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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.

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® 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.

AMD® launches embedded Fusion chips

Advanced Micro Devices or AMD as it is called, is a company providing innovative processors and other computer-related devices. The fusion of a CPU and a GPU is known as fusion technology on a single chip. The launch of the G-series platform is aimed at embedded systems.

An Accelerated Processing Unit is the fusion of a GPU with a CPU. A GPU is the Graphic Processing Unit and its fusion is with a traditional x86 CPU. A fusion chip incorporates the multi-core CPU 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. There is unparalleled graphics performance. The AMD G series processor is the world’s first APU that combines both the technologies on a single chip. It contains more computation power than any other enabling the computation of products like digital signage, set top boxes with Internet base, point of sale outlets, gaming machines for casinos, thin clients etc.

AMD helps to create products along with a supportive design team. 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 from the APU where designers and developers can develop products relating to the technology of the embedded series. According to a recent carbon footprint study, the APU is designed to curtail carbon emissions.

Intel® six-core i7-990X Extreme processor

Intel six-core i7-990X Extreme processor can be regarded as the company’s fastest desktop chip. In the year 2009, 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 efficiency. So, a 6 core or 4 core chip from Intel with high speed and performance capabilities was likely to be launched.

There has been an increase in the number of processors that can be squeezed into a single chip and the concurrent speed of processing uses cutting edge technology. In fact, the company Tilera has claims of production of 36 core and 64 core chips, and have even announced a 100 core processor. NVIDIA, is reportedly 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 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 at.

Ranging from the Intel 4004 processor introduced in 1971 commercially, with 2300 transistors and 10 Micron Silicon technology, Intel has, over various steps grown to 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.

This parallel processing system and threading technology have brought about dynamic changes in power consumption, memory latency and performance. This requirement of heavy performance requirement and scarce processor resources in various rich media content with demands on encoding and decoding multimedia as also editing video, 3D modeling, heavy scientific calculations, high-end digital content creation are the major factors responsible for chip manufacturers to think diverse and make available hardware to suit. Computing architecture and high-end platforms will definitely bring major changes in computing for medicine, IT, digital office, digital home, mobility solutions and even gaming.

Which One is Better: 32-bit or 64-bit processors for Windows 7?

Windows 7 like Windows Vista and Windows XP is available either in 64-bit or 32-bit installation discs. Several factors determine as to why you would want to have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 to be installed on your computer.

The difference

32-bit and 64-bit simply refers to the way a processor on your computer handles information during processing. In simple words 32-bit version of Windows will have less memory space than 64-bit version; therefore it will handle lesser amount of memory space when compared to the later and takes longer to process informations. There is also a significant price difference between 32-bit and 64-bit, evidently 64-bit Windows is more expensive than 32-bit. The difference does not end with price along, 32-bit is much slower than the other and may not support the older programs or driver software’s.

What is best for me?

First find out what version of Windows your computer is running on, whether it is 32-bit or 64-bit. You can do so by right clicking on the My Computer icon and select Properties. In the System Properties window, under system it will tell you if you have a 32-bit Windows Vista or a 64-bit Windows Vista (in case of Windows XP operating system, a 32-bit windows XP will not display 32-bit and a 64-bit will have x64 Edition listed). In case the version of Windows is 32-bit, you need to check if your computer’s processor can handle 64-bit version of windows. To do this, from the Control Panel, select Performance Information and Tools (if you cant find it just use search to locate the folder), then click View and Print details. In the new window under the System section, it will tell you what operating system you are running currently and if Windows is 64-bit capable. If it is not 64-bit compatible and you want a 64-bit version of Windows 7 then you have to upgrade the computer processor by purchasing a  new 64-bit processor or stick to 32-bit version of Windows 7

Upgrade or degrade from 32-bit to 64-bit

If your computer processor is 64-bit capable and you are currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can use the upgrade option while running the Windows 7 64-bit installation disc. Also ensure you backup all the files, programs and settings before you run the Windows 7 installation; also select the Custom option while running the Windows 7 DVD so you can choose appropriate settings. Similarly you can choose to go visa versa, however I would recommend that if you are used to a 64-bit Window, its speed and processing time, then 32-bit will considerably seem slower.

Things to remember is a 32-bit version of programs that is running on your current Windows will not work or run properly if you are upgrading to a 64-bit Windows 7 platform. Each program is designed to work with according to 32-bit and 64-bit. However, it shouldn’t limit you from upgrading or degrading, since it is choice you make depending on the usage, speed and purposes, which you want to process various function on your new installed Windows 7.

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