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.
Apple’ Retina MacBook and Google’s newest Chromebook come with a new USB Type-C port that can be used both for charging purposes and for file transfers. Of the companies adopting USB-C ports so far, Apple made the boldest move yet by packing just the one port on its new 12-inch laptop. However, the USB-C port is here to stay, and it’s only getting better. More →
A huge chunk of home PC users overpay for personal computers capable of performance that far exceeds anything they plan to do with their devices. There must be a cheaper option for simple things like web browsing and video streaming, right? Right: Intel’s new “Compute Stick” is a tiny USB dongle that can turn any modern monitor into a full-fledged computer, and it’s finally available for preorder. More →
All of the MacBook laptops Apple is currently selling come with flash storage on board, which significantly improves their overall performance. Moreover, putting an SSD into an old MacBook will offer you a nice performance boost, breathing new life into older OS X machines. However, SSD aren’t yet affordable, making so this faster storage option is still too expensive for many people.
That will soon change, PCWorld points out, as Intel and Micron have figured out how to build notebook-ready 10TB SSDs, a breakthrough that will help further drive down prices of SSDs, and potentially improve default MacBook storage options in the future. More →
You might not remember Intel’s interesting Windows-based Compute Stick dongle announced at CES 2015, but Microsoft a similar computer-on-a-stick product to buyers in Korea. The Register reports that Korea’s local Microsoft branch announced the Lucoms PC-on-a-stick device (image above), a USB PC-on-a-stick that’ll ship with Windows 8.1 on board and that will be eligible for a free Windows 10 update when the operating system launches later this summer. More →
After a report recently revealed that Apple’s next iPhone will have the same kind of touch technology already present in the Apple Watch and some MacBook models such as the brand new 12-inch laptop, VentureBeat shared more details about Apple’s future iPhones, suggesting that the company might have a special iPhone in store next year. More →
The extremely small Curie processor for wearable devices isn’t the only interesting tech product Intel unveiled at CES 2015, as the company also announced a tiny device that’s powerful enough to bring PC powers to any TV, including dumber models, and even run Windows 8.1 apps. The Intel Compute Stick is in a way a Chromecast contender, only Intel’s device can do a lot more things than Google’s streaming solution. More →