Intel's making a major investment into Fab 28 in Kyryat Gat
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, will invest a further $550 million into its Fab 28 facility in Kiryat Gat, one of the most advanced chip manufacturing plants on the planet. The investment is the result of a reciprocal purchasing agreement Intel inked with the Israeli Ministry of Economy. This latest deal brings Intel's total investments in Israel to over $6 billion since 2006.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just around the corner and, if some recent reports are to be believed, so is the announcement of a new generation of Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) range of pint-sized PC kits and boards. A bunch of images said to show next-generation NUC units quietly appeared on Intel’s own website late last month, where they sat unnoticed until the folks over at ComputerBase.de stumbled on them a few days back.
Intel may be pairing with Google Glass, replacing Texas Instruments as the supplier of chips that power the wearable device. The Santa Clara chip maker is said to be producing processors for a new version of Google Glass that's expected to come out next year. If true, this would give the chip giant a vested interest in a wearable platform that hasn't seen much media attention lately.
Intel today announced that its board of directors approved an increase in its cash dividend to 96 cents per share on an annual basis, representative of a 6 percent increase, starting with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2015. In addition, Intel predicted full year revenue growth for 2015 to be in the mid-single digits, trumping what most analysts were expecting.
Intel apparently thinks that geeks get too far lost into the technology of things without thinking about fashion. The solution? MICA, or My Intelligent Communication Accessory, which is Intel's fancy name for a smart bracelet intended for highly connected women. Described by Intel as a "fashionable luxury accessory," the bracelet is composed of precious gems and Ayers snakeskin.
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, is planning to combine its mobile and tablet operations with its personal computers division as part of a reorganization process that will kick off next year. The plan was announced internally through an email sent to employees by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. In it, Krzanich talks about a rapidly evolving market place and the need to "change even faster to stay ahead."
AMD and Nvidia now share an equal slice of the graphics market, according to the latest data from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia. It took a strong second quarter for Nvidia to put itself on even ground with AMD -- JPR notes that Nvidia increased its graphics shipments by 12.9 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2014, while AMD's shipments declined 7 percent.
It is not all fun and games at Blizzcon 2014 for Maximum PC online managing editor Jimmy Thang. He has been busy recording video of the various vendors who are on the show floor of the convention taking place in Anaheim, California. Aside from seeing products from Gigabyte, Jimmy also visited the Intel booth where he was able to see the HP Omen gaming laptop up close and personal.
Acer today expanded its Switch line introduced earlier this year with the introduction of the Switch 12, a 12.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) hybrid laptop with five distinct modes (notebook, tablet/pad, display, tent, and desktop). Powering the IPS display with Zero Air Gap direct bonding technology is an Intel Core M processor, though Acer isn't yet providing specific details on the choice of CPU.
As hard as it may be to believe now, Advanced Micro Devices once presented a serious threat to Intel’s dominance of the PC microprocessor market. However, if you invested in a first-generation Pentium 4 processor (codenamed Willamette) between November 20, 2000 and June 30, 2002, you may not have particularly fond reminiscences of AMD’s heyday. Your recollections of that time may very well be of your new Pentium 4 chip living up neither to your expectations nor to the impressive “independent third-party” benchmarks that Intel released to reviewers in the lead up to Pentium 4’s launch.