Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Intel pushing obsolete technologies to US government

Intel has an online document titled "Government PC Buyer Request for Proposal Guidance". The document contains tables that "include statements that can be included directly in RFPs to clearly justify the addition of a feature as a requirement". Intel claimed that the statements are written in vendor-neutral language. Let's take some examples:

*) Mobile-optimized dual-core processor should have shared cache
*) Chipset should support 667 MHz FSB and should be integrated, and should also support known future operating systems

The two are clearly specific to Intel's outdated FSB architecture.

AMD should propose something more reasonable, such as

*) Mobile processors must support 64 bit Microsoft OSes
*) System should have more than 12.8GB/s of total memory and I/O bandwidth
*) Processor should have integrated memory controller
*) Desktop processor must consume less than 95 watts maximum


Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't "future operating system" = 64bit?

9:14 PM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant believe this document. How come a processor company is talking about systems?? In some of the other countries I know off ,they would have been sued for even posting such a "recommendation"....

7:55 AM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

funniest thing I've seen all day. Notice how the desktop column has 64-bit computing, but the mobile column does not recommend it. Hmm, I wonder why? Oh, its because intel doesn't have a 64-bit mobile processor.

"How about we recommend that all computers use only intel chips. Wait, too obvious. How about our great and mighty shared cache. That's better than an integrated front side bus right? Nobody who reads this will know otherwise, so lets just pretend. We can call it a feature and still be vendor neutral"

It looks like intel is trying to lose this anti-trust case on purpose.

3:44 PM, April 26, 2006  

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