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Budget buyers can now cross Ivy Bridge for around $42.
Volume production of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors began way back in the third quarter of 2011, with dual-core and quad-core parts launching at the end of April, 2012. Nine months after launch, Intel has decided to stretch its 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture into lower end processor families, adding seven new parts to its Celeron and Pentium lines, along with another Core processor for good measure.
The Exynos 5 Octa is the first to implement the ARM big.LITTLE processing technology based on the Cortex A15 CPU.
Today's high-end smartphones are going to seem like little more than slow relics before the year is over. ARM's licensing partners have come out swinging at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including Samsung, which earlier today introduced the Exynos 5 Octa. As the name suggests, it's an 8-core processor and the world's first mobile chip to use ARM's new big.LITTLE technology.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC is supposed to deliver 75 percent faster performance than Snapdragon S4 Pro.
This is going to be a great year for smartphone enthusiasts, if such a category exists. If it doesn't, it just might once Qualcomm's newly unveiled Snapdragon 800 SoC arrives in handsets. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Qualcomm stood on stage and proclaimed the 800 its new flagship Snapdragon chip and the first "super premium" processor for smartphones, tablets, and computers.
AMD sounded energitic and optimistic during its press conference at CES.
Hours after Intel took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to talk about its ambitious mobile strategy, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) followed suit with a press conference of its own, only it didn't talk about entry-level smartphones for emerging markets. AMD came out reiterating its Surround Computing strategy, a topic it's brought up before. Somewhat spunky and confident, this wasn't an AMD that sounded like it's about to roll over and play dead. Let's have a look at some of the highlights.
AMD is about to deliver a low-power Piledriver part.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is reportedly getting ready to launch its first power-efficient eight-core AMD FX-8300 processor. The eight-core part, due for release December 29, 2012, boasts a 95W thermal design, making it a good choice for higher-powered home theater PC setups and anyone else in need of a quiet (yet relatively potent) system. It should also offer some nice overclocking potential, albeit at a price.
The majority of Windows 8 tablets won't start shipping until 2013.
Wondering where all the Windows 8 tablets that were supposed to ship before the end of the year are hiding? It seems they've all been bitten by a driver bug, or at least the ones built around Intel's Atom Z2760 processor. The "Clover Trail" part is an energy efficient CPU that promises all-day battery life, but it's reportedly been challenging trying to code drivers that are stable enough to pass Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) testing.
Intel's Atom family gained notoriety as the architecture of choice for netbooks and nettops, but the future is so much brighter than that. There's of course the mobile handset and tablet categories, and as of today, you can add servers to Atom's resume. Intel's new Atom-based S1200 product family is the world's first low-power, 64-bit server-class system-on-chip (SoC) for high-density microservers, the Santa Clara chip maker announced today.
It's been recently rumored that Intel is taking steps towards a socket-less future, perhaps sooner than you think. The rumor originates from a Japanese website, which reported that Broadwell, the 14nm successor to next year's Haswell, would not come in an LGA package. Such a scenario would effectively neuter the enthusiast DIY market, and AMD wants no part of the castration process, at least not in the near future.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is reportedly shopping its 58-acre Texas camp in hopes of raising $150 million to$200 million. The Sunnyvale chip designer's financial struggles have been well documented up to this point, leaving some to wonder if the end might be nigh for a semiconductor company that's been around for over four decades. Certainly the end already arrived for the thousands that have been laid off from AMD in the past year.