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Intel Gallops Up Cedar Trail
December 29, 2011
Intel announced its third-generation Atom mobile processor-based platform, code-named "Cedar Trail," on Wednesday. It consists of two dual-core mobile processors, the N2600 and N2800, and two that target entry-level desktop and other solutions, the D2500 and D2700. The platform introduces new features such as Intel Wireless Music and Intel Wireless Display.
Intel Takes Medfield-Powered Phone and Tablet Out for a Spin
December 21, 2011
Intel is stepping up the drumbeat around its efforts to penetrate the mobile handheld device market leading up to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held in Las Vegas in January. The semiconductor giant recently sent prototype devices, known as "reference designs," to the MIT Technology Review to try out.
Apple's Patent Win: Just a Feather in Its Cap?
December 21, 2011
In a decision 20 months in the making, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Monday that, starting in April, certain HTC smartphones cannot be imported into the U.S. due to a violation of one of Apple's patents. Apple had alleged that HTC was violating 10 technology patents, though the ITC ruled that the Taiwanese smartphone maker was infringing on just one, a data tapping feature.
Thailand's Summer Floods Leave Intel High and Dry
December 12, 2011
Intel has informed its shareholders that its fourth-quarter results will not match its earlier outlook. The reason: a global shortage of hard disk drives, due to flooding in Thailand earlier this year. Now the company expects fourth-quarter revenue to be approximately $13.7 billion, down from the previous estimate of roughly $14.7 billion.
Researchers Create Brain on a Chip
November 16, 2011
Although computers have been called "thinking machines," their internal operations have very little to do with how the original thinking machine -- the human brain -- actually works. That's changing, however, as some researchers at MIT and the University of Texas Medical School have demonstrated in a new computer chip that mimics how the brain learns as it receives new information.
Nvidia Crams Tegra 3 Mobile Chip Chock Full of Cores
November 09, 2011
Nvidia on Wednesday launched the quad-core mobile Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Formerly nicknamed "Project Kal-El," the Tegra 3 has four main cores and a fifth companion core. It distributes the workload among these using patent-pending variable symmetric multiprocessing technology.
Calxeda's EnergyCore: No Jack to Intel's Beanstalk
November 08, 2011
Last week, Calxeda launched its ARM-based "EnergyCore" Server on a Chip, which the company said consumes as little as 1.5 watts -- the first server CPU to achieve this milestone. This makes EnergyCore ideal for workloads such as Web serving, Big Data applications, scalable analytics such as Apache Hadoop, media streaming, and mid-tier infrastructure such as caching and in-memory scalable databases, the company said.
New 'Server on a Chip' Aims to Lighten Up Cloud Hardware
November 02, 2011
While the image that the high-tech industry has adopted for the source of services delivered over a remote network -- the cloud -- conjures thoughts of airy skies where quasi-magical things happen, the actual cloud is firmly anchored to the ground in data centers bristling with computer servers. As the cloud continues to expand, so does the demand for servers.
Asus Revs Up a Lean, Mean Transformer 2 Tablet
October 20, 2011
Asus offered the world a sneak peek at the company's upcoming Transformer 2 tablet at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong earlier this week, laying to rest speculation that the device's launch might be delayed. The Transformer 2 is an Android tablet with a detachable keyboard and a 10-inch screen.
AMD Breaks New Ground With FX Bulldozer Processors
October 14, 2011
Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled its FX Series family of processors, which includes two it heralds as the first eight-core desktop CPUs. These are the first processors available in retail that use AMD's new Bulldozer multicore architecture. The FX processors are priced at between $115 and $245.
Acer's Ultrabook Muscles Into Tablet Territory
October 10, 2011
Acer released its Aspire S3 ultrabook in the U.S. on Monday. The device, which weighs in at less than three pounds, provides up to 50 days of standby time and supports up to six hours of continuous usage. It has an Intel Core i5 processor, a 20 GB solid-state drive and a 320 GB hard drive. The Aspire S3 has a "speedy resume" feature and a 13.3-inch high definition LED-backlit display.
Intel and IBM Form Chip Research Tag Team
September 28, 2011
Two of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers, Intel and IBM, announced a shared investment Tuesday of $4.4 billion to develop cutting-edge chip technology in the state of New York. The partnership, a continuation of a decade-long project, has two main goals.
Intel Inside Everything
September 27, 2011
Coming just weeks before the beginning of the holiday shopping season so crucial to its consumer OEM/ODM customers, Intel's annual Developer Forum tends to highlight the spun sugar and sweet delights the market can expect in the shorter term. However, as IDF 2011 in San Francisco recently proved, it is the longer-term strategies and technical breakthroughs that form the real meat of the event.
Intel Gets Android Inside
September 14, 2011
In an effort to carve out a niche in the burgeoning mobile market, Intel has partnered with Google to optimize future versions of the latter's Android mobile operating system for Intel's Atom line of chips. The announcement was made by Andy Rubin, Android head honcho and Google senior vice president, on Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum, which runs in San Francisco through Thursday.
Don't Try This at Home: Overclocked AMD FX Chip Breaks Speed Record
September 13, 2011
AMD announced on Tuesday that it has been awarded the Guinness World Record for computer processor speed for an overclocked version of its upcoming eight-core FX desktop processor. This CPU hit a top speed of 8.429 GHz with the help of specialist teams, as well as a heavy dose of liquid nitrogen and helium for cooling.
Microsoft Slate Could Foretell the Shape of Tablets to Come
August 26, 2011
Attendees at Microsoft's TechEd New Zealand show were reportedly treated to a preview of what may have been a new quad-core Windows slate device running on the not-yet debuted Windows 8. The slate could be a giveaway at Microsoft's Build conference in September, according to a Smarter Geek blog post by attendee and IT consultant Alan Burchill.
IBM Makes Brainy Breakthrough in Computing
August 18, 2011
IBM researchers unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips Thursday. The chips are designed to mimic the brain's abilities of perception, action and cognition. The development could lead to advances in computers that require much less power and space than current technology.
Fulcrum Microsystems - Levering Up Intel's Cloud Ambitions
July 26, 2011
Intel's recently announced plans to acquire Fulcrum Microsystems, a privately held fabless Ethernet semiconductor company, may seem counterintuitive to some. Founded in 1999, Fulcrum develops integrated, standards-based 10- and 40-GbE switch silicon designed to deliver low latency and workload-balancing capabilities, along with superior network speeds. What does any of this have to do with Intel?
New-Fangled Computer Chips Could Mimic Brain Synapses
June 27, 2011
A recently published University of Exeter paper brings the possibility of achieving brain-like computing one step closer. The paper, published in Advanced Materials, states the result of a study that demonstrated for the first time the ability to simultaneously perform information and storage tasks using phase-change materials.
AMD, Google, Oracle, Harry Potter and Robopocalypse
June 27, 2011
OK, last week was a really interesting week. We had AMD basically divorcing itself from Intel's model after living under Intel's shadow from inception; we had Google repeating yet another of Microsoft's greatest mistakes; we had IBM repeat a famous political debate by basically saying Oracle wasn't an enterprise vendor anymore; and we had Harry Potter's author begin to kill off publishers and book stores.

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