Intel is confident its relationship with Apple remains strong
There's a rumor going around saying that Apple is looking long and hard at ARM's A-Series chipsets for use in future Mac releases. While it wouldn't be the end of the world for Intel to lose Apple as a client, especially coming fresh off its best year ever, Intel would certainly like to keep that relationship alive. And it probably will -- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says the rumors of Apple switching to ARM are just that.
Intel can pop open the bubbly and celebrate another exceptional year in the chip business, and that might even be understating things a bit. It was just exceptional, it was record breaking -- Intel this week reported full-year revenue of $55.9 billion, operating income of $15.3 billion, and net income of $11.7 billion, the latter of which is a 22 percent improvement over last year.
Get ready to see 12.5-inch 2-in-1 PCs in the near future
If you own a low-cost 2-in-1 hybrid device (or convertible laptop, if you prefer to call it that), chances are you're rocking a 10-inch display, or thereabouts. Going forward, don't be surprised to see vendors start churning out bigger size models. That's because Intel has reportedly expanded its 2-in-1 reference blueprint to now include 12.5-inch display products, paving the way for larger 2-in-1 models.
We got our first look at Intel's Broadwell architecture when the Santa Clara outfit launched its Core M parts last year. However, those were mostly aimed at fanless 2-in-1 hybrid devices and other similar form factors. At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, Intel announced its 5th Generation Core CPUs based on its 14nm Broadwell micro-architecture, so we sent Online Managing Editor and expert chip taster Jimmy Thang to see if he could squeeze any more information out of the company.
Intel already used the Consumer Electronics Show as a platform to introduce its newest 5th Generation Core micro-architecture (14nm Broadwell), but that's not all it wanted to show off. On a somewhat smaller scale, Intel today introduced its Compute Stick, a $149 dongle that turns your HDMI display into a low-power Windows 8.1 PC. And though it may seem similar to media streaming devices like Amazon's Fire TV stick, you can do more with Intel's device.
Intel waited until CES to formally introduce its 5th Generation Intel Core processor family, essentially a die shrink of Haswell built on a 14nm manufacturing process. These are the Broadwell parts you've been waiting for -- yes, we've already seen the Broadwell architecture manifest in Intel's Core M processors released last year, but those CPUs were mostly intended for fanless 2-in-1 hybrid tablet devices.
Acer is bringing Intel’s Kinect-esque RealSense 3D camera to its Aspire V Nitro series of gaming laptops, the company announced in a press release Saturday. Available in North America since October 2014, the Aspire V Nitro family currently contains as many as a dozen models, all of which either have a 17.3-inch or 15.6-inch display. The new RealSense-toting models will all be of the V 17 Nitro variety, meaning they will rock 17.3-inch displays.
Heading into the new year, AMD's resolution is to increase its laptop market share, and the key to doing that lies in its Carrizzo and Carrizo-L laptop chips. Going forward, the chip maker will take a plug-and-play approach that will make it easy for hardware partners to plug any Carrizo chip into any laptop, regardless of the size of the notebook or what pricing tier it falls into.
Looking back at another wild year in the tech sector
Two years ago, the world was supposed to end, based on the Mayan calendar. And last year, we heard about the death of the PC ad nauseam. Of course, neither of those things happened, setting up yet another event-filled 12 months of technology news that ran the gamut from a major security flaw affecting nearly every website on the Internet, to Blizzard announcing its first new PC game franchise in 17 years, plus a whole lot more.
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.