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A few weeks back we gave you a first-hand look at the performance of Intel's new low power Bay Trail Atom System-On-A-Chip for tablets and hybrid devices. Bay Trail, the follow-on to Intel's Clover Trail Atom design, comes in both dual and quad-core variants and offers better overall performance-per-watt than the previous generation and a significantly most robust graphics engine.  At the time, we only got our hands on a few prototype devices and Intel was still tuning drivers getting the solution ready for prime time. This week, however, the Windows 8.1 and Intel Bay Trail onslaught begins... Read more...
NVIDIA is holding a tech event currently in Montreal to showcase a number of the tools and technologies the company has developed to foster state of the art in game development. The event will be taking place over the next two days and we’re told there will be a number of newsworthy items revealed. The morning of Day 1 began with NVIDIA’s VP of Content and Technology, Tony Tomasi talking about “The Way It’s Meant To Be Played” initiative. He outlined a number of existing games that already leverage NVIDIA technology, like PhysX and Waveworks, and discussed a number... Read more...
Over the past few years, a handful of mobile graphics companies have emerged as key pillars of the industry. The biggest dog on the block, by far, has been Imagination Technologies, with Qualcomm, NVIDIA and ARM all picking up significant businesses of their own as well. But now, there's a new kid on the block -- a company with a tiny, highly customized GPU, a number of recent design wins, and a strong product portfolio. Enter Vivante. According to research from Jon Peddie, Vivante has surged from a 0.3% market share in 2012 to 9.8% of the market in 2013, thanks to multiple design wins both in... Read more...
Over the past few years, a handful of mobile graphics companies have emerged as key pillars of the industry. The top dog, by far, has been Imagination Technologies, with Qualcomm, Nvidia (during the Tegra 2 / Tegra 3 era) and ARM all picking up significant businesses of their own as well. But now, there's a new kid on the block -- a company with a tiny, highly customized GPU, a number of recent design wins, and a strong product portfolio. Enter Vivante. According to research from Jon Peddie, Vivante has surged from a 0.3% market share in 2012 to 9.8% of the market in 2013, thanks to multiple... Read more...
Have you ever been in a relationship that you just know is bad news, but you can't help but stay? Some call that being a glutton for punishment; for Apple, it's called smart business. Prior to the launch of the iPhone 5s, it was rumored that Apple was going to make the shift from Samsung to Taiwan's TSMC for chip production, but thanks to some reverse engineering conducted by Chipworks, it's being confirmed that for at least this generation, Apple has stuck by Samsung. The reason this partnership is so interesting at this point in time is that in the mobile market, Samsung and Apple are fierce... Read more...
You might be also interested in: Betting On Bay Trail: Intel's Atom Overhaul Tested Intel’s newly appointed CEO, Brian Krzanich and President Renee James kicked off this year’s Intel Developers Forum with an opening keynote that laid out the company’s plans for 2014 and beyond. They spoke of industry trends in general, about Intel’s strategy moving forward, and how they believe they can win in the current economic and technical environments. They also revealed some bleeding edge new technology, which somewhat surprisingly, was already up and running, live on stage. The underlying... Read more...
The story around AMD's upcoming Kaveri continues to evolve, but it's increasingly clear that the chip won't be available for retail purchase this year. If you recall, AMD initially promised that Kaveri would be available during 2013 and even published roadmaps earlier in May that show the chip shipping in the beginning of the fourth quarter. This was always surprising, but AMD adamantly stuck to the published roadmap and the Q4 2013 availability. Or at least, they did. What the company is saying now, in the wake of a rather confused DigiTimes story (more on that in a moment) is that while Kaveri... Read more...
A few weeks ago, the analyst company ABI Research published a report claiming that Intel's new CloverTrail+ platform (dual-core Medfield) for smartphones was significantly faster and more power efficient than anything ARM's various partners were shipping. If you follow the smartphone market, that was a very surprising claim. Medfield was a decent midrange platform when it launched in 2012, but Intel made it clear that it's goal for Medfield was to compete with other platforms in its division -- not seize the performance crown outright. The dual-core / quad-thread CloverTrail+ has improved on Medfield's... Read more...
Just days ago, the IDC reported that smartphone shipments outpaced those of feature phones for the first time, and although feature phones offer an extremely low-cost option for those needing basic mobile communication, it’s clear that more people are hungry for the amenities of smartphones. Fortunately, low-end smartphones are proliferating, and now MediaTek has developed a chip to help push performance on those devices up a notch with the MT6572 dual-core ARM SoC (Cortex A7, 1.2GHz). The MT6572 is built with the 28nm process technology and features integrated WiFi, FM, GPS, and Bluetooth.... Read more...
At the Intel Developers Forum currently underway in Beijing, Intel revealed a number of details regarding future Atom and Xeon processors and proposed server and rack-level enhancements to improve efficiency and ease upgrades moving forward. As Diane Bryant (senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group) revealed, the company will soon refresh its Xeon and Atom processor lines with new products manufactured using Intel’s advanced 22nm process node, which offer improved performance per watt characteristics and expanded feature sets that... Read more...
It's no secret that Intel is planning to get into the television and entertainment business in some way, but now it appears that the company is getting looser about introducing things pertaining to those goals. At the TV Connect 2013 event in London, Intel has launched a new reference design for Media Processors. The MSRD is both a hardware and software design kit for OEMs and system integrators that allow them to quickly develop Intel-based set-top boxes and media servers. Intel has pre-integrated components such as a media engine, broadcast stacks, virtualization, and motion control technology... Read more...
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, has softened its stance on building chips for other companies that it doesn't directly compete with and will start producing parts for Altera. Never heard of them? Altera manufactures "programmable logic" chips with structures like reconfigurable processors and memory as building blocks for complex System-on-Chip (SoC) designs. Typically this requires bleeding-edge manufacturing technology and Intel's 14nm will benefit them greatly versus competitors like Xilinx. The upside for Intel is that it can generate additional revenue and offset the rising... Read more...
Today, Intel is keeping on track for execution of their roadmap plan in the mobile space, with the release of their follow-on to Medfield, code-named Clover Trail+.  Clover Trail, as you’ll remember, is powering many a Windows 8 tablet these days.  Intel's latest Atom-based SoC is a more natural fit here, with the intrinsic advantages of being able to run full X86 compatible software on a tablet or convertible device, while still offering strong battery life performance.  That said, Clover Trail+, Intel’s new performance and feature-optimized version of Clover Trail for... Read more...
When we covered Intel’s first significant foray into the smartphone arena, early in January 2012, there was little doubt in our minds that the company had set its sights on the mobile market with a plan and roadmap for execution.  Though Medfield and Lexington, now known as the Atom Z2460 SoC, and its lower cost sibling Atom Z2420, looked solid enough on paper, we expected Intel would have an uphill battle versus already well-established players like Qualcomm, Samsung, NVIDIA and the like.  As it turned out, Medfield and Lexington Atom SoCs never really made it to... Read more...
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