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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...
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...
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...
We first learned about Intel's Skull Canyon NUC at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but Intel is now ready to give this bodacious mini-PC its official debut. The Skull Canyon NUC manages to cram plenty of high-end Intel silicon within an enclosure that measures just 8.5” x 4.6” x 0.9” and has a volume of just 0.69 liters. Inside, you’ll find a sixth-generation Intel Core i7-6770HQ processor with a 45W TDP and integrated Iris Pro Graphics 580. On the memory front, up to 32GB of 2133MHz DDR4 is supported, while storage duties are covered by two M.2 slots that support... Read more...
A leaked roadmap that purportedly shows Intel's planned release schedule for its mobile processors reaffirms what we already know, which is that Kaby Lake is coming to town later this year followed by Cannonlake late next year. Counting currently available Skylake CPUs, Intel is looking at three generations of processors between now and the end of 2017Chinese-language website BenchLife.info posted the leaked mobile platform roadmap, which shows Intel continuing to ship 14nm Skylake processors up until the third quarter of 2016. That's when Intel's 14nm Kaby Lake will take over, arriving just in... Read more...
Intel is very much an active participant in the immersive 3D category with its RealSense technology, though it has bigger and more ambitious plans. To put those plans in motion, Intel today announced that it's acquiring Replay Technologies, an Israeli startup that specializes in sports replay technologies that allows viewers to re-watch highlights in 360 degrees. If you watched the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities last month, then you would have caught a glimpse of the company's proprietary "free dimensional" or "freeD" video technology. It was mostly utilized during the slam dunk contest. During... Read more...
It wouldn't be like Intel to miss a major movement in technology, so don't expect the chip maker to sit on the sidelines while all these other companies chase the next big thing in virtual reality, augmented reality, and whatever else. Intel has plans to participate as well, specifically with an AR headset that will tap into its 3D camera technology.Intel already has a foot in the door with RealSense, a technology that uses multiple cameras to achieve a wide range of fancy effects. Building an AR headset around RealSense seems like a logical extension of that technology, especially with all the... Read more...
Everyone who builds a PC from the ground up faces several decisions along the way, one of which relates to storage—do you go with a fast solid state drive, or stretch your dollar-per-gigabyte with a capacious hard drive? In the end, most of us settle on a modestly sized SSD for the OS and a beefy HDD for storage chores, but what if you could have the best of both worlds? The industry is heading in that direction.Intel and Micron have been tag-teaming various storage and memory technologies, like 3D XPoint (pronounced "cross point") memory, and word on the web is that the fruits of that partnership... Read more...
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