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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.

The z196 Processor-World Fastest Processor

IBM recently announced details of the world’s fastest computer chip which is a microprocessor in a new version of the IBM mainframe which will be shipped on September 10.

With the increase in the number of applications that demand multitasking and high graphic usage it is becoming highly imperative to have high speed processors for enterprise applications. High speed microprocessors are necessary for businesses that handle financial transactions, data mining and communications. As the world becomes increasingly globalized data has grown beyond the world’s storage capacity, and business transactions continue to skyrocket.

With a complete investment of $1.5 the new zEnterprise technology is the result of research and development in the zEnterprise line, as well as more than three years of collaboration with some of IBM’s top clients around the world.

Features of z196 Processor

  • z196 processor is a four-core chip that contains 1.4 billion transistors on a 512-square millimeter (mm) surface.
  • designed by IBM engineers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and was manufactured using IBM’s 45 nanometer (nm) SOI processor technology in the company’s 300mm lab
  • Up to 60% increase in total system capacity for Data managed with DB2 and IMS Mainframe processor makes use of IBM’s patented embedded DRAM (eDRAM) technology, which allows IBM to place dense DRAM caches
  • Up to a 66% improvement in Java performance with Linux on System z.

Intel i7 940XM- The Fastest Kid On The Block!

Intel is noted for its various microprocessor manufacturing. Ranging from home PCs to business desktops, Intel’s microprocessors are hailing everywhere. Intel and IBM’s business as well as technical association is one of a noted one. Later in 2006, it achieved another momentum by joining hands with Apple. Dell and Hawlett-Packard are the biggest customers of Intel.

As of now, it has only one archrival that can give a niche to this company, AMD. But, as mentioned Intel always has a edge over it. Latest news buzzing the circuit, Intel has prepared the fastest mobile CPU ever under the brand of Extreme Edition. It comes in the form of a netbook chip. Intel’s previous fastest core was i7 920XM, comes clocked at 2.0GHz at stock and 3.2GHz with turbo boost.

How Fast Can It Get?

Intel’s newest kid on the block is the i7 940XM.This is currently the company’s flagship laptop chip. Its main features are detailed as follows:

  • It is a quad core Mobile Extreme editor processor
  • It has a clock speed ranging from 2.13GHz to3.33GHz with turbo boost capability
  • It is compact with 8MB of cache and carry a TDP rating of 55W
  • It works with eight processing thread CPU
  • It supports DDR3- 1333 memory

Costing is yet to be done, but like sources claim that the price will be in the range of $1,050. Well, that certainly means one can expect a good cut down in the price of the previous 920XM.

Who Is Intel Targeting With This Release?

However, there was news abuzz that the company is launching its first six-core processor. As of now Intel insiders claim quad core i7 940 to be the thing of the next generation. One can expect a lot from the processor in terms of speed and efficiency. It is highly likely to provide a stronger battery back up. It is very well suited for multi-tasking and handling miscellaneous tasks. Its performance is doubled with magnified graphic options. This is certainly good news for the tech-savvies. In addition, gamers too can now enjoy the benefit of the fastest laptop.

Currently, there is no other news of any six-core processor. However, i7 940 seems to be quite promising in terms of speed and efficiency, and before one has to wait for the six core processor, this seems equally good a treat for the techies.

Intel Vs AMD

Intel is pinning high hopes on it latest creation, unfortunately it is not the only one sharing the glories in the horizon. It arch rival AMD is launching the same product with equal speed and efficiency. AMD’s processor comes with two new varieties of processors. Though both its processors are not able to match up to the 3.3GHz clock speed range of Intel yet, however, they not lagging too far behind from it either with the higher one having speed of 3.2GHZ.

Hence, Intel needs to intensify on its products, because pricing can again come into play in a big way with AMD claiming to offer a better consumer price. Among the race between these two giants consumers always have the best option to get the latest in terms of technology.

The Cheapest Processor Has Just Landed

Advanced Micro Devices has once again made its mark on the history of microprocessors by announcing the release of a new family of microprocessors for Cloud Computing serves and this includes a chip that is worth a sensational $99.

This chip is from the Opteron 4100 family and comes in six-core and four-core variants. It was previously code-named Lisbon. They draw less power than their predecessors while achieving the same levels of performance. This little piece of information was confirmed by Brent Kerby, senior product manager at AMD.

The processors include the $99 Opteron 4122 processor, the first ever chip AMD has priced under $100. This quad-core chip operates at a speed of 2.2GHz, has a 8.6MB cache and draws 75 watts of power. Compared to Intel’s cheapest server processor which is priced at $167 according to a processor price list issued on June 20, the Opteron 4122 processor is a sure bargain if there ever was any doubt.

Trends

Cloud Computing servers is the target of a movement towards processors that can quickly scale performance. Dan Olds, the principal analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group states this while asking, “Can you take a huge number of inexpensive, low-power chips and get useful work out of them?”

SeaMicro and Tilera introduced specialized 512 core servers designed for Cloud Computing this month. SeaMicro announced a server that packs 512 single core Intel Atom processors in one server.

The $99 quad-core Opteron 4122 promises to draw more power than any low-power Atom chip while performing faster. However, they are doubting if the traditional servers with cheap Opteron chips are the better option for scale-out environments in place of specialized servers.

Opteron 4100

The Opteron 4100 family will also include two six core processors, the Opteron 4162 EE and 4164 EE, that draws only 32 watts of power. This is considered to be the lowest power threshold achieved by any generation of the company’s server prpocessors right now. The 41622 runs at 1.7GHz and costs $316 while the 4162 EE runs at 1.8GHz and costs $698.

The company included in its announcement a five Opteron 4100 series six-core chips that draw between 50 and 75 watts. The chips run at speeds between 2.1GHz and 2.8GHz and are priced between $174 and $316. These chips have been targeted at single and two-socket servers in scale-out environments.

These new chips reduce power consumption by 24 percent if compared to their predecessors. The improved manufacturing process are the cause of the power benefits. The 45-nanometer process is used to make these processors.

They also support DDR3 memory which is considered faster and more power-efficient than the previous DDR2 memory. There are also some chip-level improvements and advanced power management features like power capping at the hardware level so it could lower power consumption in servers.

The socket compatibility will also allow AMD’s future server chips to be plugged into servers. AMD plans next year to release a server processor with up to 16 cores based on a new microarchitecture called Bulldozer. The Opteron will be available worldwide as soon as possible which translates to, immediately. Server makers including Acer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard are exoected to announce servers soon so this process will be served to the public in a quick and convenient way.

An Insight into GoogleTV

Intel bought a group of Bloggers from around USA this month for their annual upgrade event. This allows several bloggers to see what the microprocesing giant is working on. But this time they did not see the usual Core processors. There was something more interesting. This year Intel has been working on various different projects which are outside the world of Microprocessors.

Smart TVs

Some folks at Intel who have been behind the scenes till date developing a new breed of web connected Smart TV came forward to talk about how this will revolutionize the way we watch TV. They also describe why they got involved with the TVs in the first place. To everybody’s surprise, Intel has been working this project for 10 years.

Genevieve Bell, who is the director of User Experience within Intel’s digital Home group, has been studying people around the world and the way they watch TV for several years and learnt that most of the people love their TV s. The report suggests that some people even went to the extent of telling that their TV was better than chocolate. Many people say that TVs’ are very useful and watching TV tends to be social. It also seems that though most people watch TV on the Internet, they watch more on their regular televisions. In the United States alone, average time spent on watching TV is 17-20 hours/week. Bringing Netflix and YouTube to TV s has helped but they aren’t standardized and they have to be built seperately onto each device.

Google TV

Expected in this fall, Google TV is the first Smart TV that is about to be launched in the market with the collaboration of Intel, Google and several CE like Sony. Gogole TV combines the android OS with full chrome browser that we have on our PC. Sony and Logitech will be the first that will be bringing Google TV products to the US. These TV s will be powered by Intel Atom CE4100 processor. Intel representatives say that these are not the same Atom Processors that are built into Notebooks, but rather a one chip solution that was built from the ground up for consumer electronic devices.

Advantages of GoogleTV:

GoogleTV makes it very easy for the users to find content. GoogleTV’s search sifts through the TV listings ,the Internet content and the android applicataions. Other excellent features are a customized home page that offers access to the user’s favorite content. It also allows us to extend the functionality to other android applications.

Problems in implementation:

One big disadvantage of this plan is that it’s dependency on broadcast TV. The Intel representatives told that cable providers like Time Warner and Comcast will have to work with GoogleTV to make sure it’s compatible with the services. The cable providers are unlikely to adopt new technologies quickly. Many families have already been left down since the anolog to digital transition in the US.

Everybody would like to see GoogleTV come up but it should be independent of the broadcast TV so that it can work for every family that is fortunate enough to have an Internet connection.

Random Access Memory (RAM): Tool of speed

The sophisticated technology of current world is accelerating the life and making it more technology dependant. Computer which is a visionary digital machine has become a part of daily life of most of us. RAM, Random Access Memory is the storage device of computer and is inserted in the integrated circuit while data can be accessed in any sequence or randomly. Thus it is termed as random access memory or RAM. This device helps in the transportation of data through a physical address which may not be subjected or related to previous transfer.

Before the invention of integrated RAM, relays, vacuum tubes and delay memories were used that were not randomly accessed. In 1950s, the early development of RAM took place when it was made with magnetic mechanism. The main development took place in late 1960s and early 1970s when Static RAM and Dynamic RAM were produced. This invention comes across with the diversification of memory transferring and fastens the transport.

The mainstreams RAM are of two types like Static and Dynamic RAM. Static RAM uses a form of flip-flop to circulate data. It uses almost six transistors for its function. On the other hand, Dynamic RAM (DRAM) is typically charged on the capacitor. Likely other microprocessors, memory circuit is built with millions of transistors and capacitors. The capacitor keeps the data and the transistor works as a switch to control circulation process. Read only memory (ROM) has almost the same mechanism as RAM, but some selected transistors are blocked with metal mask which is not familiar in RAM. Static and Dynamic RAM are volatile type storage devices which require power to store and maintain data. . If RAM capability is 2GB it can accommodate two million bytes for programs. But in case of ROM, it can provide space to the programs which is required for booting and startup processes.

When one byte data is received, the chip adds the 1s first. If the total number is odd, then parity bit is fixed as 1; otherwise 0 is set in case of even number of total. The data is again forth backed to bits and the parity bit is compared again. If this time it matches with the earlier ones, the data is assumed to be perfect and sent to CPU.

RAM is tool of necessity for mainly the high resolution works and multi tasking jobs. RAM speeds up the data processing and access in hard drive. In case Windows XP demands 128 MB RAM as minimum requirement, Linux operators must possess 4MB RAM for flawless operation of applications. Higher spaced RAM is essential for professional gamers or graphics specialists. In fact many games and designing software also face problem with low RAM space. In coming days new and faster RAMs will be launched for better speed and user comfort.

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