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At Hot Chips 22 today, AMD will be discussing new details of its Bobcat and Bulldozer processors—but don't be surprised if some of the new information sounds familiar. With the exception of a few tidbits on Bobcat's architecture and a new Bulldozer block diagram, much of what the company discussed with us recently was revealed last November at the company's Analyst Day. For those of you who might not keep up with the company's roadmap, here's the current situation. Llano, the 32nm Phenom II-derived APU (read: CPU+GPU) that AMD was hoping to launch at the end of Q4 this year won't tip up until Q1. Normally this means "March 31st," but AMD implied that it might launch... Read more...
It's something that we have been clamoring for, and it's something that netbook users at large have been wanting for some time now, even if they didn't know it. We're talking about faster Atom processors. Intel's Atom platform has been lagging somewhat in our eyes over the past couple of years, but it has been hard to really knock the series due to the lack of competition. AMD's Athlon Neo family competes somewhat, but it gets so hot that many don't even consider it. Today, a new dual-core Atom is shipping within new netbooks, as the Pinetrail 550 hits the scene. Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, Toshiba and a bunch of others are starting to ship their newest netbooks with the Intel... Read more...
When AMD released its second quarter financial results last month it didn't say much about server volumes or market share, save to note that its performance "met expectations." The major news of the call turned out to be the company's decision to pull Bobcat's launch into 2010 and push Llano into 2011, which defrayed most conversation on market share. If AMD's server sales were indeed within the company's expectations, it can only mean the company was expecting to be pummeled. According to IDC's figures, Intel finished Q2 with 93.5 percent of the server market, up 3.3 percent, while AMD's share decreased to 6.5 percent, down by the same amount. That's rather depressing news considering AMD's... Read more...
When Apple launched the iPad last April, Qualcomm's Snapdragon QSD8250 was a popular point of comparison. The results, if you were a Qualcomm fan, were a bit disappointing. Clock-for-clock, the 1GHz A4 generally whomped all over the 1GHz Snapdragon. To be fair, this could also be the result of unoptimized software or strict power conservation settings, but neither factor prevented Qualcomm from looking like the red-headed stepchild. The previous generation QSD8650. The 8672 promises an additional core and extra rawr. By Q4 the tables may have turned. In June, Qualcomm shipped its first 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon and it expects to launch a 1.5GHz dual-core QSD8672 built on 45nm technology. The... Read more...
Much of the discussion on the iPad's purported disruptive effect on the computer industry has focused on devices like Amazon's Kindle. A recent announcement from Asus, however, indicates the iPad has hit the netbook industry hard. This news tops off a rather wretched Q2 for the company—total sales revenue was $2.29 billion, down 6.6 percent quarter-on-quarter, with gross margin down 1.5 percentage points to 11.9 percent and net profit down 17.9 percent. The decline affected multiple product segments, including motherboards, netbooks, and notebooks. Asus was mum on the reason for declining sales in the first and third categories, but blamed the iPad's popularity for decreasing Eee PC sales.... Read more...
Intel may be the world's largest chipmaker, but when it comes to processors found in consumer electronics devices, the company has struggled to compete against ARM. In an effort to expand the use of its Atom microprocessors in consumer electronics devices, Intel has purchased Texas Instruments' cable modem chip division. Intel to Acquire Texas Instruments’ Cable Modem Unit SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Intel Corporation today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments’ cable modem product line. The purchase enhances Intel’s focus on the cable industry and related consumer electronics (CE) market segments, where the company’s expertise in building advanced... Read more...
Intel is expanding its line of energy-efficient Intel Atom processors with the introduction of two new Atom processors. The new 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor D425 single-core and D525 dual-core will support the new memory technology known as DDR3 SODIMM (double-data-rate three small outline dual in-line memory modules). In addition the processors will boost performance with higher CPU frequencies. The new processors are paired with the Intel 82801 IR I/O Controller. Intel® Atom™ Processors Further Expand into Storage Appliances for Homes, Small Businesses News Highlights Intel is introducing an update to the Intel® Atom™ processor-based platform for home and small business storage... Read more...
It didn't take very long for Intel to establish its dominance in the netbook market, with nearly every netbook release coming equipped with an Atom processor inside. Now the Santa Clara chip maker is turning its head towards the tablet space, and understandably so. While netbook sales are showing little signs of slowing down. tablets appear to be the next big thing in mobile computing, and you can bet Intel wants the lion's share of the pie. But will PC vendors oblige? According to reports, Intel is having trouble convincing notebook players that its Atom+Windows combo is a good fit for tablets. Instead, tablet makers are turning their attention to ARM processors and combining them with Google's... Read more...
At the time of this writing, the FTC's investigation into Intel's alleged monopolistic abuses is on hold as the government attempts to negotiate a settlement with the CPU and chipset manufacturer. If these negotiations don't result in a deal by July 22, the case returns to court, with arguments currently scheduled to begin on September 15. Intel is no stranger to these sorts of lawsuits; between AMD and the EU, the CPU giant has been battling such allegations for years. The lawsuit between NV and Intel, however, rests on different points than the AMD/Intel allegations. Here, the battle is over whether or not Intel's already-negotiated agreements with NVIDIA give the latter permission to produce... Read more...
Up to today, Microsoft had managed to keep the Kin's failure and early termination largely separate from the discussion over Windows Phone 7. According to Redmond, the Kin was neither fish nor fowl; it wasn't Windows Phone 7, but it wasn't Windows Mobile 6.5 either. After Microsoft's WP7 demos at Mobile Beat this year, that's no longer possible. According to Infoworld, WP7 "will be a failure...Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It's a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it's out of the mobile game for good. It is supposed to ship around Christmas 2010, but anyone who gets one will prefer... Read more...
Intel released its quarterly earnings last night, revealing yet another record-breaking quarter. This is the third time in four quarters that the company has managed to break one record or another; the results imply that the IT industry continues to recover slowly. All of Intel's financial indicators were up; the company earned $10.8 billion in revenue with a net income of $2.9 billion. The PC Client Group (think desktops, netbooks, and notebooks) grew by two percent in Q2 with record mobile shipments. Server revenue, which was extremely weak in 2009, has begun to recover; revenue in the Data Center Group was up 13 percent compared to Q2. Microprocessors ASPs rose slightly and the company reported... Read more...
Rumors around the Internet suggest that Intel may be planning to cancel the Celeron brand in 8-12 months, due to significant overlap with Atom prices. At present, the Celeron P4500 (1.86GHz, dual-core) is $86 as is the T3100 (1.9GHz, 1MB L2). The upcoming Atom N550, due to launch in the third quarter, is a dual-core chip running at 1500MHz, with a price tag of $86. The Celeron's will outperform the new Atom substantially, but there's also a cost factor to consider:  The $86 N550 includes its own chipset and graphics solution, while the Celerons don't. Intel denies that it plans to kill the Celeron brand, but the company might have to disentangle its price structure to keep the venerable... Read more...
Another week, another MSI netbook. Not that we're complaining, but it's certainly becoming more and more difficult to find one netbook that fits your needs completely without having another nearby tempting you with one or two different features. In the race to saturate the market further, MSI has just issued the Wind U160DX, a thin and light netbook with Intel's latest parts and a very stylish design. Awarded with Germany's iF Product Design medal, this machine supports DDR3 memory and has an Intel Atom N455 (1.66GHz) with MSI's own Turbo Drive Engine technology. The exterior is covered in their own Color Film Print technology, and the entire machine is under 1" thick. It weighs 1kg, and has... Read more...
When NVIDIA switched from ION to ION-NG, it swapped from including an entire chipset over to a GPU. At the time, NV noted that some third-party manufacturers might opt to offer stand-alone products based on the second-generation ION GPU, and at least one company is doing so. Zotac, already known as a company with a wide line of ION-based products, is now selling what it calls an ION GPU-A-E. The card features 16 shader cores and 512MB of DDR3, but its memory interface is just 64-bits wide. That was considered decidedly non-optimal ten years ago; it's positively anemic today. The card's x1 slot is also restricted to version 1.1 of the PCI-Express standard, which means a maximum of 200MB/s of bandwidth.... Read more...
Version 2.2 of Google's Android (codenamed Froyo) has generated a great deal of discussion over the past few weeks, both for its anticipated new features and the fact that it, unlike the iPhone's iOS 4, offers full support for both HTML5 and Flash. It seems consumers and developers aren't the only people interested in Google's new Android flavor; Intel has announced it's preparing a fully x86-compatible version of Froyo that it intends to ship in the next few months. "Our expectation is that (native x86 Android) will be based on the Froyo release and will be available this summer to developers” Renee James, Intel’s senior veep for software and services, told APC. In addition, "all... Read more...
As process geometries shrink, the cost and complexity of manufacturing products that use them continues to rise. This fact has had a significant impact on the semiconductor industry as various foundries have either struggled to ramp production on a new process (TSMC's 40nm) or have delayed beginning their own transitions. Companies that once might have developed their own manufacturing capabilities have announced alliances in order to pool collective knowledge and talent. Late last week, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, IBM, and GlobalFoundries jointly announced that they intend to work together on 28nm technology. According to GlobalFoundries, the alliance will synchronize semiconductor manufacturing... Read more...
Intel's desktop/nettop Atom processors have never enjoyed the prestige or sales figures of their netbook brethren, but two new Atom introductions this week prove Intel hasn't written the platform off altogether. Two new Atom CPUs, the D425 (single-core) and D525 (dual-core) are now available. Both chips run at 1.8GHz, feature 512K of L2 cache per CPU, and are built on a 45nm process. Unlike the D410/D510 launched earlier this year, the D425/D525 support DDR3-800 memory (albeit only via SO-DIMM). We've long lamented the fact virtually every Atom product on the market has been stuck at 1.66GHz for the past two years; this update is welcome news. With that said, it may not be enough to stem the... Read more...
When you think of Intel Atom processors, what do you generally think of? Netbooks? MIDs? UMPCs? Future smartphones? Yeah, sure. What about supercomputers and servers? Not exactly. But SeaMicro has accomplished something that could very well change the way you see Atom CPUs, from underpowered, low-power-drain chips reserved for lower cost machines to CPUs with great potential to do great things. The company has somehow coupled a total of 512 1.6GHz Atom-based processors into a single working machine, creating a system that "consumes just a fourth of the power and space as a traditional server, while aiming to deliver comparable computing performance." It's a crazy concept, but it just might work.... Read more...
NVIDIA has Tegra, ARM has the Cortex line, and Qualcomm has the Snapdragon family. These are the major players in the smartphone CPU war right now, and there seems to be plenty of options to go around. But of course, as a microprocessor company, Intel isn't going to just sit around on the sidelines while everyone else wins business in a growing category. The Atom platform is being tweaked and expanded to include Moorestown, which is a new low-drain arm of Atom that will work nicely in MIDs, smartphones and even tablet PCs. But it's going to be quite some time before Intel's ready to compete in the space. During the Computex show this week, the company stated that they wouldn't be ready to ship... Read more...
VIA makes tons of processors that you probably never really think about. Embedded stuff, stuff that ends up in factories, point-of-sale machines and small, integrated computers. Not often do VIA chips make their way out into the land of the average tech consumer, but a few of them have managed to power low-drain handheld devices, nettops, netbooks, etc. But now, VIA is looking to make a serious push into the desktop realm...or at least the small desktop realm. At the Computex trade show in Taiwan, the company demonstrated a new dual-core CPU meant for low-drain desktops, the Nano DC. It was running at 1.6GHz and supported DDR3 memory, and while it was built around a 65nm process technology, the... Read more...
Remember MeeGo? That's the operating system that was formed when Intel and Nokia decided it best to merge their respective Moblin and Maemo efforts into one system designed for mobile devices, MIDs, UMPCs, slates, and even netbooks. Not much has been said about the software since it was initially launched, but now consumers are getting the first good look at what exactly this OS will bring. The MeeGo 1.0 release is currently only for Nokia's N900 handheld computer and for Intel Atom-based netbooks. All other systems will simply have to wait until they're supported in future releases. But there's still plenty to enjoy, as quite a few Atom-based netbooks have been shipped to date. Basically, MeeGo... Read more...
Today we're going to be looking at a product that incorporates not only Intel's new generation of dual-core Atom D510 processor but also NVIDIA's latest Ion graphics core into what could very well be a capable machine for a myriad of small form-factor computing requirements, including possibly taking residence in your living room entertainment center.  The Zotac Zbox is here.  It's a little over 7 inches square and a little over 1.5-inches thick but don't let its diminutive size fool you... Zotac ZBox HD-ID11 and Next Gen ION... Read more...
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