One thing Intel won't have any trouble doing in the coming months is moving low-cost laptop CPUs. That's because Microsoft and Intel are making concerted efforts with vendors to sell entry-level notebooks priced from around $200 to $250 in order to fend off the Chromebook push. As a result of this new focus, Intel is seeing a rise in the proportion of entry-level notebook CPUs, particularly its Pentium and Celeron chips.
Intel's Atom brand grew to notoriety in the netbook era, during which time select ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processors were also found in nettops and embedded applications. Today's Atom processors are much more powerful than those early models that debuted in 2008, but because of negative connotations attached to the Atom brand in terms of performance, Intel may decide to drop the brand name.
New Pentium processors based on Ivy Bridge are on the way from Intel.
It seems hard to fathom, but at the end of next week, Intel's Pentium brand will turn 20 years old. Despite two decades of service, don't look for Intel to push its Pentium nomenclature into retirement. What you can expect, however, are new dual-core Pentium parts based on Ivy Bridge, which are scheduled to be released in the second quarter of this year, just ahead of Haswell.
Sub-$100 computer processors are the kind of gravy we like to scoop up and spread on a low-cost PC, secondary system, NAS box, home theater PC, or any other application that doesn't requires a beefy CPU to get the job done. If you feel the same way, you'll be happy to know that at least one of Intel's desktop Ivy Bridge processors can be yours for less than a Benjamin.
While all the attention is on Sandy Bridge-E and, looking down the line, Ivy Bridge (and Ivy Bridge-E), Intel went and quietly rolled out a Pentium 350 processor based on the chip maker's Sandy Bridge architecture. The Pentium 350 is a dual-core processor built on a 32nm manufacturing process and clocked at 1.2GHz. It also has 3MB of L3 cache.
While the more leisure-loving among us were roasting weenies over Labor Day weekend, the folks at Intel were busy rolling up their sleeves and going to work. The company revealed a whopping 16 new Sandy Bridge processors over the weekend; five mobile chips and 11 desktop-ready models. That includes couple of Core i3 and i5 chips and a handful of Pentium and Celeron offerings. The big news, though, is the price. The sub-$100 cost of most of the models probably means that Intel’s well aware of the value-priced appeal of AMD’s entry level Llano chips. on.
Apparently, we have quite a knack for timely posts - our ARM vs X86 feature went up literally hours before it was announced that a current projection shows that 25% of notebooks will contain ARM by 2015. (Damn, we're good). It is then, in the spirit of ARM, advancing processing power, and the rapid progress of technology that we take a look back on the battle for Socket 7 dominance, Cyrix chips and Intel's MMX.
You didn't really think Intel would retire the Pentium brand, did you? Apparently that's just crazy talk, man! Nope, Intel isn't doing away with its aging Pentium nomenclature, and in fact is getting ready to launch a trio of new Pentium chips with Sandy Bridge DNA later this month, and perhaps as early as next week. Hit the jump to find out what you can expect from a modern day Pentium processor.
As we told you about earlier today, Intel is taking the Pentium brand name for another go-round, this time for its CULV processors for ultra-thin notebooks. And Intel has wasted no time in rolling out the first CULV processor to get the Pentium name, the Pentium SU2700.
Typically, a new Intel processor is matched with a new chipset, and in this case, the Pentium SU2700's running mate is the Intel GS40 Express chipset. The Intel GS40 Express chipset includes integrated graphics that support MPEG4/H.264 video acceleration, integrated HDMI output, and acceleration for Windows Vista's Aero desktop. The GS40 also supports dual-channel DDR3 memory running at 667 or 800MHz and an 800MHz system bus. The GS40 is paired with the ICH9M I/O Controller hub to provide up to six PCI Express x1 I/O ports, up to four Serial ATA host adapters, Intel HD audio, and up to 12 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports. For a schematic diagram and much more technical information about the GS40 and ICH9M, download the Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family Graphics Memory Controller Hub (G)MCH Specification Update (PDF format).
We don't expect to see any more Blue Man Group commercials, but making a comeback is the near-dead Pentium brand name. This time around, Intel plans to use the Pentium nomenclature for its ultra-thin notebooks, which will help separate the higher powered portables from netbooks.
The fear has always been that the highly popular netbook segment would ultimately cut into sales of higher priced notebooks. By bringing back the Pentium name, Intel will attempt to protect the sales of netbooks -- and it's Atom line -- while at the same time push customers into pricier notebooks with higher profit margins.
"We think that the ultra-thin laptos augurs in an era where more and more people will be taking their laptop out on the go without compromising performance," said Uday Marty, director of product marketing for Intel's mobile platforms group.
Meanwhile, AMD has kept the Athlon brand going with the recent announcement of Athlon II. However, unlike Intel, AMD has thus far avoided using the netbook term altogether.