I rarely find myself referencing an AE article these days but if one looks past his usual smartphone bias, there is some useful data in his June 5 piece, " Intel Corporation’s Atom Z3580 Is Another Big Step Forward".
He points out that Intel's Z3580 is 27% faster than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 in real-world applications, and while that is impressive it's not the metric I'm referring to. I'm referring to a second point AE makes about the Z3580's graphic performance which he shows as roughly 12% faster than the Snapdragon ( which itself is about 22% faster than the Imagination G6430 used in the Apple A7). By extension this suggests that the Intel's Z3580 graphics performance is 34% faster than Apple's A7 - which uses the same graphic block as Intel's Z3580. This provides a useful measure of comparison and the best explanation for the increased performance is Intel's implementation of the same graphics IP on its 22nm FinFET technology, which presumably permits higher clock speeds with equal energy efficiency.
This should dispel any doubts of the importance of Intel's manufacturing lead. Even more impressive is that Intel's 22nm FinFET is soon to be surpassed by its own 14nm FinFET, then 10nm FinFET.
The game changing advantage Intel has spoken about for some time is just now beginning to be understood beyond the guys in the lab. Now it's quantified and available for everyone to see and it has serious $$ implications.
There were some here that often repeated that if Intel wasn't delivering 64 bit Android tablets it didn't have a chance of success. We cautioned those folks not to view the competition so narrowly and not to assume Intel has to fight only on ARM's high ground. We further said that the new Windows pricing and smaller footprint would likely change the dynamics of the tablet market and substantially grow the Windows segment of the market.
Now for $100 one can buy a tablet that is completely network compatible, file compatible, printer compatible, and application compatible with the network and peripherals one already has. And oh yes, most likely you'll get the super user account with this device, unlike other cheap tablets that treat the device owner as a guest-user on their own machine.
A customer pays good money for a piece of hardware, they should be able to boot any OS the hardware can run. Furthermore, dual-boot delivers better long term value and versatility to the end-user.
Comments like " If a manufacturer doesn’t get enough bang for his buck, they will get off the treadmill" and "My team has been working on predictive models" are not type of things a senior manager says if they see a clear path to being competitive. This is exec-speak for "we don't have clue". This is just too hilarious.
The new ZOTAC C-series nano mini-PCs combine a new fan-less chassis with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5, or Celeron processors with zero noise. The Zotacs also have a full size DisplayPort so it should support 4K resolution at 60Hz useful for new 4K tvs. These silent devices are very useful for home theater, as well as for musicians and audio recording artists since they need their equipment to be completely silent when recording.
A lot of truth to that. Windows 8 launch was a disaster. Intel's Paul O. received a lot of flack for saying W8 wasn't ready for prime time just before it hit the market. What an understatement that turned out to be. Ballmer virtually killed desktop sales for 18 months. Plus add the fake Windows RT fiasco which only confused the market and wasted a lot of money.
Fortunately, people with far less arrogance and better business judgement are in control today.
We knew that Microsoft's move to make Windows free for tablets 9" and smaller was going to drive Windows tablet pricing to ranges we've never before seen and help WINTEL compete against ARMy's tablet offerings. Now even AE acknowledges the event with the arrival of the 8" Atom-based Emdoor-I8080 that runs on just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
Sure, Intel is competing on ARMy's turf with Android tablets but it has now brought the battle to Intel's high-ground in which ARMy cannot directly pursue.
And if $100 today gets an 8" tablet that runs full Windows, how long before WINTEL also brings the smartphone battle to its high-ground with a fully enabled Windows smartphone?
It took a while but WINTEL is beginning to play the smart battle that serves both their interests.
And will be the most energy efficient Core processor in Intel's history. They show a NUC like device about the size of a piece of toast. Pretty incredible for Core.
That's not surprising. Most of the social media companies have business models based on selling their user's personal data. The business model and infrastructure is easily replicated. Moreover these companies have few tangible assets, little if any intellectual property and when users tire of them they can switch to the next trendy thing.
Not surprising two of the biggest names are busy trying to enter the telecom business with real physical assets and recurring revenue.
I would add that this is the benefit of Intel having parallel design teams working simultaneously to make their CPUs and SoCs more powerful, efficient and attractive to the market. Both the Atom and Core teams have done very well but the Core team may have hit this one out of the park with Core M.
Can easily envision new models of NUCs that are fanless straight from the factory.
Of course the product of the decade will be the smartphone that runs full Windows with something like Core M.
According to GigaOM, Intel has a 12.5" tablet reference design with the new Core M that is only 7.2mm thick and NO fan. If in fact this is Core architecture in a device this thin that is totally awesome.
Engadet: The company said it expects 130 Intel-based Android and Windows slates to debut this year, with at least a dozen launching at Computex. That's a big increase from the 30 models last year and many of the models this year are copying the highly successful 2-1 form factor.
And Intel promised a new wave of product announcements before the holiday shopping season. They are definitely building momentum.
A good example how international business acts as a throttle to the ambitions of extreme political agendas.
This is an interesting development. Hopefully Samsung will implement Tizen with greater focus on the end-user's privacy and security. Everything about Android is built to extract as much of the user's personal data as possible for resale.