We already know Intel is planning to build a better GPU for Ivy Bridge than what's currently available in Sandy Bridge, but just how much better it will be is the question. Intel provided a partial answer at this year's IDF event by detailing parts of the next-generation GPU, which the Santa Clara chip maker says will support up to a 4Kx4K (Quad HD) screen resolution.
One of the many awesome things coming out of this year's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) is a new DRAM concept Intel claims will deliver a 7-fold improvement in energy-efficiency over today's DDR3 modules. It's called Hybrid Memory Cube and Intel is working closely with Micron to turn this concept into a shipping product. So what exactly is a Hybrid Memory Cube?
In case you haven’t noticed, Gordon’s been updating the Maximum PC Twitter feed with timely bursts of insight from the ongoing Intel Developer Forum. If you didn’t notice, shame on you! You’ve been missing out on all kinds of info, like the fact that Intel showed off nifty things like an Ultrabook running Windows 8, Ivy Bridge tidbits and next-gen Haswell and Atom news. Something else you missed: the announcement that next year, the super-speedy Thunderbolt connection is coming to the PC.
It’s not all quad cores and Sandy Bridges at the Intel Developer Forum this year; DisplayLink brought a touch of home theater to the party with the announcement of the world's first USB-to-HDMI adapter that taps into the raw speed of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connections. It’s built around the company’s DL-3500 chip, sports the creative name “Winstars SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter,” and (probably) spells an end to the jaggies you see when streaming PC video to your television.
It's been rumored that Intel plans to ship its upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors without a cooler, leaving it up to enthusiasts to choose their own cooling solution, including ones designed by Intel. Serving as evidence that this will probably be the case, the chip maker is showing off its "Intel Thermal Solution RTS2011LC" cooler it designed in collaboration with Asetek.
Things are about to heat up in a big way in the handheld mobile space, a sector that's currently dominated by ARM. Intel has long said it plans to push its platforms into smartphones and tablets, and the Santa Clara chip maker took a gigantic step towards that goal by getting Google to agree to optimize future versions of Android for Atom processors. Should ARM be worried?
SanDisk is pushing hard for a new SATA standard that will purportedly enable OEMs to offer solid state drives with SATA performance while consuming significantly less power than today's devices. The spec is called SATA DEVSLP, and SanDisk has the support of several tech giants, including Intel, Samsung, and Microsoft, all of which have a vested interest in reducing power requirements for mobile devices.