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Apple® readies new MacBook lineup for Retina Display

It is widely being reported that Apple is likely to unveil a series of MacBook Pro models at the Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled to be held on June 11 in San Francisco. Each MacBook is expected to come up with Retina Display-like screens and Intel Ivy Bridge processors.

How Retina Display works?

It is believed that the Retina Display MacBook Pro will feature multiple Retina resolution modes, so that the users are able to adjust the sharpness and image sizes as per their likings. Unlike Mac display settings of today, these Retina Display settings will not be marked with numbers/resolution sizes, but with descriptions such as big, small, or optimal.

Citing various unnamed sources, Bloomberg says that the new MacBook Pro models will be less than 0.95 inch (24mm) thick and sport Intel’s third-generation Core series chips, code-named Ivy Bridge.

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.

XOLO™ X900: World’s first Intel® Inside Smartphone is here

You must be aware of the fact that the majority of computers today, including laptops, netbooks, desktops, etc. are powered by Intel chips and processors. Intel rules the computer market by a great margin. But, smartphone market is one such field which has remained untouched by this technology giant for many unknown reasons.

But finally, Intel has broken the shackles with its Medfield processor for the smartphone market. According to sources, Lava International is going to launch a smartphone dubbed as XOLO X900, which will be the first smartphone featuring the Intel Medfield processor. But, for now the smartphone will be available for sale in India only.

XOLO X900 will hit the stores on 23 April, 2012 and will cost around US $425 (Rs 22,000). The smartphone boasts of features like 4-inch touchscreen display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 16 GB internal memory, and 8 megapixel camera. So, if you are living in the U.S. or UK, you may still need to wait a little longer to get your hand on your Intel-powered smartphone.

Intel to Focus on Ultrabooks

With launch of Mac Book Air a new debate has started over thin and fast computer. Few count it as one of the reason for the birth of Ultrabooks. Ultrabooks are considered as thin PCs with extra long life of battery. With huge demand of fast and lighter computers Intel has started considering it as the new segment in the computer industry as it considered netbooks few years ago. The key defining factors for Ultrabooks like thickness not more than 21 millimeters wake-from-sleep time equal or less than 7 seconds it is expected to change the way computer are used. It is believed that on 14 September Molly Eden, General Manager of the PC client group at Intel will describe the “transformation of the PC” being driven by the Ultrabooks at the Intel Development Forum.

Even MacBook Air which has a maximum thickness of 17 millimeter but takes more than 7 sec to wake up is in tight talks with Intel to make it faster and turn the microprocessors to consume only 15watts which is currently 35-40 watts. Even Intel has already made it clear that it is working hard to make its processors less energy consuming so that the device can stay longer on without the power supply. It is also believed that on 14 September another meeting will be hosted by both the Intel and Microsoft engineer to discuss titled “ Microsoft  Windows 8 on Intel Architecture “ which will also show some light on the new windows 8 which is the latest operating system in Microsoft operating system series. It is also said Windows 8 which is being developed keeping in mind the Ultrabooks will not only be faster but more realistic for Ultrabooks as it will be faster and will help the Ultrabooks to reduce the wakeup time which is 20-30 sec in windows 7. If we go by Intel Ultrabooks will be available in market by end of 2011 and not only Microsoft but Apple will also have access to the new processors by the same time and will help them to improve the battery life of the Mac Book Air and will also boot the wakeup time.

However the development of Ultrabooks will be carried out in three different phases the first one will be available by end of this year but the development work will carry on. Thus we can expect to see the Windows 8 the new Operating system from Microsoft which will be available by next year with better speed and light weight and new features that has not been seen before with help of the new processors from Intel.

Intel® Braces For Rival ARM, Windows® 8

During the fourth quarter earnings conference, audience were stunned at the statement passed by Paul Otellini the Intel CEO that company will now take part in the growing era of silicon chip which is deign of all client devices. In the call it was declared that the mainstream operating system windows 8 is to support ARM chips. ARM chips are the chips which are the base, building block of the most the smart phones or iphones in today’s time. Consistently Intel shares the top position in the turf of PC devices. The definition of these PC devices is changing rapidly due to great success of ipad. The electronic device ipad is manufacture by Apple. The ipad are considered as client device which is responsible to make Apple in top list of PC client. Records say that in first quarter Apple successfully shipped 9.25 million ipads. Apple ipads which share the center market position run on ARM processor. As Microsoft will introduce Windows 8 to run on ARM chips will hasten the new trends heights in the PC client devices. With this technology alteration not only tablets but on laptop also one can perceive windows 8 environment. Intel is optimizing its silicon chip to feature set of windows 8.From the decades Intel is functioning in traditional computing market now it will apply the advanced silicon transistor technology to these new segments to deliver the lowest power, highest performance, lowest-cost products on the planet. Software compatibility, performance, power, and architectural consistency really matter to every customer. Intel will also indirectly benefit from the surge in device like tablets and smartphones because its processors power most of the world’s servers, which, in turn, are the engines for cloud computing. It is expect the hyper-competitive for Win 8 tablets as Intel will perform compatibility of ARM processor on Win 8 tablets. Intel company strategy is to compete in a future full of devices. The device will be with front end as the “Ultrabook” which will take on features of both a tablet and laptop, supported with back end Intel technology. With this technology there will be Atom in a wide array of tablets running with three different operating systems environment. By designing an Atom-based tablet; it can run multiple OS on it, which is a unique value proposition with Intel. The Intel company exit last year i.e. 2010 with excellent momentum in embedded business with over 4,900 total design engagements and over 1,700 design wins for embedded Atom devices. This excellence is also will be applicable to the smartphone, tablet, and consumer electronics segments. With this brace Intel the Chipmaker will faces an unpredictable future inhabited by PCs running Windows 8 on processors from challenger ARM.

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.

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