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Intel has a pretty big Spectre/Meltdown problem on its hands. The company over the past few weeks has issued patches to help mitigate the processor vulnerabilities, but those patches have resulted in frequent reboots of both older (Broadwell, Haswell) and newer (Skylake, Kaby Lake) processors, and everything in between. Intel is now telling customers to forgo installing the Spectre and Meltdown patches due to lingering issues that it has confirmed with customers, and identified in its own testing. In addition, Intel says that it has identified the root cause for the reboots. "We recommend that... Read more...
Intel has announced that it has begun shipping a pair of new RealSense D400 Depth Cameras. The new cameras are from the next-gen Intel RealSense D400 family and include the D415 and the D435. Intel claims that the cameras have 3D capabilities that make them ideal for OEM prototype development or as an end-user-ready device. The cameras are also aimed directly at makers and educators for hardware prototyping and software development. The new 3D cameras are both designed to need minimal connection to a computer making them easier to use, all that is needed is a USB cable for connectivity and... Read more...
Intel apparently has some additional Coffee Lake processors incoming that are destined for laptop machines and mobile workstations, at least according to a recent leak on the interwebs. Intel's Coffee Lake-H processors range from the quad-core Core i5-8300H on up to the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK on the consumer side, and include some tasty Xeon treats for business workstation users. The Core i5-8300H and Core i5-8400H are both quad-core processors built on Intel's 14nm manufacturing process (14++ actually). Each processor is capable of executing 8 threads, and you'll find 8MB of L3 cache onboard.... Read more...
Intel last week acknowledged that firmware updates intended to mitigate the security threats posed by Meltdown and Spectre were causing reboot issues in both client and data center computers powered by Broadwell and Haswell processors. Now it turns out that PCs running newer generation CPUs are experiencing "more frequent reboots" after applying firmware upgrades as well. In a blog post, Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel, said that firmware updates are now available for more than 90 percent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years.... Read more...
Earlier this year at CES 2018, Dell introduced its new XPS 15 2-In-1 convertible laptop, which it considers to be the world's most powerful hybrid machine. In this case, all of its computing muscle is coming from Intel's new 8th Generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors that feature an on-package AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL GPU with 4GB of HBM2. While we previously gave you a hands-on look at the new XPS 15 2-in-1 at the Dell booth, what we have today is a bit more tantalizing. Bear in mind that this is a very early look at the product, however. We've got some results from multiple Rise of the... Read more...
It seems like we have been waiting for Intel to release its Cannon Lake lineup for a hundred years now (slight exaggeration). That day is fast approaching, however, with Intel having already shown off a Cannon Lake wafer to the public several months ago. Now what looks to be the first Cannon Lake chip has made an unofficial debut on SiSoftware's SANDRA database, along with several unreleased Coffee Lake processors. Assuming the leak is legitimate (as always, take these things with several grains of salt), it suggests that Intel has begun shipping out engineering samples of Cannon Lake to OEMs and... Read more...
The big news with Intel (outside of the Meltdown and Spectre madness) is that it partnered with rival AMD to build custom modules combining its Core processors with AMD's Vega graphics. That's an exciting development, though it's not the end game for Intel's graphics play. Looking down the line, Intel will switch to using its own custom discrete graphics solutions, dubbed Arctic Sound and Juper Sound, according to Motley Fool's Ashraf Eassa. Intel has not made any official announcement in regards to its own discrete custom graphics, of course, but even if Eassa is misinformed on the codenames,... Read more...
The big news in security (or lack thereof) recently has been the Meltdown and Spectre issues that have plagued Intel, AMD, and Apple. Those aren’t the only security issues that computer users are facing. Security research firm F-Secure has found a new security flaw that it says affects Intel Active Management Technology or AMT. AMT is an Intel proprietary solution that allows remote access or monitoring and management of personal computers in a corporate setting. The tech was meant to allow IT departments in these large organizations or managed service providers to control fleets of computers.... Read more...
With most of the attention focused on Intel with regards to Meltdown and Spectre -- Intel is the only chip OEM that is affected by both vulnerabilities -- the company has done its best to try to be as transparent as possible about how it issues firmware updates and patches for affected systems. Roughly a week ago, Intel started rolling out the first firmware updates aimed at mitigating any security issues surrounding both Meltdown and Spectre. However, almost immediately, customers began experiencing issues with their systems rebooting unexpectedly. The issue was first brought to the public sphere... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk in recent days about what kind of performance impact that security patches for Meltdown and Spectre would have on overall system performance, with some reports suggesting that some systems could face up to a 30 percent hit. When Intel made its first comments on the matter a week ago, it noted, "for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time." Yesterday, Intel followed up with the following statement: Based on our most recent PC benchmarking, we continue to expect that the performance impact should not be significant for average... Read more...
There is a lot of buzz surrounding Meltdown and Spectre, two recently disclosed chip vulnerabilities that have hardware and software makers scrambling to release patches to deal with the situation. What is not fully known yet is what performance impact these patches will have. Regardless of how all it shakes out, some of Intel's data center customers that run cloud networks are looking to jump ship. The chip flaws, if you want to call them that (and many do, though Intel claims its processors are working as intended) collectively affect all modern CPUs to some extent. However, Intel's silicon seems... Read more...
The PC industry is still trying to come to grips with the fallout from the revelation of the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities. Meltdown only affects Intel processors, while Spectre -- the more serious exploit -- affects processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM. Hardware OEMs and OS manufactures have banded together to release patches to help mitigate the effects of any attacks based on Meltdown or Spectre, although some of those patches have been disastrous. For its part, Microsoft is addressing some of the performance ramifications for installing patches to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre... Read more...
Earlier this week, Intel unloaded its full arsenal of 8th generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors that are backed with AMD Radeon RX Vega M GPUs. The unlikely pair has delivered a mobile powerhouse chip package that combines excellent processing performance with GeForce GTX 1050-class graphics for thin-and-light systems. Dell is the latest to embrace this new "combo" chip, and has placed it inside the XPS 15 2-in-1 convertible. In fact, Dell is proclaiming that the new XPS 15 2-in-1 is "the world's most powerful 2-in-1 ever" -- a claim that Hewlett-Packard has also used for its new Spectre x360... Read more...
Rivet Networks today announced a new high-performance wireless module, the Killer 1550, that also happens to be the first one introduced as part of a collaboration with Intel. That is not a bad partner to have, and in this case, the result is a wireless module that meets and even surpasses gigabit wireless speeds. More specifically, the Killer 1550 delivers a max throughput of 1.73 gigabits per second. Let that number sink in a moment. Granted, real-world speeds are never going to hit theoretical maximums when it comes to networking productions—there is always overhead to consider. But even... Read more...
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