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There are bad days, and then there are bad weeks like the one Huawei is having. Amid pressure from the US government to top doing business with Huawei over spying concerns, several companies have reportedly stopped supplying the Chinese telecom with hardware, including major semiconductor firms such as Broadcom, Intel, Qualcomm, and Xilinx. This is the latest blow to Huawei and it could have a crushing effect on its business operations. How much bad news Huawei can weather is being put to the test, it seems—over the weekend, Google dealt a major blow to Huawei by effectively yanking its Android license, leaving the company to only use the public version of Android that is available to everyone,... Read more...
There's no question that Apple is working on its own in-house modem that will be used in future iPhones and iPads (and potentially MacBooks). The company has been hiring scores of engineers and expanding its presence in San Diego, which just so happens to be where Qualcomm HQ is located. With this in mind, it may still be quite a few years before we see Apple's own homegrown chips ship in production iPhones; that's according to a new report from The Information. Sources within Apple that spoke with the publication alleged that Apple’s 5G modem won't be ready until 2025 at the earliest. Previously, it had been thought that Apple could field its own 5G modem in 2021. If this... Read more...
Another day, another disclosure of a new side-channel exploit affecting modern PC processors. This time around, we're talking about ZombieLoad, which takes advantage of vulnerabilities specific to Intel processors. At its heart, ZombieLoad is reminiscent of Meltdown, Spectre and Foreshadow, which we have all covered in great detail over the past year. More specifically, ZombieLoad takes advantage of a processor's fill-buffer logic. Digging into the white paper, we see that the researchers behind the exploit were able to extract secure keys from Intel's own architectural quoting enclave, which in effect broke the confidentiality of SGX (Software Guard Extensions). In addition, the researchers... Read more...
Earlier today, we brought you news of Lenovo's new second-generation ThinkPad X1 Extreme and the all-new ThinkBook S family of laptops. However, Lenovo also had another new device on hand to unveil: the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano. The ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano is being billed as the world's smallest commercial desktop PC, as it measures just 7.04 x 3.46 x 0.86 inches and weighs in a relatively lightweight 1.1 pounds while taking up a volume of 0.35-liters. Despite its compact dimensions, Lenovo is fitting the system with some pretty beefy hardware including 8th generation Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors -- with and without vPro technology. Likewise, Lenovo isn't skimping... Read more...
Back in late August, Lenovo launched the ThinkPad X1 Extreme notebook, which took the X1 family to new heights with a large 15.6-inch display and 8th generation Core processors. Lenovo today has introduced the second-generation version of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, and it brings more of a good thing for those looking for a mobile workhorse. This time around, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme has traded out the 8th generation Core processors for Intel's latest 9th generation Core i9 processors. The first-generation laptop was available with hexa-core Core i9 processors at the top-end of the range, and we expect at least hexa-core (and potentially octa-core processors) this... Read more...
For Intel, the road to 10 nanometers has not been a smooth or easy one. That is why we are still waiting on volume shipments of 10nm CPU products, even though the original plan was to already be at this point a long time ago. So, where are things now? According to the latest update from Intel, volume 10nm CPU shipments will finally commence next month. Intel will kick off its volume 10nm play in mobile, with its Ice Lake platform. The new chips will start shipping in June, bringing with them "approximately 3 times faster wireless speeds, 2 times faster video transcode speeds, 2 times faster graphics performance, and 2.5 to 3 times faster artificial intelligence performance" compared to past generation... Read more...
Intel has announced that it will open Project Athena Open Labs in Taipei, Shanghai, and Folsom, California to support performance and low-power optimization of vendor components for laptops built to its design specifications. The Project Athena Open Labs are located in key ecosystem hubs and are operated by teams of Intel engineers with SOC and platform power optimization expertise. The three labs will commence operations in June 2019. Intel says that its expanded level of integration with the PC ecosystem will accelerate the development of advanced laptop designs and capabilities. The labs will add to the component selection process for OEMs and enable a continuous cycle of tuning and testing... Read more...
Although we're used to see Lenovo laptops marketed under the ThinkPad and IdeaPad brands, it looks as though the company is introducing a new ThinkBook S family. The notebooks were spotted in China at CITE 2019, and will may eventually be sold in the United States. The new ThinkBook S family will be available in 13.3-inch (S540-13-IWL) or 14.1-inch (S540-14-IWL) display sizes. The notebooks will be available with Intel's 8th generation Whiskey Lake-U processors, with top-end configurations getting the Core i7-8565U. Up to 16GB of RAM can be configured along with up to a 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD. If you're not content with the onboard Intel IGP, Lenovo provides an optional AMD Radeon... Read more...
All drivers have been there before where someone whips in front of you from a merge lane into a gap barely large enough for their car, and you want to scream. Intel and its subsidiary Mobileye think that one way to solve some of the problems that self-driving cars have today is by making them much more aggressive and essentially turning them into a-holes that will shoot into that a small gap in traffic, with a level of precision. One of the challenges for autonomous cars right now is that the AI inside makes them act like your (stereotypical) Grandmother. Intel wants to cure that nervous behavior using something it calls the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) program. RSS is meant to help... Read more...
Intel made some interesting disclosures at the FMX conference currently underway in Stuttgart, Germany, which focuses on advanced animation, film effects, games, and other types of immersive media. At the conference, James Jeffers, Intel’s Senior Principal Engineer and Senior Director of Advanced Rendering and Visualization, held a workshop during which he announced that Intel’s Xe architecture roadmap includes support for hardware accelerated ray tracing, among a couple of other graphics and rendering-related news. There is some nuance to the ray tracing tid-bit, however. A blog post covering much of what Jeffers discussed during the workshop is live on Intel’s IT Peer Network... Read more...
Following last week's leak of a supposed Intel roadmap that highlighted the Santa Clara chipmaker's mobile CPU release schedule, another roadmap is now making the rounds, and this time it seemingly reveals Intel's desktop strategy. Of particular interest is Intel's upcoming Comet Lake-S family, which includes CPUs with up to 10 cores and 20 threads. We all owe a tip of the hat to AMD for putting the pressure on Intel to release CPUs with higher core and thread counts into the mainstream sector. Intel has responded to Ryzen with 8-core/16-thread processors comprising its higher-end 9th generation Core family, and looking ahead, more 8-core CPUs are coming, along with 10-core chips in early 2020.... Read more...
We have been waiting a long time for Intel to finally ship its 10-nanometer processors in volume, and barring any last minute hiccups, the company is still on track to do that this holiday season. During a conference call with reporters, Intel CEO Bob Swan doubled down on his company's commitment to 10nm, and said confidence in the shrunken process node "is also improving." "On the process technology front, our teams executed well in Q1 and our velocity is increasing. We remain on track to have volume client systems on shelves for the holiday selling season. And over the past 4 months, the organization drove a nearly 2X improvement in the rate at which 10nm products move through our factories,"... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco, Chris, and Dave chat about Intel's Optane Memory H10 for laptops, Maingear's hot new, affordable Vybe gaming PC, Alienware's killer Area-51m flagship gaming laptop, Intel's new 9th Gen mobile processors, expectations for AMD's Ryzen 3000-series Zen 2 chips, Apple's sinister plan to squeeze Qualcomm royalties and more! Show Notes: 04:42 - Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: Hybrid SSD Storage Acceleration 18:08 - Maingear Vybe 2019 Review: Fast, Quiet, Clean, And Ready To Ship 30:05 - Alienware Area-51m Review With Benchmarks And Teardown 44:00 - Intel Launches New 9th Gen Mobile CPUs Punctuated By 8-Core Chips, WiFi 6 And A Desktop... Read more...
Intel has officially unveiled its new line-up of 9th Generation Core Mobile processors today, along with an array of adjacent products and technologies. In addition, Intel's 9th Generation Core Desktop processor line-up is been refreshed today as well, with a wide array of SKUs that cover the gamut from a new Core i9-9900 all the way on down to low-power dual-core Celeron and Pentium Gold processors. The new flagship of the 9th Generation Core Mobile processor family is the Core i9-9980HK, designed for what Intel is calling “Musclebooks” – we’ll call them powerful desktop replacement and gaming notebooks. The Core i9-9980HK is a 45 watt, 8-core / 16-thread processor,... Read more...
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