That may not be enough to run an actual laptop (the 900MHz Celeron is best known as the chip inside the stripped-down Eee PC) but it should be enough for the mobile Internet devices that are destined to incorporate the new platform. Besides, energy efficiency, not performance, is the Atom's main selling … Read more
Intel is set to defend itself next week against anticompetitive charges brought by the European Commission.
This saga has dragged on for several months, although not quite reaching the epic proportions of the antitrust case filed against Intel in the U.S. by AMD. The EC has accused Intel of anticompetitive business practices in Europe such as pressuring customers to use Intel PCs with rebate checks and selling chips below cost, practices Intel has denied.
The biggest flops flop big because of hype. Supposedly sure bets get massively pumped up, then poop out fast. Ishtar couldn't lose with Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, but it lost Columbia Pictures $40 million. Heaven's Gate was an "epic film" that lost $44 million, forcing Transamerica to sell off United Artists.
Boondoggled technology can be even more of a financial disaster, marketed year after year, at great expense, until one day the company either pulls the plug or relegates it to practical oblivion. With this in mind, I have come up with a few chips … Read more
I spent most of Thursday hanging out at Intel's Berkeley, Calif.-based research lab where the company held an open house to showcase what it's working on. Berkeley is one of three "lablets" that Intel operates in association with two other universities. (One is in Seattle, where the company collaborates with the University of Washington, and in Pittsburgh, where Intel works with researchers at Carnegie-Mellon.)
Some cool projects were on display, though like most cutting-edge work, the odds are that most of this stuff will wind up on the cutting-room floor. No matter. It still offers … Read more
Intel will bring out a version of the Atom processor for low-cost desktops, among other form factors, according to a report.
The Atom processor, announced earlier this week, is a tiny low-power, low-cost processor destined for ultramobile devices and low-cost desktops typically running either Linux or Windows XP. The first Atom chips will ship in the second quarter.
A dual-core version of the Atom processor, due in the third quarter, will run at 1.87GHz and have a thermal envelope of 12 watts, according to the Chinese-language Web site HKEPC, which cites Taiwan motherboard manufacturers as sources. Some designs that … Read more
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.--Intel CEO Paul Otellini sought to reassure major investors Wednesday that the world's largest chip maker is still poised for strong growth into new areas like mobile computers, and can maintain its current lead in PC technology.
Otellini reiterated much of Intel's pitch from the last six months that the world of handheld mobile computers and low-cost PCs can supplement the slowing-but-steady growth of the PC market. Intel is investing new products like its Atom processor and attempting to break into these new markets by reminding software developers and device makers that Intel's chips … Read more
One interesting (and hitherto unasked) question is why SAP would have done this deal with the distant second-place Linux distribution, SUSE, instead of with Linux frontrunner, Red Hat?… Read more
Though rumors have been out there for weeks, Intel has confirmed that upcoming Montevina mobile technology will be branded Centrino 2. The chipmaker also said the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is shipping.
This follows the official rollout of the Atom brand for ultrasmall devices on Sunday. As part of the Atom platform, Intel will offer a combination CPU-chipset wireless solution called Centrino Atom, with device suppliers shipping products next quarter.
Now Intel has added the Centrino 2 brand to the mix. The branding will break down into Centrino 2 for consumer notebooks and Centrino 2 vPro for business portables.
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Updated March 5 at 5:40 p.m. PT to clarify paragraph on Intel's flash business.
Intel's profits will fade a bit in the first quarter as the company bears the brunt of falling flash memory prices.
The company announced late on Monday that it was reducing its expectations for gross margin from 56 percent to 54 percent "due to lower than expected prices for NAND flash memory chips." In a way, it's a narrowing of Intel's forecast, since the previous expectations came with a "plus or minus a couple of points" … Read more
Apple refreshed its MacBook and MacBook Pro product lines last week. I was hoping for more significant improvements, but the changes were minimal.
The updated models come with new Intel processors, larger hard disks, more main memory, and more graphics memory.
The new Penryn processor was expected to improve battery life, but I noticed something when I compared the specs for the old MacBook Pro to those of the new model. The new machine's stated battery life has dropped from six hours to just five. However, Apple now refers to five hours of "wireless productivity," whereas the … Read more