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The Consumer Electronics Show is about to get underway, and Intel is leading the pack with a set of CPU announcements. It has been six months since the company took the lid off its first 14nm processor, the Core M, but that CPU is designed for the ultramobile, low-power market. Consumers who wanted to tap Intel's 14nm products in more mainstream notebook hardware had to wait a bit longer until the Q1 2015 time frame.This new SoC is a "tick" in Intel's tick-tock plan, which means it's mostly a die shrink of the existing Haswell architecture -- at least, on the CPU side. On the GPU side, there's a bevy of improvements and advances, and the video decoder block has been beefed up with dual bit... Read more...
Samsung showed us its love for “curvy” with the introduction of the ATIV One 7 Curved all-in-one PC, but the company still has plenty of resources to devote to its more “traditional” offerings. Apple has long been rumored to introduce a 12-inch MacBook Air with a Retina Display, but Samsung isn’t wasting any time reliving its own revamped ultrabook with a 12-inch screen — and it looks to be a winner. The ATIV Book 9 is highlighted by its 12.2-inch display, which has a resolution of 2560x1600. If you’re keeping score, Apple’s 11-inch MacBook Air features a screen resolution of 1366x768, while the 13.3-inch model is only slightly better at 1440x900. The ATIV Book 9’s display is attached to an all-aluminum,... Read more...
Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro 2-in-1 ultrabook has made a bit of a splash as of late, from appearing in a number of holiday shopping-infused TV spots, to flash prank comparisons tricking unwitting mall shoppers into thinking they got framed for busting up a MacBook Air laptop. It's with good reason that Lenovo is making an effort to amplify interest in the product. The Yoga 3 Pro one of the first hybrid ultrabooks to hit the market powered by Intel's new low power Core M Broadwell processor. In a nutshell, you can think of Broadwell as a full-featured Intel Core series notebook processor that performs at near-tablet power consumption envelopes (4.5 Watt TDP).  It makes for a very interesting notebook... Read more...
For the past year, Intel has pursued what's known as a contra-revenue strategy in its mobile division, where product is deliberately sold at a loss to win market share and compete effectively. This has led to a huge rise in tablet shipments, but heavy losses inside Intel's mobile division. Today, the company announced that it would take steps to fold its mobile and conventional processors into a single operating division. While this helps shield the mobile segment from poor short-term results, it also reflects the reality that computing is something users now do across a wide range of devices and multiple operating systems. Currently, the two markets are divided mostly by processor type. Intel's... Read more...
Dell just launched a trio of new tablets at its Dell World conference, currently taking place in Austin, Texas. One of the tablets, the sleek and ultra-thin Venue 8 7000, we’ve already shown you, because it was first unveiled by Michael Dell at IDF a couple of months back. But the other two are brand-new products that target completely different market segments. The Dell Venue 8 3000 First up is the new Dell Venue 8 3000. As its name suggests, the Venue 8 3000 is an 8” slate. It features an IPS display with a native resolution of 1280x800 and is powered by an Intel Bay Trail-based quad-core processor, backed by 1GB of RAM and 32GB of solid state storage. The Venue 8 3000's... Read more...
With a little help from Ashton Kutcher today, Lenovo rolled out an array of new Yoga tablets and ultrabooks. Several cool features are making an appearance, including Intel’s Broadwell Core M-70 chip in the high-end models, as well as an integrated PICO projector and, in a first for the Yoga Tablet series, Windows. The Yoga devices are known for being light and flexible - and the new models are sporting improvements in both areas. Lenovo is making the systems available for sale now and is kicking off the launch with rebates. The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. The flagship of the Yoga series is the new Yoga 3 Pro. We had good things to say about its predecessor last year, and although we’ll hold... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks webcast, Andrew, Dave and Marco discuss Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (including "bendgate"), the affordable Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 convertible, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, Intel Broadwell low-power processors, the Maingear Pulse 15 3K gaming laptop, our next giveaway and a whole lot more... Show Notes: 01:09 - New Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pack Larger Screens and More Powerful SoC 01:15 - The Amazing Bendable iPhone 6 Plus -- Users Report Warping Of Apple's Big Boy 12:14 - Apple Joins Forces With Visa and MasterCard For NFC Powered Mobile Transactions 14:12 - Dell Inspiron 11 3000, A 2-in1 For The... Read more...
We’re currently at the Intel Developers Forum checking out all of the technology being showcase by Intel and its partners. Just in case you’ve missed our coverage from earlier in the day amidst all of the Apple news, we’ve got video of Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich on stage demoing RealSense posted here, in addition to news regarding Intel’s new Android Development Platform for tablets, and the first ever live-demo of the company’s next-gen Skylake platform, next-year’s follow-up to Broadwell, running 3DMark. Intel Broadwell-Based, 12.5" Tablet As if that wasn’t enough Intel-news for one day, we just got the scoop on some actual benchmarks run... Read more...
It's no secret that the past few years in mobile have been rough for Intel, largely due to the fact that ARM has proven itself to be an intense competitor. When smartphones exploded years ago, and tablets later on, it was ARM that dominated the landscape, and today, nothing has changed. ARM has even found itself in some ultra-portables, with the NVIDIA Tegra 2-based ASUS Transformer TF101 being one of the first. Clearly, Intel hasn't been pleased with this, and while its releases in recent years haven't given us the hope that the company would soon find itself in a lot more ultra-portable mobile devices, Core M changes that outlook completely, at least for me. In many different ways, the artist... Read more...
Intel's next-generation Broadwell Y (now known as the Core M processor) is set to ship on schedule for the end of the year. The company, occasionally flagged with criticism of its repeated delays and with its IDF show ramping up next week, is sharing more detail on the upcoming hardware, features and performance characteristics of its new 14nm mobile platform.  We've previously offered up a 14nm deep-dive on how Broadwell Y came to be from a design, process and manufacturing standpoint.  Today, we'll look more closely at how the new Core M processor's feature list, how it will be productized and some high level performance expectations as well. The Core M is a dual-core processor with... Read more...
Intel's next-generation Broadwell Y (now known as the Core M processor) is set to ship on schedule for the end of the year. The company, occasionally flagged with criticism of its repeated delays and with its IDF show ramping up next week, is sharing more detail on the upcoming hardware, features and performance characteristics of its new 14nm mobile platform. We've previously offered up a 14nm deep-dive on how Broadwell Y came to be from a design, process and manufacturing standpoint. Today, we'll look more closely at how the new Core M processor's feature list, how it will be productized and some high level performance expectations as well... Intel Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds And Performance... Read more...
For the past few years, as Intel has struggled to gain market share for its Android-x86 project, it's been hampered by software compatibility issues and associated performance degradation. Now, some of that burden is being lifted off the company's products -- the popular and widespread Unity 3D engine has announced that upcoming versions will include native x86 support. That's important for a host of reasons. Currently, Intel has a host of emulation and translation efforts that ensure nearly seamless compatibility with Android applications. The compatibility layer isn't perfect, however, and games are historically some of the hardest content to emulate. Most titles depend on split-second timing... Read more...
If Intel's recent 14nm Broadwell Y unveil has made anything clear, it's that the company is now determined to go toe-to-toe with every foundry manufacturer at the 14nm node. It wasn't initially clear if this would be the case. While Intel made a big splash with its first 14nm announcements, news of the delays and a robust rebuttal from TSMC concerning the health and capability of its own 20nm and 16nm offerings made it seem as though Intel might have been rocked back on its heels and fighting a defensive front. Where other semiconductor manufacturers have openly acknowledged the end of Moore's law's cost scaling (meaning 20nm and 16nm silicon is expected to be more expensive than previous generations),... Read more...
Intel's latest processor design and manufacturing effort marks a first for the semiconductor industry. No other semiconductor manufacturer in the world is building chips at the level of Intel's 14nm (nanometer) process node; even large memory manufacturers like Toshiba and Samsung are just now hitting 19nm. As we've reported previously, the processor Intel is rolling out for its first volume production vehicle at 14nm is code named "Broadwell." And, as we learned in a recent meeting at the Intel's Hillsboro, Oregon development and fab center, the first processor family based on Intel's Broadwell microarchitecture, will be known as Core M. Broadwell and the Intel Core M family is what Intel refers... Read more...
Competing with Intel's desktop or notebook processors is like taking on the proverbial 800 pound gorilla, but when it comes to resources, the company is more like an 800 pound gorilla on steroids, with advanced weaponry and a big budget.  Intel is a manufacturing and process technology juggernaut.  There was a time when the company would use that prowess to simply enable chips at higher clock speeds with larger memory resources. Since then, market demands have shifted to efficient computing, based on performance-per-watt metrics. With a strong X86 architecture in place, Intel is now using their process and manufacturing advantages to leave competitors in the rear view,... Read more...
Intel has been busy with announcements this week, but one that was somewhat overlooked is rather interesting on its own: The chipmaker is building a fanless 2-in-1 mobile PC reference design powered by a new class of processor. The device is powered by Intel’s next-gen 14nm Broadwell processors--called the Intel Core M processor--that have been “purpose-built” for the 2-in-1 form factor. Intel is calling the Core M the most efficient processor in its history, and they’ll underpin a wave of fanless, fast, and incredibly thin laptops. The reference device sports a 12.5-inch display, weighs 670g, and measures just 7.2mm thick. There’s a media dock that accompanies the... Read more...
Although Intel isn’t quite ready to take the wraps off of its updated Haswell-based processors (codenamed Devil’s Canyon) or its next-gen Broadwell-based processors, the company is at the ready with a brand new chipset that ups the ante in terms of features and overall performance. Intel’s 9-series chipset isn’t quite as extensive as previous families (there are just two options at this time), but the new capabilities it brings to the table will be welcomed by everyone from hardcore overclockers to IT types and business users. We tested a quintet of Z97 based motherboards from MSI, EVGA, and Gigabyte, using Intel’s current flagship Haswell-based processor, the Core... Read more...
Although Intel isn’t quite ready to take the wraps off of its updated Haswell-based processors (codenamed Devil’s Canyon) or its next-gen Broadwell-based processors, the company is at the ready with a brand new chipset that ups the ante in terms of features and overall performance. Intel’s 9-series chipset isn’t quite as extensive as previous families (there are just two options at this time), but the new capabilities it brings to the table will be welcomed by everyone from hardcore overclockers to IT types and business users. Z97 Based Motherboard From Gigabyte, EVGA, and MSI We tested a quintet of Z97 based motherboards from MSI, EVGA, and Gigabyte, using Intel’s... Read more...
When Intel debuted Haswell this year, it launched its first mobile processor with a massive 128MB L4 cache. Dubbed "Crystal Well," this on-package (not on-die) pool of memory wasn't just a graphics frame buffer, but a giant pool of RAM for the entire core to utilize. The performance impact from doing so is significant, though the Haswell processors that utilize the L4 cache don't appear to account for very much of Intel's total CPU volume. Right now, the L4 cache pool is only available on mobile parts, but that could change next year. According to CPU-World, Broadwell-K will change that. The 14nm desktop chips aren't due until the tail end of next year -- we should see a desktop refresh in the... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss our hands and eyes-on time with the Oculus Rift, highlights from our Intel Developer's Forum coverage, Intel's Bay Trail Atom SoC, Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c announcements, give a sneak peek at a Haswell-based Intel NUC small form factor PC and more! Show Notes: 00:59 - Hands and Eyes On The Oculus Rift VR System 06:05 - IDF 13 Highlights: Broadwell, Kaveri, and More 12:34 - Betting On Bay Trail: Intel's Atom Overhaul Tested  20:22 - Apple Officially Unwraps Plastic iPhone 5C, Aluminum iPhone 5S, and iOS 7 31:37 - Intel Haswell-Based NUC Sneak Peek... Read more...
As expected, IDF13’s day two keynote was mostly about Bay Trail and Intel’s continued push into thinner, lighter, and smaller, mobile devices. The keynote was handled by a trio of execs, Douglas Fisher, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Software and Services Group. Herman Eul, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Communication group. And Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group. Douglas talked about how Intel is optimizing services to expand the ecosystems surrounding mobile devices, Herman ran some fun demos featuring Intel-powered devices. And Kirk talked about the constant evolution of the PC and demoed... 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 message of the opening keynote was that integration and innovation are driving the industry... Read more...
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