Closing up shop in Costa Rica is Intel's latest attempt to cut costs
Intel, the world's largest supplier of semiconductors, is in the process of shutting down an assembly and test plant in Costa Rica as part of continued efforts to slash costs across the board. Closing the plant will result in around 1,500 layoffs, as well as take away one of Costa Rica's major exports. Intel issued a statement saying the closure is completely unrelated to the election of the new Costa Rica government.
The answer is $34, which addresses the question of what price AMD's new socketed "Kabini" APUs will debut at. There's also the cost of the motherboard to factor in, so add another $25 to $35. As to when you'll be able to buy these new parts, AMD today announced the global availability of its AM1 platform featuring its quad-core and dual-core Sempron and Athlon APU lineup based on Kabini.
If ignorance is bliss, it's best you stop reading now, especially if you just locked yourself into a subsidized handset for the next two years. For the rest of you, here's a heads up that next year's high-end smartphones could end up being game changers. High-end handsets in 2015 will be rocking Qualcomm's newly introduced Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors, which completes the company's lineup of 64-bit enabled, LTE-equipped chipsets for premium mobile computing devices.
At the recently concluded Chinese leg of its semiannual Intel Developer Forum, Intel announced the codename of the 22-nm “Bay Trail” Atom chip’s successor. The 14-nm chip, dubbed “Braswell”, will be aimed at low-cost desktops and entry-level notebooks.
Power users needn't worry, the desktop is alive and thriving!
These days you can't flip on the Internet without being bombarded by tablet and smartphone announcements. Hey, we love mobile just as much as the next geek, but we're also stoked when major players take time to shower some love on the desktop, which is what Intel did at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) today. One thing Intel unveiled today is an 8-core Haswell-E CPU.
Intel's Haswell refresh for the desktop is presumably only weeks away at this point -- rumor has it the new parts will show up in retail in the second quarter of 2014 -- and while we'll have to wait until then for the full scoop, an online store is already posting pre-order prices and specs of 10 upcoming Haswell CPUs. Most of them boast minor speed bumps of 100MHz over their predecessors.
New SoCs give Intel a greater presence in the mobile sector
The mobile device category is dominated by ARM-based processors, and that's something that doesn't sit well with Intel. The Santa Clara chip maker is used to being on top of the semiconductor world, and in the mobile space, Intel will attempt to wrestle some share away from ARM with its new 64-bit Atom Z3480 processor, otherwise known as Merrifield, which is a quad-core part intended for Android devices.
Intel today announced its Xeon E7 v2 line of processors featuring the industry's largest memory support (1.5TB per socket versus 1TB per socket delivered by alternative architectures), which enables the chips to rapidly analyze large data sets and deliver real-time insights based on a vast amount of diverse data. The processors are intended for mission critical computing chores.
New Haswell processors may arrive a month ahead of schedule
It seems like we hear something new everyday by hanging around the CPU rumor mill. Once again, Intel is at the center of speculation, though instead of talking about delays, rumor has it the Santa Clara chip maker is planning to launch its refreshed Haswell line a month early. That means new Haswell processors could appear just a few weeks from now, in April, rather than May as originally planned.
A Broadwell delay isn't what the PC industry needs
It was last October when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said a "defect density issue" was negatively affecting yields, prompting the Santa Clara chip maker to delay its 14nm Broadwell launch by a quarter. Production was to begin in the first quarter of 2014, though there's a rumor going around that Intel might postpone Broadwell's big debut to the fourth quarter of this year. Is that really the case?