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Intel's got a bright future, and if you're planning to buy an Intel-based notebook in 2013 or beyond, that bright future will include you. Of course, Intel's been talking the talk with regard to power savings for years, but it's always a challenge to integrate more functionality and increase performance, while keep power in check. Intel's Atom line-up was successful, but not stellar, and we're still waiting on a commercial Intel-based smartphone. ARM-based systems have been eating Intel's lunch in the low power arena but Haswell, according to Intel, could be a game-changer. Intel is currently developing their 2013 line of Haswell CPU products for Ultrabooks. That's in addition to the Ivy Bridge... Read more...
As a consumer, you may think the entire computer universe revolves around you. It's a "me, me, me" world, so why not? In truth, consumer sales make up just a fraction of the earnings from major silicon makers like AMD, Intel and HP, and chips like the Opteron maintain their importance despite not being marketed directly at consumers. AMD has just taken the lid off of their Opteron 6000 Series, but in a new way. That platform actually debuted in 2010, but there's more than ever happening within that department now. The AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform’s compatibility with the next generation 16-core processor, codenamed “Interlagos,” has gained the attention of customers in the... Read more...
Embedded systems may not be the sexiest to talk about, but they're becoming increasingly powerful (and increasingly important). AMD has just announced the immediate availability of two new AMD Embedded G-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) with thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, up to a 39 percent power savings compared to earlier versions. These new builds are ideal for compact, fanless embedded systems like digital signage, kiosks, mobile industrial devices and many of the new emerging industry-standard small form factors such as Qseven. And we get the feeling that it won't be long before embedded chips are powerful enough to be slipped into phones and tablets,... Read more...
Given all of the attention that Intel and AMD have demanded since the year began, it's been somewhat difficult for the smaller chip makers to get any facetime whatsoever. But now, with the Embedded System Conference ongoing, VIA is stepping back into the spotlight with a new dual-core option that's sure to make waves at the component level. The company has just announced a new Nano X2 E-Series dual-core CPU series, and they'll be available in two speeds: a 1.2GHz and 1.6GHz model. These new chips are built using 40nm process technology, and they also ship with VIA VT virtualization, a technology that allows legacy software and applications to be used in virtual scenarios without impacting on... Read more...
If there's a big winner in the tech world over the past two years, it'd have to be Apple. The numbers are just insane. But what about ARM as the dark horse? ARM remains a relatively unknown name in the consumer world, but their products are making the gadgets tick for millions of users. Couple that with the fact that Microsoft recently revealed that Windows could run on ARM systems, and you've got a whole mess of success. This week, LG Electronics has licensed ARM's processor technology, providing yet another reason to believe in the brand. The deal provides access to the high performance, low-power ARM Cortex processor and Mali GPU families, which includes the Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A9... Read more...
Embedded computing hardly gets the credit it deserves. Many, many of the devices that make all of our worlds tick runs on an embedded system, and VIA Technologies is at the forefront of it all. The company has just used Embedded World 2011 to launch what they are calling the "world's most power-efficient dual core processor." That processor is the VIA Eden X2, which is optimized for fanless implementation in a broad range of industrial and commercial embedded systems. Much like netbook CPUs, we had to wait years for them to become powerful enough really take seriously. It's quite possible that embedded CPUs are finally reaching the point where the average consumer may be able to use one of them... Read more...
It's Mobile World Congress, which means lots and lots of mobile innovations. Atheros is a major player in this space, and while they aren't a household name in the consumer universe, they power a lot of devices that end up in consumer hands. The latest innovation out of the company is a world's first: it's a monolithic combo of 2-stream, dual-band 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 for tablets, notebooks and netbooks. The XSPAN AR9462 isn't an easy name to remember, but the potential here is notable. The company has combined a 2-stream, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi module with a Bluetooth 4.0 module, on the same chip! Hardly any phones at all have been announced to even support Bluetooth 4.0, so having both... Read more...
It may be because Mobile World Congress is starting up next week, but it's probably more than that. We're talking about the increase in mobile-related news lately. In the past, mobile devices had their place, but they weren't all the rage. Now, mobile has infiltrated the mainstream, and smartphones (and wireless mobile broadband) is hotter than ever, not to mention gaming on the go, tethering, and tons of other advanced mobile features that are only enabled by cutting-edge processors. Qualcomm, Texas Instrument, Marvell and Broadcom are some of the bigger names out there trying to force their way into each and every smartphone, slate and tablet PC, with the latter introducing a killer new chip... Read more...
IBM's news of the week involves Watson. The supercomputer just recently beat two prior Jeopardy champions, but more than just that is going on at the mega-corporation. IBM and Samsung have just announced a new joint research effort that will focus on new semiconductor technology. IBM and Samsung, putting their brains together? This could definitely lead to some pretty monumental advancements. The company is downplaying things a little bit, though, with the collaboration described as "basic research into new semiconductor materials, manufacturing processes and other technologies." The agreement calls for the two companies to jointly develop new semiconductor process technology that can be used... Read more...
If you're reading this site, chances are you have heard of Moore's Law. You may have even heard of the law of diminishing returns. Or perhaps you've heard that fast is never fast enough, and big is never big enough. But have you heard of quantum computing? Most people hear that phrase and simply think of some science fiction movie that they have seen in the past. But outside of Hollywood fantasies, it rarely has any real meaning for the average consumer. That's mostly because quantum computing is still a pipe dream in real life, and even after decades of using silicon microchips to power our computers, we're still largely using the same process as we started with. 16-qubit processor in holder... Read more...
If you're just a casual bystander to the technology world, this holy union may not mean much to you. But for insiders and enthusiasts, this a huge announcement. ARM is responsible for a huge amount of chips used in mobile devices. From smartphones to MIDs to UMPCs to smartbooks, there's a great chance that an ARM chip is powering something within. The company has made a fortune off of their ability to create low-power, inexpensive processors for mobile devices, and few other companies have bothered to compete. ARM isn't a very sexy name. You rarely hear of their involvement. But if you use a portable device, there's a good chance you use an ARM chip. Apple's new A4 chip is one of the best examples... Read more...
It just wouldn't be a proper Computex show without Intel, and now that the event is celebrating its 30th year, Intel is celebrating alongside of it with a bunch of new details surrounding their future product pipelines. The company took the wraps off of a few new chips, with highlights including a revised Atom family that comprises dual-core Pine Trail CPUs as well as "Oak Trail" processors that are optimized for tablets and sleek netbook form factors. But even Intel knows that while Tablet PCs are hot, they aren't everything. The notebook sector as a whole is continuing to boom, but one thing is clear: consumers want more power in less space, with style and design becoming more important than... Read more...
At this time last year, everyone in the PC industry was worried sick about where the future was headed. Were the days of yearly PC upgrades over? Should we cut production? Should we transition out of the high-end sector? We're sure major chip makers like Intel were running these thoughts through their heads, and we figure GlobalFoundries was no different. But this year at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, the company is all smiles with plans for major expansion in the months ahead. GlobalFoundries is the manufacturing arm for AMD processors (among other companies), and this week they're announcing plans to "expand its global semiconductor manufacturing operations with a series of new projects... Read more...
You've probably never heard of Pico Computing, and that's just fine. The company works mostly undercover, out of the line of sight from most citizens. It sounds like a story from a James Bond movie, but the company's execution is real: they're in the business of cracking codes, digging into top secret transmissions and giving their customers the ability to figure out what enemies are saying. It's a modern day spy story, and there's great potential for Pico to grow monumentally. The company was founded in 2004 in Seattle, and they currently sell a "a desktop-size supercomputer aimed at the modern-day equivalent of Bletchley Park's cipher-geeks: military and government agencies that need to turn... Read more...
Few things scream "recovery" for an economy like huge investments from public companies that don't exactly have to open up their checkbook in order to make ends meet, so it's great to see Intel proudly announcing three new Intel Capital investments totaling around $15 million. This amount pales in comparison to the $7 billion that Intel pledged to new chip plants last year, but these are certainly interesting in their own right. Intel has recently shown their ability to deviate from the semiconductor path, putting support behind the rollout of WiMAX as an example. Now, the company has seen three new ventures worth spending on, and none of them are directly related to chips. This sort of buying... Read more...
Intrinsity. It's a company you have probably never, ever heard of in your entire life. And if it weren't for a little company from California called "Apple," you may perish without ever hearing of them, either. But that's not exactly the case anymore, as Apple has just decided to plunk down the necessary funds in order to acquire Intrinsity, much like they did with P.A. Semi a few years back. Apple has been on a quiet acquisition rampage over the past couple of years. They've managed to pick up P.A. Semi (a chip designing company), LaLa (a music streaming company), and now Intrinsity (another chip company). And those are just the three we know about. The tiny Texas-based company was greatly responsible... Read more...
Every so often, an idea comes along that really strikes us as amazing. This is definitely one of those. IBM has a team of scientists with IQs that we can't even fathom, and those very people have created an ultra-fast device that can use light for communication between chips. The goal here? It's to find a way to replace electrical signals that communicate via copper wires between computer chips with tiny silicon circuits that communicate using pulses of light. Even more importantly, this creation could advance the way computer chips talk to each other, and if new efficiencies are discovered, we can obviously expect even faster PCs in our future. The device is called a nanophotonic avalanche photodetector,... Read more...
Today's smartphone market is hotter and more competitive than ever before, and for the first time in history, chip makers are coming to the forefront of innovation. They've always been important, but finally consumers are starting to recognize the technology that makes their phone tick, and these days, makes it play videos, games, and all sorts of things that couldn't be done on a smartphone just five years ago.Today, Marvell is introducing a new series of chipset solutions for smartphone makers: the Pantheon platform. The Pantheon chipset platform incorporates Marvell’s Advanced Modem Technology, seamless wireless connectivity, and multimedia processing to enable a faster mobile Internet experience.... Read more...
Just a day after AMD recorded a rather lackluster quarter, the company has found a reason to smile anyway. Today, the company shipped its 500 millionth x86 processor, which is absolutely a milestone to celebrate. In fact, the company just turned 40, so having this happen right around its 40th birthday is just icing on the cake.Currently, Advanced Micro Devices is still playing second-fiddle to Intel in the mainstream market, but the company's on-time delivery of its Istanbul chips and the newfound surge provided by its Neo platform and new Athlon II processors gives us reason to believe that the tide is turning. AMD has been getting increasingly better about meeting shipping estimates, and if... Read more...
Advanced Micro Device's 'Neo' platform landed with a bang earlier this year, with a promise to counter Intel's Atom and even rival NVIDIA's own Ion platform. Turns out, most of that was just talk--or, at least that's how things look from the outside looking in. Since the dawn of 2009, we've seen countless netbooks and even notebooks arrive with Intel's Atom processor, but we've only seen a few counterparts with AMD's Neo tucked inside.In fact, HP's Pavilion dvz2 is the platform's flagship product, and needless to say, that device is less than mainstream in the grand scheme of things. Rather than trying to fight the giant that is Intel at a game that it has already won, it seems that AMD may be... Read more...
Computex has up in full swing over in Taipei, and while we've already heard news from a few outfits, we have yet to see anything substantial from Intel. Until now. Today, the company is launching quite a few new products, with a trio of new Core 2 Duo processors leading the way. The T9900, P9700 and P8800 are all being debuted alongside the new Intel Pentium ULV SU2700 and Mobile GS40 Express Chipset.           To be completely candid, we would've much rather seen new Atom processors on deck, but we suppose we'll take what we can get. The idea here is for Intel to offer more products that can be used within the burgeoning "thin-and-light" market sector.... Read more...
Good news for Intel, chip makers, PC manufacturers and the economy at large: Intel's CEO is seemingly upbeat about the industry, and recently stated that things were "so far, so good" in Q2. The comment came from the top man Paul Otellini, where we was addressing analysts during a conference call this week. Specifically, he noted that chip orders have been "a little better than expected," and compared to how rough Q1 was, this news is even more wonderful to hear. Mr. Otellini also proclaimed that he stood by his previous remarks that PC sales have "bottomed out," noting that things seem to be on the rebound and should only get better from here. Better still, Q3 and Q4 are typically very strong... Read more...
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