Showing posts with label intel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label intel. Show all posts

Friday, 9 June 2017

Intel unveils 18 core / 36 thread Core i9-7980XE

Intel was reeling under huge pressure from its competitors in past couple of months due to the launch of highly affordable range of processors. However Intel is making a comeback in a glorious fashion with the unveiling of new Core X series processors which will boast the 18 cores and 36 threads specification. Before this AMD was ruling the market with its Ryzen 9 1998X which had 16 cores and 32 threads along with the ThreadRipper processor.

This new offering from the Intel will be featured right alongside the other existing line up and it is expected to make use of the LGA 2066 pin socket that is usually found on the X299 motherboards. Intel has made this massive upgrade in the number of cores after a pretty long time that also at a better price point which has left a number of tech experts surprised.

Everything about the Intel Core X series

Before the official unveiling of the Core X series everyone was expecting it come with anything above 12 cores and no one was expecting the 16 or 18 cores offering at all. Intel has worked to keep the cores details under wrap and take the market by surprise as well subdue the consistent rise of the AMD varied SKU lineup with a remarkable product offering.

It is worth noting that the complete line up for the Skylake X and Kabylake X are designed to make use of the LGA 2066 socket and users will certainly get a wide count spread to choose from while powering their devices in future. The best thing about the new Intel platform is that they are highly scalable. Intel will be shipping the Core X series processors along with the latest version of the Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 which will help in improving the single as well as dual core performances.

Secondly one should also note that the unveiling of the new X299 platform also brings the demise of the X99 platform. Intel has claimed that the new core X series will bring 10 percent faster multi-thread performance as well as 15 faster on the single threaded performance than the earlier generation processors.

More power comes with the Extreme Edition

Intel will also be bringing the Extreme edition CPUs which will take the performance levels to a whole new level for the computing activities. The new Core X series will allow the AVX-512 ratio offset along with the memory controller trim voltage control into the play. This functionality will help the users in getting a better stability at higher clocks while working on the robust projects.

This is specifically designed to handle the CPU heavy programs with ease with the existing programs without limiting the overall performance of the device. This will help in bringing fast video encode, audio production, image rendering as well as offering real time previews in the best resolution to the users.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Thunderbolt Goes Royalty-Free as Intel Repositions It to Boost Adoption

Thunderbolt is a very fresh concept for many people who still associate themselves with the latest trend of technology other than addressing the fact that it is a standardized mode to connect devices. This is the general conception for past few years. The standard of the thunderbolt was upgraded to usher in; a new era of devices that would lead to high-speed interconnectivity, but this facility is restricted only to some renowned Mac users other than being circulated for every product manufacturer in the market.

Many years ago, Intel brought in this notion of support system involving thunderbolt with the USB-C level which would help in mending a systems potentiality, which would in turn enhance the system’s compatibility with the latest and giant USB standard clubbed with a reversible plug support and simultaneously gripping the upgraded bandwith of Thunderbolt 3 i.e. 40Gbit/s.

Intel is on the verge of taking a step further by upgrading the standard of Thunderbolt 3 in terms of making it free of royalty, in order to grasp the attention from the uptaking manufacturers. Intel has incorporated two more enticing elements for the development of Thunderbolt 3. First, Intel will enhance it, so that it could be fed in the upcoming series of CPUs, more like a version of the on-die I/O capability. In this regard the technology would be used to extend further technical features like VR, which has the capability to use the bandwith of Thunderbolt 3, in order to pitch speeds pertaining to high transmission. Intel has not yet revealed anything regarding Thunderbolt 4, but if we consider the fact that any upcoming level of development would incorporate PVle 4.0, then we can expect to see the most reliable platforms coming up in near future which would support Intel’s protocol venturing out as the upcoming generation.

The most striking aspect of Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 version is that it is not fed in to the system as a modern chipset or CPU. Inspite of announcing this several years ago Intel has not yet fed this standardized technology into any laptop or Desktop CPUs, rather Intel is relied on the equipments brought by the consumers using expensive and remunerating controllers, which includes Alpine Ridge.

Thus, it is still difficult to locate Thunderbolt 3 on several devices, it is not at all easy and reasonable. This technology is sure to show its gripping effect in the near future with no barriers regarding royalty. Intel is on the way towards changing their royalty issues and if it happens then the latest specifications of Thunderbolt 3 would be opened to several other companies which intend to build hardware as well, this would mean that all the third-party organization would now be able to stylize their respective Thunderbolt standards of compliant, firms like AMD falls under this regard. This kind of compatibility has led to innovative performance in the competing industrial market. The more innovation towards USB-C will ensure standardized single port to the customers.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Intel chip flaw allows hackers to hijack thousands of PCs

Thousands of Window computers were exposed to remote hacking due to a security flaw in the Intel chip. Dating almost back to a decade, this bug allows hackers to remotely access the keyboard and mouse of a computer even when it’s switched off, thereby granting them complete access to that PC’s files and folders and allowing them to install viruses. In this defect, the “AMT” port security, used by IT departments to support and install softwares through remote access, can be easily bypassed by hackers.

This AMT feature is mostly used by IT administrators for remotely accessing computers for support, maintenance and software updates installation. AMT can also be accessed via a web browser interface which would be protected by an admin password and can be remotely accessed even the computer is off.Last week, Intel revealed that this defect in security meant allowing hackers to exploit computers but it is now appearing to be that one could gain access which would be as easy and simple as ignoring the requirement of a password while logging in.

The flaw was discovered by researchers at the Embedi security group and they have circulated further details disclosing that hackers could enter into a system through the AMT system by simply leaving the password field empty.Hackers can also gain entry into the system through networking ports. An address on an internal home network can easily be accessed with the help of a web browser.

Intel did not disclose any statistics on how many computers were affected because of this defect but a search on a public web ports-scanning website called Shodan revealed that more than 8,000 computers were affected. Compared to consumer desktops and laptops, this technology is present only corporate PCs but sensitive information could be exploited by hackers if they gain access.

Identifying the defect

This flaw is more likely to affect Intel Chips dating as far back to 2008 that run management firmware versions from 6 and 11.6. Intel also released a security advisory that precautionary corrective steps need to be taken for a system that is runs AMT.

Researchers at Embedi warned that any systems facing internet with open ports 16992 and 16993 were more prone to the hack. After the disclosure of this flaw, scans on these affected ports have increased in number which means that hackers are actively on the lookout for such susceptible systems to take advantage.

Precautionary measures

In order to overcome this defect in the Intel chip, Intel has advised a few precautionary steps. Firstly, one needs to determine if their system has an Intel AMT capable system. Then, the system needs to be analysed for the flaw with a tool published by Intel which lets you check if your system is susceptible and disable the AMT technology.

Next, a check needs to be made for updated firmware versions. Most of the affected and vulnerable systems are older and no longer receive firmware updates. The AMT is disabled on such computers. Intel is working hard to fix this bug in the Intel chip and their hardware partners are in process to push fixes to the vulnerable systems. It is expected that computer companies like Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo will issue their patches soon and have already issued security advisories.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Intel Launches Optane Memory M.2 Cache SSDs For Consumer Market

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Intel finally unveiled its first Optane product called SSD DC P4800X enterprise drive just a week ago and today it has brought the Optane Memory product which is targeted for the consumers. This product is essentially a low-capacity M.2 NVMe SSD which can only be used as a cache drive in the systems for simple tasks and performance boost.

How does Intel Optane Memory SSD works?

Intel has simply launched two variant of the Optane Memory SSD which makes use of either one or two single die packages of the 3D XPoint which happens to be the non-volatile memory. And this product will be made available only in the 16 GB and 32 GB models. Without going into the fine technical details of the Optane Memory let’s focus on the performance which Intel is proclaiming to be selling point of these device. The Optane Memory drives are of very low capacity which means they can’t be used like the traditional SSDs. The best part about these new drives is that it is designed to be used specifically with the caching capability of its Rapid Storage Technology. Intel has made this technology available way back in 2011 with the Smart Response Technology.

Therefore the Optane Memory is better suited for the 3D Point memory performance which brings a definite flexibility advantage usually missed in the flash memory. Secondly the Optane Memory comes with the NVMe remapping feature which has become a staple feature in the Intel’s Skylake generation 100-series chipsets. Thirdly the Optane Memory caching capability is only limited to the Windows 10 64 bit and that also for the boot volume which might be a bummer for a large number of consumers.

Optane Memory SSDs are expensive 

Intel’s market share has taken a hit by the recent rise in the adoption and popularity of the AMD’s processor and chipsets. Therefore it has envisioned a world where Optane Memory equipped system are running the show which also ends up giving a remarkable performance over the hard drive only system which has become a norm in today’s society.

The pricing for the Optane Memory drive has been kept at $44 for 16GB version while $77 for the 32GB version. Over the years the prices for the flash memory drive has declined rapidly which had made it possible to buy the SSDS for ordinary usage with pretty ease.

Therefore Intel Optane Memory will get a stiff competition for the Flash drive which happens to be first choice of the consumers at the world. Pricing will play a major role in the overall success of the Optane Memory products. Currently buying a 32 GB Optane Memory drive will costs as much as 256 Gb class SSDs while 512 GB class will cost as much as the 25TB hard drive. Intel is hoping that the performance driven Optane Memory will help in creating a niche market for it in upcoming days.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Intel's $15 Billion Purchase of Mobileye Shakes Up Driverless Car Sector

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Inventions of new technologies have seen the rise in the production of self-driving cars. Leading tech companies have been in a constant battle with their inventions to grab the top spot in autonomous driving technology. Amidst all of this, Intel has made a clever and significant move that can mark the company’s venture into the automotive market a huge success.

Intel Corp has been in agreements to buy over the Israeli driverless technology firm Mobileye for a sum of 15.3 billion US dollars. For a while Intel has been trying to expand its market from the computer business. The acquisition of Mobileye can very well push this US chip making company into the frontlines of driverless automotive market with equal footing against rival firms, Nvidia and Qualcomm.

Although the current market for autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems can see a potential rise in the next 10 to 20 years, some people are still skeptical about Intel buying Mobileye. Most companies are promising to deliver fully automated cars in the next 4 years but the depth of the promise is questionable. Intel has not been very well known in the automotive industry but however they have funded numerous startups that are developing different components of self-driving automotive.

What does Mobileye offer?

Mobile specializes in developing sensor chips, networking systems for cars, navigation systems, cloud software, machine learning and other data management systems that aid in developing a fully automatic vehicle. The technology offered by Mobileye is critical to the development of driverless systems and with the tie up with a huge company like Intel; it can increase their business opportunities by entering into the global market.

The deal in question 

Experts and analysts from industry are speculating the deal might be an exaggeration as the price involved is too much. The money paid by Intel to acquire Mobileye is apparently 21 times more than the average expected revenue of the firm in the year 2017. Since more and more companies are popping up in the self-driving technology scene, the market is becoming congested and it may be hard for Intel to get back its investment with the final released product.

The fight for supremacy

Intel and Mobileye are already holding talks with popular German automobile manufacturer BMW to produce some 40 odd self-driving test cars and release them. Mobileye has also made progress to manufacture its fifth generation of chips after teaming up with Intel which is to be released in market by 2021. These chips are to be used in full self-driving vehicles.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm has made its move to acquire the largest chip supplier, NXP with a deal of 47 million US Dollars putting immense pressure on Nvidia, Intel and Mobileye as well.

It is only a matter of time before we can see autonomous self-driving vehicle systems on the road at full swing and whether Intel has made a wise decision in buying Mobileye.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Intel May Cut Prices in Response to AMD Ryzen 1700 Launch

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Sometimes companies cuts the prize for its product to boost its sales or sometimes it is forced by the competitor. Intel is gradually cutting down the price for its popular Core i5 and i7 chipsets processors in order to remain competitive in the market after AMD launch of new processor line up. AMD Ryzen has simply taken the industry by storm with highly competitive pricing which can do a lot more damage for the Intel within a short while.

New Pricing for Intel Core processors

Intel has slashed the prices for its Core processor range in a dramatic fashion. The Core i7-7700K has fallen from $380 to $300, Core i-7600K from $270 to $200 while Core i5-6600K dropped to $179 from $270. The adjusted price after the launch of the Ryzen series has emerged on the Micro Center but there is no confirmation it has been done by Intel or is it a part of Micro Center promotion. This pricing can only be seen on the Micro Center website but same isn’t true for the Amazon website where prices had remained unchanged.

Currently AMA has seized multiple spots on the Amazon’s top selling microprocessor lists which were earlier populated with the Intel Core series offerings. In the month of October last year Intel had as many as 12 microprocessors in the top 15 list with an average price of $264. AMD only had three slots for itself during the same time with its X-6300, FX 8350 and FX 8320 processors. Today AMD holds 6 slots in the list while Intel is having just 9 for itself. This shows that the competitive pricing followed by the AMD is helping it in improving the sales on the Amazon.

Pricing plays a crucial role in the sale of processors

The pricing present at the Micros Center can be stated as the new normal or stable pricing for Intel processor for some time to come. Apart from a number of factors comes into play when something thinks about a particular bran do processor. As per user need it can be easily assumed that people will go for the Ryzen 7 1700 when they have to deal multi-threaded applications and parallel workloads. If the user is looking for a single threaded performance along with gaming then Core i7-7700K is the best choice.

Intel has been quick to cut the price of the Core i5 series which suggests a pre-emptive move before AMD launches the new Ryzen 5 counterparts. If a customer is looking for a processor which can offer credible multi-threaded performance along with a decent single threaded scaling then Core i7-6800K is a better option. But on the pricing front people might get tempted to opt for Ryzen 1700K as it is $40 cheaper than Intel’s $550 pricing for 6800K variant. Quite interestingly AMD is keeping a strong hold over multiple slots in the top-selling CPU lists which are certainly going to show in its Q1 earning at the end of March.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Intel may be prepping new Core i5, i7 processors to attack AMD Ryzen

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AMD will launch its new Ryzen in early March, and Intel is continuously making changes in order to give a good competition to AMD. Intel seems to be taking an intelligent move otherwise the chip that AMD is about to launch will turn out to be a potent threat to Intel. In 2003, Chipzilla was made to develop the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition so that they can survive in terms of the threat from Athlon 64, which is still known for wounding up so many winning games and several number of benchmarks for the consumers. Intel is concerned that they do not have to repeat the same situation, or they have to face the consequences if AMD would point change in prices that to in such a way that it might out run existing product stack of Intel.

Intel has also added Hyper-Threading to the family of Pentium, to avoid any risk of losing the market. We know that it is not common for a company to ramp up a faster version of core that to within a time period of just two months. This is generally heard to be done when a competitor launches their version of faster chip. But, since AMD is almost at the verge of presenting a vital architectural revision, so it is understandable on the part of Intel that why it is bent on propagating new launches of its own.

This can be viewed in a different way as it is all about manipulating all the competitors of the market by arranging them in a line so that they rage a war even if they do not have a great business plan in their mind. For more than a decade, Intel maintains a stable desktop plan. Pentium chips are known to be standing on modern Core architectures, but they move with a very low speed that too without Hyper-Threading. Whereas, Core i3 chips maintain a much faster speeds, along with Turbo frequencies, and Hyper Threading. Core i5 gives the same speed as Core i3 but are equipped with four cores that too without HT, whereas Core i7 are the highest ranks Cores of Intel that includes a HT back.

Intel have already lost the ground by switching on to Hyper-Threading in terms of its newly developed processors, but it would not be same as the difference that lies at the high speed. The difference between chips of Core i5 and Core i7 stands banal if Core i5 includes HT with it. Research have revealed that it does not really matter that how many Cores Intel go on increasing it will cost them the same price. and even if Intel is planning to make any changes, it is obvious that they do it on their own timeline instead of AMD’s.

Before reaching to any conclusion we need to keep in mind that this is not the time of Good Oi Days, when the frequency of CPU will flow almost like any liquid. Thus, necessary changes should be made in keeping this point in mind.

Monday, 4 July 2016

5 Things You Might Not Know About 6th Generation Intel Core Processors

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Skylake 6th Generation Intel Core Processor Officially Announced


The Skylake 6th Generation Intel Core processors have been officially announced by Intel at the IFA 2015 event in Berlin. Enhanced for Windows 10, the new 14nm chip has the potential of waking in around half a second and compared to PC from five years ago, they tend to deliver two and a half times the performance² and triple the battery life³. However there is more to the latest 6th Gen Intel Core processors than the iterative speed improvement.

1. They can power more than just laptops


The Skylake 6th Generation Intel Core processors can be utilised in diversity of designs inclusive of compact tablets, versatile 2-in-1 devices, hulking gaming towers, ultra-thin laptops sleek All in One systems together with mini PCs. The architecture of the chip tends to be adequately flexible to gauge up in power for mobile workstations as well as down for smaller, plug-and play gadgets such as the Compute Stick.

2. Support USB-C/Thunderbolt


The latest 6th Gen Intel Core processor also tends to support Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C, enhancing bandwidth as well as connectivity speeds of around 40 Gbps, eight times faster than the prevailing USB 3.04standard. Moreover a do-it-all USB Type C connector tends to integrate DisplayPort, HDMI, USB, power and VGA functions.

3. Enables to unlock a PC with your face


Security is a big concern presently which is the reason why the 6thGen Intel Core processors are designed to function with RealSense camera technology of Intel. Utilising a RealSense camera with Windows Hello, one would be capable of using facial recognition in order to log in to one’s PC. Using RealSense with Intel’s True Key Technology would also remember passwords for the user.

4. Can handle 4K


In comparison to a 5 year old PC, a system upgrade established on the latest 6th Gen Intel Core processors could deliver around 2.6 times improved productivity performance5, 6and around 30 times enhanced graphics6, 7. Moreover, the 6th Gen Intel Coreprocessors can export 4K video for sharing up to 18 times quicker with dedicated hardware support for 4K playback. At the latest IDF 2015 event in San Francisco, Intel demonstrated this function with an immersive triple screen gaming rig running a VRX enhanced type of iRacing video game.

5. They enable you to go completely wireless


If your laptop seems to be running on battery power and connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi but one would prefer to plug the laptop powered by 5th Gen Intel Core processors into a TV, monitor or projector, then a cable would be needed. A device powered by the 6th Gen Intel Core processors would not require one since it is well-suited with Intel’s Wireless Display – WiDi technology from the start.

Skylake H processors have been trademarked as Core i3, i5 and i7 though they are designed for workstation or gaming-rig class presentation with 35- or 45- watt TDPs together with four cores. With one CPU, the Core i7-6830HK would power a new generation of overclockable laptops and for those wanting added mobile performance than a Core i7 could gather, Intel will be introducing the first set of mobile Xeon CPUs for the workstations.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Intel Puts the Brakes on Moore’s Law

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Intel – Slowing of Moore Law


A slowing of Moore’s Law which is a technological phenomenon that tends to play a role in mostmain advance in engineering and technology for years, has been signalled by chip maker Intel. Since 1970s, Intel had released chips which fit twice as many transistors in the similar space every two years with a goal of following an exponential curve called after Gordon Moor, one of the cofounders of the company.

Computer have become more powerful, compact and energy-efficient, due to continual shrinking and has helped in bringing about the smartphone, powerful Internet services together with breakthrough in fields like artificial intelligence and genetics. Moreover, Moore’s Law has become shorthand for notion that anything related to computing tends to get more accomplished over a period of time.

However, Intel had revealed in a regulatory filing last month that it intends slowing the pace where it launches new chip making technology. The breach between successive generations of chips with new, smaller transistor would widen and with the transistors in the latest chips of Intel, already as small as 14 nanometers, it is being more difficult to shrink them further in a way which would be cost effective for production.

Additional Performance Upgrades


The strategy of Intel to shift is not a surprise and it has already pushed back the debut of its first chips with 10 nanometer transistors from the end of this year to somewhere in 2017. However it is observed that the company has presently acknowledged that it was not a one-off and it cannot keep up the pace it used to keep.

This would mean Moore’s Law would be slowing down also. It does not mean that the devices would stop improving or ideas like driverless car would be stalled due to lack of processing power. Intel informs that it would deliver additional performance upgrades between generations of transistor technology with enhancement to the designing of the chips.

The Intel chips are basically immaterial to mobile devices, a market controlled by competitors who are usually behind in years with regards to terms of shrinking transistors and accepting new manufacturing technologies.

Intel – Switch Away From Silicon Transistors


It is also debatable that for several important new use incidents for computing like wearable devices or medical implants, chips have already been adequately powerful and consumption of power has become more important. However, raw computing power is still important and putting more of it behind machine learning procedure has been vital to the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, for instance and Intel will probably deliver more bad news regarding the future of chips and Moore’s Law very soon.

The chief of manufacturing of the company, had mentioned in February that Intel desires to switch away from silicon transistors in around four years and stated before admitting that Intel does not have a successor lined up yet, that `the new technology would be basically different’.

 There have been two leading candidates, technologies known as spintronics and tunnelling transistors, though they may not provide large upsurges in computing powers. Both are far from being ready for use in making processors in huge volumes.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Intel Skylake Processors Launched at IFA Tech Show

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Intel’s Processor - Skylake

The latest range of processors, Skylake has been launched recently, which would be targeting everything from high powered gaming gears to computers, the size of USB stick as well as smartphones. The Core family of the `sixth generations is keen on improved performance, graphics-power and battery life due to a new microarchitecture. The chips have been designed in handling 4K in a better manner.

However the US Company may not find it easy in convincing users to get new devices.Microsoft has been offering one of its latest operating system – Window10 as free upgrades to the consumers, recommending that its software should not be more demanding on processors than Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Several household in the past had bought new PCs when the need to upgrade the operating system came up, but this time they may not do so. Moreover, a slowdown in the economy of China as well as the continued weakness of several European markets could be the cause of the companies and the governments in delay of upgrading their kit.

 Besides, Intel has also noted that there are over 500 million computers that are being used which are four years old and above.

60% Active Power Reduction/60% Performance Increase

Tech industry analyst, Jack Gold has explained that a large number of people who tend to have an older PC and who will upgrade to Windows 10 will only do so on a new computer and the biggest thing that is attractive is that its power requirements have gone down quite considerably.

This would enable new form factors with thinner, lighter smaller devices which will not need a fan. Less consumption of power will probably enable around 10 to 12 hours of life without the addition of extra weight in batteries.

Intel had timed its launch to coincide with Berlin’s Ifa tech show. Gregory Bryant, Intel executive, had informed BBC prior to the event that `versus the fifth generation core, it’s about a 60% active power reduction and at the same time a 60% performance increase.

This is due to a technology known as Speed Shift which enables the processors to shift gears faster than before to reduce the amount of time they are kept running, at their most power hungry frequencies when not needed.

Chips Enhanced to Handle New H.265 Video Codec

He further adds that they have been on a multiyear march to vividly improve the graphics performance with an increase of 40% generation-on-generation.

He observed that the chips had been enhanced to handle the new H.265 video codec which is a new compression standard that enables 4K video files to be streamed with less data without losing the quality of the picture and 4K videos are four times the resolutions of 1080p high definition.

The adoption of H.265 has been kept pending till now since some processors tend to struggle to handle it. Intel has focused on one niche of consumers who tend to enjoy pushing their processors to the maximum and for the first time it is supporting the `overclocking’ of some of its mobile device chips.

It involves pushing the processor in performing calculations quickly than they were set to, resulting in giving off more heat. Earlier, Intel had locked its mobile chips to avoid this. Jack Gold has commented that `Intel claims around 10% of the PC market is extreme gamers and that’s who it is for, for those wanting to cool their laptops with liquid nitrogen and other substance and get the maximum out of them.

Plans for 50 Various Variants of Skylake Processors

Intel has informed that it plans to release around 50 various variants of Skylake processors in the coming months but has indicated that the manufacturers need to promote their new computers by talking about add-on facility instead of depending on the new specs of the chips.Some of the suggestions comprise of –

  • Include an Intel RealSense depth camera that could be utilised to enable users to log in a Windows 10 computer by looking at the sensor and would be harder in fooling than the traditional 2D webcams 
  • Provision for the firm’s Ready Mode technology that enables users to activate a computer with their voice 
  • Adding a WiGig chip to enable laptops as well as tablets to get connected to external displays and other peripherals with the requirements of plug-in cables. 

These improvements could be added to the computers powered by older chips. However, since these are possible in becoming a commonplace along with the rollout of Skylake, one analyst had agreed that it could make sense in focusing on them. Founder of Moor Insights & Strategy, Patrick Moorhead has said that `consumers are on the lookout on what they can do differently on their systems when compared to what they could do presently.

The strategy of promoting what they could actually do with the computer as against the chip’s speeds and feed is smart’. The next challenge of Intel is to attempt in ensuring that the production of the chips tends to go effortlessly. The first of the new PC according to Intel should be on sale later this year.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Intel Brings Android Users Remote-Control Mouse, Keyboard App


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Ever thought of controlling your desktop keyboard remotely by just moving fingers on your Smartphone or tablet? This might seem futuristic but Intel has launched its new a free remote keyboard and mouse app for Android users for this very purpose. Intel Remote Keyboard is up for grabs in Google Play Store which will allow the users to control remotely the mouse and keyboard in Windows 8.1 OS through their Smartphone or tablet.

Features of This Exciting Remote Keyboard App

Intel is long being trying its hand on the remote control keyboard and trackpad apps but this time it has been successful in creating a perfect app. This unique app offers portrait and landscape modes along with arrow keys. A mock touchpad offers gesture control in a simplistic manner wherein a single tap acts as left mouse click while two clicks act as right click. Just sliding figure up and down the app will perform the scrolling up and down work with seamless ease.

How Does This App Works? 

This app brings Windows and Android quite closer than ever before after Microsoft snubbed its X OS platform for Smartphones. Users are just required to pair up there with their Windows 8.1 Pc or laptop after downloading the free Intel Remote Keyboard App from Google play store on their Smartphone or tablet. Once the app is successfully paired with the laptop then user can have complete control over their laptops keyboard and perform different functions from afar.

Swift Operations and Positive Reviews

The user review for this app has found positivity and generally highly favorable response on the Google Play store. Most of the users have found it as a better alternative for turning their mobile into an awesome trackpad. This app acts as perfect remote keyboard and mouse controller for handling little operations without the need of hitting up the real keyboards. Currently the sensitivity level of the cursor is set at higher potential by default which provides quick navigational alternatives.

This app might not be way ahead of other remote control apps but it offers the simple and complex pleasures of handling the remote tasks for free. Being free it is the best app for remotely controlling a PC in the living room or even getting some praise and awe while using it during the presentation.

Intel Remote Keyboards App Aims at Solving Remote Controlling Issues

This app requires Android version 4.0 or above for perfect running. Furthermore for full functioning and perfect syncing it is necessary that both the Android Smartphone and the computer are connected via same WiFi network.

Intel has another spectacular device called Intel Compute Stick which can turn any TV or monitor into a computer. Intel has made it possible by embedding this stick with a quad-core Intel Atom processor along with two kinds of OS to choose from namely Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu. These Intel NUC devices can help people in turning any monitor or TV into a fully functioning computer without spending huge amount of money.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Moore's Law: Beyond the First Law of Computing


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Moore’s Law – Reflection of History of Computing Hardware


Moore’s Law is a reflection of the history of computing hardware and the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit that has increased tremendously every two years. This has been named after Gordon E. Moore, the co-founder of the Intel Corporation and Fairchild Semiconductor which in 1965 was defined doubling every year, the quantityof components for each integrated circuit.

It is not guaranteed that computer chips would keep growing smaller and more powerful though it would be getting near to capacity. The most powerful computing machine in the world could also be the most universal – the human brain which can perform computation on a scale which the most advanced super-computers would be unable to match.

The neurons tend to act on millisecond timescales, though slow when they are compared to the fastest processor and fail to activate. What enables the brain to function is parallel computing, the capability of solving problems at the same time with several different parts of the brain and the focus to imitate the brain’s potential to parallel compute is not only the promise of improvement in computing but also recovery from the imminent death of one of the laws in modern history.

Chips’ First Getaway – Apple Newton (1993) 

It is assessed that there are around 1.4 billion smartphones on the planet and though most of the prevalent devices have been designed in California or South Korea, the chips which power them are designed in Cambridge, England.

ARM, the company which is behind it all may not be compared to Intel but their chips are better than their U.S. rival, on energy efficiency as well as size that is crucial for smartphones. Supporting ARM chips is a simplified approach to computing, which was first considered at the University of Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.

According to professor of computer engineering at the University of Manchester in England, Stephen Fuber, he states that `this is one case of U.S. academic research being taken up by a U.K. company very successfully’. In 1980, he had designed the ARM chip, at the present defunct ARM predecessor company, Acorn. The chips’ first getaway was in the Apple Newton in 1993 while the rest is said to be history. Fuber states that `then and now, the Apple brand was magic and opened doors’.

Inevitable Technological Progress

ARM, like all other companies has been dealing with the end of a trend which has provided more powerful computers every two years for almost half a century. The term Moore’s Law represents inevitable technological progress though it is a very explicit observation on computer chips. Gordon Moore, in his seminal 1965 paper, had predicted that the number of transistors on a chip would double every 18 months and the cost would fall off at the same rate.

While they are speculating on why transistor density has followed this exponential path, its effect is doubtful. According to professor of complexity economics at the University of Oxford, Doyne Farmer, he states that `it has been a windfall’. The laws of Physics tend to threaten to end that windfall.

 In other words, transistors have to be made from atoms and as the transistors shrink to pack it in a chip, one ultimately reaches a limit where there is shortage of atoms and before running out of atoms, the reliability of tiniest transistors tend to fall while the cost increases due to the increased complexity as well as the difficulty in producing them.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Intel Launches ‘Digital Skills for India’ Programme



Intel
World’s renowned US-based Chip maker Intel is going to launch the programme, “Digital Skills for India” with Government of India to digital literate in more than 1,000 panchayats and it is expected that by the end of 2015, this move will impact five million citizens.

As the part of programme 'Digital Skills for India', Intel India has launched a digital skills training application, which includes the modules on digital literacy, healthcare and cleanliness and financial inclusion in five Indian languages. According to Intel officials, that app will be free on Android Play Store from December 6, 2014 in five different languages such as; Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, English, Kannada and Gujarati. Whereas the similar offline training module will be available in seven different Indian languages.

Intel India is also working with BBNL (Bharat Broadband Network Limited) to provide the facility for digital literacy training to key person in the first 1,000 panchayats of India under the NOFN (National Optic Fiber Network) roll-out in India. According to of DeitY (Department of Electronics and Information Technology), R S Sharma, “Digital transformation in India, it’s essential that Government of India and corporate works together to create the sustainable model for the education in digital sector”.

The main aim of this program is to digitally empower the citizens of India. PM, Narendra Modi was stated on Independence Day while addressing the nation, “We will transform the whole country with Rs.1 lakh crore projects and soon country will witness the digitally empowered economy and he asked the private sector to join the government for the success of this vision”.

Intel’s Digital Footprints in India: 


i. In past few decades, Intel has trained more than 18 lakh teachers via; Intel Teach programme.
ii. More than 4,500 faculty 2.35 lakh students in 450 institutes have been impacted with the help of Intel Higher Education programme.
iii. Intel Learn programme has reached more than 1.8 lakh students in India.
iv. In 2012, NDLM (National Digital Literacy Mission) was launched by Intel along with Nasscom.
v. More than 16,000 youth were trained by 400+ volunteers with the help of 10 NDLM partners just in 7 days during Digital Literacy Week in Dec. 2102.
vi. Intel has achieved 100% digital literacy in some villages.
vii. Intel has adopted 3 villages in Andhra Pradesh, Tripura and Rajasthan and set up digital literacy training camps.

Recently, Intel has announced the 'Innovate for India Challenge', to create the solutions that are relevant for the country like India. Earlier, in 2012, US-based firm had launched the same National Digital Literacy Mission and it was able to reached more than 38 lakh Indian citizens.

According to Timothy Q. Parker, GM Asia Pacific Japan and Vice- president of sales and Group of marketing, “As we all aware that India is developing very fast with technological innovations and that why we are strive to provide Indian citizens with computing solutions in affordable cost with easy accessibility”.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Intel Wireless Charging In a Bowl Expected Soon

Intel Wireless Charging Bowl
Everybody’s got attracted to the fact the vendors were announcing long battery life and various strategies for the electronics gadgets. This interested can be easily attributed to the fact that the customers are looking for easiest and less time consuming to keep their mobile gadgets and other smartphones up and running. Intel is looking to be the leader in technology giants and give the customers with the best solutions.

According to Intel Corporation's CEO, Brian Krzanich, the wireless charging bowl of Intel targeted for devices like smartphones is expected to be available in the market around end of 2014. This was stated in the MakerCon conference in New York. Brian Krzanich was selected as the CEO for the chipmaker in 2013.

Even though this announcement of the charging bowl was around January, this was among the first few ideas of the CEO which was introduced at International Consumer Electronics Show. According to the CEO, the idea of the charging bowl has received overwhelming response from the customers and tech shows and they are being constantly contacted by the customers to get more information about the device release date.

Although the price of the device has not been revealed, but according to the CEO the device will be expected to be launched by the holiday season. Brian also indicated that the company is currently working on number of projects and also gave road maps for the same.

As per the reports many products are at the final stages or have been revealed and some of them already hitting the retail stores.

Brian also disclosed that the concept behind the charging bowl is classic. He stated that he saw some of the employees of Intel sitting at a table and discussing the currently available wearable in the market and how it becomes irritating for them to put a plug to keep the device working and powered up. This led to the basic concept of developing something which can be used to charge the wearable devices without plugging or by throwing it on something.

Earlier this year, it was absolutely clear that Intel was working on something in the coming days which will make the people of the PC environment to enjoy charging as a wireless experience. Intel's senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, Kirk Skaugen was able to demonstrate the process in which the wireless technology can be incorporated in a table which will have the capability to charge a number of devices at the same time. The wireless charging bowl is similar to any normal bowl one can find at home to put keys, loose coins and some other items.

According to Brian, one of the team member stated that she throws her jewelry in bowl once she reaches home. This gave them the idea to convert the chip bowl and make it into a charger. The team went to a nearby Wal-Mart, picked up a chip bowl and manipulated it to make a charger. This idea actually worked.

Friday, 26 September 2014

New Intel HD Graphics, Iris, Iris Pro Drivers Benchmarked

Intel
Intel’s have come with exciting integrated graphics even before which were much deserved one. But with its recent release for the Intel HD, Iris, Iris Pro, it made the all time biggest jump in the history of integrated graphics chips so far. Now-a-days lots of people spend much of their time playing games on laptop and PCs paved the way for Intel to come out with such an amazing integrated graphic plan. This effort will definitely give a turbo boost to climb the top of the peak.

What’s new with this one?

Well, there are many integrated graphic chips that make the performance of a game more exciting and an attractive one. Then in what ways is this new version a unique one that can attract the eyes of every user? This might be the queries that everyone might get resolved too. So let’s go through its unique features that make it an Iris benchmark rather than others.

When compared to Intel’s current HD 3000 and HD 4000 that comes with Ivy bridged cores, Iris graphics claims to provide 2 times improved 3D performance. So ultra books are going to be the best snuffs for gaming grabbing up all the games that use to crawl, which are not work at all in your PCs.

Iris Graphics will come into 2 variants, Iris Graphics 5100 that will be wrapped on an Iris 4th Gen Core i7-4000U series and Iris Pro Graphics 5200 on H and R series chips. These will be integrated in all variants of laptops and all in one desktop also. Besides, providing 2 x improvements on 3D performance, it will even boost up the processing power three times in all in ones with R series chips.
Open CL, DX11.1, Open Gl4.1, three screen collage display and 4k Ultra HD display resolution are some of the things that comes in support with it.

This Iris Graphics can be tested to see whether the claims made by the company about the improvement with which it comes is trustable or not by downloading new drivers and installing them on laptops that run on a 4th Gen Core i7-4500U processor.

So this might be a boost in the field of graphic performance. The boost might not result to a big one but a considerable one.

Conclusion: 

Intel has always been trying to get a graphic gain in their each release which can be observed from the years ago releases like first Intel’s core 2 Duos was wrapped with Sandy bridge and then it moved to Ivy Bridge that brought a great boost to graphics and now it has made an extreme jump creating a huge generational gain ever by the release of Iris integrated graphics.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Two hours boost in PC battery life with Intel's Core M chips


 Intel Core M chip
Undeniably, the main attraction of the IFA show is expected to be wearable’s in different forms ranging from head-covering, flashy and round ones. After this one will be able to see a whole new range of 2-in-1 computers, super thin tablets, most of them possibly made by Intel's new low-power Core M chips.

This processor was initially teased by Intel in early summer, in the form of 7.2mm thick tablet. This tablet was thinner when compared to iPad Air. With increasing number of systems to be available in the market based on the same processors, it is the right time for Intel to give details about the capability of this new M chips.

Even though this processors and CPUs are part of the Broadwell family (after the current Haswell line), they are still not meant to replace the standard-voltage fourth-generation Core processors from Intel. These processors are inside most of the high end laptops. These are not expected to be available in the market till next year.

Contrary to the above, Core M is expected to be resultant to the ultra-low-powered "Y series”, which are a specific variant of the Haswell processors. These are already being used in many 2-in-1 PCs. Apart from PCs; this is also meant for 2-in-1 super thin notebooks. Core M promises a faster performance and a long battery life. Now this is first capability expected from a new chip.

The new range of PCs are expected to be more thinner, lighter when compared the previous version as Intel has now moved to 14-nanometer process with Broadwell from 22-nanometer process with Haswell. Even though Intel has already informed that most of the PCs are expected to be measuring around 7mm thick, but people should not be expecting all the devices will be like iPad Air. All this can be attributed to the shrinking size of components. The die size is 37% smaller and the motherboard is now at 25% in size.

As far as power consumption is concerned, as per Intel TDP for PCs will be available in market at 4.5W. As a result of this the users will be able to save 1.7 hours of battery as well as improved local 1080p video playback. These systems are expected to run cooler as compared to earlier systems. According to Intel integrated HD 5300 graphics will show 40% improved performance and 50% of increased CPU performance.

Some of the other features include Wireless Display 5.0 and Intel's Smart Sound technology. These chips are expected to support WiGig wireless docking standard in the near future. More than 20 different models of Core M are about to be unveiled, Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix being the first one. According to Intel the price of these are expected to drop as low as $599 but potential buyers shouldn’t be expecting anything as cheap as this soon.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Intel Explores Wearable Devices for Parkinson's disease Research

Intel  Device
Intel is planning to implement wearable gadgets to keep track and monitor patients who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The gadgets may include smart watches or smart bands and these gadgets will allow collecting the data of the patients and then this data will be transferred to the researchers and then these researchers will do the analysis accordingly.

They are collaborating with the Michael J. Fox Foundation in order to carry out multiphase research which will include study of the neurodegenerative brain disease. According to study it is estimated that nearly Five million people from all around the world have been analyzed and diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Hence it is said to be second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's. So it’s a serious issue and must be taken care of so this is the reason why Intel took the initiation to make this research.

The preliminary target or goal is to determine the practicability of implementing wearable devices to track patients remotely and store the data which is collected using these in an open system that can be retrieved and used by scientists for further study.

In the next stage of the research and study the foundation will establish funds to monitor how patients are replying or responding to the provided medication. The array of wearable devices will be used to track the patient’s records that will be the part of research.

These wearable smart devices will provide a useful method to keep track of patients from their work or homes, and the best part is that it will also allow people in the most rural parts of the country to get involved in the research. It’s a true fact that people of rural areas don’t have much resource to get involved in such type of research practices because they neither have much money nor they have any knowledge to understand such high projects so they are only concerned with their personal life hence they are not interested in such research. But Intel has always found the technical solution of every problem and this Parkinson’s disease research is the best example of this. So hats off to Intel Corporation.

These wearable gadgets will be provided to almost every patient who is suffering from the Parkinson’s disease. The research will take place in different phases and the details that will be obtained using these smart gadgets will be stored in the system that will be open to scientists for purpose of study. And these results will be analyzed by them and thus without any actual participation of patients the proper output in the form of medication will be discovered.

Now the most interesting part is the wearable devices that will be used. It is estimated that the wearable devices would be designed in such a way that patient or participant may wear it for whole research duration comfortably. It should be light weighted and should look good on wearing. Hence the smart watches are selected as the best device for this. But also it is in the news that they will work with Basis Science which is well known for its wrist band and this wrist band will measure the heart rate of the person wearing this.

So let’s hope that this research will be successful soon because it will help the patients suffering from Parkinson’s to get rid of this disease and live a healthy life.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Intel Inside Your Headphones


 Headphones
Intel is the best company known for developing high class processors and certain electronic chips that are used in 90% of laptops and other electronic gadgets. Intel has always tried to develop something different. The i-core processors are the best examples. So Intel has always created interesting stuffs and now it is developing the ear buds that are used in the earphones or headsets. So these ear buds are not same as before but it’s really different as it will detect the user’s heart rates. This news was announced on Friday that Intel is collaborating with rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's SMS Audio to create and develop this amazing smart ear bud that will take care of user’s health by detecting his heart rates.

The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones will be having an earhook and this earhook will be driven or powered by the user's phone that is smart phone. The best part about this is that it will not only be water-resistantbut alsosweat-resistant. These smart ear buds will be offered by SMS Audio in Q4. The rate is not yet announced but is expected very soon.

Bill Calder who is one the representative of Intel says that it is really a unique product as compared to other earphones in the market and no batter is required to run it and that’s the biggest punch.

These BioSport earphones will be well-suited and compatible with the fitness application Run keeper for not only android smart phones but also for iPhones. And in future it will also support some other applicatons related to health and fitness. And these ear designed in such a way that it will work with any kind of smart android phones available. It is wired instead of Bluetooth because wired ear bud will not require any kind of power source for its charging.

The earbuds will have infrared optical sensors that will display the pulsing of the skin inside the user's ear. It was designed and developed in this way because it is static inside the ear so additional motion sensors are not at all required. The earbuds also have an accelerometer which will track user’s motion and that corrects for gestures and motions like for example users shaking their heads.

The data will be captured by these earbuds of the headphones and this data will be communicated to user’s smart phone that will show the analysis and processing of motions.

The final decisions have been taken regarding the product design and let’s hope that it will be in the market soon. So this is basically related to the health and people who are really serious about their health analysis then it’s a must buy for them. It’s just the beginning for Intel and they said that they can do much more with their technology and related procurements.

Gartner's Blausays that it looks like a fun device but at the same time it is also very useful product for health conscious people. He also said that the success of this product is based on branding, budgets and how well it works.

So overall Intel is really going to give the world an amazing and technology driven product that will change the lifestyle of people. So let’s hope that it will be launched soon in the market.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Intel's New 800 Gbps MXC Cable Will Speed Up Data Centers

MXC cable with 800 Gb/s
Intel's Silicon Photonics project will be come to the end of reality. Famous for gorilla glass manufacturer Corning will sell the cable, which then allow in a data center bendable connections with up to 800 Gbit / s . Intel's MXC cables are gradually becoming a reality. The Silicon Photonics technology is to be brought in the third quarter of 2014 to the market and sell it according to some media reports.

Upto 300 meter long cables with a data throughput of 800 Gbit/s are possible now with these. To achieve high speeds Intel is by the dozen bundle glass fiber strands into a single cable and reach as per direction 800 Gbit/s output. The bundling of strands in it is nothing special. For a long time, there is the problem of insufficient bandwidth over fiber, so about QSFP was developed as a standard, the switch and server connections with 40 Gbit / s allows using Ethernet, the data direction uses two fibers and also for other standards such as Fiber Channel is used.

The enormously high integration of Intel, however, is something special and should be affordable anyway. Whole 64 fiber connections means Intel is in a small plug. Currently, just 25 Gbit / s per fiber are provided. When calculated the 1.6 Tbit / s that go in full duplex mode over the cable or rather the wiring harness. Intel is already planning to double the bandwidth to 50 Gb/s on each direction and then 1.6 Tbit/s can be reached. A high degree of integration is not only in the cables necessary, but also to the transceiver section. Intel also promises an easy deploy ability.

The cables may be more bent than conventional fiber optic cable. The bending radius is specified with only 7.5 mm. Also, foreign bodies can no longer influence the signal quality, since the light beam was increased. The Intel has been presented at the recent Intel Developer Forum in September 2013. It is part of the field Silicon Photonics and provides a connector with the name MXC.

Multimode fibers are used, which are commonly used for short-range and 1310 nm wavelength light. The cables are to be used primarily for connections in data centers. For more information on MXC - compounds can be found in an older MXC White Paper in PDF format from Intel and Corning.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Intel launches 15-core Xeon E7 v2 with three ring buses

15-core Xeon E7 v2
As a series of E7 -4000 Intel offers its new server processors. However, the Xeons are based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and were upgraded primarily by new bus systems and AVX. They are previously codenamed Ivy Bridge -EX processors, Intel now on the series E7 -4000. The entire platform was previously codenamed Ivytown. Commonly is also the name E7 - v2, because these processors are the successor of the 2011 series introduced E7.

As this is also E7 - v2 designed for servers with up to eight sockets in which as many full x86 cores are working in parallel. Even if the model number 4000 suggests a proximity to the Core i 4000 Haswell, the Xeons are always based on the previous desktop architecture. In the case of E7 - v2 is the Ivy Bridge, Intel's first design with 22 nm feature size. By now probably good routine production process had started, the power consumption could remain largely the same and the fastest models are coming with up to 155 watts TDP.

The E- 8880 v2 is also of 15- Kernel, which only needs 130 watts. While Haswell processors are manufactured with various these, Intel has chosen for the Xeon E7 - v2 for only one reason. That is, It can offer three blocks for the L3 cache, each of which is connected to three units with up to five cores. Therefore, there is a flexible option for the number of nuclei is possible. In a study submitted to the Conference ISSCC Intel speaks of "chop options" presentation in their presentation. So they gave the reason for the right block with five cores and L3 cache should not actually be present in up to ten cores. So Intel just needs the manufacture for all new Xeons and can configure the functional cores so that the desired number of cores needed.

Since there is not a shared L3 cache for all cores as with previous Intel designs, the cores cannot communicate over a single ring bus. Which allow a direct connection of the three 5 -core blocks. Because of the location in the middle of this L3 cache can communicate with the left directly with adjacent data. The three ring buses are two Home Agents controlled with two memory controllers while since Sandy Bridge was always only one such controller for bus and memory interface at the desktop and mobile CPUs. Overall, the cache can be large with a fully equipped E7 v2 up to 37.5 Mbytes; an entire new Xeon consists of up to 4.3 billion transistors.

Production costs are also reflected in their price. In the cores themselves, there are the Ivy Bridge design extensions to the instruction sets. Thus, the E7 - v2 now dominated by AVX vector processing, as a new interface, there are PCI Express 3.0 with 32 lanes per socket. That does not sound much, but is also extended by the revised QPI bus, which connects the base. The new QPI 1.1 depending on the model with up to eight GT / s at work.

 In addition, there are now eight per socket instead of four memory channels. The two of them can also be connected together, which effectively corresponds to DDR3 - 2666. As individual channels memory is possible by DDR3 -1600. Both modes are supported by the storage drivers, codenamed Jordan Creek, which have not changed over the older Xeons. Using these blocks can be addressed up to 12 DIMMs per channel, giving a maximum of 48 terabytes of RAM for an eight- socket system with the still rare 64 -gigabyte Registered DIMMs.

The processor can be operated in lockstep mode with enhanced error correction but the faster performance mode with channel bundling is more than in half the RAM. It comes in the configuration of a system with the new Xeons so on the application range in some applications benefit from a lot of memory, other scale better with more cores or cache. Therefore, there is a need for the E7 - v2 in so many varieties, 20 models to choose from.

Because so different application profiles and processors, Intel also specifies different values for the benefit of computing power compared to the previous generation. At least twice as fast -with only 50 % more cores used in the server when as databases or Web applications are running. In highly optimized code with AVX for supercomputers gives a better result of three and a half times up to speed.