It is starting to look like the glorious WinTel alliance which once ruled the known world is back together, if you look at what has been the secret sauce behind Microsoft's new Edge Browser it turns out that it is Intel,
The Edge is proving to be rather good and it appears that the reason is that Intel gave its former ally a hand.
According to the Microsoft Edge Dev blog:
Chipzilla has been offering significant contributions to open source projects like WebKit, Blink, Gecko but this time Redmond has been helped out with performance-based improvements to the Edge browser.
Microsoft and Intel began their collaboration with Chakra back in the days of Windows 8.1. Intel offered direct contributions to the Chakra JIT compiler to include better scheduling and instruction selections. In Windows 10,
Intel engineers are working closely with Microsoft to deliver Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD).
By using SIMD Edge will result in much faster code execution. This process becomes useful when the browser is processing multimedia, games, and other resource-intensive applications.
SIMD is only for a limited subset of scenarios that use asm.js and are running on x86 and x64 hardware. Both Intel and Microsoft teams want to expand them in support of Chakra and Microsoft Edge.
Also in regards to SIMD, Intel has helped with the performance improvements to the graphics layout and other subsystems of Microsoft Edge. Chipzilla was optimized the navigation time for pages containing several inline elements and optimization to reduce DOM parse for text-area elements.
"Samsung electronics (typically) produces one exynos version per generation, giving Samsung the device manufacturer little or no ability to differentiate it's offerings across the price/functionality curve. This is why you see Samsung using SoC's from a variety of firms."
[Hahahaha. That's hilarious. I can't work out if you are being serious, or just trolling. ]
"Medfield, CloverTrail, BayTrail established the beachheads last year or two but this year Intel's products break out into the countryside on their way to the ARM heartlands."
[The Intel smartphone invasion has finally arrived in force. The ZenFone 2 is a game-changer.]
"Newegg is promoting a $199 price on these Intel drives for 24 hours."
[Great deal. SSD pricing has definitely arrived!!!]
"I made money on every single short trade this week! Fabulous! And now totally neutral! Good luck longs."
[Too bad all your investing was done on Fantasy Island.]
"This is wonderful!"
[The stock moved up $1.18 this week while you remained totally clueless the entire time. Glad you think the stock moving up this much is wonderful. Longs think so too. Thank you for everything you gave back this week. It's so generous of you. LOL]
"Oh. Really, why was it vastly different?"
[Well, Samsung now has the incredible FinFET technology (according to you) and this incredible new smartphone (according to you) and well, incredible everything - which they didn't have in the past. And yet they are apparently doing Intel-based products. Of course, maybe you misrepresented all of this incredibleness and it is just the same as in the past. ]
"Yes, it's happened before. With the tab 3 and with Chromebooks."
[No, it hasn't - technology and circumstances are vastly different. Stop being an argumentative earwig.]
"So will Apple and ARM be locked out of this unknown evolving future?"
[Not completely. Apple needs to put huge resources into the next evolution of Siri. Dunno if they are smart enough to do that. It's gotten pitiful attention so far. ARM will have the IoT and a solid future as a second-tier semiconductor company.]
Well, I couldn't post all of it but check it out if you want to know what the post-smartphone future is going to look like. ARM and Apple investors beware the future. It's changing rapidly as the smartphone industry evolves into the next big thing.
What will the next disruptive device look like?
We can guesstimate where it will be in the near term: at the intersection of smart eyeware with powerful augmented reality display and advanced voice-recognition capabilities. And couple that with wireless earbuds, as well as with other wearable apparel equipped with sensors all over our body.
But more important than any of these pieces of hardware, services in this new smart-wearable context will be delivered through new access points—voice and gestures. Access determines (and defines) hardware, but the key element gluing all this together and managing how humans interact with this new mobile computing platform is artificial intelligence.
This would be a significant win considering Samsung has a history of avoiding Intel SoCs for any product where there's an indigenous Samsung part or any ARM alternative.
"FYI, this isn't true as they have used Intel in tablets before (the tab 3)."
[The remark didn't say "not used", it said "avoided using". You are arguing with a statement that wasn't made.]
"I am not arguing that this isn't a good win for Intel, but just pointing out that this isn't a unique thing (as Samsung has done this before)"
[You can't have things both ways, butkus. You argue that Samsung's new technology is the greatest thing since sliced bread and that they have drawn even in fabrication and that the new phone will bring them buckets of money and restore profitability. And then Intel jumps in with a win in the midst of all of this. So, this isn't something that has happened before. It's not the same old, same old and you need to wake up, put away the marketing spin and smell the coffee.]
[This is a pretty interesting article discussing the smartphone industry having reached the saturation point and how it will evolve. It talks about Apple owning 93 percent of the profits, which should be a hugely disturbing data point for ARM and its future. It talks about the evolution of the truly capable AI, a subject I have commented on several times in the past. It talks about the development of Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi (now valued at $45 billion) as it pursues the low and only unsaturated part of the market. In doing so it confirms that Intel's strategy is the correct one as the industry continues to mature.]
The demise of the smartphone is inevitable, and necessary
Smartphones coupled with mobile services and apps (mobile ecosystems) have been the protagonists of the latest disruption tide for well over a decade. The smartphone industry accounted for more than $380 billion in revenue last year and more than 1.2 billion devices sold. IDC expects the market to grow to $451 billion annually by 2018.
Yet despite these extraordinary numbers, and despite the fact that there are an estimated 8 billion smartphones still to hit the market in the next 5 years, this industry is technically over.
The smartphone market has reached maturity, and year-over-year growth is declining gradually, with manufacturers working with cut-throat margins and one single player monopolizing gains, seizing an estimated 93 percent of industry profits, according to investment firm Cannacord Genuity.
[Note that this really isn't good news for Apple as they live at the high end which is declining faster than the rest of the market.]
Think of smartphones as the entry point to the online world. Now, wouldn't it be better, easier and more convenient to access your digital world without the constraints of a small screen?
Everything outside the realm of your smartphone's touchscreen now constitutes the domain of disruption for this industry. To put it bluntly, our heads can't continue
1.) Intel quantum well technology.
2.) Intel first to EUV
3.) Windows 10 to be released in July.
4.) Intel Windows Smartphone.
5.) Intel Compute Stick coming with Skylake-Y - a huge market for Intel. Already launched.
6.) Push into mobile. "The company expects its mobile group to break even in 2016."
7.) Intel built-to-order Xeon D chips. Another big success.
8.) Micron and Intel Unveil New 3D NAND Flash Memory.
9.) Big server, data center and IoT growth.
10.) An Intel Altera acquisition would boost foundry business.
11.) Skylake coming in October.
12.) The death of RT and the revival of the Wintel relationship.
13.) Intel's EDR InfiniBand arriving soon.
14.) The push into smartphones is beginning to accelerate.
15.) Intel is becoming the leading tablet processor provider.
16.) The elimination of contra-revenue will provide a major bump in the bottom line.
17.) Apple using Intel's LTE Modem in 2016.
18.) Intel could sell 30 million smartphone processors this year.
19.) Jefferies projects Intel stock to trade at around the $48 mark in the next 12 months.
20.) ASUS releases ZenFone 2 in the US.
[The ZenFone 2's major specs aside, this phone is certainly aiming to check as many boxes as it can with its modest price point, offering features such as dual SIM card support, microSD support, and NFC support. NFC is largely lacking from most of phones in that price range, and the addition allows for users who may not otherwise have the chance to try out services like Google Wallet tap-and-pay.
From AndroidCentral ]
21.) A Samsung tablet with 4GB of RAM and a high-end, 14nm Intel processor spotted on Geekbench
An unknown Samsung tablet, codenamed CHOPIN-LTE, has been spotted in Geekbench's database of devices that have gone through its benchmark tests.
A total of 4 passes through the software were recorded in the span of just 24 hours, starting on May 6th, giving Geekbench enough data about the device for us to start drawing some conclusions. Perhaps the most important one at this point is that the mysterious tablet will be positioned as a high-end product, considering the trail of rather impressive hardware specs.
So far, we only know that the CHOPIN-LTE runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and is powered by the whopping 4 gigs of RAM and one of the 2015 crop of Intel processors for tablets — the Atom x5-Z8500. It's a new chip, built on the 14nm Cherry Trail platform, with four cores clocked at 2.24GHz and an 8th generation Intel graphics on board. The score the configuration managed is 1005 points in the single-core test and 3425 points in the multi-core test, suggesting performance similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Of course, given how the resolution of the slate in question remains unknown, it could be that the device actually performs even better, but is anchored by an even more monstrous pixel resolution.
Could this be the oft-rumored Galaxy Tab S2, which is said to be powered by an unspecified, 64-bit processor?