"Some poems are best
when the writer writes what he needs to say
and then does not write anymore
Sometimes too many words just get in the way"
-- From "The Problem With Long Poems" by Ralph J. Fitcher, 2009
What Fitcher said about poetry in this tribute to National Poetry Month also applies to semiconductors: Less is more sometimes:
One of the tricks that makes the Intel
Today, Advanced Micro Devices
Clever manufacturing tricks from AMD's separated manufacturing unit GlobalFoundries will keep the new Phenoms running as cool as their older brothers -- despite significant performance upgrades. With the Turbo feature on top of that and early signs of very competitive pricing, these chips should move plenty of unit sales for system builders like Dell
The Phenom II is meant for desktop computers, but Turbo CORE and the related manufacturing improvements should work their way into server and laptop chips soon enough. Rather than waiting for GlobalFoundries to catch up with Intel's next-generation manufacturing process and work up a complete match for Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, AMD designed a partial Turbo technology. Less is more sometimes, and something is always better than nothing -- just ask Yahoo! and Microsoft why they're doing a search partnership after a failed merger and you'll see what I mean.
Should AMD have cut a few more words from this poem even if it meant months of delays, or is this the sensible middle road? I'm going with "sensible," but feel free to discuss AMD's strategy in the comments below.
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