Monday, November 13, 2006

Every Chip has Its Day

There has been quite a battle between the chip makers for some time now. It seems like each manufacturer is taking a different strategy when it comes to going green. What is interesting is that they are all going green, which is pretty exciting in itself. Here's a rundown:

VIA - The new guy on the block, seems to have a holistic marketing strategy. Their chips are low power, they offset the carson emissions on the chip, and now they are working in South Africa to bridge the digital divide. Definitely the crunchiest of the bunch, doing the most.

Intel - I don't know what is going on with these guys frankly. Definitely very much into the new multicore offerings that are rolling off the assembly line. These bode well for the future as the designers will have more silicon than they know what to do with, and the 5,000 core CPU is already within reach. In fact, Intel has already done the 80 core chip. But ultimately, Im not sure if this saves energy or puts all of your processing power in one place. They say it does.

AMD - probably the most recognized brand for energy efficient chips, definitely helped their their affiliation with Sun. Ironically, Sun is pushing their green campaign and AMD is mostly riding on their coattails, when in fact most of the energy savings of the Sun products comes from the AMD chips!

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