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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 as both Microsoft, with its Surface line-up, and various OEMs release their products to market comfortably... Read more...
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, along with 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 as both Microsoft, with its Surface line-up, and various OEMs release products... Read more...
Today, for the first time since Atom first debuted, Intel is launching an updated version of the Atom core that does more than integrate additional function blocks and lower power consumption. The tablet iteration of the new SoC is called Bay Trail, and it's aimed at the red-hot tablet and handheld market currently occupied by various chips from Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, and NVIDIA. Our first thought?  Finally. This is what Intel's Atom architecture always aspired to. Intel has done some impressive things with Atom, including its first serious forays into mobile phones and tablets, but the Bonnell microarchitecture that debuted in 2008 was explicitly designed to emphasize low power consumption,... Read more...
Intel announced a pair of new products today designed to boost data center efficiency, shrink footprints, and allow for faster deployments. The first are new microservers based on the C2000 (codename: Avoton) Atom architecture. We've discussed the Bay Trail Atom core several times and Intel's plans for the technology in the mobile space, but moving the hardware into data centers is a key component of Intel's microserver strategy. Based on what we know of Bay Trail/Avoton, we expect it will offer significantly improved performance over existing S1200 Atom servers, thanks to multiple microarchitechtural improvements and the integration of a quad-core processor rather than dual-core + Hyper-Threading.... Read more...
Make no mistake, the war over CPU supremacy is shifting to mobile, and unlike traditional battlegrounds like desktops, notebook PCs, and servers, it's ARM, not Intel, that has the biggest army. Of course, that's not to say that couldn't change in the blink of an eye, and if Intel attacks the mobile market with the same vigor that it did on the desktop, we could be looking at a x86 revolution among smartphones and tablets. Before that can happen, Intel needs to produce chips that are more competitive with current ARM processors. If you're rooting for Intel, or are a fan of competition in general, you'll be happy to know that the Santa Clara chip maker may soon disclose an accelerated release schedule... Read more...
Ever since it unveiled the Classmate PC several years ago, Intel has taken an interest in providing educational technology to students in the developing and developed world. The company has just announced the next phase of its efforts -- a pair of tablets that are designed to interface with sensor packages, include educational software, and are based on Android rather than Microsoft Windows. The two tablets have similar, though not exact, hardware specs. The 7-inch design has a 1024x600 touch screen, runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and offers 8GB of storage while the 10-inch tablet has a 1280x800 display and 16GB of RAM. Oddly, the 10-inch tablet is actually listed as running Android 4.0 (Ice... Read more...
Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, in conjunction with CircuitCo, is developing a low-cost, embedded-type motherboard based on the Intel Atom processor called the MinnowBoard. The whole affair is very charming (complete with a cartoon minnow logo), and it’s being marketed as a sort of fun, hobbyist-friendly board. (Sound like the Raspberry Pi?) Although it uses Intel architecture, the hardware is open, and it runs the open source Angstrom Linux distro. Specs include an Intel Atom E640 (dual-core, 1GHz) with an Intel integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA 600, 1GB DDR2 RAM, and UEFI firmware with 4MB SPI flash. There’s plenty of I/O, too, including DVI... Read more...
Asus is kind of quietly positioning itself as the king of Android tablets by offering a wide range of attractive models. There's the Nexus 7, which is offered by Google but manufactured by Asus, the affordable MeMO Pad HD 7 that sells for just $150, the also-affordable MeMO Pad Smart 10, and now the MeMO Pad FHD 10, the newest addition to the MeMO Pad family and the one with the highest resolution. As the model name implies, the FHD version sports a Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) IPS display measuring 10.1 inches. Powering all those pixels is an Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz and 2GB of RAM. The 32nm processor supports Hyper Threading and has 1MB of cache. Other features include... Read more...
Intel unveiled a number of new data center initiatives this week as part of its broad product strategy to redefine some of its market goals. In the past, Intel's efforts in this area have boiled down to giving customers more of what they wanted, where "more" was defined as higher clock speeds or more processing cores. That's not to imply that Intel didn't do a great deal of work on software optimization, compiler tools, or CPU fabric design -- it absolutely did -- but the pitches used to be simpler, and more hardware-focused. That's changing slowly, thanks to the growing difficulty of improving microprocessors at a rapid pace (on the one hand) and the popularity of low-power solutions on the... Read more...
When news broke earlier this week that Apple had finally inked a deal with TSMC to produce processors with the company beginning in 2014, the first round of chatter was on what this might mean for Samsung. Apple, after all, has been by far Samsung's single largest customer. With that topic out of the way, talk has turned to Intel. Once again, the tired rumor that Intel walked away from the manufacturing equivalent of Cibola is being floated across the Internet. At first glance, it makes sense. Intel currently enjoys a hefty lead over every other country in terms of its processor technology. The company has admitted that its fab utilization is as low as 50%, which may be a record. With PC demand... Read more...
Last week, we paid a visit to ARM's headquarters in Cambridge, England and sat down with the company for multiple deep dives into its structure, processor architecture, and the future of its product design. The semiconductor market for mobile and hand-held devices has changed dramatically in the past six years and ARM has had to evolve alongside it. This is the first in a series of articles designed to profile different aspects of the company and its competition with Intel... ARMs Race: Licensing vs. Manufacturing In Mobile... Read more...
Last week, we paid a visit to ARM's headquarters in Cambridge, England and sat down with the company for multiple deep dives into its structure, processor architecture, and the future of its product design. The semiconductor market for mobile and hand-held devices has changed dramatically in the past six years and ARM has had to evolve along side it. This is the first in a series of articles designed to profile different aspects of the company and its competition with Intel.   ARM's Licensing and Design Model Most readers are aware that ARM has a very different business model than Intel. Specifically, ARM licenses a wide range of technologies in a vast number of markets. The majority of... Read more...
Lenovo just won’t quit with the quirky form factors (which we’re glad for), and the company’s latest innovation is the Lenovo Miix, a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet that comes equipped with a “quick flip” detachable folio case that doubles as an AccuType keyboard. The device has a 10.1-inch HD (1366x768) IPS display and runs on a dual-core Intel Atom processor with 64GB of built-in storage, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3G-GPS, and 10 hours of battery life. The tablet itself weighs 1.2 pounds and is just 0.4 inches thick. Lenovo Miix (curiously, without the folio case attached) The concept is that the Miix performs double duty as both a tablet and a lightweight laptop.... Read more...
Intel is making a play for a bigger chunk of the mobile market, and although ARM says that it’s a generation ahead of Intel’s Atom (on smartphones, at least), Intel showed off its 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture and new Atom (Bay Trail) tablet platform and demonstrated a substantial generational performance increase. (Hit up our coverage of Silvermont/Bay Trail here.) Clover Trail and Clover Trail+ aren’t even a year old yet, but Bay Trail, which Intel says will be in consumer devices by the end of the year, blows them out of the water in terms of performance. In a live demo hosted by Intel’s Hermann Eul Ph.D., Vice President and General Manager of Mobile & Communications... Read more...
While Intel is the king of the PC, competitor ARM is arguably the king of mobile, and the latter is apparently further securing its crown with a new optimized IP solution that’s designed for use in midrange mobile devices. ARM executives went so far as to tell TechHive that their offerings are a generation ahead of Intel’s. Assuming that’s true, it’s especially bad news for Intel because the chipmaker just launched its new 22nm Atom solution. ARM’s latest consists of an a Cortex-A12 processor with a Mali-T622 GPU and a Mali -V500 (which is a multi-core video solution that, among other things, fast encoding/decoding to better handle higher-resolution content). ARM's... Read more...
WD has added to its SMB storage server line with the WD Sentinel RX4100, a 1U rack-mount server designed for ease of installation and setup as well as affordability. The server joins the Sentinel DX4000 in WD’s lineup. The Sentinel RX4100 is available in capacities of 16TB (4 x 4TB), 12TB (4 x 3TB), or 8TB (4 x 2TB) with 4GB of DDR3-800 SODIMM RAM. It offers four 3.5-inch drive bays with a front-loading, hot swap design, and the drives are pre-configured in RAID 5 and feature automatic RAID rebuild. Under the hood is a dual-core Intel Atom processor Sentinel DX4000 (top) with Sentinel RX4100 The unit also has two gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 3.0 ports in the back, a USB 2.0 port in the... Read more...
Although Samsung’s Galaxy Tab devices are generally very fine products, the sheer number of SKUs in the line make individual Tabs less interesting. However, there’s a rumor that the upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be packing an Intel chip instead of a homegrown Samsung Exynos or other mobile processor. According to Android Authority, a GLBenchmark test shows that model GT-P5210 (believed to be the model number for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1) has an Intel Clovertrail chip inside, which the site says is the 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560. Judging from the information, the Intel processor would be present in both the WiFi-only and 3G versions of the tablet. Image credit: Android Authority Other... Read more...
Intel may have missed its chance to power Apple's iPhone range, but Lenovo's not going to let the chipmaker skip over yet another flagship device. The company's K900 smartphone, which was initially shown at CES 2013, is finally on sale this week. It's actually one of the most powerful smartphones on the planet, equipped with a dual-core 2GHz Atom Z2580 processor, a PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU and a copy of Android on top. There's an expansive 5.5" IPS touch panel (1080p), and the frame measures just 6.9mm thick. There's also a piece of Gorilla Glass 2 protecting the panel, and a 13MP camera sensor from Sony around back. Recognizing that customers often need to take clear, flash-less photos in low-light,... Read more...
In an effort to coax developers to begin taking Atom seriously as an Android platform, Intel has just released a complete suite of tools that should help ease them into things - especially since it can be used for ARM development as well. It's called Beacon Mountain, named after the highest peak outside of Beacon, New York, and it currently targets Windows 7 and 8 as the development host OS, with Mac OS X to be supported later this year. As you'd expect, Beacon Mountain supports Jelly Bean (4.2) development, and with this suite, you're provided with a collection of important Intel tools: Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager, Integrated Performance Primitives, Graphics and System Performance... Read more...
Bored nerds create some of the most entertaining and amazing stuff out there, but when those nerds are nanophysicists, they screw around with things at the atomic level. And when those nanophysicists work for IBM, they get paid to make things like the world’s smallest movie. If you don’t catch what’s happening in this one-minute film, it’s a stop-motion animated feature about a boy playing with an atom. It’s rather 8-bit looking, and the boy is kind of a sloppy stick figure, but you can forgive all of that when you realize that they made the film by manipulating individual atoms and magnifying them 100 million times so we can see them. Thus, the “atom”... Read more...
In remarks on an earnings call a couple of weeks ago, outgoing Intel CEO Paul Otellini mentioned briefly that Intel would likely be putting out touch-enabled notebooks running for as little as $200. Presumably those devices would be running Windows 8, but now it appears as though Intel may use Android on those devices. Intel’s executive vice president and chief product officer Dadi Perlmutter told CNET that those PCs will more likely be based on Android and run on Intel Atom processors. The reasoning is simple: Android is free. Windows 8 is not. Thus, as Perlmutter also said, reaching that low $200 price point is largely dependent on how far Microsoft is willing to bend on Windows 8 licensing... Read more...
As far as the accuracy of rumors go, one good sign that you’re either spot on or really, really far off is if the company that’s the object of the speculation specifically asks you to remove information from your site. That’s apparently what happened with French site Minimachines, which leaked photos and specs of the Acer Iconia W3 tablet. Of course, this being the Internet, that information has already been widely disseminated. The W3 tablet looks to be an 8-inch device that runs Windows 8. Other specs include a 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM, front and rear cameras, and possibly a microSDHC card slot. If the photo is to be believed, the little tablet will be accompanied... Read more...
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