Builder shows off revolutionary design for flagship computer, uses new Intel CPU
Alienware shocked the computer industry this week when it announced the latest version of the flagship Area-51 computer. During the Intel panel on the future of PC gaming, General Manager Frank Azor unveiled the new computer on stage as one of the first gaming machines built with Intel's Haswell Extreme Edition processor and X99 chipset.
Company credits need for innovation in technology for some recent products
At Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this weekend, Intel took to the stage during the "Future of PC Gaming" panel to outline some of the ways that it's bolstering its support of PC gaming. During the panel Vice President and General Manager of Desktop Lisa Graff outlined some of the changes the company has made with gamers in mind, as well as where future technology will drive the market.
Enthusiast Intel Core i7 processors accompanied by X99 Express chipset
[Updated with information from Penny Arcade Expo]
Intel has formally unveiled an octa-core processor for desktop computers, as part of the Core i7 Extreme Edition range . Previously under the name Haswell-E, the first three from the range will consist of one processor with eight cores flanked by two six-core chips, with Intel also launching the X99 Express chipset alongside the enthusiast processor collection.
Next generation of Intel NUC show potential for use as gaming systems
The second generation of Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) may offer a considerable speed boost compared to the original, according to leaked slides. NUC 2.0 is said to include at least two variants with high-enough specifications that the compact computers could end up being used for gaming, and potentially as a Steam Machine system.
SMS Audio BioSport headphones feeds back heart rate to mobile app
Intel has partnered with SMS Audio, the headphone company by rapper 50 Cent, to develop headphones designed for fitness tracking. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones includes a built-in optical heart rate monitor, one which continuously collects data about the wearer's pulse as they go through intense exercise or a relaxation routine.
Server-quality processor arriving en masse in September with up to 18 cores
Apple's much-lauded 2013 Mac Pro redesign will celebrate its first year of shipping just after Christmas, but that anniversary might bring with it an upgraded version. Intel has announced that its successor processor to the "Romley" series used in the latest Mac Pro will arrive in quantity in September. Furthering the speculation, AMD has begun outing its successors to the W7000/W8000/W9000 FirePro graphics cards, which are roughly equivalent to the custom-made D-series used in the current Mac Pro.
Advanced memory allocation, not widely implemented, affected by flaw
Intel has discovered a major bug (referred to as "errata") in some models of its new Haswell chipset releases. Problems with the chip's transactional synchronization extension (TSX) instruction set will be disabled by Intel in revisions of motherboard firmware by vendors. Little, if any, software uses the instruction set now, but the feature is expected to be widely implemented in software tailored for the Haswell-EP server chipset.
Heavy-hitting Dell Precision tower supports new line of Xeon processors
Dell today announced new mainstream and performance tower and rack workstations. The Dell Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910 are designed to address the requirements of customers in compute-intensive fields such as engineering and manufacturing. The new models have been updated with Intel's latest Xeon processors, DDR4 memory, next-generation graphics technology from Nvidia and AMD, and doubling the amount of memory from the previous generation.
Pushes back possibility of Broadwell-based MacBooks into 2015
Intel's latest consumer-class CPUs, the energy-saving "Broadwell" chips, will only be appearing in limited quantities this year -- and even then only the lowest-end of the chip range will be available, intended for fanless devices like tablets and hybrid tablet-ultrabook devices, says Intel. The new delay, particularly of the more powerful variants, will put a dent in the plans of notebook manufacturers to release power-sipping revamped products in time for the holiday buying season.
Deal 'falls below the range of reasonableness'
US District Judge Lucy Koh has rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement in the lawsuit direct against Apple, Adobe, Google, and Intel over anti-poaching practices. In her ruling, Koh states that the amount offered "falls below the range of reasonableness."
FCC listing provides specifications for unannounced Asus tablet
An unannounced Asus tablet powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom processor is on the way, according to a filing at the FCC. The listing for the tablet, under the model number K007, also unusually provides a partial list of components used in the device, with the filing indicating the Intel Moorefield chip will be a quad-core version clocked at 1.8GHz.
Sharks Cove takes after Raspberry Pi as SoC board with external connections
Microsoft has worked with Intel and CircuitCo to create a Windows development board in a similar vein to the Raspberry Pi. Available to pre-order, the Sharks Cove is a System-on-Chip "Windows compatible hardware development board" meant to help developers work on software and drivers for smartphones, tablets, and other devices with a similar architecture.
New drives feature self encryption, remote management
Intel Corporation today announced an addition to the Intel Solid-State Drive (SSD) Professional Family: the Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series. This new business-class SSD for secure enterprise use has been designed to deliver users enhanced security and manageability features over its predecessors. The Intel Pro 2500 Series SSDs are self-encrypting drives utilizing hardware-based 256-bit encryption to protect data without a loss of performance.
Chips likely to debut in revamped MacBooks, other top-of-line notebooks
Intel has goosed the speed in its latest Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors, first unveiled yesterday. The new chips are destined for notebooks such as the MacBook Pro, which is expected to get a speed bump sometime this summer. The new clock speeds range from 2.2GHz to 3.0GHz across three new Core i5 models and four new Core i7 offerings. In addition, four budget "Bay Trail" Celeron and Pentium processors were released as well, rated between 1.58GHz and 2.16Hz.
Low-powered Broadwell chips claimed for shipment before holidays
Intel's Broadwell processors may end up shipping later than first thought, according to a rumor. The majority of the 14nm-process chips will allegedly go on the market in 2015 instead of this year, though Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich's promise of Broadwell chips shipping in time for the holiday season will apparently be kept, albeit only for lower-powered devices.
Open Interconnect Consortium fourth major IoT protocol to pop up
Possibly complicating the nascent "Internet of Things" market, chipmakers Intel, Broadcom, and Atmel along with Samsung and Dell have partnered on the Open Interconnect Consortium -- an organization intended to generate yet another standard for home automation gadgetry. The initiative joins efforts from Apple, Google and Qualcomm to try and consolidate the market under one banner.
New 21.5-inch Apple iMac makes for a great entry into the Mac world
New hardware from Apple is always greeted with interest, and Apple's new entry-level iMac is no exception. Previously, all of Apple's iMac range were powered by quad-core processors, but the new entry-level iMac is powered by a dual-core processor. But is not the type of dual-core processor that you might expect; it is in fact the same low voltage dual-core Intel Core i5 processor found in Apple's current MacBook Air range. In the MacBook Air the Intel chip delivers solid performance in its class; but how does it perform in an iMac?
Talks intensifying, analyst says
(Updated to change "Infineon" references to "Intel Mobile Communications") Intel Mobile Communications is looking to return to producing cellular baseband chips for Apple products, claims Cowen and Company's Timothy Acuri. The analyst says that while Qualcomm currently provides the baseband for Apple devices -- and is expected to hold orders for the rest of 2014 -- talks between Apple and Intel are accelerating regarding inclusion in 2015 iPhones. Acuri suggests that Apple has "re-embraced" Intel, although he also speculates that it may simply be trying to extract better prices from Qualcomm.
Second-highest European court sides with EC over Intel anti-competitive behavior fine
Intel must pay a 1.06 billion euro ($1.44 billion) fine handed to it by the European Union five years ago, the second-highest court in Europe has ordered. Judges based at the General Court in Luxembourg stood by the fine, issued by the European Commission in 2009 over anti-competitive behavior designed to squeeze AMD out of the processor market.
Asus combines two Intel chips to create the Transformer V, Android-Windows hybrid
Electronista had a chance to get up close with the intriguing new Asus Transformer V at Computex Taipei. The Transformer V is, according to the Taiwanese PC maker, the world's first five-mode, three-in-one converged notebook. The Transformer V functions as a full Windows 8.1 notebook, Windows 8.1 tablet, Android smartphone, Android tablet and Android notebook. The way that Asus has executed the design is particularly interesting, as the device carries not one, but two Intel chips to get the job done.
Intel set to deliver full PC power in an ARM-sized tablet package
Intel has often debuted some high profile products at Computex Taipei given the importance of Taiwanese PC vendors like Acer and Asus, and the 2014 show is exception. Perhaps the biggest news the chip giant had to announce this is year is the forthcoming Broadwell-based 14nm Core M chip designed for 2-in-1 mobile PCs. What makes it particularly significant is that it is the first fanless mobile PC reference design from Intel, paving the way for extremely thin 2-in-1 tablet designs. Although designed for 2-in-1 designs, it could make its way into the next-generation MacBook Air rumored to arrive later this year. Intel's Llama Mountain reference design comes in at just 7.2mm, supporting Intel's claims this is the more power-efficient Core design it has made.
Football match to take one-year break from Roman numerals
Apple has joined with some of its allies and rivals over a common cause: bringing the 50th Super Bowl football game to the new Santa Clara Stadium in 2016. Apple, Google, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Seagate, Virgin America and Yahoo have all pledged $2 million to help offset the public costs of the event, such as security and youth groups, to alleviate the burden on taxpayers. By coincidence, 2016 is also the year Apple expects to complete its new, $5 billion headquarters, known as "Campus 2."
Combined WiGig, Rezence system could be driven by Intel Skylake platform
Computers could potentially run without any cables or external wiring in the future, according to a Computex demonstration by Intel. The chip producer demonstrated a number of reference design devices that combine the close-range and high-speed WiGig standard with wireless charging to create an entirely connected and wire-free computing system.
New drive line boasts five year warranty, promises of long drive life
Intel today announced a line of solid-state drives (SSDs) utilizing PCI Express (PCIe) with NVM Express (NVMe) technology for substantial performance gains over SATA SSDs and traditional hard disk drives. The Intel Solid-State Drive Data Center Family for PCIe is tailored towaard data center operations and includes the Intel SSD DC P3700 Series for write-intensive applications, Intel SSD DC P3600 Series for mixed workloads and Intel SSD DC P3500 Series for read-heavy uses.
Over 130 tablets launching this year to use Intel processors
Intel has unveiled its vision for tablet-based computing, by unveiling its latest mobile PC reference design. Part of a wider keynote event at Computex focused on mobile computing, the tablet is a 2-in-1 device using a 14nm Broadwell processor, a chip dubbed the Intel Core M processor purpose-built for use in similar multi-usage tablets and notebooks.
Devil's Canyon chip can be pushed to 4.4GHz
Intel has launched its first 4GHz processor aimed at the enthusiast market today, just as previously rumored. The processor range, codenamed "Devil's Canyon," consists of a Haswell-based Core i5 or Core i7 "K" chip that will ship unlocked, with the fastest in the group not only having a base clock speed of 4GHz, but can be pushed up to a 4.4GHz in Turbo mode.
Agreement will see Silvermont Atom cores in SoCs from Chinese company
Looking to gain an edge in the tablet market, Intel has announced a partnership with Chinese fabless chip maker Rockchip. The agreement between the two companies will allow Intel to widen its foothold in the chip market, and spread its offerings to low-end tablets. Intel will provide Rockchip with core technology to incorporate into system-on-chips (SoC) that Rockchip is specialized in making.
Two updated Haswell processors for enthusiasts, $78 unlocked dual-core Pentium
Information and pricing has been leaked for the upcoming unlocked Devil's Canyon and Pentium anniversary processors from Intel. Two quad-core processors will be released as part of the Devil's Canyon series, while the anniversary Pentium will be a low-end dual-core chip. Specifications who CPUs are said to be compatible with 8- and 9-series motherboards, since they are both LGA1150 sockets.
Fifth-generation Intel chips not expected to ship by July, August
Intel will be bringing its first chips running the "Broadwell" architecture in time for the holiday season, the head of the company has advised. Chief Executive Brian Krzanich claimed at the weekend's Maker Faire in San Mateo, California that, though it will be out before the end of the year, computers running the new fifth-generation processors will not likely ship in time for Back to School shopping.
Says $324 million offer too low, was not informed of deal meetings
The named class representative in the lawsuit brought against five top tech firms has filed a letter of complaint with the presiding judge in the case, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh, protesting the proposed $324 million settlement on charges of illegal conspiracy to stop the firms poaching each others' employees, thus potentially denying opportunity and capping wages.
Voice recognition tools, virtual assistant platform bought by Intel
Intel has acquired a selection of assets and staff from Ginger Software, a company based in Israel working in natural language processing. The purchase, thought to be worth up to $30 million, will allow Intel to push into the virtual assistant market, as well as bolstering its existing voice recognition projects, such as its Jarvis smart headset.
Small format gaming computers offer desktop performance for under $900
Cyberpower, the gaming-focused PC manufacturer, has announced the release of two small format PCs based on Intel and AMD cores. The Fang Mini systems offer full desktop gaming performance at a fraction of the size, with prices starting at $800.
At least 20 new Chromebooks featuring Intel processors announced at event
In a Chrome OS press event in San Francisco, new details in the growing Chromebook lineup were revealed regarding the expansion of the market and new processing power for the budget laptops. Google and Intel have teamed up with several computer manufacturers to bring at least 20 new devices to the market. Some of these new Chromebooks will expand processing power outside of current Core i3 and Celeron processors, moving up to Intel's line of Bay Trail processors.
Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe likely conspired to keep employee salaries down
[Update: possible pricetag revealed] According to court filings before the Northern District of California, Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have made a settlement offer to conclude the antitrust investigation against the quartet, as expected earlier this month. The four tech companies were accused of conspiring to not poach each others' vital employees to prevent escalating salaries and employee demands, but protested the limiting advancement opportunities and salaries was not its intention.
New organization to fund open source projects that have wide importance
The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure, namely OpenSSL. The newly-formed Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open-source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under open-source community norms. Founding backers of the Initiative include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation.
Earnings mark 26 percent drop from fourth quarter
Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and earnings per share of 38 cents. This is a dramatic drop from the company's fourth quarter results, with a drop of 26 percent in net income, with a drop of eight percent of the company's revenue.
Re-release of popular franchise for modern hardware and OS
Sim City 4's original release on OS X had a bum rap, mostly as a virtue of timing. The first release, in 2003, was aimed at the PowerPC architecture, and games often got short shrift when Apple migrated to Intel. The title worked on Rosetta, but not well. In 2007, Aspyr released an Intel patch for the game, but it ran poorly, and crashed often. Surprisingly, last week, Aspyr re-released the game with more burly hardware requirements, but this time, Intel-optimized.
Microsoft, Sony agree to providing more cash for patent buys
Two previous investment partners, Apple and Intel, have declined to put money into Intellectual Ventures' latest patent acquisition fund, says Reuters. IV is dedicated exclusively to buying intellectual property, and has so far acquired about 70,000 patents and other forms of IP. It has raised about $6 billion from investment partners in the past, but is looking to pick up another $3 billion. Microsoft and Sony have agreed to participate in the new round of funding.
Command line app converts Panasonic GH4 video to 2k 10-bit
Rarevision developer Thomas Worth has released an OS X command line program that will allow owners of the Panasonic GH4 4K video recordings to output 10-bit 2K HD instead of the specific 8-bit. The app uses pixel summing, taking the extra pixels in a 4K file to fill in absent color information. The app outputs 10-bit DPX files in 2048x1080 resolution.
Failure to reach settlement could cost high-tech industry $9 billion
Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are among the high-tech companies working to settle a class action lawsuit over their hiring practices within the next several weeks, according to the New York Times. The suit covers some 100,000 people, and alleges that anti-poaching policies agreed to between the companies deprived workers of higher wages they would've got had the businesses had been hiring competitively. If a settlement isn't reached, the firms could owe as much as $9 billion in damages, or $90,000 per person.
Direct Ethernet competitor moves data at 10Gb per second
In a direct challenge to the venerable networking standard Ethernet, Intel on Monday introduced Thunderbolt Networking -- an interconnect standard for Thunderbolt 2-equipped devices that can transfer data at up to 10 gigabits (Gb) per second, 10 times faster than the previous limit. Mac users with Thunderbolt 2 devices running OS X Mavericks already have the new feature built-in, with PC drivers for Windows said to be coming "soon."
Seven year old suit awarded class status, but stayed awaiting HP defense
A class-action suit is in progress, alleging that Intel and HP colluded in producing processors and computers with known poor-performing first-generation Pentium 4 processors, and artificially inflating the pricing. In doing do, Intel is also alleged to have used benchmarking software it helped create, WebMark 2001 and SYSMark 2001, to artificially boost perceived performance by enthusiast websites and other evaluators.
Game Developer Conference venue for Intel's latest announcement
Intel Corporation unveiled a set of roadmap enhancements, platform features and software partnerships to help drive what the company calls "the reinvention of desktop computing." Included in its announcement are the "Devil's Canyon" processor -- featuring an eight-core design utilizing the Haswell architecture -- a commemorative Pentium processor, and a reference design for a portable all-in-one computer.
New BGA processor for laptops, compact computers like Mac Mini, iMac
The power-oriented desktop Xeon processor family is beginning to see some of the improvements implemented in the "Haswell" series of fourth-generation Intel Core processors. A new Xeon E3-1284L has been spotted, introducing Intel's Iris Pro 5200 graphical chipset into the processor.
Health tracker manufacturer reportedly bought by Intel
Intel has picked up health tracker producer Basis Science, beating off competition from Apple and Google, according to a report. The acquisition, yet to be confirmed by either company, is said by multiple sources to be worth $100 million or $150 million, and extends Intel's wearables portfolio from the SD card-sized Edison computer and the combined headset and smartphone combination known as Jarvis.
Intel's new SSD 730 Series available for pre-order
Intel has made its new Solid-State Drive 730 Series available for pre-order. A powerful hard drive intended for gaming and heavy work use, the SSD 730 Series offers low latency and a high throughput, allowing for quick response times. Able to complete up to 70GB of writes per day as opposed to the industry typical 20GB, the drive is capable of delivering consistent performance across data types. Interested buyers can now pre-order the SSD 730, with its official release being March 18.
Hints at future wearable tech, may help provide Apple with ARM chips
During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session, new Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that the chipmaker's relationship with Apple continued to be "very close," despite Apple using its own ARM-based chip designs in its most popular products, the iPhone and iPad. Intel continues to supply Apple with chips and graphics systems for most of its Mac line, however, and Krzanich said the two companies continue to "grow closer," suggesting potential future partnerships.
Intel NUC offers users the ability to customize their own HTPC
The Intel NUC Kit (Next Unit of Computing) (D54250WYK) is a "bare-bones" Mini PC that ships with the core components of a computing system, but requires users to add their own RAM, SSD, wireless card and operating system to make fully functional. Designed for PC enthusiasts and those wanting to dip their toes into do-it-yourself PC building, the Intel NUC is the smallest form factor that you can pack a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 "Haswell" processor into. Now in its second generation, the Intel NUC has the makings of an ideal home theater PC, or general purpose PC for use at home or in the office. Take a look at our full review of the Intel NUC to find out what it's like to put together and bring to life.
Revision revealed at annual microprocessor industry event
Intel is readying a new revision of the Haswell series of Intel Core processors. The newest models are built on the latest 22nm tri-gate SoC process technology. As one result of the improved fabrication technology, the graphics core incorporates several new features that allow it to improve energy efficiency by 40 percent -- essentially giving still longer battery life for the same performance as the present chips.
Companies want easier time recouping legal fees
A collection of companies -- including Apple, Google, Yahoo, Intel, Cisco, and Facebook -- are asking the US Supreme Court for measures to help deter frivolous patent lawsuits, Bloomberg reports. In particular, the companies are seeking to change the language used to determine when a defendant can claim coverage of legal fees from a plaintiff. The current standard allows coverage only if a suit is ruled "objectively baseless" and filed in bad faith.