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Intel® Launches Faster Ivy Bridge Processors

After launching its first ever Intel Inside smartphone last week with Lava International, Intel has now announced the availability of faster Ivy Bridge processors. The company is presently shipping the quad-core 22-nanometer processors for desktop computers and is expected to provide chips for Ultrabooks in the next couple of months. The new Ivy Bridge processors are based on the latest 3-D tri-gate transistor technology.

According to the company, these latest processors will consume less power and provide up to 37% faster performance as compared to its predecessors. With these processors on-board, you can certainly going to get great gaming experience as well as enjoy watching HD media. The new Ivy Bridge processors can easily handle multi-threaded applications.

The embedded power control unit micro-controller in combination with the innovative design helps these latest processors to run by consuming low power. So, enter a world of fast computing with the new Ivy Bridge processors.

AMD® Launches Fusion Chips In India

AMD India has launched Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) with the Fusion technology. The fusion of a Central Processing Unit (CPU) and a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is known as fusion technology on a single chip. The launch of the G-series chips by AMD is for embedded systems. A fusion chip consists of multi-core CPUs with powerful discrete level graphics. This is the kind of technology that is being established by AMD. There is an open GL and CL constituted support in the integrated device.

The Fusion chips of AMD deliver high quality graphics performance. The AMD G series processor is the first APU in the world, which combines both the technologies on a single chip. It offers excellent computing efficiency than any other. The applications of  these chips include digital signage, set top boxes with Internet base, point of sale (POS) terminals, gaming devices, thin clients, and a lot more.

AMD has a supportive design team for the manufacturing of various products. The eco-system for the AMD G series platform includes supportive options for Microsoft Windows, Linux, as well as real time operating systems. It also includes a developer’s portal for embedded applications with customer based details of boards and complete systems. A small and flexible platform is available for the APU where designers and developers can make products relating to the technology of the embedded series. According to a recent carbon footprint study, the APU is designed to curtail carbon emissions.

IBM® and ARM Team Up On Tablet Chips

IBM and ARM signed an agreement to produce revolutionary technology that would help ARM to move ahead with renewed vigor and IBM to take its first steps at getting a share of the tablet PC market. Under an agreement signed in January, IBM will support ARM in its endeavor to scale its Cortex manufacturing process down to 14 nanometers. This would arm ARM with the thinnest silicon chips in the market and hence make it one of the best processor providers for tablets. ARM’s system on a chip platform had revolutionized the tablet processors with enhanced battery life and powerful computing experience with reduced size.

Michael Cadigan, general manager for IBM’s Microelectronics unit, said that ARM’s Cortex processors are now the processors of choice for leading smartphone manufacturers and tablet PC companies. He said that IBM plans to work closely with ARM and other customers to give a boost to the present ARM technology for a varied range of computing and communication devices and products.

IBM is now a party to the biggest technological boom of this year and wants to expand its horizons into processors and chips too. ARM officials feel that this transfer of manufacturing process over to IBM will allow their company to focus on design and development of next generation innovation in the form of chips powering mobile technology. Simon Segars, executive vice president and GM over ARM’s Physical IP unit, said that IBM already has a reputation of excelling in research and development.

ARM had become the leading provider of the SOC platform to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Samsung and Dell. Also Microsoft who till now was a supporter of Intel has dissolved that relationship and jumped on the ARM band wagon and planned the next generation of Windows, Windows 8 to be powered by ARM’s processor chips. IBM saw a jump in its shares with this announcement, with them going up by 3.05% as soon as the announcement was made, ARM shares however came down by a 2.5% following the increase of 3% the previous day when Goldman Sachs had recognized its growing role in the computing market claiming that tablets will soon replace one in three PC sales this year.

XPedite7331 Single Board Computer

Single Board Computer systems or SBCs, are self-contained embedded computers. Such computers are generally employed as embedded computing systems. These computers run embedded and real-time operating systems. Real time operating systems or RTOS are specific operating systems that are designed and programmed according to the device. The basic functionality handled by real time and embedded OS includes system control and management, input and output expansion, networking and communication of the device, storage and graphics capabilities.

Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. is a company that has been manufacturing single-board computers since many years. It is popularly known as X-ES. Apart from the fabrication of SBCs, it also provides chassis, I/O devices, and system-level products within the industry of embedded computers. The latest news from X-ES is the launch of X-ES XPedite7331 single board computer. This SBC from X-ES is built on Intel Core i7 technology. The processor unit of this SBC is supported by Intel Core i7-610E, 620LE, and 620UE processors. Along with this superior processor, the machine is supported by Intel QM57 chipset. The X-ES XPedite7331 is designed to deliver the maximum performance for industrial purposes. This SBC will enhance the efficiency of application driven for industrial control, test and measurements.

Following is the basic hardware configuration and application support features of X-ES XPedite7331 SBC:

The processor unit of this SBC is supported by Intel Core i7 technology. These processing units of the SBC operate at a clock speed of 2.53, 2.0, or 1.06 GHz. Apart from the SBC based on Intel processors, X-ES also offers SBCs that are based on Freescale Power PC processors.

Along with this superior processor inside X-ES SBC, it has 8 Gigabytes of DDR3-1066 ECC SDRAM as onboard physical memory. The SDRAM of this SBC is provided on two channels on the board.

The dual core technology with this SBC is further supported by hyper-threading technology to provide superior performance. Along with Intel powered processor units, chipset unit of the device is supported by Intel QM57 chipset.

Further, the machine can be upgraded up to 16 Gigabytes for physical memory, although it comes with 8 Gigabytes of physical storage.

XPedite7331 supports a variety of operating system environments. The device work smoothly with Wind River VxWorks, QNX Neutrino and Linux operating system. It comprises a 3U CompactPCI Express module. The chassis of this SBC is enhanced by air cooling. The NAND flash of the device can be upgraded up to 16 Gigabytes. This SBC can be used as a system controller or peripheral and it also has a 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet port for data communication.

Intel® is not worried about the move of Microsoft® towards ARM processors

Intel has announced that it is not worried over the move of Microsoft to port Windows to ARM processors. An Intel spokesperson said that Intel will be able to provide low power Windows which can match with the Atom processor or x86 processor family chipsets.

Intel’s Executive Vice President Dadi Perlmutter also stated that by the time Microsoft manages to get a new version of Windows as an operating system for tablets, Intel would be ready with a competitive Atom processor to power tablets and will be able to be compared to ARM processor in terms of battery life. Intel officials also said that Windows will always run best on Intel and porting Windows to a new architecture, where chips are generally incompatible with each other and require sizable investment in millions of other software code, applications and middleware will be complex and costly.

Intel’s Executive Vice President also said that the biggest advantage for Intel is that as they work on their OS they will now have the ability to have a designed and constructed, from step one a touch enabled operating system for tablets running on Intel that do not exist today. They would have the capability to place their lowest-power consuming Intel processors for Windows 8 operating system or the new Windows operating systems and smartphones as they would have the same OS. They look at it as an opportunity for them to widen their reach.

Microsoft’s ARM move is to create a version of its Windows operating system that runs on ARM based processors, a move widely interpreted as accepting that computing is moving away from a market dominated by Intel chips.

However, Steve Balmer, CEO of Microsoft, said that the move toward ARM is about meeting customer expectations. Now customers expect the same experience on all their devices from PC to laptops and from tablets to smartphones. He said that Windows is able to provide such experience at any level and the company will be continuously working on ARM partners like Qualcom, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA and they would also be joining hands with Intel and AMD to attain their goal.

Sandy Bridge chipsets recalled by Intel®

In the recent past, product recalls by various manufacturers have been making news worldwide, bringing consumer product safety to a peak and massive market losses, inevitable. When a core component is recalled, like in the case of Intel, it is not only Intel which suffers, but a whole range of product manufacturers, having had designed and manufactured their products, using the said defective components as their core parts. Code named “Cougar Point”, Intel’s chip is a part of the total chipset contained in the second generation Core series of Sandy Bridge processors. Having had released this product in early January, Intel had already shipped over 8 million chips which will need replacement after detection of the design flaw and are in a way happy that the realization came in quite early, limiting the extent of damage to Intel.

This unfortunate debacle has definitely put Intel on a backfoot, but their prompt and quick handling of the situation with the “Cougar Point” recall is estimated to cross the 1 billion mark, net loss, in the first quarter of 2011 considering lost revenues in addition to repair and replacement expenses associated with the fallout.

Some of the companies affected in this debacle include, Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, etc. In the US, product recalls is a known concept as early as 1959 – 1960, when Cadillac recalled and the steering linkage was replaced on a phenomenal number of cars. 1994 saw Intel Pentium processors recalled, setting them back financially, in a massive way. 2010 saw Toyota recalling several million vehicles because of faulty accelerator pedals. Internationally, consumer protection is now coming of age. In many other countries also this adds value to the brand if they can do it in an honorable manner. Each country has their product recall agency defined.

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