Positive to see Intel continuing to push Moore's Law while also incorporating advances via FPGA.
Intel's server product line is so impressive it really doesn't provide much opening to competitors.
Throttling is device specific. In a performance comparison between the Lenovo Yoga 3 and Asus UX305 the Asus was found to perform better even when using identical Core M CPUs. The reason is that the passive thermal design of the Asus was superior allowing the processor to run at higher speed for the same tests.
Obviously Core M appears in many different types of devices from ultrabooks to NUCs. Some are designed better than others. This means when referring to Core M throttling one needs to also consider the device its operating in.
Phi is an awesome performance enhancement to a workstation and will follow the historical trend of useful technologies that migrated from supercomputing to mainstream.
Given that Intel controls 95% of the data center market what does Brian really need to say? Success speaks for itself. Further, the trend in CPU design is to incorporate application specific optimizations with FPGA technology. Who dominates that space?
Cook is delusional. iPad Pro may be a better iPad but it's not going to replace PCs.
Here's what CNET said:
"At launch, very few apps are currently optimized to take advantage of the iPad Pro's full potential. Its large size makes it less portable than other iPads. Once you've paid for the Pencil and keyboard peripherals, the iPad Pro costs as much as a good laptop, but lacks its flexibility."
Further, what is the growth path for someone that has maxed out the performance of their iPad Pro and need more power? There's no upward migration path that's compatible with it's software. A Windows user can purchase a product for dirt cheap, well under $100 and when they need more power & resources there's an abundance of affordable options in a wide range of form factors that scale in performance to multi-core workstations and beyond that all run their software perfectly out-of-the-box.
If I wanted to run Adobe's full Creative Suite on a Surface Pro 4 I could do that. If I want to run the same suite on a 10 Core Intel PC with 16 threads and NVME SSDs I can do that and it all just works without skipping a beat. Really, it appears that Apple has a serious case of WINTEL 2-1 envy but without seamless scalability needed to make the iPad product line compelling.
Apple has a very distorted view of what constitutes good value. For $1200 you get to buy an overgrown iPad tablet running a consumer quality OS with no root control and a poorly performing keyboard.
A year ago I purchased a $59 Winbook tablet with a quad Core Baytrail Atom that came with Windows 8.1 and upgraded it to Windows 10. In tablet mode it works great and if I want a lite desktop experience with a truly professional OS I simply plug in the connectors for HDMI and USB hub and I've got a full desktop experience on an external high resolution monitor. Moreover, my Winbook tablet, USB hub and external keyboard all cost less than the iPad Pro's $170 keyboard alone. And my $59 Windows tablet gives me root control of my OS and the applications installed on that tablet also runs on every other Windows device from my 2-1s, laptops, desktops and servers.
It is truly laughable that Apple's view of "professional" means adding an overpriced keyboard and a little more RAM to a consumer tablet. Can they really be that far out of touch with reality?
When Intel and others launched 2-1 hybrids Cook criticized the concept as being an abomination to sell Apple's vision of the tablet-centric world. Now it's obvious from declining tablet sales that many people prefer laptops and 2-1s to get work done and Cook is having to try to build the very product he criticized just to compete. I say try, because paying $1200 for an iOS device still doesn't make it a professional device, it just makes an iPad incredibly expensive.
Cook is looking like he's become drunk on Apple's own Cool-Aid.
Xeon-D is recognized to be a breakthrough CPU for affordable power efficient servers, especially the 8 core/16 thread version. And it's not just the impressive performance per Watt that makes them so attractive they also include full support for virtualization, and remote management functions one expects for a professional environment. Built with one of the boards by Supermicro and others, these servers are compact, powerful and highly efficient.
With today's announcement these overperformers will be available in 12 & 16 core versions.
For those in the ARM camp, all you need to know is that Intel's server business just became much, much harder to attack from below.
Ash is completely predictable. He basically has a template that says it's gloom-and-doom for Intel because Intel's part [ insert product description here ] is late, under-performing and will never be successful. Just alternate the name of the part from time to time and you know exactly what he's going to write.
From what I've read it seems Apple is overjoyed that they can make a device that functions like a laptop, costs near $1200, delivers performance approaching an Intel Core i5 and runs an OS that doesn't even give the user administrative control of their device.
Wasn't it Cook that criticized the 2-1 concept and is now forced to accept he was wrong by building exactly the device he criticized as being an abomination?
Tim Cook sounds delusional with his comments with "the PC is dead" comment. The ARM camp made the same claim years ago when tablets first came out and yet desktops, ultrabooks and 2-1's are hugely popular. At the same time tablet sales peaked because people realized they needed to do work and for that they needed a professional OS, keyboard, external monitor and a large professional applications ecosystem.
iPad Pro is an attempt by Apple to copy Surface Pro minus the professional OS and minus Microsoft's unparalleled applications ecosystem.
The new watch by Intel, Tag & Google is impressive. It's one of the few smartwatches that preserves the look of a classical chronometer while offering smartwatch features and connectivity. This has potential.
This company has always played loose with the truth. Who can forget the Barcelona fiasco and the world-class benchmarks that turned out to be completely fake? Anyone would have to be desperate or gullible to do business with these people.
Ash is a broken record of journalistic fluff based on thin assumptions and even thinner research. The thesis for his latest "dark cloud of doom" hanging over Intel is an announcement that Xilinx is "sampling" a future product based TSMC's 16nm process followed by a long list of "what ifs". Ash is the icon of tech-industry tabloid journalism.
Everything is important. The unified interface can be ISA independent but the advantages to end-users and developers are greater if the ISA is the same across the platform types. In the latter case, compatibility just works better.
I understand the original focus was regarding silicon, but we should keep in mind that what motivates consumers to buy is a total user experience, not merely a piece of silicon, a set of benchmarks or even what kernel is underneath.
In terms of changing the paradigm how mobile devices cooperate with other device types up and down the performance range, Microsoft's unified interface is potentially far more interesting and meaningful to consumers in the long run than an evolutionary iteration of a single SoC.
Calling iPad Pro is laughable. iOS is a consumer OS that runs on smartphones and tablets only and iOS doesn't even give device owners root access. The only professional class OS Apple has runs on Intel.
I would say that for the mass market the one build, run anywhere philosophy offers advantages to users and developers that are too great to ignore.