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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.

AMD® launches ad campaign targeted at Intel®

The flaw in the Sandy Bridge chipset, if you remember, was discovered and reported sometime in January. The flaw as it is called Cougar Point chipset flaw was discovered and Intel withdrew the chipset from the market. The chipset flaw relates to how the chipset communicates with SATA devices be it SATA hard disk drive or optical device.

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is all set to hold an ad campaign based on the Intel Chipset flaw and try to attract partners into dealing with their products after the Cougar Point flaw. The ad campaign is going to kick off with a global advertising program and an online marketing campaign.  A Twitter based contest is also expected to run along with, over the next 8 to 10 weeks.

The ad campaign will take off on websites as hothardware.com and legitReviews.com. This will be matched with an online campaign for marketing the products that will also direct to the AMD website. The web page contains suggestive alternatives to Sandy Bridges parts, leading to a list of AMD processors and prices at online stores like Amazon.com, Best Buy etc. AMD will also engage end customers through their Twitter feed.

The Cougar Point chipsets were found to be defective in the month of January and repairs to the same have been made and Intel has begun sending replacements from February 12. However, the ad campaign is also a mode to make good some losses that Intel has allowed to its distributors.

With the launch of the ad campaign called ‘Ready, Willing and Stable’ is complimentary to AMD in that it promoted its products to replace the Cougar Point chipsets.

The global channel program of AMD reaches probable clients with their computer components. This campaign includes regional display advertising purchases on leading PC enthusiast sites and to generate customer awareness about the products that AMD specializes in.

Intel® Releases Core vPro Business Processors

Intel is a U.S.-based developer of semiconductor chips. The company invented the x86 series of microprocessors and this microprocessor is found in almost all the personal computers. Intel was formed in the year 1968 and was named as Integrated Electronics Corporation but the word Intel is coined form the word intelligence. Intel is also known for making motherboard chipsets and flash memory and graphic chips and embedded processors and also many other devices which are related to computers and also communications.

After the year 1990 Intel invested on the microprocessor for the personal computers and this became their major business. Intel is releasing a professional version of the CPU, which is the second generation Core and Core vPro. These are based on the previous version of the consumer chip and its micro architecture. It utilized the same technologies. The quick sync video was used for energizing the media and the turbo boost was used for increasing the performance. This was done when all the processing cores were utilized. The processing of the vPro functions were configured with the new host based feature. This was helpful because it let the configuration of thousands of personal computers together and within minutes. For people who are the users of laptops mainly and need to carry it outside their homes often, Intel has a new anti theft technology of the latest version 3.0.

The vPro processor will have another technology installed which will prevent any kind of unauthorized access to the system. This is possible by generating a six digit numerical password in every thirty seconds.

Intel® six-core i7-990X processor

Intel six-core i7-990X Extreme, the successor to its previous version Core i7-980X running on 3.33 GHz of raw speed, is the latest chip from Intel. The Intel Core i7-990X  promises 3.73 GHz speed running on Intel Turbo Boost Technology also featuring six-cores and a mind boggling 12 processing threads with Intel Hyper-Threading technology. Even while boasting a clock speed of 3.46GHz, it also has over clocking features that allow users to manipulate and increase speeds according to their requirements and multitasking requirements. The chip features 12MB of Intel’s famous L2 Intel Smart Cache, with supporting 3 Channel DDR3 10266 RAM all together drawing 130 Watts of power. This raw unstoppable power is for hard core multi taskers with enough juice to simultaneously run 3D games media editors and HD movies.

The Core i7-990X is Intel’s best foot forward in the long ensuing battle with AMD for the fastest and best performance in computer processors. The components behind this awe inspiring performance include Intel Turbo Boost Technology to maximize speed and performance for applications that demand more, automatically accelerating speed and computer performance to match your needs, Intel HT Technology enabling applications requiring multiple threads to get the job done with the threads running parallel. It offers a total of 8 threads to the operating system, Intel Smart Cache, Intel QuickPath interconnect designed to provide higher bandwidth and lower latency providing data transfer speeds reaching up to 25.6 GB per seconds. Intel HD boost provides considerable improvement in multimedia and highly computer intensive programs. The six-core i7-990X extreme chip is derived from old Westmere architecture utilizing the 32nm fabrication technology and is free from the recent chipset flaw that Intel had announced.

According to the information on Intel’s webpage the Core i7-990X would provide the user the option to wield the ultimate in gaming technology for a enchanting 3D experience, revel in the experience of smoother and more realistic gaming using Intel’s revolutionary technique of distributing AI, Physics, and rendering across its 6 cores and 12 threads bringing 3D to real life. This is the ultimate in a total 3D experience bringing never before speed and performance to a desktop.

Intel hasn’t currently released an official price quotation on there new Core i7-990X chips however a retailer NewEgg has priced the chip at $1049, the same price for which previous flagship processing chip called Core i7-980X was being sold.

Intel® Core i7-990X processors

Intel is busy experimenting with a 1000 Core processor on the architecture for the 48 core single chip Cloud Computer Processor. In the year 2009 itself, Intel launched their experimental 48 Core central processing unit (CPU) on a stamp sized piece of silicon. What is really interesting is the processing capability of this 48 core CPU chip, with amazing power management and power consumption features of the same. So, a 6 core or 4 core chip from Intel with speeds and performance capabilities is the foregone conclusion.

The CPU competition has gone manifold into the number of processors that can be squeezed into a single chip and the concurrent speeds of processing is what is the cutting edge technology in mainstream processing production capabilities. In fact, Tilera, the company has claims of production of 36 Core and 64 Core chips, and have even announced a 100 Core processor on the anvil. NVIDIA is claimedly working on a 512 Core Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Working hand–in-hand with Microsoft and various cloud computing technologies, Intel strives to retain its position as the best, and most ingenious processor manufacturer around.

The concept of requirement of less cooling and reducing power consumption against the erstwhile higher and highest frequency race, maximizing processing capacity in smaller and smaller data centers, is what Intel is beating the competition to it, at.

Ranging from the revolution in 1969, with their Intel 4004 processor introduced in 1971 commercially, with 2300 transistors and 10 Micron Silicon technology, Intel have, over various steps grown to the 3 GHz, speed, with 820,000,000 transistors and the 45nm silicon thickness technology in their Core 2 Quad processors in the year 2007. The transition from 1969 to 2007, in 38 years, with technology changing at breakneck speed is something to reckon with.

Multi-core processor chips, principally are designed to do more work per clock cycle, run at lower frequencies, with each core behaving like a discrete logical processor with multiple threads to share the core’s resources. HT technology or Hyper Threading technology gave birth to this need. In fact, Hyper Threading technology allows maximization of performance by splitting the resources of each core, in the multi-core technology system. This logical evolution of Hyper Threading technology has brought about various software vendors like Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat and others to develop software, treating the multi-core processor as a single central processing unit.

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