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New Competition in Quad Core Computers

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New competition in quad core computers. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. AMD is hoping to regain some traction in its battle with Intel….with not only a new line of quad core processors dubbed Phenom….but a platform it calls Spider. VP Patrick Moorhead…

"Spider is the industry's first gaming platform. And by platform what we mean is a combination of the AMD processors, graphics and chipset. What we've done is we've engineered those together, added a little bit of secret sauce to give the enthusiast user the best experience out there."

AMD purchased graphics card maker ATI last year and Spider is designed to take advantage of that….

"Well we've optimized Spider for high definition content. And we have stretched that, not just high definition video and audio, but also high definition gaming. What the Spider platform allows the enthusiast to do that he couldn't do before …as it relates to games…is provide the ultimate realism in games like Crisis."

While Intel has faster quad core chips on the market….AMD argues that its combination platform…which can include up to four of its ATI graphics cards….provides better performance. AMD says the new machines can have the raw computing power of over 80 Sony PlayStation 3s. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.