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In a world where multi-core processors are now the norm, not the exception, the focus has largely (though not entirely) shifted from raw clockspeeds to architectural enhancements in order to continue delivering performance boosts with each new generation CPU. With that in mind, researchers from North Carolina State University and Intel have come up with a solution that could have a significant impact on the speed at which cores communicate with one another. Today's multi-core processors coordinate workflow by sending and receiving software commands between cores. The individual cores have to read... Read more...
There has been quite a bit of noise and plenty of confusion online lately, since news broke that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel’s and AMD’s next-generation processor microarchitectures – codenamed Kaby Lake and Zen, respectively – with Windows 10. Some publications and scores of readers pegged the decision as a pure marketing move by Microsoft and derided the company for forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10.On the surface, we understand why such a statement would make some people cringe. Not supporting Windows 7, which remains the second most popular desktop OS with enthusiasts,... Read more...
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company with an eye towards artificially intelligent machines, is in the process of acquiring Movidius, a fabless chipmaker that designs computer vision processors used in drones, self-driving cars, VR solutions, and other gadgets. Provided the deal goes through, Intel sees "massive potential" for the pairing. Movidius is the latest in a growing line of acquisitions that Intel hopes will bolster its efforts in various emerging technologies, particularly those related to the Internet of Things (IoT) category. With Movidius, Intel plans to mash together the... Read more...
John McAfee, the antivirus pioneer who created one of the world's most popular security programs and later sold it to Intel for $7.68 billion, is now suing the Santa Clara chip maker for the rights to his name. Apparently McAfee wants to rename his digital gaming company MGT Capital Investments Inc. to John McAfee Global Technologies Inc. Since McAfee named his former antivirus software company after himself as McAfee Associates, Inc. in 1987 and then ultimately sold the security outfit to Intel, he's put himself in tough spot. Intel has already told him that if he proceeds with his plan, he'll... Read more...
Intel lifted the curtain on its Kaby Lake architecture earlier this week, its second consecutive "tock" in what used to be its "tick-tock" release cadence and also its 7th generation Core architecture. While that dominated the headlines, Intel also launched its budget-oriented Apollo Lake line, which is the latest generation of its low-power Atom family. Apollo Lake is the successor to Braswell and is built on the same 14nm manufacturing process. It uses Goldmont core and will slip into low-cost devices, such as budget-priced 2-in-1 systems and affordable laptops. While that doesn't sound particularly... Read more...
Intel 7th Gen Core Series Kaby Lake WaferIntel is readying a new family of processors based on its next-gen Kaby Lake microarchitecture. We’ve heard quite a bit about Kaby Lake over the last few months, and were even able to show you it in action last week while covering IDF, but today we’ve got many more details to share on the microarchitecture that will be foundation of Intel’s upcoming 7th Generation Core processors.If you’re unfamiliar with Kaby Lake, it is the follow-up product to last year’s Skylake. Kaby Lake borrows heavily from Skylake; its CPU cores, cache structure, and graphics engine... Read more...
Notebook makers have answered the call for increasing thin and light solutions, but at what cost? The quest for even thinner waistlines and lighter profiles has been met with sacrifices, such as the demise of the removable battery (there are exceptions, though comparatively few). That's just the start of things—there's chatter that laptops built around Intel's Apollo Lake processors will kick replaceable RAM to the curb, as well.Citing sources from Taiwan's notebook supply chain, Digitimes claims that numerous notebook manufacturers are trending towards onboard memory memory designs rather than... Read more...
We learned earlier this month that Intel had purchased its very own ARM license and will soon be manufacturing ARM-based processors for third-parties. Intel, which has remarkable chip fabrication capabilities, however, won’t be producing ARM chips of its own design. This newest development already has analysts stirring the pot when it comes to the next wave of iPhone rumors. With the iPhone 7 less than a month away, analysts are already looking further into the future towards the hypothetical iPhone 8. Analysts speaking with the Nikkei Asian Review indicate that Intel has already approached Apple... Read more...
Intel has been relatively quiet on the solid state drive (SSD) front lately, though the company has likely been devoting a lot time and resources to its upcoming 3D XPoint storage architecture. However today, the company has unleashed a flood of new SSD products that cover a broad spectrum of usage scenarios. All of the new SSD products make use of 3D NAND, while the cheapest of them can be had for less than $100. First up is the SSD 600p Series, which is offered in four capacities ranging from 128GB on up to 1TB, and is targeted at consumer desktops and notebooks. The SSDs are available in the... Read more...
AMD President And CEO Dr. Lisa Su AMD has been slowly releasing information about its next-generation Zen processor core architecture since mid-last year. Complete specifications haven’t been officially released, but we do know that initial Zen-based processors will be manufactured using a 14nm FinFET process, and that a Zen core-based family of products will eventually scale all the way from mobile devices on up to big-iron, enterprise servers. News of a 32-core / 64-thread Zen-based server processor codenamed “Naples” broke a few months back, and AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su recently showed off an... Read more...
Today’s opening keynote at the Intel Developers Forum focused on a number of forward-looking AI, deep learning, connectivity and networking technologies, like 5G and Silicon Photonics. But late in the address, Intel’s Vice President and General Manager of its Data Center Group (DCG), Diane Bryant, quickly dropped a few details regarding the company’s next-generation Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Mill.Knights Mill is designed for high-performance machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads, and is currently slated for release sometime in 2017. According to Bryant, Knights Mill... Read more...
Intel's Diane Bryant Holds Up New Silicon Photonics Module At IDF Day 2 KeynoteThe Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Data Center Group (DCG), Diane Bryant, took to the stage at IDF 2016 in San Francisco this morning to showcase various technologies that the company has developed to enable the next-generation data center, which will be a vital part of tomorrow's 5G networks. With massive amounts of data being created, stored and accessed from millions of end points -- from the IoT to machine learning and machine vision-enabled devices -- the disaggregated data center of tomorrow will... Read more...
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Intel was an ARM license holder back in the early days of the personal digital assistant (PDA), and found its StrongARM and XScale chips in devices like the HP Compaq iPaq 5450 and other products of that ilk. But Intel jettisoned its ARM division in 2006 to focus on x86 processors, only to see a huge surge in ARM processor deployments with the rise of smartphones a few short years later. Intel tried to counter with its own low-powered, x86-based smartphones SoCs, but its efforts proved futile. Now, Intel is deciding to wade back in to the ARM waters as an ARM licensee.... Read more...
Intel, the world's largest producer of semiconductors, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nervana Systems, a deep learning startup founded in 2014 and headquartered in San Diego, California. The move buy the startup is in recognition of the growing role artificial intelligence will play in everyday technologies. "While artificial intelligence is often equated with great science fiction, it isn’t relegated to novels and movies. AI is all around us, from the commonplace (talk-to-text, photo tagging, fraud detection) to the cutting edge (precision medicine, injury prediction, autonomous... Read more...
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