ARM (and its partners) were arguably one of the major causes of the present day smartphone revolution. While AMD and Intel focused on using Moore’s Law to drive higher and higher performing CPUs, ARM and its partners used the same physics to drive integration and lower power. The result was ultimately the ARM11 and Cortex A-series CPU cores that began the revolution and continue to power many smartphones today. With hopes of history repeating itself, ARM is just as focused on building an even smaller, even lower power family of CPU cores under the Cortex M brand. We’ve talked about ARM’s three major families of CPU cores before: Cortex A (applications processors), Cortex R (real-time processors) and Cortex M (embedded/microcontrollers). Although Cortex A is what...

Ivy Bridge: 1.4B Transistors

Intel's Mooly Eden just disclosed Ivy Bridge's transistor count to a captive audience at IDF this morning: 1.4 billion transistors. That's presumably for the quad-core version compared to 1.16B...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

X79 Motherboards from Gigabyte & MSI at IDF 2011

IDF isn't a traditional trade show in the sense that the majority of the show isn't built around a wide open show floor with tons of booths and product...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

And Now: Ivy Bridge GPU Architectures Detailed

We just finished going over the GPU portion of Ivy Bridge in Intel's IVB tech session. If you're interested, the slides are below.

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Ivy Bridge CPU Architecture Details Revealed

We're still working on our deep dive on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture but for those who are interested the slide deck that Intel just presented is in the gallery...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Ivy Bridge Overclocking: Ratio Changes Without Reboot, More Ratios and DDR3-2800

Ivy Bridge has three new features for overclocking: The max CPU ratio is now 63x up from 57x You can now adjust CPU ratios without a reboot, just via a register...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Intel's Medfield Gingerbread Smartphone Reference Platform

Earlier this morning Paul Otellini showed off Intel's Android smartphone reference platform running a version of Gingerbread. We just got up close and personal with the device as you...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Updated: Intel's Honeycomb Reference Tablet: 8.9mm Thick, Medfield Inside

Paul Otellini showed this tablet off earlier today but we got a little more detail on it just moments ago. Intel has put together a 32nm Atom (Medfield) based...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Intel's Unified Design: Core & Atom Now Under One Roof

Intel has had a bit of a reorg. The photo above depicts how Intel used to work. Core and Atom architecture development happened via independent design teams. Core was...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Sandy Bridge E: Live at IDF

Intel's upcoming 6-core, quad-channel high end Sandy Bridge E platform is due out in Q4 of this year. Intel has demos of the platform around IDF, many of which...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Meet the Ultrabooks: OEM and ODMs Show Off Designs at IDF

IDF is well underway and we've just gone through the Ultrabook section of the convention center. Everyone from Foxconn to Lenovo had Sandy Bridge based Ultrabook designs at the...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Google: All Future Versions of Android Will be Optimized for Intel x86

Paul Otellini just showed off a Medfield based Android phone (running the "latest" version of Android) and immediately announced a development partnership with Google. Andy Rubin from Google just...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Haswell Design Complete

Intel just announced, unsurprisingly, Haswell's design is complete and already in the testing phase. Update: We just confirmed that although Haswell is complete, the solar powered demo below wasn't...

1 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Haswell Will Enable 10 Days of Connected Standby Battery Life

Intel just announced that Haswell (due out in 2013) was designed to reduce connected standby power by 30% compared to Sandy Bridge. The Haswell platform as a whole will...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Ivy Bridge Will Bring a 35W Quad-Core i7

Earlier this year Intel revealed its mobile Sandy Bridge lineup, including a slew of 45W quad-core Core i7 SKUs. Next year Ivy Bridge will expand the range to include...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Meet the 2012 Thunderbolt Controllers: Cactus Ridge

Image Courtesy iFixit Thunderbolt has seen limited use this year - the standard has only been implemented by Apple and Sony, the rest of the PC market will have to...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

AMD Sets World Overclocking Record with 8.429GHz Bulldozer Processor

Before every major architecture launch from AMD or NVIDIA, the companies typically hold an editor's or tech day. These events usually last about a day (sometimes two) and involve...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Pricing Revealed for First AMD Bulldozer FX Chips

Though AMD began shipping Bulldozer-based sever CPUs last week, we're still waiting until Q4 for the new architecture to hit the desktop. In the meantime, however, pre-order pricing for...

58 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/12/2011

Ivy Bridge Configurable TDP Detailed

At Computex Intel announced that Ivy Bridge would be its first processor to support a configurable TDP. Today all CPUs are rated at a single maximum TDP. Mainstream notebook...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/12/2011

Ivy Bridge GPU Performance: Up to 60% Faster than SNB & Better QuickSync

This week Intel will begin sharing some of the first details of its Ivy Bridge processor (2012 Core i-series CPU) at the annual Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/12/2011

Intel Leaks i7-2700K

Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs were launched in January and so far, the desktop i7 lineup has consisted of three SKUs: i7-2600, i7-2600K and i7-2600S. Earlier this week, Intel released...

24 by Kristian Vättö on 9/10/2011

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