This survey that represents the largest compilation of results ever presented on BeHardware.com, gives a good idea of developments since 2005, the date when the first dual core models were launched by AMD and Intel. Moving from the 90nm engraving that was used then to 65nm and then 45nm has allowed the two chip makers to move on to quad core models with availability at under 100 euros. Performances have increased by a factor of more than 4, while over the same period energy consumption has been well controlled, with, in particular, major efforts being made in idle.
The most impressive improvement has of course come from Intel who in 2005 were still relying on the outdated Netburst architecture while AMD were already quite advanced with the K8 generation. Intel have done much more than catch up, introducing the Core generation and now Nehalem, so much so that the performance average index clearly shows Intel to be a generation in advance of AMD in terms of rapidity. While the Bulldozer architecture is promising on paper, it won’t be available until 2011. In the meantime, while AMD can't compete when it comes to pure performance, it is positioning itself aggressively in terms
• In the latest salvo, AMD this week filed an antitrust suit in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Here are some key moments in the companies' entwined histories: • 1968--Intel is founded by Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore. • 1969--AMD is founded by Jerry Sanders along with a team of former Fairchild Semiconductor employees. • Early 1980s--IBM chooses Intel's so-called x86 chip architecture and the DOS software operating system built by Microsoft. To avoid overdependence on Intel as its sole source of chips, IBM demands that Intel finds it a second supplier. • 1982--Intel and AMD sign a technology exchange agreement making AMD a second supplier. The deal gives AMD access to Intel's so-called second-generation "286" chip technology. • 1984--Intel seeks to go...
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