There is a reason why Intel invested in Rockchip's parent Tsinghua - more importantly, there is a reason why Tsinghua took that investment. If Intel and Tsinghua were not aligned, the investment wouldn't have happened.
Whoever quotes Semiwiki...?!???? And spells it with uppercase W...!!!
Should be the Dan guy with the spoofed handle...hahaha
This IS the mass-market product for emerging economies. Mass-market products are where Intel and the OEMs are very good at. Intel still needs the LTE-integrated version of SoFIA to get into the mass market in US and Western Europe.
Of course, Intel is already in Western Europe with the Asus Zenfone 2 (discrete LTE + Apps processor). This product will get good adoption if they can keep the price $149-199 for the 2GB RAM version. But I suspect a $99-129 smartphone (SoFIA with integrated LTE) would be a killer mass-market product for US & Western Europe.
Intel's 14nm Core ix chips were delayed for a few months since Intel was wrestling with some yield issues and even Intel admitted in 2014 that they were not where they wanted to be.
Recently there were rumors that Intel has not fully resolved the 14nm yield issues. To me, the release of low-cost 14nm Braswell chips clearly indicates that Intel has managed to overcome almost all (if not all) the yield issues at 14nm.
Braswell CPU manufactured on 14nm process
Intel has introduced seven new processors that will make their way into affordable laptops and desktops.
The new chips, from the Braswell family, are manufactured using a 14nm technology and will take
over Bay Trail parts in the long term.
*** I am looking forward to Skylake to get a better understanding of why Intel seems to be skipping a Broadwell product line that seems very nice ***
I recall BK and SS mentioning that they wanted to not hold up Skylake just because Broadwell was delayed. I think they indicated that they wanted to get some innovative features in to the hands of customers as soon as possible. Mainly, it was about wire-free computing features in Skylake - (wireless charging, wireless display, etc.)
Their thinking seems to be about "what features would be compelling enough to get a lot of users to upgrade".
From wbmw post on investorshub:
Anandtech has their initial review of the HTC One M9. Seems to be regressing in terms of battery life, in terms of no longer supporting display PSR (the chipset's fault?), and some inconsistent performance. I was looking forward to getting this phone, but now I'm not so sure....
Seems they're really down on the Snapdragon 810. Qualcomm seems to have laid a turd this time....
Quote from the Anandtech article:
SoC performance is a mild improvement over Snapdragon 805, and a significant improvement in GPU over Snapdragon 801. However, it’s definitely alarming at how small the differences are when Snapdragon 810 is placed in a phone, and it seems that the thermal output of the Snapdragon 810 is high enough that sustained tests end up placing it somewhere around the range of the Snapdragon 805 in CPU-bound tests. In GPU performance, the improvements over the Snapdragon 805’s Adreno 420 are generally somewhat minimal, which really justifies HTC’s decision to go with a 1080p display for the M9.
Unfortunately, in battery life HTC manages to fall somewhat flat as the combination of the Snapdragon 810 and the loss of panel self-refresh causes a significant regression in battery life despite the increase in battery size. While I’m not sure how much HTC could’ve done to prevent this, the removal of PSR is definitely something HTC could’ve kept to try and keep battery life similar to the One M8. This is really the first generation to my memory that actually regressed on battery life in our benchmarks, which is concerning for any device with a Snapdragon 810 SoC. It may be that this is just HTC’s problem, but given that HTC has generally managed to do well at extracting maximum battery efficiency from previous platforms I’m not sure if other OEMs will be able to improve the situation here.
While we’re still missing some of the pieces, based upon what data we have the One M9 is in an alarming
Assuming Tag Heuer did their due diligence (considering their brand value, I'm pretty sure they did) and their smartwatch being promised for 2015, it clearly indicates that Intel currently has the capability to get into mobiles, wearables, and every small device one can think of.
angs: You have asked a direct question, but don't expect a straight answer from "theblueredmonk". He has always made vague and ambiguous comments giving the benefit of doubt to ARM, never for Intel. I suspect he works for or with ARM in some capacity. Sorta like what the Nenni guy does for TSMC.
He doesn't announce his share purchases anymore. But we can rest assured he is accumulating - 10k shares at a time ;)
Intel has always let their customers announce their products, it doesn't pre-announce any customer wins. I wouldn't expect Apple to announce it either. They are always averse to giving any credit to their suppliers (for example, they have never put "Intel Inside" stickers on their machines). So I don't expect any discussion on this at the next CC. Even if there are analyst questions, Intel management will side-step them by stating their policy not to pre-announce customer products.
Nope. CPUs (and SoCs) are Intel's bread-and-butter. Intel can cede the mobile market only to risk its entire business to other players. Not gonna happen!
(1) This data Is critical because of the extremely high investments needed for
Yes, TSMC came out pretty fast with 20nm. However 3 critical questions remain:
(1) What is their yield on 20nm?
(2) Can they execute on Finfet at the same speed?
(3) What yield can they get initially and what timeframe will they get to decent yields?
"As for delivery of 16nm, a google says second half 2015 for volume production."
TSMC came out their 20nm late 2014 (only for Apple as far as we can tell and that too, with rumors of very low yields). Now they are going to do 16nm the within 12-months of coming out with their 20nm.....?
(Keep in mind, SE_Junkie is very emphatic that based on conference call transcripts of equipment companies, most of this $16bn investment is going into 28nm, not 20nm or 16nm finfets.)
So never mind what the Google search says. Putting your credibility on the line, BRM, how would you call it? Is TSMC going to come out 16nm Finfets in the second half of 2015?