Clover Trail+ represents Intel's push into smartphone and tablet territory.
Intel waited until the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain to formally introduce a new dual-core Atom System-on-Chip (SoC) platform for smartphones and Android tablets. Previously codenamed Clover Trail+, Intel is targeting both performance and mainstream market segments. According to Intel, it's new chip provides double the compute performance and three times the graphics capabilities compared to its Atom Z2460 platform.
Intel is ramping up its effort to be a major player in the mobile arena.
Intel's presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is heavily focused on mobile this time around, a theme that was evident during Paul Otellini's keynote speech that largely dealt with next generation Ultrabooks, as well as a separate press conference highlighting Atom-powered smartphones and Windows 8 Ultrabooks.
The majority of Windows 8 tablets won't start shipping until 2013.
Wondering where all the Windows 8 tablets that were supposed to ship before the end of the year are hiding? It seems they've all been bitten by a driver bug, or at least the ones built around Intel's Atom Z2760 processor. The "Clover Trail" part is an energy efficient CPU that promises all-day battery life, but it's reportedly been challenging trying to code drivers that are stable enough to pass Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) testing.
Intel's Atom family gained notoriety as the architecture of choice for netbooks and nettops, but the future is so much brighter than that. There's of course the mobile handset and tablet categories, and as of today, you can add servers to Atom's resume. Intel's new Atom-based S1200 product family is the world's first low-power, 64-bit server-class system-on-chip (SoC) for high-density microservers, the Santa Clara chip maker announced today.
AMD and Intel have been locked in a CPU arms race for the better part of a decade, but at least for the short term, Intel has turned its focus towards competing with ARM. Consumers have been flocking en-mass to low power mobile devices, and Atom will be the company’s long term strategy to compete on the low end. 2013 will be the year of Clover Trail, however a leaked Intel roadmap is letting us know what we can look forward to in 2014.
Following the unmitigated disaster that was the TouchPad, Hewlett-Packard has kept a low profile in the tablet market, with the Windows 7-powered Slate 2 tablet PC being the only HP-branded tablet device to have hit the market since then. In August, John Solomon, senior VP of HP's Americas printing and personal systems division, said that the company’s Windows 8 tablet would pack “some unique intellectual property.” We now know what Solomon was talking about back then.
It's not always easy to say goodbye, but in some cases, well, it just plain feels good. Intel's discontinuation of its Atom D2700 processor is one of those moments. With the third quarter now well underway, Intel killing off its fastest Atom processor, as the D2700 is has been tagged with an End of Life (EOL) label. So, why does it feel good to say goodbye in this case?
At a time when the ranks of quad-core Android devices are swelling rapidly, Intel is trying to find its feet in this highly competitive market with its single-core “Medfield” Atom chip. But Mike Bell, GM of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, does not view Medfield’s current lack of multiple CPU cores as a cause for concern.
As far as quantum computing breakthroughs go, this latest one by a team of researchers from the U.S., Australia and South Africa is truly special. According to the researchers, a tiny crystal comprising only 300 atoms developed by them has paved the way for a “huge leap” in computing. A leap so vast, these researchers claim, that it would take a supercomputer larger than the known universe to do the kind of calculations possible with their “quantum simulator,” a special type of quantum computer. Hit the jump for more.
First unveiled a couple of weeks ago, Intel has officially added a new processor to its Atom line without a formal introduction. It's the Atom D2550, essentially a supercharged D2500 with a faster graphics core and Hyperthreading support, or you can view it as a slower-clocked D2700, which also features a faster graphics core than the D2500 and supports Hyperthreading. Let's break all three down.