Meltdown and Spectre FAQs for VARs and MSPs

The vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, have created a significant security concern around the globe.  Listed below are common questions managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) may be facing due to these security gaps. What is Meltdown? Meltdown is a security gap lying deep within the kernel of Intel processors. Meltdown, allows for programs […]

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A Brief History of AMD v. Intel


In the beginning

Intel was founded on July 18, 1968 and produced its first microprocessor, the 4004 microcomputer, at the end of 1971. The processor used 2300 transistors, and was capable of executing 60,000 operations in one second. Shortly after the release of the 4004 the 8008 microcomputer was released and as the name implies, it was capable of executing twice as many operations per second. Eight years later on July 1, 1979, the Intel 8088 was introduced. It was IBM’s choice for their first PC and guaranteed Intel a viable future.

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World of Processors

Over the past 20+ years, the PC industry has revolved around key innovations in processor technology. Recent years have been marked by the emergence of multi-core processor technology. Today, there are essentially three types of processors currently available for the desktop PC user: single core, dual core, and quad core. The ‘core’ is the part of the microprocessor that does the work. This is different from computers with multiple processors.

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