Computex 2016 is the place to be if you want to see a kick-ass battle between computing giants. Intel wasn’t the only company to announce some incredibly fast new silicon at the show, and Intel’s 10-core desktop CPU isn’t the only marvelous thing coming out of Computex. AMD has unveiled a variety of mobile chips that are supposed to be even faster than what Intel has to offer.
Gamers looking to make the most of their desktops should know that there’s a new monster processor that was just announced by Intel. The Broadwell-E chip has no less than 10 cores ready to go to work for you, but it’ll cost you about as much as a new MacBook Pro. And before you ask, yes, these are consumer chips, which means you’ll be able to buy them and build yourself the ultimate computer gaming rig, right in time for virtual reality. More →
One of the most prominent iPhone 7 rumors out there concerns the device’s audio output. Apparently, Apple is going to “kill” one more port with this iPhone release: the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. However, it looks like Apple isn’t the only company looking to get rid of the old analog port, as others are also interested in this particular move. Intel is one of them, and it could help Apple make the 3.5mm headphone jack a thing of the past. More →
The iPhone 7 might deliver faster wireless speeds than ever before and we might have Intel to thank. According to a CLSA research note seen by NDTV, Intel has already secured up to 40% of LTE chips supply for the iPhone 7. The chipmaker has a cellular chip (XMM 7360 LTE) that’s ready to deliver LTE Cat. 10 speeds – that means download speeds of up to 450Mbps download and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps.
If you bought a PC over the holidays chances are it came with Intel’s newest processor. That chip also comes with an obscure bug – that, fortunately, doesn’t appear to impact the average consumer.
Intel’s newest chip – branded as the 6th Generation Intel Core processor and codenamed “Skylake” – is its first redesigned chip in about two years. A few weeks ago, various online forums, including a post on an Intel community forum, began discussing a bug that can “freeze” any computer with certain versions of the new chip under certain conditions.
The bug was promptly reproduced on a variety of systems running both Windows and Linux. Then an organization called GIMPS, or Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, saw the bug when running its Prime95 application. Suffice to say, Prime95 is an obscure math application that has been used to benchmark and test computers but doesn’t appear to affect the average user. More →
Intel headed to a remote area in Tornesch, Germany armed with the aforementioned fleet of drones as well as the aforementioned orchestra, and it ended up putting together a spectacular aerial display. In fact, as far as drone videos go this is perhaps one of the coolest ones we’ve ever seen. More →
You think your PC gaming rig has a powerful processor? You haven’t seen anything yet. PC World reports that Intel wants to put its so-called Knights Landing chip into a limited number of workstation desktop computers starting next year. Knights Landing, which Intel says is its most powerful chip to date, is a 72-core processor with 8 billion transistors. Next year will mark the first time it’s been used in workstations. More →
A new bombshell of a report from VentureBeat claims that Intel currently has a team of 1,000 employees working hard in an effort to get its vaunted 7360 LTE modem chip ready to go for the iPhone 7. The large team size is reportedly a reflection of how seriously Intel is taking its potential partnership with Apple as it hopes to ultimately supplant Qualcomm, Apple’s current supplier of LTE modem chips for the iPhone.
Now given how high iPhone production volume is, don’t expect Apple to go all-in with Intel just yet. The report notes that Apple may initially opt to dual source LTE modems from Intel and Qualcomm. Of course, given the recent commotion surrounding Apple dual sourcing the A9 processor from TSMC and Samsung, we’d imagine Apple will take all necessary precautions to ensure similar performance across the board. As a point of interest, Intel’s 7630 LTE modem chip can support downlink LTE speeds of 450MB per second.
Back in the day when Apple was trying to reaffirm itself in the computer business and convince buyers that Macs were better than PCs, the company came up with a slew of Mac vs. PC ads that were just hilarious. But times have changed, Apple dropped the campaign, and the current computer business looks nothing like the one from last decade. Smartphones are dominant in this “post-PC” era, and laptop and desktop makers are struggling against a marked demand decrease – interestingly, the Mac is now doing a lot better than PCs in terms of profitability.
It’s fairly easy to assume that Apple’s next-gen MacBooks will be better than predecessors considering that each generation of new laptops brings several improvements. However, Intel finally unveiled its new Skylake family of chips that will power next gen laptops, tablets and other smart devices, confirming the performance improvements coming to these types of devices. More →
How many times have you complained about the low amount of RAM or internal on your computer or smartphone? It turns out Intel and Micron have been listening for quite a while and the two companies have announced a brand-new type of memory that’s both faster and cheaper than NAND storage and DRAM memory.
But the best thing about the companies’ new 3D XPoint technology is that it can apparently replace both NAND and DRAM in a device while simultaneously improving overall speed.
After a number of delays, it finally appears that Intel’s long-anticipated Skylake processors will be ready for mainstream production later this fall. As a quick refresher, much of the hype surrounding Skylake is due to the fact that Intel’s next-gen processors promise to be not just more powerful than Broadwell, but significantly more power efficient as well.