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Intel's Developer Forum (IDF) starts on Tuesday, and the chip manufacturer is expected to discuss its Ivy Bridge refresh, Haswell, talk about its upcoming 32nm tablet platform, Clover Trail, and possibly share a few details on its 22nm Atom SOC's. Performance per watt is going to be a major focus at IDF this year; Haswell is rumored to be capable of idling below 10W. Intel always uses IDF as a demonstration platform and roadmap update, but it's particularly important this year, when competing foundries have struggled with 28nm and Intel itself just cut its Q3 guidance. Several of Intel's rivals are gearing up their own demonstrations for this week. In AMD's case, that's normal -- Sunnyvale almost... Read more...
At the Intel Developer Conference this week, Intel is expected to (among other things) offer up some insight into its mobile strategy going forward. For as omnipresent as the company is in the world of processors, the tablet market is one where the competition is particularly fierce. ARM, Qualcomm, TI, and Samsung, for example, all stand in the way. We knew that Intel was planning to establish a presence with upcoming tablets running the new Windows 8 operating system, but a job posting for the chipmaker looking for software architects to develop a tablet platform really says it all: The Intel tablet SW team is in the early forming stages and presents an opportunity to play a key role in building... Read more...
Earlier this summer, AMD launched its HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) foundation with a number of core partners. Now Samsung has joined the collaborative effort as well. This could be the beginning of an unprecedented level of cooperation between the APU designer and massive smartphone/tablet developer. The two companies already share certain technologies; Samsung and GlobalFoundries, AMD's chief manufacturing partner, are members of IBM's Common Platform Alliance. The HSA Foundation is a non-profit established to promote "an open, standards-based approach to heterogeneous computing that will provide a common hardware specification and broad support ecosystem to make it easier for software... Read more...
Giada announced a new mini PC that features an NVIDIA GT610 GPU. The new i35G mini PC series also features an Intel Atom D2500 series processor, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard disk drive, and support for 1080p high definition graphics. As a mini PC, the i35G is designed to keep power consumption to a minimum. As you should expect, this PC has a small footprint, measuring about 7.56 x 6.10 x 1.02 inches. For connectivity, the i35G supports HDMI, remote control capabilities, VGA, Bluetooth, and five USB 2.0 ports. The PC also has a memory card reader. The Giada i35G series is available for $274. Giada Announces i35G Series for Consumer & Commercial Applications Low Power Consuming Mini-PC... Read more...
At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) today, Steve Ballmer formally announced the launch date for Windows 8 -- the OS will be RTM'd (Released To Manufacturing) the first week of August, with an estimated ship date in October. Microsoft's own ARM-flavored Windows 8 Surface will supposedly go on sale "around" that time frame; the company mostly showed off demo units and ultrabooks from the likes of HP, Lenovo, and Acer. Microsoft is forecasting a sales target of 375 million new Windows devices in the next twelve months and took paints at the conference to tell everyone that Surface -- the company's own tablet/ultrabook hybrid -- will only account for a "few million" of those devices.... Read more...
In the wake of Microsoft's Surface unveil last night, much of the buzz has been about Apple, and how Surface will (or won't) challenge Apple's domination of the mobile and tablet markets. This makes some sense, given Apple's recent high-profile unveil of the Macbook Pro with Retina Display, but Surface isn't really meant to go head-to-head against any Apple product. The true potential casualties are Android's share of the tablet market and AMD. When it launched Windows Phone 7, Microsoft effectively put world+dog on notice that it intended to deliver its own vision for a next-generation, scalable UI. Windows 7.5 and Windows 8 extend and build on that framework. Recall that much of the negative... Read more...
HP is working hard at reducing the complexity and energy required to run servers via its Project Moonshot program, and the latest development on that front is the Gemini server, which will use Intel Atom-powered “Centerton” server cartridges, which is a format that allows for the use of a dense array of low-energy, efficient servers. The processors feature 64-bit support and plenty of other features ideal for the data center, including VTx hardware virtualization, ECC memory, and an established software ecosystem (x86). HP’s Gemini infrastructure differs from a typical one in that thousands of servers per rack can share components instead of using dedicated components. The solution... Read more...
If you're a fan of fanless embedded systems, there's a good chance you'll like Habey's upgraded BIS-6569A, which is a small form factor PC with a 10W Intel Atom D2700 processor clocked at 2.13GHz and Nvidia GeForce GT520 GPU with 1GB of dedicated GDDR3 video memory tucked inside. Even though it measures just 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches by 2.5 inches, this little system is capable of big output, supporting resolutions up to 2560x1600 via HDMI. As mentioned, there aren't any fans inside the BIS-6569A, so it should be eerily quiet as it dishes out DirectX 11 visuals. It has plenty of ports, including Gigabit Ethernet, half a dozen USB 2.0 ports, S/PDIF optical audio, VGA+HDMI, four audio I/Os, and... Read more...
Just last month, Intel made it crystal clear that it was never in the running to acquire SeaMicro, a server startup that was ultimately snatched up by rival chip maker AMD for a cool $334 million. Intel's Chief Information Officer (CIO), Diane Bryant, basically said that no one at Intel was particularly impressed with SeaMicro's technology, at least not enough to warrant a buyout, so the Santa Clara chip maker skipped the SeaMicro sweepstakes. However, don't mistake Intel's disinterest in SeaMicro as a cavalier attitude toward the micro server market in general. On the contrary, Intel is ready to make a run at that very segment with a low-cost, sub-10-watt micro server platform known as Centerton,... Read more...
Intel knows that the the desktop PC business ain't going to keep on rising forever, and with more and more users shifting to mobile devices, there's a very real need to shift business to that side of things. To wit, Intel and Visa are teaming up in a strategic alliance that will support the advancement of mobile commerce. It's a multi-device, multi-year deal that will see development of mobile commerce solutions for smartphones and tablets. During a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the companies outlined plans to collaborate to ensure consumers enjoy a consistent, streamlined, secure mobile commerce experience across Atom-based smartphones and tablets. "Visa's agreement... Read more...
Intel launched its Medfield platform only six weeks ago, but the company is moving ahead with plans for additional processors based on the 32nm SoC. At Mobile World Congress today, Santa Clara announced plans for two additional system on a chip (SoC) designs to flesh out its product roadmap. The current Z2460 that we covered in January will be augmented by the Z2000 at the low-end and a new dual-core chip, the Z2580. Of the two, the Z2000 will ship in retail products in the second half of this year, while the Z2580 won't be available for purchase until early 2013... Intel Debuts New Smartphone Chips at MWC Event... Read more...
Intel launched its Medfield platform only six weeks ago, but the company is moving ahead with plans for additional processors based on the 32nm SoC. At Mobile World Congress today, Santa Clara announced plans for two additional system on a chip (SoC) designs to flesh out its product roadmap. The current Z2460 that we covered in January will be augmented by the Z2000 at the low-end and a new dual-core chip, the Z2580. Of the two, the Z2000 will ship in retail products in the second half of this year, while the Z2580 won't be available for purchase until early 2013. The already-launched 1.6GHz Z2460 is also getting a performance nudge; the core is now officially capable of a 2GHz maximum... Read more...
Thecus has launched a couple of new Network Attached Storage devices, powered by Intel’s latest Atom processors. The new Thecus N4800 and N2800 NAS boxes both sport 2.13GHz Atom processors, 2GB of DDR3 memory, HDMI outputs and USB 3.0 ports. In addition to being able to output many video files directly to a monitor through the HDMI outputs, these latest NAS devices also allow for hardware monitoring and even web browsing right from the device—without a need for a PC. More information available below in the full press release below... Introducing Thecus’ Next-Gen NAS N4800 & N2800 The New Intel Atom CPU, HDMI Output, and Other Surprises   02/20/2012- As part of the Intel... Read more...
Fresh news out of Taiwan is that Intel and AMD, despite their keen interest in the tablet market, "cannot compete with solutions from ARM in terms of price." The statements, purportedly from various notebook manufacturers, are meant to imply that the two manufacturers (especially Intel) must reduce costs if they ever hope to gain any traction in the market. Then the article at DigiTimes coughs up this gem:  "Intel debuted 32nm-based Medfield processors with power consumption reduced to 11W to match Android 4.0 in January 2012 and will launch Atom processors with power consumption of less than 10W specifically for use in smartphones and tablet PCs in the second half of 2012, the sources indicated."... Read more...
Embedded computing manufacturer Habey USA announced the BIS-6630, a small, fanless embedded computer with an Intel Atom N2800 (1.83 GHz) or D2700 (2.13 GHz) at its core. The D2700 version also has a PowerVR SGX545 GPU (640MHz) which purports to offer 60% improvement in graphics performance over previous Atoms. Features of the 12W, 7.5x7.5x2.5-inch BIS-6630 include 6 USB ports, 6 COM ports, a VGA port, a DVI-D port, and support for a 2.5-inch SATA drive with the option to use mSATA. For connectivity, it also has dual Gigabit Ethernet, a 3G/4G SIM socket, and a pair of mini PCI-E slots that can be configured with WiFi. The BIS-6630 supports several operating systems including Windows 7 Embedded,... Read more...
Intel announced its Q4 and end-of-year results with $54B in revenue and $17.5 billion in operating income, both records for the CPU giant. Q4 income was $13.9B, driven by a 17% rise in sales from the PC Client Group. Revenue growth was positive across all sectors save for Atom; sales of the diminutive processor fell 57% year on year, to $167 million.  Growth continues to be driven primarily by the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries; sales in Indonesia and India grew 22% and 37% year-on-year, while China now accounts for 20% of Intel's worldwide demand. 2011 was an excellent year all around for Intel, and the company had quite a bit to crow about on its earnings call, including... Read more...
After years of work and a few false starts, Intel is finally ready to take the plunge into the smartphone market. At the CES keynote tonight, the CPU giant is officially launching Medfield, the 32nm smartphone SoC the company has built to take it into the next generation of smartphones (and a few tablets). The chip, now officially named the Atom Z2460, is ready for prime time. We visited Intel HQ in December and were briefed on the next-generation phone and what Intel expects it to do. After Moorestown's disappointing performance in the space, the CPU giant is keen to put its best foot forward, and our time with the company reflected that. Intel isn't trying to position Medfield as an ARM-crusher,... Read more...
When AMD announced its first tablet APU earlier this year, codenamed Desna, it was obvious that the chip was more a proof-of-concept than an actual shipping part. Factors outside AMD's control, such as the limitations of Windows 7 when running on a tablet, have kept consumer interest in x86 tablets to a minimum. Nevertheless, MSI's AMD-powered Windpad 110W is about to have company. A Taiwanese manufacturer, Bungbungame, has developed a device based on AMD's Z-01, dubbed the Photon-100. The tablet features an AMD Z01 APU, Windows 7 Home Premium, a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen, 4GB DDR3 memory, 64GB SSD and a weight of 820 grams, BungBungame indicated. The tablet PC is produced by Taiwan-based... Read more...
Acer's Aspire One D270 netbook will be one of the first to hit the ground running around Intel's Cedar Trail platform, and if the number of impatient vendors who have started listing the netbook ahead of its official release are any indication, we can surmise the D270 will land very soon. Notebook Italia spotted a whole bunch of European vendors tossing up D270 product pages, most of which have it priced at around 250 euros (about $325 USD). But it's not just showing up in Europe. Adorama, a store in New York City best known for its photography equipment, is also listing the D270, priced at $280 before shipping (no mention of when it will ship). The Aspire One D270 is a 10.1-inch netbook flaunting... Read more...
Waiting for CES 2012 to hear Intel reveal something new? No need. The company just announced the first major development in the life of their Atom line in a really, really long time, and now that netbooks are on the down swing, it's understandable to not hear so much about them. One thing that Intel has always fought is heat and energy usage, particularly with Atom, and the netbooks that we've reviewed in the past with that platform never seemed to blow us away. But Atom is getting another shot, with the third-generation Atom introducing new features for low-power designs such as netbooks, retail and healthcare IT devices. There's an improvement in battery life of around 20% compared to prior... Read more...
Netbook sales aren't what they used to be. A combination of factors ended the netbook craze that existed not all that long ago, including the rising popularity of tablet PCs, lower cost notebooks, and the recent introduction of highly portable Ultrabooks. Underscoring this point is the fact that Intel's Atom processor and chipset revenue fell by nearly a third (32 percent) in the Q3 2011 compared to the same quarter in 2010, according to IHS iSuppli. So what does the future hold for Atom? Looking ahead, Intel is shifting its Atom strategy towards network-attached storage (NAS) devices, entry-level servers, and embedded applications. This shift will begin with the introduction of Intel's next... Read more...
Intel's decision to join Google and become a major Android developer was big news in 2011, but it appears the CPU giant's fondness for x86 support in Android is a wee bit more specific than you might have thought. Intel has made a number of major contributions to Android in the past six months, but the Android-x86 project, which substantially predates Chipzilla's efforts, has been left in the cold. According to an EETimes article, AMD has stepped into that gap. The lead developer of Android-x86, Chih-Wei Huang, has stated that "Yes. AMD provides great support to us, including devices donation and  engineer's support. On the other hand, Intel still refuses to provide any help to this project. ... Read more...
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