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When news broke earlier this week that Apple had finally inked a deal with TSMC to produce processors with the company beginning in 2014, the first round of chatter was on what this might mean for Samsung. Apple, after all, has been by far Samsung's single largest customer. With that topic out of the way, talk has turned to Intel. Once again, the tired rumor that Intel walked away from the manufacturing equivalent of Cibola is being floated across the Internet. At first glance, it makes sense. Intel currently enjoys a hefty lead over every other country in terms of its processor technology. The company has admitted that its fab utilization is as low as 50%, which may be a record. With PC demand... Read more...
Since the introduction of Intel's "Tick / Tock" model in 2007, the company has successfully released a major new architecture one year, and then a die shrink the next. Well, according to leaked documents, 2014 looks to be the first year where Intel skips a beat, as Broadwell, Haswell's original successor, has been replaced with "Haswell Refresh". In these documents, Ivy Bridge-E is still slated to launch in Q3 of this year, which for those looking for six-core parts not two generations behind is really good to see. However, due to significant changes in the silicon, current X79 motherboards are unable to support these upcoming chips. In Q2 2014, "Haswell Refresh" gets pushed out, alongside the... Read more...
Here's a question: what company is going to be the one to reinvent television? Everyone in the world knows it needs to happen, and we're all just seemingly waiting indefinitely for it to happen. Will it be Apple? A start-up we've never heard of? Microsoft? Intel? Earlier this year, Intel confirmed that it would soon be shipping some type of set-top box to introduce its own spin on pay-TV and the entire living room experience, but we've heard little since. Shocking, right? The content creators and pay-TV operators are being remarkably rigid. The unbelievable amount of fear of having the industry change even the slightest is preventing any progress and innovation from seeping in. But according... Read more...
Intel is making a play for a bigger chunk of the mobile market, and although ARM says that it’s a generation ahead of Intel’s Atom (on smartphones, at least), Intel showed off its 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture and new Atom (Bay Trail) tablet platform and demonstrated a substantial generational performance increase. (Hit up our coverage of Silvermont/Bay Trail here.) Clover Trail and Clover Trail+ aren’t even a year old yet, but Bay Trail, which Intel says will be in consumer devices by the end of the year, blows them out of the water in terms of performance. In a live demo hosted by Intel’s Hermann Eul Ph.D., Vice President and General Manager of Mobile & Communications... Read more...
With Apple's WWDC set to take place next week in San Francisco, speculation surrounding what will be unveiled is high. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the MacBook line could see a lot of attention. With Intel's Haswell processors announced just yesterday, it seems certain that some MacBooks will soon feature the chips. Exactly which models is uncertain, but we'd hope the final answer would be "all". The Retina MacBook Pro's design would be slimmed down in the 13-inch model, while the line's camera would be upgraded to 1080p, which we'd hope would also reflect itself with Facetime use. Improvements are also expected for the MacBook Air, although the main improvement mentioned... Read more...
In sports, it's said that a playoff series doesn't truly begin until a team wins a game on the opponent's home court. If the same philosophy applies to competition in the technology space, then consider it "Game on" in the mobile space, as Intel just won a battle in territory that's traditionally belonged to ARM. More specifically, it's being reported that Samsung is opting to have Intel processors inside a new version of one of its high-end Android tablets. And make no mistake, if true, this is a major win for a chip maker that, despite being on financially sound ground, has yet to port its prior success on the desktop over to the mobile world where it seems most devices are running on ARM hardware.... Read more...
With its soon-to-be-released Haswell microarchitecture, coming to us in the form of the 4th generation Core CPUs, Intel hopes to reaffirm our belief that it's the leader in processor technology. Haswell's launch comes at a time when the company is trying its hardest to make a major impact in the non-notebook mobile markets, and as this microarchitecture is designed to be extremely scalable, we'll assuredly be seeing some Haswell-equipped tablets later this year. As we learned at Intel's Developer Forum last fall, the company's aiming to "Reinvent Mobility" with Haswell. As with any major microarchitecture launch, we'd expect the usual 10~15% performance gains, but here, Intel has put its... Read more...
The mobile market is a bitter one for Intel at the moment, as up to this point, it's been unable to secure any major design wins using its Atom-based SoCs. There have been a couple of phone releases, but they've been far and few between, and mostly targeted at Europe. A couple of months ago, one win came in the form of ASUS' Fonepad, a 7-inch phablet that looks quite attractive overall, but again, cannot be found in North America. When will Intel ever get that first major win it's looking for? Soon, actually, if current rumors and leaked benchmarks can be believed. Reports are that Samsung will adopt Atom for use in its upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. If so, that means that Samsung would have used... Read more...
In an effort to coax developers to begin taking Atom seriously as an Android platform, Intel has just released a complete suite of tools that should help ease them into things - especially since it can be used for ARM development as well. It's called Beacon Mountain, named after the highest peak outside of Beacon, New York, and it currently targets Windows 7 and 8 as the development host OS, with Mac OS X to be supported later this year. As you'd expect, Beacon Mountain supports Jelly Bean (4.2) development, and with this suite, you're provided with a collection of important Intel tools: Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager, Integrated Performance Primitives, Graphics and System Performance... Read more...
All good things come to an end, and as of yesterday, Paul Otellini's fast and furious ride in the driver's seat as Intel's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) officially came to a halt. The 45-year-old face of Intel retired as chief, just as he announced he would back in November of last year, and handed the reins over to Brian M. Krzanich, the person Intel's board unanimously picked to fill Otellini's shoes. "In May 2013, Paul Otellini retired as chief executive officer of Intel Corporation, a position he held for eight years. Over the course of nearly four decades of service, this California native excelled in several key positions," Intel stated on a farewell page dedicated to the retired CEO. "Paul... Read more...
The time has come for Paul Otellini to step aside and make way for new blood. Serving as only the fifth Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Intel's history, the 45-year-old face of the world's largest semiconductor company said several months ago that he planned on retiring in May 2013, so now there will be a sixth CEO. His name is Brian Krzanich. Intel's board of directors unanimously agreed that Krzanich is the best man for the job, and feeling up to the challenge, he will assume his new role at the company's annual stockholders' meeting on May 16, Intel announced today. "I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead Intel," said Krzanich. "We have amazing assets, tremendous talent, and an unmatched... Read more...
We'll find out soon enough if Intel's upcoming Haswell architecture has what it takes to give the PC market a much needed jolt. Haswell, which is the codename for Intel's fourth generation Core processor line, is about 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds away from launch, and we know this because the giddy folks at Intel flat out said so. "In approximately 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds, Intel will reveal all there is to know about the highly anticipated 4th generation Intel Core processor family," Intel said in a statement. "The new family of processors will surpass old technology expectations and usher in a host of striking new designs with incredible performance and extraordinarily long battery... Read more...
Each year, New York-based consulting firm Reputation Institute, in conjunction with Forbes, queries thousands of consumers to help build a "reputation" list of companies on both a global and per-country scale. The goal is to highlight those companies that have great reputations - reputations so good, that consumer loyalty is high. On the other end of the scale, companies that do not appear on the list might have some work to do. This year, 4,719 consumers partook in the study, and of these, Reputation Institute found that 55% of them would "definitely" buy products from companies with strong reputations, while 59% would be willing to endorse them. For companies with weak reputations, a mere 7%... Read more...
Good new for Intel fans, the wait for Haswell is almost over. While Intel has yet to officially announce a specific launch date for its fourth generation Core processor line, it's widely expected Haswell will peek its head into retail in June after the Computex convention in Taipei, which runs from June 4 to 8, 2013. Even better news, it doesn't look like Haswell will carry a hefty pricing premium over Ivy Bridge. VR-Zone's portal in China listed what it claims are retail box pricing for Haswell chips for dealers. What that means is you can expect to pay a little more at retail. In any event, here's what they have listed. Model Cores Clocks Boost L3 Cache iGPU TDP MSRP i7 4770K 4c/8t  3.50GHz... Read more...
As far as the accuracy of rumors go, one good sign that you’re either spot on or really, really far off is if the company that’s the object of the speculation specifically asks you to remove information from your site. That’s apparently what happened with French site Minimachines, which leaked photos and specs of the Acer Iconia W3 tablet. Of course, this being the Internet, that information has already been widely disseminated. The W3 tablet looks to be an 8-inch device that runs Windows 8. Other specs include a 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM, front and rear cameras, and possibly a microSDHC card slot. If the photo is to be believed, the little tablet will be accompanied... Read more...
If the only thing preventing you from purchasing an Ultrabook is the price, we have good news. On the manufacturing side, it's in everyone's best interest to push the Ultrabook form factor, including Intel, which will attempt to get Ultrabooks into more homes by driving down and/or maintaining the cost of entry as new hardware emerges Intel's Kirk Skaugen recently told an audience at the Intel Solutions Summit (ISS) in Los Angeles that new Ultrabook models based on the chip maker's upcoming fourth generation Core processors (Haswell) will ship in time for the holiday shopping season with a starting price of $599. That's encouraging news, considering that one of the requirements for a next generation... Read more...
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, has softened its stance on building chips for other companies that it doesn't directly compete with and will start producing parts for Altera. Never heard of them? Altera manufactures "programmable logic" chips with structures like reconfigurable processors and memory as building blocks for complex System-on-Chip (SoC) designs. Typically this requires bleeding-edge manufacturing technology and Intel's 14nm will benefit them greatly versus competitors like Xilinx. The upside for Intel is that it can generate additional revenue and offset the rising costs of R&D. By sharing its manufacturing plants, Intel is also able to ensure that its fabs... Read more...
Today, Intel is keeping on track for execution of their roadmap plan in the mobile space, with the release of their follow-on to Medfield, code-named Clover Trail+.  Clover Trail, as you’ll remember, is powering many a Windows 8 tablet these days.  Intel's latest Atom-based SoC is a more natural fit here, with the intrinsic advantages of being able to run full X86 compatible software on a tablet or convertible device, while still offering strong battery life performance.  That said, Clover Trail+, Intel’s new performance and feature-optimized version of Clover Trail for the smartphone and tablet market, has that same long row to hoe versus incumbents, at least in the... Read more...
When we covered Intel’s first significant foray into the smartphone arena, early in January 2012, there was little doubt in our minds that the company had set its sights on the mobile market with a plan and roadmap for execution.  Though Medfield and Lexington, now known as the Atom Z2460 SoC, and its lower cost sibling Atom Z2420, looked solid enough on paper, we expected Intel would have an uphill battle versus already well-established players like Qualcomm, Samsung, NVIDIA and the like.  As it turned out, Medfield and Lexington Atom SoCs never really made it to smartphones marketed in the US, but they did gain some traction in about 10 design wins for Intel,... Read more...
Intel's François Piednoël is no fan of the competition making claims about what his company can and can't do, so he's taken to YouTube to post a video to showcase what the company's upcoming Clover Trail+ SoC is capable of. A quote that helps lead into the video comes from ARM, which claims that "Intel will never be the leader in silicon power efficiency". That leads into Intel's teasing, "They told you it was not possible", before revealing the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900, first announced at last month's CES. On the phone is Epic's popular Android benchmark Citadel, running smooth as butter at a cool 1080p. While there are many phones out there that can run this benchmark... Read more...
The luck o’ the Irish is going strong, apparently, as Intel is planning to build a plant in Ireland for the purpose of manufacturing 14nm chips which will reportedly create 800 permanent tech jobs and 3,500 construction jobs. According to Silicon Republic, the project should take two years to complete at a total cost of $4 billion. The new facility will be built at the existing Intel campus at Leixlip in Co Kildare. The total square footage (er, metre-age) will be 244,819 square metres and will include a three-story fab, a building for housing liquid chemicals and wastewater, a two-story boiler and chiller, emergency power facilities, a five-level parking garage, and more. Leixlip campus... Read more...
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