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Intel is joining the fight to replace the widely used 3.5mm headphone jack with USB Type-C connectors. The Santa Clara chip maker isn't the first to suggest such a move, though the challenge in toppling the 3.5mm port is that it's everywhere. Nevertheless, Intel presented an extensive proposal at IDF Shenzhen to make the swap.Replacing the 3.5mm jack with USB Type-C connectors is a short term goal of Intel's, one that would pave the way towards its long term goal of transitioning from analog to digital audio. The movement is already underway on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, and... Read more...
One week ago, Intel took the drastic step of laying off 12,000 employees, representing 11 percent of the company’s workforce by mid-2017. While we are always saddened to hear about such wide-scale layoffs in the tech industry, the writing has been on the wall as PC sales have been on a downward trajectory for years. At the time, CEO Brian Krzanich hinted at his plans to transform Intel “from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices… As we drive this transformation, there is an extraordinary opportunity ahead. We will emerge as a more productive... Read more...
Hot on the heels of its latest financial reports, which showed the company beating estimates for both earnings and revenue, but offering weaker than expected guidance for Q2, Intel has announced a significant workforce reduction that will result in approximately 12,000 job cuts over the next year.The restructuring initiative was outlined in an e-mail from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. In the email, Krzanich states, “Our results over the last year demonstrate a strategy that is working and a solid foundation for growth. The opportunity now is to accelerate this momentum and build on our strengths.”... Read more...
Apple views its 12-inch MacBook as "the future of the notebook," and if that's the marketing pitch, you can't go around selling the thing with old hardware, right? Of course not, though up until now that's exactly what Apple was doing. Not anymore—Apple went and updated the MacBook with Skylake processors, while also giving it longer battery life and a new rose gold option.The MacBook now rocks Intel's sixth-generation Core M processors ranging in speed from 1.1GHz to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1GHz. These chips bring burlier integrated graphics to the table that Apple says increases... Read more...
While it’s definitely fun to talk about enthusiast parts like Intel’s upcoming deca-core Extreme Edition processors, we have to keep in mind that many consumers don’t set their sights that high when it comes to performance and have more meager budgets to navigate. With that in mind, Intel has announced its new Apollo Lake platform, which is targeting the low-end of of the PC and tablet market. The Apollo Lake platform brings with it a number of enhancements compared to its Braswell and Cherry Trail predecessors including a new Atom microarchitecture: Goldmont. Like the Airmont architecture that... Read more...
Intel hopes that its 3D XPoint technology that it developed in conjunction with Micron will lead to a new generation of ultra-fast SSDs. The new memory technology, which is being marketed under the Optane brand name, is claimed to eventually be 1000 times faster and 1000 times more reliable than traditional NAND. That’s a pretty tall order to fill, but we have it on good authority that Intel can actually deliver on its promise. After giving us an amazing demo of Optane SSDs at IDF San Francisco last year, Intel was back at again this week at IDF in Shenzhen, China. Rob Crooke, Intel SVP and GM... Read more...
The Asus Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard is the latest in Asus' flagship line of enthusiast-class motherboards for gamers. It’s a top-end premium solution with a dizzying array of tuning options to supercharge your next build and tweak overall performance in games, networking and more. Our previous motherboard eval featured the Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable, which was a budget-friendly Z170 motherboard that offered strong performance, without a ton of superfluous bells and whistles. Yet the Gigabyte board was quite the performer, holding its own in most tests and even coming out ahead... Read more...
Intel out of the blue announced high-level executive departures from two of its most high-profile business divisions. The first executive that is parting ways with Intel is Kirk Skaugen, who has been with the company for nearly 25 years. Skaugen most recently was in charge of the Client Computing Group (CCG). His previous roles at Intel included leading the PC and Data Center Group and the PC Client Group before it was renamed to CCG. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Client and Internet of Things (IoT) Businesses and Systems Architecture Group President Dr. Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala commended... Read more...
It's a good thing Intel waited until the weekend to let slip a mention of its forthcoming Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition processor on its website, because had the Santa Clara chip maker jumped the gun, everyone might assume it was an April Fool's Day prank. That's not the case for what we surmise is a mighty 10-core CPU (more on that in a moment).To be clear, Intel hasn't launched the Core i7-6950X, not yet anyway. But what the company did do is update its support website for its latest Management Engine software, listing the much anticipated Broadwell-E part as a compatible chip. So in that way,... Read more...
Intel is officially launching a brand new series of Xeon processors today, the Xeon Processor E5 v4. Unlike mainstream desktop products, which feature Intel’s latest core technologies like the Skylake-based Core i7-6700K, mission-critical, big-iron parts like the Xeon E5 v4 series are more complex and go through much more qualification, and as such tend to leverage core technologies that have long been proven in the consumer space. The the Xeon Processor E5 v4 family, for example, is based on Broadwell, or more specifically Broadwell-EP. We’ve already got a plethora of Broadwell coverage up here... Read more...
Over the past few years, we’ve seen some pretty amazing advancements in the solid state drive (SSD) space thanks technology like 3D NAND and the NVMe interface. Intel also is banking on the use of 3D NAND to further put pressure on entrenched HDD storage. Over the next four years, Intel expects that the density and efficiency advantages of 3D NAND will move SSDs from being primarily used for hot storage (frequently used data) to warm (infrequently used data) and cold storage (rarely used data). With this in mind, Intel is launching a new range of SSDs including offerings in the enterprise markets.... Read more...
For nearly a decade, Intel has followed a "tick-tock" release strategy for its processors. However, as Intel attempts to transition its manufacturing process from 14 nanometers to 10 nanometers, it's running into challenges that has the Santa Clara chip maker seemingly thinking about abandoning its tick-tock model.Before we go any further, let's talk about the tick-tock model for a moment. Starting in 2007, Intel followed a cadence that consisted of transitioning existing architectures to a new process node (tick) followed by releasing a new architecture on that same node (tock). For example, Broadwell... Read more...
Andy Grove, the man who was largely responsible for turning Intel's attention from memory chips to microprocessors, is dead at the age of 79, Intel announced on Monday. Though now gone, Grove leaves behind a legacy that helped shape the PC and semiconductor markets into what they are today. Grove was born in Budapest, Hungary. He immigrated to the United States in 1956-7 after having survived Nazi occupation and escaped Soviet repression. After arriving in the U.S., he studied chemical engineering at the City College of New York before completing his Ph.D at the University of California at Berkeley... Read more...
It has been suggested for quite some time that Intel could/should take advantage of AMD's struggling situation to make an acquisition, or at least take advantage of licensing some of its technologies. The latter thought has ramped-up again in the rumor mill, and while there's no clear path that Intel might take, it's being said that the Santa Clara company is heavily weighing its options. A decade ago, it would have been quite a historic event to see Intel work with AMD in any major way, but the landscape has shifted, and with AMD in need of more revenue streams, it now makes more sense perhaps... Read more...
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