It wouldn't be a supercomputing conference without Intel in attendance, and at SC11 this week, the chip maker offered up details about its Xeon E5 family and Knights Corner MIC (many integrated core) platform. Slated to ship sometime in the first half of 2012, Intel's Xeon E5 processors share the same DNA as the Core i7 3960X that's making the rounds on the Web, and is the world's first server chip to support full integration of the PCI Express 3.0 specification, Intel claims.
It was 40 years ago today when Intel introduced what it claims is the world's first commercially available microprocessor, the Intel 4004. That moment sparked the start of the digital revolution, Intel says, and the rest is history. Fast forward to today and microprocessors are all over the place, from smartphones to digital cameras, to media players and even refrigerators.
MSI is banking on you needing a new CPU cooler when you upgrade your platform to Intel's LGA 2011-based Sandy Bridge-E platform, and Thermaltake knows you'll need a new motherboard. With that in mind, these two new BFFs hooked up to bundle MSI's X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard with Thermaltake's Frio Advanced CPU cooler in a single package.
After being delayed for the past several months, AMD today announced the launch and immediate availability of its AMD Opteron 6200 (formerly code-named "Interlagos") and 4200 ("Valencia) Series of server processors for the enterprise. The new chips purportedly offer better performance, scalability, and efficiency for enterprise customers.
Intel's Ultrabook concept is slow getting off its feet. Pricing is mostly to blame, and a big part of why Ultrabooks are so comparatively expensive is because the CPUs are pricey. Maybe Intel's Haswell architecture will change that. At the very least, Haswell, which is Intel's catch-all codename for both its mobile and desktop Shark Bay platform (the successor to Ivy Bridge) is a brand new core ("tock," as Intel calls it), and the version for Ultrabooks will be fairly close to a System-on-Chip (SoC) design.
Nvidia's Tegra 3 mobile quad-core processor is finally official, and with it comes "PC-class performance levels," the chip maker claims. That's in addition to "better battery life and improved mobile experiences" for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. And speaking of which, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is kicking off the launch as the world's first quad-core tablet with Tegra 3 inside.
When NFL quarterbacks win the Super Bowl, they take a break and drag their families down to Disney World (at least if you believe the post-game commercials). Well, mobile chip-maker Qualcomm just nailed the business version of the game winning touchdown, posting a year-over-year revenue of nearly $15 billion. So what is it doing next? The company wants to go somewhere new, too, but it isn’t a pleasure trip – Qualcomm wants to head to tablets, PCs and notebooks.
Qualcomm came out ahead of what analysts had expected for the mobile chip maker's fourth fiscal quarter ended September 25, 2011. The San Diego-based company saw its revenues jump 14 percent sequentially to $4.12 billion in its fourth fiscal quarter, and 39 percent year-over-year with revenues of $14.96 billion. As the smartphone market continues to grow, Qualcomm keeps on reaping the rewards.
The worldwide PC microprocessor market grew its revenues 12.2 percent to $10.7 billion in the third quarter of 2011, and was up 16.1 percent compared to one year prior, according to the latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The jump in revenue is partially the result of a rise in the average selling price (ASP) OEMs fork over for computer chips.
Out of all the X79 motherboard pictures we've seen in recent weeks -- and we've seen a whole bunch of them -- not a single one has been representative of a micro-ATX mainboard. ASRock just changed that by releasing photos and information of its upcoming X79 Extreme4-M, a pint-sized board built around Intel's socket LGA2011 for Sandy Bridge-E.