Tablets that can dual boot Windows 8 and Google Android are nothing new… but dual-booting tablets with Bay Trail chips are. Chinese device maker Weu Yan’s Surge Tab PH-101 is a 10 inch tablet that runs both Windows 8 Pro and Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
It’s powered by an Intel Celeron N2910 processor, based on Intel’s low-power Bay Trail designs.
The Celeron N2910 is a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor with a TDP of 7.5 watts and a 4.5 watt SDP. In other words, it uses more power than an Intel Atom chip typically found in a tablet… but not much more power.
It should be able to provide decent performance for common Windows activities including web surfing, editing documents, viewing movies, or playing casual games — and it should be more than powerful enough to offer a decent Android experience.
The Surge Tab PH101 will be available with 2GB to 4GB of RAM, and 32GB to 64GB of solid state storage.
It’s expected to launch in October in China, where it’ll be offered with support for Chinese 3G wireless networks. The tablet is expected to sell for around $440 or less.
While it’s unlikely that we’ll see this particular model outside of China anytime soon, it does show that Intel’s new Celeron chips are starting to find their way into tablets. While most of the Bay Trail-powered tablets announced for launch in the US and Europe this fall feature Atom processors, perhaps we’ll start to see models with more powerful Celeron and Pentium chips soon.
This is so much more powerful than a new OS, gold phone or cheap, colorful phones -- which is why I think Intel massively eclipsed Apple this year. Quark is a world changer.
Product of the Week: The Dell Venue Tablet
Back when Windows 8 launched, you had an ugly choice of tablets. You could get a light, inexpensive, thin one with great battery life that didn't run much in the way of software but came with Office -- with the exception of the most critical app, Outlook -- or you could get a much more capable tablet that cost twice as much, had less than half the battery life and was nearly twice as heavy. Steve Jobs' ghost must have been smiling as folks bought more iPads.
Well Intel's Bay Trail processor just fixed the last part, and coupled with Windows 8.1, it promises to provide a thin, light and inexpensive tablet. I'm thinking Jobs' ghost isn't smiling anymore.
The most interesting of the products showcased on the main stage at IDF was Dell's 8-inch Venue tablet, because it pushed the limits on sexy.
This is the first Windows Tablet I might actually give up my beloved Kindle Fire for -- and over the years, I've actually started to do more email, shopping and movie viewing on my Fire and not on my phone or even my laptop.
Any product that can get me to consider an alternative to my beloved Kindle is worth being named the product of the week. This class of system will define the success or failure of Windows 8.1. We'll get more details on the Venue next month, when Windows 8.1 launches and the tablet officially becomes available, but I'm making it product of the week early. Thanks to Dell and Intel's Bay Trail processor, it is just damned sexy.
Windows could automatically shade themselves when you're dressing or otherwise have a need for privacy and become transparent if there is something going on outside you actually want or need to see. Heating and cooling systems could adjust to accommodate the persons in the room and even target the furniture they're sitting on.
Think of entertainment systems that could adjust their sound levels and speaker coverage based not only on what you're watching or listening to, but also on specific preferences, automatically directing its efforts to please multiple listeners.
Imagine drones that auto launch when a noise is heard inside the house and report back what they have found -- auto locking the intervening doors and alerting the authorities if necessary. Imagine drones that could auto launch and guide you out of a burning house, or alert you that your small child was attempting to escape the crib or otherwise about to do something dangerous. Imagine cribs that could alter themselves to keep your child entertained and less able to climb out.
In this world, you could just say what you want, and a screen or a device near you would automatically respond and fulfill that want.
This is the instrumented, vastly smarter world that Intel will try to create with Quark -- and it makes PCs and smartphones seem so last century by comparison.
Wrapping Up: All Hail Genevieve Bell
This amazing effort, or at least the focus of it, is largely the result of one of the most influential people in the world: Intel Fellow Genevieve Bell. Bell's team aims to drive Intel and the technology industry toward creating solutions like those I've described above, in the process transforming the world from one in which the humans are slaves to one in which we are the masters.
Bell is known as Intel's secret weapon, and she is its most visible human competitive advantage. Through the efforts of Bell and her team, our future will be amazing and our technology far more focused on making us happy.
Quark, a very small-scale embedded technology, is supposed to address the second part of that -- enabling the computerized world to better adapt to our needs automatically. It anticipates a future when most everything we touch will be computerized, sensor equipped, and able to determine automatically what it is we need to be more comfortable.
This is potentially a massive market, because it includes pretty much everything we touch that isn't currently computerized and instrumented. It also includes many of the dumb devices -- like security cameras and thermostats -- that we think are intelligent and computerized, but really are not either.
Look around the room. Compared to the number of phones and PCs you have, how many light switches, light fixtures, chairs, tables windows, thermostats, doors with locks, and floors do you have? Each is a possible home for a Quark-enabled sensor, and each could be made smarter as a result.
The Quark Future
So this is the future that Quark will enable, and you'll see it is very, very different. Think of beds that can monitor your comfort level and heat or cool, harden or soften, and even pulse (the return of magic fingers!) in order to ensure a good night's sleep.
Imagine security systems that can not only identify you with a high degree of accuracy but also alert a medical service if it looks like you may experience a heart attack in the near future or if your child has fallen in the pool, or if anyone in your family has fallen and can't get up.
You could have lights that not only turn on when you are near but also apply ideal levels of illumination based on whether you're reading or watching TV, for example. Wearable devices will not only help you exercise by alerting you when your heart is in its target range, but also let you know if you're getting angry or impaired to assist you in avoiding road rage -- or rage in general -- or a DUI conviction.
Look around the room. Compared to the number of phones and PCs you have, how many light switches, light fixtures, chairs, tables windows, thermostats, doors with locks, and floors do you have? Each is a possible home for a Quark-enabled sensor, and each could be made smarter as a result. The future that Quark will enable will be very, very different.
This year, Intel held its IDF during the same week as Apple's iPhone launch, and it's not the first time these events have coincided. However, I could count the number of times Intel has had something more interesting to present than Apple on one hand -- and have five fingers left over.
That was true until last week, when Intel surprised the market with an obscure technology codenamed "Quark," which promises to change dramatically the world we live in.
Apple, in contrast, launched a slightly revised iPhone, which will now come in the color "gold," along with a minor iOS change -- and it apparently discovered colors in a cheaper offering. Mostly, Apple's big announcement was biometric fingerprint readers on its high-end iPhone, a technology PCs have had for more than a decade. For once, the Intel keynote was more interesting than Apple's.
However you need to know where Quark is going to fully understand how revolutionary it can be. I'll go into that and close with my product of the week: Dell's amazing new Venue tablet.
Quark: Fixing the Endemic Computer Problem
If I were to sum up the biggest problem with the computer industry since its inception, it is that smart devices have actually been pretty stupid. From the beginning, computers knew very little about the world they lived in and we had to adapt to them. In short, while the perception was that they were created to be our servants, the reality is we serve them -- and they don't even know that much about us.
Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.
Daniel Nenni was again pimping his website in the comments section of Russ Fischer's article. And here is the exchange between Russ and Nenni:
Russ Fischer: Dan,
You should reveal that you are a paid consultant for TSMC, so the readers can more accurately assess your comments.
Disclaimer: I do not now nor have I ever worked for TSMC.
I consult for companies that wish to partner with TSMC, UMC, SMIC, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
Russ Fischer: That's even worse.
You are a master at ziggin' and zaggin'.
[Daniel Nenni "consult for companies that wish to partner with TSMC, UMC, SMIC, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES"...now we know his motive]
During the Apple (AAPL) product introduction last Tuesday, Tim cook mentioned that the heart of the new iPhone 5S was the A7 chip, which contained a billion transistors. The size of the chip grew from 96 sq. mm for the A6 to 102 sq. mm for the A7.
Experts at Chipworks who claim to be familiar with the Apple "A" chip part numbering system suggest that the early peeks at the A7 chip indicate that it was made at a foundry other than Samsung (SSNLF.PK).
Also, Samsung introduced its new Octa chip on September 10, apparently to steal some thunder from Apple's A7 chip announcement. Is that a smart thing to do if you are the foundry for the A7?
It appears that to get 1 billion transistors on a 102 sq. mm chip would require something much better than the 28nm processes available at either TSMC (TSM) or Samsung. Some are speculating that the A7 is being built by TSMC on a 20 nm planar process. That would be all well and fine except that TSMC claims that its 20nm process will not be ready for volume production until early 2014.
What do we know about relative chip size from 32nm to 22nm processes?
A Sandy Bridge EP-4 is made on a 32nm process and had 1.27 billion transistors with a chip size of 294 sq. mm, so a 1 billion transistor logic chip on 32nm should be around 232sq. mm. Even giving a 25% improvement for a 32 to 28nm transition, the chip size should be about 174 sq. mm.
The Ivy Bridge HE-4 is made on the Intel (INTC) 22nm Trigate process and has 1.4 billion transistors with a chip size of 160 sq. mm, so a billion transistor logic chip on 22nm should be around 114 sq. mm. "Hand packing" the A7 design might give another 10% size improvement, which would make the A7 chip almost exactly 102 sq. mm. on the Intel 22 nm process.
I will leave it for you to come to your own conclusions, but if there is another semiconductor manufacturer that is capable of the A7 volume at anything close to 22nm, Intel and I are in deep yogurt.
The Intel Jan 2014 30 call options are about
Acer became the latest server maker to announce support for Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors, which the chip maker announced Sept. 10 at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Acer officials said Sept. 12 that the company is refreshing its line of Altos servers and Veriton workstations with the new “Ivy Bridge” processors, which Intel officials said offer as much as 50 percent more performance and 45 percent better energy efficiency than their predecessors. The new chips, which offer up to 12 processing cores, will help Acer as it looks to make gains into the competitive x86 server space.
“Our professional lineup of Altos servers is a cornerstone of our renewed focus on the commercial marketplace,” Evis Lin, associate vice president of commercial products and solutions management at Acer, said in a statement. “Now with complete support of Intel’s high-performance Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPUs, the Altos line is positioned perfectly to capitalize on channel and data center markets.” Acer joins a growing lineup of system makers—including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Cray and SGI—that are looking to leverage the better performance and power efficiency of the new Intel processors. IBM announced the new NeXtScale x86 system that will be armed with the E5-2600 v2 chips. The new systems will be aimed at such workloads as cloud computing, social media, analytics and technical computing in large data centers and cloud environments. HP officials said their two-processor ProLiant systems will be refreshed with the new chips. “The next wave of ProLiant Gen8 innovations are designed to deliver the intelligence necessary to optimize your data center and accelerate performance to support a wide range of complex IT demands from Cloud-based applications to Social Media, Big Data, and Mobility in a virtualized environment,” HP officials wrote in a post on the company’s blog.
nytimes headline: "Deal Reached to Destroy Chemical Arms in Syria"...Nothing really stopping the market now.
It's very possible the Bay Trail unit they tested wasn't yet optimized. We will know for sure once real Bay Trail Android devices hit the market later this year
ashraf.eassa • 1 hour 30 minutes ago
Just confirmed with Intel that BYT designs will be available this year, albeit later than the Win 8 ones.
Baytrail playing 4K video 100Mb/s on a 2560x1440 s
Baytrail with Intel LTE
Declassified Baytrail video , Pre-computex demo for OEM
Wallis, does foundry rumor involve Cisco?
Recent news is Cisco is no longer using EZchip's networking chips and has designed their own. So the question now is if Intel is manufacturing them for Cisco.
"Cisco, EZchip’s biggest customer with 40 percent of revenue, said yesterday that it developed its own nPower integrated network processor, reducing their need for the Israeli company’s technology."
This BEGS the question: Where will Cisco's in-house network processor be manufactured?
In June, Jefferies raised price target for INTC from $24 to $27...Now, 3 months later, they raise the target AGAIN from $27 to $30!...VERY good sign!