I attended Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF) held this week in San Francisco. IDF, like other’s developer events, is intended to educate and excite hardware, software and service partners. At IDF, Intel also announced a bevy of products, technologies, and initiatives. I believe one of the most interesting announcements made were details on SkyLake, which has one goal of removing all the wires from the future personal computer. Removing all PC wires is an audacious goal, one that Intel very well could accomplish given their success in propagating WiFi years back. Let me go cable by cable and talk about how they may disappear, but I’ll start by talking about SkyLake.
SkyLake is Intel’s next generation chip, the successor to Broadwell which was the successor to Haswell. While Broadwell systems, known now as Core M, are just shipping now, there are parallel teams that have been working on SkyLake for years. SkyLake is a “tock”, meaning that substantial architectural and design improvements will be made. I believe Intel will ultimately reduce power a bit, but primarily deliver substantial performance gains at the same PC power levels. Broadwell was a “tick” which focused on the 14nm process. Intel announced that SkyLake would be shipping in 2H-15. Now let me talk about removing cables
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PCs aren't dead yet. Sure, you're probably reading this on a phone or tablet. Maybe you'll one day see stories right in front of your eyes on your Google Glass or Oculus Rift.
But big businesses still mostly use computers in their offices. And that's a main reason why Windows maker Microsoft and semiconductor giant Intel, the two companies so tied at the hip that they have the Brangelina-esque mashup nickname of Wintel, are among the hottest stocks on Wall Street this year.
Shares of Intel (INTC) are up 33% so far in 2014. That makes it the best performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Microsoft's (MSFT) stock is up 24%. It's the second biggest gainer in the Dow and on par with Apple's (AAPL) gains this year.
Investors seem to realize that Intel and Microsoft both stand to benefit from new demand for corporate PCs and servers now that Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on two popular products that many businesses rely on.
Windows XP has already been phased out and Microsoft recently announced that it will end support for Windows Server 2003 next July. The end of XP could lead to more adoption of Windows 8 in the workplace. And Microsoft is now touting Windows Server 2012 and its cloud-based Azure platform.
Increased software sales from Microsoft help Intel because it leads to stronger demand for the chips it makes that run PCs and servers. In fact, shares of former Dow component Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are up more than 30% this year in part due to hopes for a rebound in hardware sales.
Still, it's not as if Microsoft and Intel are sticking solely to PCs. Both companies realize that they must adapt to the changing tech world.
Two of Intel's most rapidly growing divisions are units making chips for data centers and the so-called Internet of Things (i.e. connected devices in your home.)
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I was going to let you go with this, you knew I was onto you. I figured you do more good than harm on here, but I was wrong about you. This board isn't about you and your large worthless ego. You think it's funny to check with one of 100 different ID's and go after people. You tried to keep the 100 ID's straight but you got lazy and I figured you out. Now, I am giving you a choice, be civil or be miserable. If you choose to not be civil on here I will make certain that you are very miserable. The game is over."
[I don't use multiple IDs and never had. You have zero ability to make me miserable. happy or anything in between.
intel_fanboy to Ignore]
"The ARMy's high end app processors typically sell for under $20."
[You attempt to cherry-pick the details in order to lead the readers to erroneous conclusions. The dynamics of recent developments are clear regardless of whether you understand them or will admit to it.]
"Core-M costs 10 times as much as the ARMy:)"
[Yet more of your make it up as you go marketing bs.]
"Apple were quite clear, the A8 contains 2 billion transistors. Cost wise, I doubt that the A8 will cost Apple that much more than the A7."
[Apple were??? A corporation is a person. A single person. Apple was. ]
[The point is that Intel is producing smaller nodes where the cost per transistor is less. ARM is losing ground by producing a planar node that costs more. This is a reversal of the since the beginning trend in processor manufacturing and a clear sign that ARM's fabrication is in a state of crisis. In the meantime you are excited that it doesn't cost a whole lot more. Your preparation to move to the marketing department is complete.]
[" For months, TSMC has warned that 20nm should be considered a stair step, not a major node transition."]
What's really interesting about the A8 SoC is that it seems to buck the trend on what people were expecting from 20nm in general. For months, TSMC has warned that 20nm should be considered a stair step, not a major node transition. Apple's new foundry partner doesn't expect to introduce FinFET technology until next year's 16nm node, which means the gains from using 20nm planar were supposed to be in the 15-20% range for both power consumption and die size.
Instead, Apple is reporting that the A8 die is now 15% smaller than A7, despite more than doubling transistor counts. Since there's no reason to believe that TSMC has lied about its expectations for the node, the implication is that Apple found a way to substantially rearchitect the die in more efficient fashion.
[So, what's the real deal on the A8 and why is there almost no information out on it???]
We’re currently at IDF checking out all of the technology being showcase by Intel and its partners. Just in case you’ve missed our coverage from earlier in the day amidst all of the Apple news, we’ve got video of Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich on stage demoing RealSense posted here, in addition to news regarding Intel’s new Android Development Platform for tablets, and the first ever live-demo of the company’s next-gen Skylake platform, next-year’s follow-up to Broadwell, running 3DMark.
As if that wasn’t enough Intel-news for one day, we just got the scoop on some actual benchmarks run on Intel’s just-released Broadwell-based Core M platform. But now we can finally show you some cold, hard numbers—not percentage comparisons versus previous platforms. We saw a 12.5” Broadwell-based, Core M 5Y70-powered Windows tablet (a modified version of Intel's Llama Mountain platform) live, and have pictures of the actual benchmark runs.
Here is a shot of the Broadwell-based tablet after running the Cinebench R11.5 multi-threaded benchmark and the OpenGL test. As you can see, the Intel HD Graphics 5300 in the tablet put up 16.96 fps. And the tablet's Core M 5Y70 scored 2.48 in the multi-threaded CPU benchmark. Those numbers are both significantly higher than we’ve seen with Atom-based platforms or AMD’s Beema and Mullins chips.
Finally, we have some numbers from Futuremark’s 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark. The Broadwell tablet’s score of 50,985 is, again, much higher than we’ve seen from other ultra-mobile platforms, whether they’re based on ARM, AMD, or Intel tech. In fact, Intel was quick to point out that the score is over 2X that of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series high end chip.
"this version of the new Core M processor, is faster than NVIDIA's Tegra K1..."
On Tuesday, I got some time to do something people have been hoping to do for years: spend some time with Apple's new smartwatch.
Apple Watch will not go on sale until early next year, but I tested out some demo units at Apple's big reveal at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday and talked to company representatives about it.
My overall thoughts: Apple clearly has thought a lot about wearable devices, and its new Watch has some impressive features. But it's not as sleek as I expected, nor as capable. And it seems really overpriced for what it is.
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[Bottom line: Steve Jobs is gone and things just aren't going to be the same.]
["The Haswell architecture E5 v3 Xeons show that it has no intention of slowing the innovation train."]
Intel is serious about eliminating VM performance bottlenecks
Xeon E5 v3 has several other features designed to improve performance in virtualized environments, including:
*faster execution of virtual-machine extension (VMX) instructions
*shadowing of virtual machine control structure (VMCS) to enable efficient nested VMs (i.e. a VM within a VM) for improved performance on applications like Citrix XenClient or McAfee Deep Defender
*changes to the virtual memory extended page table (EPT) structure to enable more efficient live migration of VMs
*direct memory access (DMA) enhancements to improve application bandwidth, throughput and CPU utilization
Together, these architectural advancements clearly demonstrate that Intel is committed to ensuring its x86 processors remain the engines powering the cloud server farms that have become this generation’s mainframes. As virtualization and multi-tenant cloud deployments have changed the way IT and service providers use servers, Intel needs to adapt with technology optimized for new workloads. The Haswell architecture E5 v3 Xeons show that it has no intention of slowing the innovation train.
Intel's Kirk Skaugen took the stage at a "Mega Session" at IDF 2014 today to talk more about the many PC innovations that we heard about at the event's keynote address, and they include Core M processors; upcoming 2-in-1 devices; and some of the intriguing technologies therein such as wireless displays, wireless charging, biometric input controls that ostensibly eliminate passwords, and more.
Core M and 2-in-1s
More than anything, though, Intel is touting its Core M processor and the fleet of subsequent 2-in-1 devices from OEMs. We've been over the details of Core M already, so you already know that Intel says the Core M lineup will boast significantly better CPU and GPU performance and battery life (up to 20 hours on some SKUs), as well as fanless designs thanks to the incredible 4.5 Watt TDP.
And because Intel has cut the chip package in half, the Core M series will enable the creation of much more svelte devices, as well.
It's clear that Intel believes it has cracked the mobile nut, so to speak, with the Core M platform; Skaugen said that phones and tablets are primarily consumption devices (we'd agree wholeheartedly on the tablet side), laptops are fundamentally production devices, and there needs to be one device that serves both needs. (Stop us if you've heard that before.)
However, from the simple demos we've seen from the stage and on the show floor, Intel may be on to something with Core M-powered 2-in-1s. Saugen showed off several devices from partners, including the ASUS Chi, with its one-handed detach; the 13- and 15-inch HP Envy x2 that serves as almost a portable AIO when detached; the Acer Switch 12 with a unique kickstand that enables a variety of "modes"; the 9.7mm-thin Lenovo ThinkPad Helix business machine; and more.
They all look beautiful, and if Core M can deliver on its performance promises, we may just see that elusive balance of performance and size that is often missing from devices on the market.
From Tom's Hardware
There were two warring events this Tuesday, one that had a ton of media attention surrounding Apple’s new phones, watch, and phone payment app and another from Intel. Having watched both and recognizing that Intel builds parts not complete products - I was surprised that Intel actually seemed to out execute Apple. I don’t recall that ever happening before - at least not with consumer products - but Intel brought their “A” game and, I hate to say this, Apple basically phoned it in. Don’t get me wrong, the Apple products were great - but the magic Apple was so famous for under Jobs, just isn’t there under Cook. Let me explain.
What makes events like this fun are the little surprises that some of the more practiced presenters toss in unexpectedly. Steve Jobs had “that one more thing” he would bring in at the end of one of his presentations that would have a crowd roaring but Tim Cook’s “one more thing” seems to be free music and a top on-stage band - not a cool new unexpected product.
Intel actually had their own form of excitement when they brought up a new tablet that looked big, clunky, and out of date but had an innovative three lens camera that captured the information needed to dynamically adjust focal length after you took the picture and to measure anything you took a picture of accurately. I think most us thought “cool camera” butt ugly tablet. Then Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO and presenter, broke open the fake case surrounding the tablet to reveal a 6mm thin tablet that took our collective breath away but left the camera in place. Michael Dell was then asked up on stage to talk about the tablet and he announced you’d be able to buy it in November.
Contrast this will Apple’s new product the Apple Watch - which will miss the 4th quarter and thus the Christmas buying season.
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"Apple claim the A8 contains 2 billion transistors and is smaller than the A7 which contained 1 billion. It has to be on 20nm."
[Reports say its 20nm. You wouldn't think that kind of thing would be unclear. In fact you'd think they would be making a big deal out of it. Makes you wonder why they aren't.]
The Apple Watch, which is to go on sale early next year with more than 20 different looks and a minimum price of $349, has its share of innovations: A screen made out of sapphire glass on some versions to increase its scratch-resistance. A "digital touch" feature that allows people to give their contacts physical taps on the wrist via the Internet. And an invention Apple compared to the iPod’s click wheel – a watch crown that can be pressed or rotated to scroll, access Siri and return to the main screen.
There were some details, though, that Apple didn’t discuss much Tuesday that could become troublesome for Apple Watch’s success.
From the LA Times