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All posts tagged "Intel"

  • Intel steps into VR arena with Project Alloy open hardware platform

    Mobile chip manufacturing isn't the only thing Intel had to announce this week, as the tech firm announced a virtual reality (VR) platform, dubbed Project Alloy. The new project essentially serves as an open design/platform, merging a VR headset with Intel's RealSense technology. The headset itself stands out thanks to its untethered nature, Intel explained. "Operate without pesky cords dangling from your VR headset connecting to the computer. The computing power is located in the Alloy Head-Mounted Device (HMD), which allows the user to experience VR untethered," the company said in a press statement. We're not sure how powerful the processing box is, but...

  • In the ARMy now: Intel to make mobile chips for manufacturers

    Intel may be the king of desktops and laptops, but it hasn't had the best of luck in the mobile arena. Its attempts to bring x86 architecture to mobile didn't pay off, as the company promptly cancelled most of its mobile efforts in this sector. Now, Intel has announced it's back in the mobile game, albeit in a different role. The company will be putting its foundries to good use as it makes ARM chips for customers instead. Chips based on the ARM architecture/instruction set power the vast majority of smartphones these days, including devices from Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, Huawei,...

  • AMD Zen initial benchmarks crush FX-8300, embarrass Core i5 4670K

    Good news, everyone: the first real-world benchmarks of AMD's upcoming Zen CPU range have made an appearance online. The benches appeared on Ashes of the Singularity's benchmark database this week, and seem to originate from the engineering sample. While not indicative of AMD Zen's final form, they give a good indication of where the company is headed prior to the platform's reported 2017 launch. According to WCCFTech (who snagged a few screens of the benches before they were taken down), there are two engineering samples being tested here. One is a hyper-threaded octa-core, with 16 total threads and a base clock...

  • Intel issues immediate fitness watch recall due to ‘burns’

    Intel has issued an immediate safety recall of its Basis Peak fitness tracker due to heating issues. The chipmaker said the fitness watch gets so hot it could cause burns or blistering. Back in June, the company told users to stop wearing the device while they explored software-based solutions. Now, Intel has revealed that software updates won't fix the issue, resulting in a more drastic solution. "We had hoped to update the software on your watch to address the problem. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we aren't able to develop such a solution without completely compromising the user experience. As a result, we are asking that you return your Basis...

  • Intel Core i7 6950X boasts 10 hyper-threaded cores, huge $1700 price tag

    Catch all of the latest news, analysis and reactions from Computex 2016 right here. Day one of Computex 2016 is officially upon us (and nearly over, frankly), but it has ended with a bang, especially if you've been longing for more than eight cores in your gaming PC. Silicon giant Intel has announced and revealed its first Broadwell-E Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor, the Intel Core i7 6950X. It sounds like tame marketing babble on paper, but it's Intel's first desktop-class chip to arrive with ten cores with multi-threading. That's 20 possible processing threads running at one time. The base clock speed...

  • Intel’s Apollo Lake platform wants to beef-up, slim down entry PCs

    Intel wants to make sure that your next entry-level PC can hold its own with its newly announced Apollo Lake platform. Unveiled at IDF Shenzen in China this weekend, Intel's looking primarily at the low-cost market, micro PCs, ultra-thin devices and tablets. Apollo Lake is based on a 14nm fabrication process, akin to Intel's flagship Skylake platform. Apollo Lake though wants to makes more USB ports available, improve power usage to performance, and bolt on a new graphics core, taken from Skylake. The platform will use Goldmont CPU cores, and will support up to four cores. Additionally, DDR4 or DDR3 RAM modules...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s only OS to support Intel’s Kaby Lake

    Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Windows 8.1 and older OSes for the newer Intel, AMD and even Qualcomm processors due this year. Essentially, Intel's current Skylake processors will play nice with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 until 17 July 2017, after which the company will end mainstream security and bug fix support. Microsoft was also quick to point out that Windows 10 will be its only OS to support Intel's next chipset, Kaby Lake, due late 2016, and a number of other processors coming this year. Microsoft does however do this often with older OSes. Windows...

  • Intel Skylake is ‘most significant advancement in computing’ company claims

    For more IFA 2015 happenings, live updates and deeper analysis, keep locked onto our IFA 2015 portal. Intel, the multinational silicon wizard, has finally unveiled its 6th-generation Core family, built on the Intel Skylake architecture. We first caught wind of the processor family's pending updates early last year, but the launch has been pushed back thanks to problems encountered by Intel. Now, the chips are finally available to manufacturers and the public, and Intel is calling them "the most significant advancement in computing that we’ve ever seen." While Vince Resente, Intel South Africa's enterprise technology specialist might be right, he also lauds...

  • Intel Core i7-6700K overclock results surface, reaches 5.2GHz on air

    If you're a PC builder and an overclocking enthusiast, Christmas has definitely come early. Some might be a tad annoyed at Intel's deliberate slowing of Moore's Law, but it seems that its latest crop of Skylake CPUs might be just the thing to lift their ailing spirits. A new report has surfaced on Hong Kong-based site HKEPC suggesting that those lucky enough to obtain an Intel Core i7-6700K can overclock the absolute hell out of it without pushing voltages through the roof. And all this as well without using any hint of liquid cooling. Believe it or not, but the 6700K...

  • New Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake benchmarks appear, Haswell not dead yet

    The PC gaming fraternity has been waiting quite a while for Intel's next processing chapter, and finally the world can get a glimpse of some synthetic benchmarks of the company's new flagship CPU. Chinese site TechBang published a benchmark head to head pitting the upcoming Skylake Intel Core i7-6700K against a Haswell-based Core i7-4790K -- Intel's current flagship. The Intel Core i7-6700K boasts a native clockspeed of 4.0GHz but can boost to 4.2GHz under taxing loads and also boasts a rather large 8MB of cache and eight processing threads. For reference, the i7-4790K also boasts a 4.0GHz clockspeed but can turbo...