Intel preps wireless charging tech for ultrabooks and smartphones

By on August 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM.

Intel preps wireless charging tech for ultrabooks and smartphones

Intel Wireless Smartphone Charging

Intel (INTC) is trying to make sure that smartphone users never have to worry about misplacing their chargers again, DigiTimes reports. Unnamed supply chain sources told DigiTimes that Intel plans on unleashing its wireless charging technology in the second half of 2013 by implementing it on Intel-based smartphones and ultrabooks. According to DigitTimes, the Intel charging technology “uses an ultrabook as the power source paired with related software and a transmitter to wirelessly charge a smartphone” and “will feature lower power consumption and does not require the phone to be put in a very specific position.” More →

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Intel to power as many as 40 Windows 8 ultrabooks in Q4 starting as low as $699

By on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 PM.

Intel to power as many as 40 Windows 8 ultrabooks in Q4 starting as low as $699

Windows 8 Ultrabooks Release

Intel (INTC) has big plans for Microsoft’s (MSFT) upcoming Windows 8 operating system, according to Netbook News. The chipmaker and its partners are planning to release at leash 40 ultrabooks with touchscreen displays as early as the fourth quarter of 2012. The problem with the current-generation of ultrabooks is the hefty price tags associated with the ultra-slim computers. This will not be the case moving forward, however. Previous-generation Sandy Bridge ultrabooks have already seen reduced pricing, but within the coming months entry-level ultrabooks will be offered for as little as $699 to further compete against Apple’s (AAPL) MacBook Air. Intel also hinted at the company’s next-generation processor, Haswell. Along with increased speeds and reduced power consumption, the processor will be the first System on a Chip for PC, and will use 20 times less power than the current Ivy Bridge processor family. More →

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Intel shows off the tip of the Windows 8 iceberg

By on July 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM.

Intel shows off the tip of the Windows 8 iceberg

Windows 8 Ultrabook Tablet Hands-on

Intel’s chips have been at the center of the digital universe for an eternity in tech-years. Post-PC era or no post-pc era, millions upon millions of personal computers powered by Intel chips continue to their way into homes and businesses around the world. Intel fell behind some of its chief rivals and missed a huge opportunity as smartphones went from niche enterprise devices to the handset of choice for hundreds of millions of users, but the company is taking steps to aggressively attack the space in the near future. At the same time, however, Intel isn’t losing sight of the market that propelled its meteoric rise, and on Tuesday Intel showcased a few of the devices that will carry its partners into the next era of personal computing.

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Intel claims Android is not ready for multi-core processors

By on June 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM.

Intel claims Android is not ready for multi-core processors

Intel Executive Android Multi-Core

Intel, one of the newest chipmakers to enter the Android scene, claimed that rival chip vendors have not done enough to optimise Android for multi-core processors, The Inquirer reported. While the majority of ARM-based vendors are focusing on dual- and quad-core processors, Intel has just entered the Android market with its single-core Medfield Atom processor. The company is doing all it can to defend itself against multi-core heavy weights Samsung, NVIDIA and Qualcomm. Intel’s general manager of mobile and communications Mike Bell recently claimed that Android simply isn’t ready for multi-core processors, despite having supported multi-core chips since Android 2.3.4, and noted that internal testing had shown that multi-core chips sometimes run slower than single-core models. Read on for more. More →

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Big Brother is watching, and he wants to sell you a new car

By on June 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

Big Brother is watching, and he wants to sell you a new car

Intel Facial Recognition TV Ads

Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” painted a scary picture of the future in a number of ways. For privacy advocates, one of several nightmarish technologies used in the film allowed outdoor signs and billboards to play targeted interactive advertisements by scanning the eyeballs of passers-by in order to identify them. Such technology isn’t widely available yet, but Intel plans to take a big step toward a future chock-full of invasive ads when it launches a new TV advertising platform that makes use of facial recognition to target ads to viewers. More →

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Newest Intel Core i5, i7 processors deliver up to 20% performance improvement

By on June 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM.

Newest Intel Core i5, i7 processors deliver up to 20% performance improvement

Intel Core i5 i7 Processor Tests

Consumer Reports has been playing around with computers using Intel’s newest generation of Core i5 and i7 processors and has determined that they deliver the goods. After testing out several i5 or i7-based laptops, the popular buying guide found that the processors boosted performance for certain tasks by as much as 20%. Specifically, the tests showed that functions such as CD-to-MP3 ripping, video file conversion and photo uploads were all notably faster than on previous generations of the processor. CR said that there was no noticeable improvement for basic word processing and spreadsheet programs on the new processors since those programs “are already as fast as they need to be.”  Included among the laptops recommended by CR that house the new processors are the HP Pavilion dv6-7014nr, the MSI GE60 0NC-006US and the Samsung NP700Z7C-S01US. More →

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Android applications can run on Samsung-backed Tizen OS [video]

By on May 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

Android applications can run on Samsung-backed Tizen OS [video]

Tizen OS Runs Android Apps

Tizen, the mobile operating system being developed by Samsung and Intel, can support programs written with Samsung’s Bada SDK as well as Android applications, The Handheld Blog reported. The operating system supports a program called Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which is similar to Research in Motion’s Android player for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Open Mobile, the company behind ACL, claims Android apps will be able to run on a Tizen-powered device with 100% compatibility and feature the same responsiveness users would expect on a native Android device. The company hopes that the program will be integrated into smartphones and tablets by vendors and not end users. A video demonstration of Android apps running on a Tizen tablet follows below. More →

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Intel announces 13 new quad-core Ivy Bridge processors

By on April 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM.

Intel announces 13 new quad-core Ivy Bridge processors

Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors will be the first to feature a “3D Tri-Gate transistor,” The BBC reported on Sunday. The company plans to initially release 13 quad-core processors for desktop computers that it promises will offer more computational power while using less energy. Intel hopes its new transistors, which have been in development for 11 years, will help it challenge ARM’s reputation for energy efficiency. “This is the world’s first 22 nanometre product and we’ll be delivering about 20% more processor performance using 20% less average power,” the company said, adding that dual-core processors aimed at ultrabooks will be announced “later this spring.” Intel promises that “there will be 50% more supply than we had early in the product cycle of our last generation, Sandy Bridge, a year ago. And we’re still constrained based on the amount of demand we’re seeing in the marketplace.” Digitimes on Monday reported that shipments of the company’s latest processors will still be lower than expected, however, and it will not be able to satisfy the strong demand anticipated from PC vendors. More →

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No-poaching antitrust case against Apple, Google and others will go to trial

By on April 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM.

No-poaching antitrust case against Apple, Google and others will go to trial

Apple, Google and five other technology companies must face an antitrust lawsuit for illegally agreeing to not poach each other’s employees. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, rejected the companies’ bid to dismiss claims brought under the Sherman Act and California state law, Reuters reported on Thursday. In addition to Apple and Google, Intel, Adobe, Pixar, Intuit and Lucasfilm are accused of entering into the illegal agreements. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed after five software engineers claimed the companies conspired to reduce employee pay by eliminating competition for skilled labor. More →

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Windows 8 aims to take huge chunk of iPad share in less than a year

By on April 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM.

Windows 8 aims to take huge chunk of iPad share in less than a year

Microsoft and its partners have seemingly set some very lofty goals for Windows 8. Citing multiple anonymous sources at various unnamed Taiwan-based original device manufacturers, DigiTimes on Wednesday reported that Windows and Intel want top-tier vendor partners to launch an all-out assault on Apple’s iPad. The iPad’s share of the tablet market currently sits at 70% according to the report, but Microsoft and Intel want to push that figure down to 50% by the middle of next year. If earlier reports pan out, devices powered by the Windows 8 platform will begin rolling out early in the fourth quarter this year, and that gives Microsoft and its partners roughly three quarters to steal 20% of Apple’s market share. DigiTimes states that there will be 32 Windows 8 tablets available from various vendors by the end of the year. More →

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Intel may launch Ivy Bridge processors on April 23rd

By on April 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM.

Intel may launch Ivy Bridge processors on April 23rd

Intel is expected to move up the announcement of its next-generation Ivy Bridge processors from the original date of April 29th to April 23rd, Digitimes reported on Thursday. ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard are all preparing to release their second generation of ultrabooks in May, with average prices expected to “rapidly” drop from $999 to $699. To promote ultrabooks, Intel has also reportedly set up a $300 million fund to assist its partners in ultrabook design as well as research and development. Earlier rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to refresh its iMac family of computers with Intel’s 22nm-based Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors in June or July. The Cupertino-based company is also said to be ramping up production in preparation for thinner 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. More →

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Apple will reportedly unveil new iMacs with Core i5, i7 CPUs in June or July

By on April 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM.

Apple will reportedly unveil new iMacs with Core i5, i7 CPUs in June or July

Apple is reportedly planning to refresh its iMac family of computers with Intel’s 22nm-based Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors in June or July, How To Arena reported on Wednesday, citing a “reliable tipster” in Apple’s supply chain. The Cupertino-based company is also reportedly ramping up production in preparation for thinner 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which will use the same Ivy Bridge processors. Previous rumors have suggested that Apple’s redesigned iMac would feature an anti-reflective glass display, and it should be slimmer and lighter than the current units. Apple’s iMac lineup was last updated in May 2011 with Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors, a high-speed Thunderbolt port and a high-definition FaceTime camera. More →

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Intel’s market share surges to 10-year high

By on March 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

Intel’s market share surges to 10-year high

Intel in 2011 achieved its highest annual market share in more than 10 years, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. The chipmaker’s market share increased 2.5 points to 15.6% from 13.1% in 2010. In the same year, the company’s revenue jumped 20.6%, outpacing nearly every other semiconductor supplier in the top-20 with the exception of Qualcomm. The jump represents the highest share Intel has attained since 2001, when the company reached a 14.9% market share. “Intel in 2011 captured the headlines with its major surge in growth,” said Dale Ford, head of electronics and semiconductor research for IHS. “The company’s rise was spurred by soaring demand for its PC-oriented microprocessors, and for its NAND flash memory used in consumer and wireless products. Intel’s revenue also was boosted by its acquisition of Infineon’s wireless business unit. The company’s strong rise helped it to stave off the rising challenge mounted by No. 2 semiconductor supplier Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., which had been whittling away at Intel’s lead in recent years.” More →

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