After a 40-year run and an active role in shaping the landscape for mobile and desktop computing, Intel (INTC) announced on Monday that its CEO Paul Otellini will be retiring in May 2013. Intel didn’t reveal specific reasons, but it could have something to do with the company’s failure to make Medfield-powered smartphones fast enough to compete with ARM’s mobile processors. Otellini recently criticized Microsoft (MSFT) for releasing Windows 8 in a “half-baked” state. Intel hasn’t announced who is next in line to lead the company, but it said Otellini will be remain as an advisor during the six-month transition. Intel’s press release follows below.
Shares of Intel (INTC) dipped on Monday following reports that Apple (AAPL) is working toward a shift away from Intel processors in its Mac computers. Apple’s line of MacBook notebooks is the most popular laptop line in the world, and such a move would undoubtedly have a big negative impact on Intel’s business. Industry watchers did not appear to be surprised by the news, as Apple’s eventual move toward using in-house chipsets to power its computers follows the same logical course Apple took with its mobile device lineup. According to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, however, Apple’s inevitable shift away from Intel chipsets won’t happen any time soon. More →
Intel’s (INTC) chief executive officer Paul Otellini has some harsh words for one of the company’s closest partners. According to a report from Bloomberg, Otellini told employees that Microsoft (MSFT) is planning to release its Windows 8 operating system before it is fully ready. The executive reportedly believes that the software still needs improvements before it is ready for public consumption. A number of analysts have echoed these concerns, noting that the Microsoft’s partners haven’t had enough time to work out the operating system’s various kinks. “We are concerned at the level of bugs and fine tuning that appears necessary to get the beta systems we demoed ready for prime time,” Alex Gauna, an analyst at JMP Securities, said in a research note earlier this month. Microsoft is scheduled to release Windows 8 on October 26th.
UPDATE: Intel CEO Paul Otellini has denied Bloomberg’s report, his statement follows below. More →
Motorola Mobility unveiled three new Android smartphones earlier this month, in an effort to show off its holiday lineup before attention turned elsewhere. On Tuesday, however, the Google (GOOG)-owned smartphone maker unveiled a fourth handset that will launch over the coming weeks, and this one is a bit more unique. Beyond the 4.3-inch “edge-to-edge” AMOLED display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 8-megapixel camera, Kevlar coating and sizable 2,000 mAh battery lies a 2GHz Intel Atom processor, making this the first Motorola smartphone powered by one of Intel’s “Medfield” mobile chips. Pricing and firm launch details are still a mystery but Motorola confirmed that the RAZR i will be released in “select European and Latin American markets including the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico” beginning in October. No U.S. launch details were revealed. Motorola’s full press release follows below along with a video of the RAZR i in action. More →
Because next month wasn’t already busy enough, Google’s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility and Intel (INTC) have an “exciting announcement” planned for September 18th, PhoneArena reports. The companies went on record recently in stating that they would announce their first Medfield-powered smartphone later this year as Intel tries to break into the mobile market, and this event could see Motorola and Intel deliver on that promise. The wording in the invitation and the “#motoedge” hashtag at the bottom suggest the device could be dubbed the Motorola EDGE, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. More →
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 →
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 →
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.More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →