The success of UCFF PCs have made vendors realize that small and power-efficient computing platforms are here to stay. ARM SoC manufacturers, finding that the tablet market had reached saturation, kick-started a new product category in the form of 'HDMI sticks'. As a computing platform, they were smaller than the ultra-compact form factor PCs - just looking like an oversized USB key. Intel announced the Compute Stick at CES to bring one of the first Wintel platforms into this space. Late last month, Google also introduced a Chrome OS-based HDMI stick. Both of these point to the 'stick' computing platform being more than just a passing fad. The Intel Compute Stick we are reviewing today comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit) pre-installed, making...

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

Intel Releases New Sandy Bridge Graphics Drivers

Amidst a full day of updates from IDF, I'd like to draw your attention to some more Intel-related news: Intel has refreshed its generic Sandy Bridge graphics driver to...

11 by Andrew Cunningham 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

Intel Oculus: Preparing Intel for Competition in Smartphones & Tablets

Intel has been quietly working on its plans for smartphones and tablets. This is a significant departure from the waves it was making just a couple of years ago...

4 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

Tons of Thunderbolt Peripherals at IDF

We've been asking for more Thunderbolt devices and it looks like we're seeing the first examples of that today at IDF. Check out the gallery below for a bunch...

10 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

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

Sony VAIO S Series: All Day Consumer Computing

You asked for it, you got it: in house, a review of Sony's longstanding 13.3" road warrior S series. It's light, has a matte screen, switchable graphics, a mainstream...

70 by Dustin Sklavos on 9/9/2011

Intel Not Selling MeeGo, Says Manager

Responding to this week's rumors that Samsung might be looking to acquire MeeGo, the Linux-based mobile operating system introduced by Intel and Nokia, Intel's Systems Software Division manager Doug...

7 by Andrew Cunningham on 9/8/2011

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