.99
- eVGA X58 SLI Motherboard -- this offers just so much more value, great motherboard, check out our review. It's priced now at $279.00
- For the better price, check out the ECS X58BA Motherboard, we have a review on this board as well. It's available for $244.99
Check out the prices to visit the shops directly and observe the specifications and such. Guys, have a great weekend !
Acer Predator gaming PCs pose fire hazard; recalled
Samsung ships 16GB registered DDR3 sticks
The new technology is also simultaneously more efficient. The chipset uses 1.35 volts, or 20 percent less power than a 1.5-volt DDR3 stick; the 2-gigabit chips themselves use about 40 percent less power than a half as dense 1-gigabit chip.
Samsung hasn't provided pricing for the memory but does note that a less expensive, 8GB dual-inline RAM stick is also made possible for workstations and other, more conventional systems that use standard-length RAM slots.
NVIDIA GPU-accelerated AI and physics at GDC
The colleagues from xbit report that at GDC this year NVIDIA will focus on the benefits of GPU-accelerated artificial intelligence (AI) and physics processing at the Game Developers Conference 2009 in San Francisco next week. Additionally, NVIDIA will explain game developers how to properly optimize games for their shutter glasses-based 3D stereoscopic technology.
At the forthcoming Game Developers Conference 2009 the company will concentrate on demonstrating the benefits of GPU-accelerated artificial intelligence (AI) and physics processing. Besides, the company will also focus on teaching video game developers to efficiently use the power multi-core processors, including GeForce graphics processors.
In addition, Nvidia also plans to show game creators how to properly optimize their titles for shutter glasses-based 3D stereoscopic technology that was recently (re-)introduced by the company. Topics to be covered include: achieving out of screen effects, displaying 3D video content, and how to design a 3D friendly user interface. Nvidia also plans live demonstrations.
It is quite natural that Nvidia concentrates on ensuring that game developers can utilize the existing graphics technologies in the most efficient way. Currently available titles that heavily rely on DirectX 10 API usually run pretty slow on existing DX10-compatible hardware, therefore, it makes a lot of sense to use the power of next-generation DX11 graphics chips to take advantage of existing technologies.
There is a major drawback in this kind of tactics: if no games utilize Direct3D 11, then fewer gamers will be interested in next-gen graphics accelerators. On the other hand, the tactics allow Nvidia to switch attention of the industry from Microsoft Corp.
Intel to slice in Quad Core prices
Intel is to drop some desktop PC CPU prices 10-20% yet also plans to launch new desktop PC processors while reducing some models' prices in April, May and July this year. Average price reductions will be around 10-20%, according to sources at motherboard makers.
Two new quad cores are spotted, the Q8400 en Q8400S both at 2,66 GHz with 4MB L2 cache memory. The S version will likely have a lower TDP at 65 Watt.
For May 31 Intel plans two new core i7 processors. The Core i7 975 will be clocked at 3,22 GHz and the Core i7 950 at 3,06 GHz. Also spotted in May is the E7600 Core 2 Dup processor at 3,06 GHz with 3MB L2-cache.
|Processor||Freq||L2-cache||FSB||price old||price new|
|Q9300||2.50GHz||6MB||1333MHz||266 dollar||213 dollar|
|Q9550S||2,83GHz||12MB||1333MHz||369 dollar||320 dollar|
|Q9400S||2,66GHz||6MB||1333MHz||320 dollar||277 dollar|
|Q8200S||2,33GHz||4MB||1333MHz||245 dollar||213 dollar|
|Q8200||2,33GHz||4MB||1333MHz||199 dollar||167 dollar|
|Q8300||2,50GHz||4MB||1333MHz||183 dollar||163 dollar|
|E7500||2,93GHz||3MB||1066MHz||133 dollar||113 dollar|
|E5400||2,70GHz||2MB||800MHz||84 dollar||74 dollar|
|E5300||2,60GHz||2MB||800MHz||74 dollar||64 dollar|
|E1500||2,20GHz||512KB||800MHz||53 dollar||43 dollar|
NZXT Whisper chassis review | test
A nice design chassis that is big in size (full-tower) yet with a focus on decent airflow in that chassis, and the room for everything you can think of. Are the looks fooling us or is this a really worthy chassis concept ? So let us see of NZXT can succeed, the whisper is a chassis filled with noise damping features while retaining style.
Check out the full Guru3D review right here.
Nvidia PhysX on PS3 and Wii
Until recently, PS3 game developers had to buy the PhysX SDK (Software Development Kit) from Nvidia in order to use and implement PhysX in games. Announced on Tuesday, Nvidia extended the licensing agreement with Sony, though. This means that registered PS3 game developers can get Nvidia's PhysX SDK for free, from now on. What is interesting though is that according to the official press release, Nvidia made the same agreement with Nintendo. This means that developers for the Wii can now use the PhysX Software Development Kit for free, as well.
Radeon HD 4890 3DMark Performance Surfaces
It seems that with every day that passes a new snippet of info on the upcoming Radeon HD 4890 surfaces. Today a Taiwan based website published some performance results of the Radeon HD 4890 with 3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage.
The test systemshows to be a Intel Core i7 920 CPU running at 2.66 GHz, coupled with 3 GB of system memory. In 3DMark06, the HD 4890 card secured a score of 16,096 points, with SM 2.0 score of 6155, HDR/SM 3.0 score of 7521, and CPU score of 4836.
In 3DMark Vantage, reproduced a score of P10996. The device is tagged as "RV790" as the device string. Again reported clock frequencies ar 850 MHz on the GPu core and 975 on the GDDR5 memory.
ASUS ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX Graphics Card
ASUS launched the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) ENGTX260 MATRIX/HTDI/896MD3 graphics card. This innovative piece of hardware comes equipped with the upgraded dual fansink Hybrid Cooler+ for automatic and independent fan speed control. Dubbed as the world
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 launches
Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today. It can be downloaded in 25 languages at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 starting at noon EDT on March 19. Internet Explorer 8 is easier to use, faster and offers leading-edge security features in direct response to people's increasing concerns about online safety. A new study commissioned by Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance and conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. shows that 91 percent of adults in the U.S. are concerned about online threats in the current economic climate, and 78 percent are more likely to choose a Web browser with built-in security than they were two years ago.
In response to extensive customer research and input from tens of millions of customer sessions, Microsoft developed Internet Explorer 8 to focus on what matters most to people. The security enhancements offer protection against existing and emerging security threats online. It blocks two to four times more malware attacks than other browsers; cuts down on the time it takes to complete common tasks on the Web such as searching, mapping and sharing, including navigating 15 of the 20 top worldwide sites; and blurs the lines between the services they use daily and the browser used to access the Internet.
VIA Surfboard 1080p HD video and 8-channel HD audio
VIA announced the VIA Surfboard C855 Reference Design
Spire Tethys chassis for Micro ATX systems
The future of Micro ATX cases has arrived, this stylish and innovative case breaks the conforms of the usual. This case has been made to the highest possible quality to provide you with the satisfaction you are looking for in a small, yet powerful package.
Complete with its own integrated LCD display to provide you with all the information you need to keep your system at optimal. No matter the challenge, this case will be sure to deliver what you want, when you want.
* Durable Lightweight Metal
* Stylish & Sophisticated Design
* Dust Free Design
* Front USB and Audio Connections
* Full Folded Edge, Full Screen & Radiation Protected
* Integrated LCD-Display
* Micro ATX-Motherboard Compatible
* Rear & Front 60mm Fan Spacing
Nvidia MCP82 XE Chipset for AMD AM3 processors
MCP82 supports PCIe 2.0, HT 3.0, Tri/Quad SLI, Hybrid SLI, 12 USB 2.0, 6 SATA 3Gb/s ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HD Audio etc. MCP82XE is rated at 20W TDP in mGPU mode, 22W TDP in Hybrid mode and 9W TDP in idle mode.
Download: ATI Catalyst 9.3 driver relased (XP|Vista|Win7)
ATI released a new set of drivers for their Radeon based graphics cards. As always we mirrored them to our own file-servers. The new 9.3 Cats are available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
Highlights of the ATI Catalyst
Download: Realtek HD Audio 2.19 Driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP and Vista -it supposedly runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
The sound specialist still offers the Beta version 0.1 of the 3D Sound Back Utility which preserves or reactivates 3D sound effects such as Surround, reverb and stereoscopic effects of older games under Windows Vista. Since it is a beta version, the use is used at one's own risk only. You should backup your important files before using the software.
Here is an extract from the change log . Unfortunately improvements of performance are rare for new audio drivers. An uninstall problem in Windows 7 has now been fixed.
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003.
Driver Package R2.19
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista, Windows7 x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver Customizations.
1. Fix upgraded warning dialog for Small VGA mode .
2. Add failed run installation by count .
Download: Click here.
Formula 1 Game by Codemasters Detailed
The last F1 game on PC was F1 Challenge 99-02 by EA Sports in 2003. It has been 6 long years. Sony had exclusive license to develop F1 games between 2003-2007 for which it paid $15 million. Thus while the PlayStation saw release of Formula 1 games, all other gaming devices were left wanting for a Formula 1 games all these years. At the end of 2007 Formula 1 demanded more money to renew its license, Sony said no. Enter Codemasters who picked up this license to add to their wide collection of racing games. After their recent successes with DIRT and GRID, and their long running and successful Colin McRae Rally series, Codemasters may just be the right people for the job.
The new F1 game will be using the EGOTech engine which was originally used in DIRT, enhanced for GRID and now will be enhanced for the new F1 game. So expect some brilliant visuals with great damage model.
Weather will be an important part of the game. Its not something Codemasters have paid serious attention to in the previous games, but it will be interesting to see what they can come up with.
The track surface module will provide unprecedented realism in the game. Expect to see over every inch of the track, e.g. rubber from the tires, occasional stones, marbles, water (all the way from standing water through to a drying track) and all the associated properties of grip and heat, so for example running off the drying line in the wet will give you less grip and cool your tires.
eVGA GeForce GTX 295 Red Edition launched
Sure, we are very find of eVGA as they make awesome product. Sometimes however the style might surpass anything i really like. And personally ... this would not be my taste.
But the EVGA's GTX 295 Red Eition has surfaced on eVGA's website. The card comes clocked at reference speeds; 576 MHz on the core, 1242 MHz on the shaders, and a 1998 MHz memory clock. The product is 45 USD more expensive than the regular black version.
Well .. I dunno what to make of it really .. what do you guys think ?