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AMD

Submission + - Triple-core AMD chips next year

owlman17 writes: AMD will be releasing triple-core chips next year, carrying the same Phenom brand name. Their real reason?

The three-core Phenom chip is basically the same as the quad-core one, it just has one less working core, Brewer confirmed. One disadvantage of the monolithic quad-core design that AMD chose for its quad-core chips is that just one manufacturing defect on part of the chip can knock out an entire quad-core processor. But if you invent a category for three-core chips, suddenly you can make money off those chips that would otherwise have to be discarded because of a defect that disabled one core.
Reminds me of the 486SX more than a decade ago. Otherwise normal 486DX chips, with their defective math co-processor disabled.
Operating Systems

Submission + - FreeDOS 1.0 is out!

owlman17 writes: http://www.freedos.org/ 1.0 is finally out the door after years in public beta. From the site: "This is a very important day for FreeDOS. A lot of you have put in so much work over the years, helping to make everything perfect. Even if you didn't contribute code, you helped out the FreeDOS Project by submitting comments and bug reports. Thank you!"

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