Builder shows off revolutionary design for flagship computer, uses new Intel CPU
Alienware shocked the computer industry this week, when it announced the latest version of the flagship Area-51 computer. During the Intel panel on the future of PC gaming, General Manager Frank Azor unveiled the new computer on stage as one of the first gaming machines built with Intel's Haswell Extreme Edition processor and X99 chipset.
Advanced memory allocation, not widely implemented, affected by flaw
Intel has discovered a major bug (referred to as "errata") in some models of its new Haswell chipset releases. Problems with the chip's transactional synchronization extension (TSX) instruction set will be disabled by Intel in revisions of motherboard firmware by vendors. Little, if any, software uses the instruction set now, but the feature is expected to be widely implemented in software tailored for the Haswell-EP server chipset.
Chips likely to debut in revamped MacBooks, other top-of-line notebooks
Intel has goosed the speed in its latest Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors, first unveiled yesterday. The new chips are destined for notebooks such as the MacBook Pro, which is expected to get a speed bump sometime this summer. The new clock speeds range from 2.2GHz to 3.0GHz across three new Core i5 models and four new Core i7 offerings. In addition, four budget "Bay Trail" Celeron and Pentium processors were released as well, rated between 1.58GHz and 2.16Hz.
Two updated Haswell processors for enthusiasts, $78 unlocked dual-core Pentium
Information and pricing has been leaked for the upcoming unlocked Devil's Canyon and Pentium anniversary processors from Intel. Two quad-core processors will be released as part of the Devil's Canyon series, while the anniversary Pentium will be a low-end dual-core chip. Specifications who CPUs are said to be compatible with 8- and 9-series motherboards, since they are both LGA1150 sockets.
Command line app converts Panasonic GH4 video to 2k 10-bit
Rarevision developer Thomas Worth has released an OS X command line program that will allow owners of the Panasonic GH4 4K video recordings to output 10-bit 2K HD instead of the specific 8-bit. The app uses pixel summing, taking the extra pixels in a 4K file to fill in absent color information. The app outputs 10-bit DPX files in 2048x1080 resolution.
Game Developer Conference venue for Intel's latest announcement
Intel Corporation unveiled a set of roadmap enhancements, platform features and software partnerships to help drive what the company calls "the reinvention of desktop computing." Included in its announcement are the "Devil's Canyon" processor -- featuring an eight-core design utilizing the Haswell architecture -- a commemorative Pentium processor, and a reference design for a portable all-in-one computer.
Barebones Shuttle PC capable of displaying 4K-resolution image
PC case manufacturer Shuttle has used CeBit to show off an extremely small computer it unveiled late last month. The DS81 measures 19x16.5x4.3cm (7.4x6.5x1.7 inches), marginally larger than the Intel NUC and roughly the same size as a standard DVD drive, and can be used with a VESA mount to be hidden behind a monitor, with the Intel H81 Express chipset motherboard inside capable of accommodating a 65W Intel Core i7 Haswell processor.
Intel NUC offers users the ability to customize their own HTPC
The Intel NUC Kit (Next Unit of Computing) (D54250WYK) is a "bare-bones" Mini PC that ships with the core components of a computing system, but requires users to add their own RAM, SSD, wireless card and operating system to make fully functional. Designed for PC enthusiasts and those wanting to dip their toes into do-it-yourself PC building, the Intel NUC is the smallest form factor that you can pack a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 "Haswell" processor into. Now in its second generation, the Intel NUC has the makings of an ideal home theater PC, or general purpose PC for use at home or in the office. Take a look at our full review of the Intel NUC to find out what it's like to put together and bring to life.
Revision revealed at annual microprocessor industry event
Intel is readying a new revision of the Haswell series of Intel Core processors. The newest models are built on the latest 22nm tri-gate SoC process technology. As one result of the improved fabrication technology, the graphics core incorporates several new features that allow it to improve energy efficiency by 40 percent -- essentially giving still longer battery life for the same performance as the present chips.
Haswell processor, twin GPUs employed in Aorus X7
Gigabyte has launched a new gaming notebook that employs two GPUs instead of one. The Aorus X7, sporting a 17.3-inch 1080p display inside a 0.9-inch thick, 6.4-pound case, uses a pair of Nvidia Geforce GTX 765M GPUs in SLI to provide graphical power in games, along with a quad-core Haswell Intel Core i7-4700HQ clocked at 2.4GHz.
Ultra HD screens added to Toshiba performance notebooks
Fresh off the back of its first Chromebook unveiling, Toshiba has launched two new notebooks with 4K-resolution displays. The upgraded Tecra W50 and the Satellite P50t, complete with Ultra HD screens, are accompanied by an updated Kirabook, with the Ultrabook now packing a Haswell-based Intel Core i7 processor, though not UHD high-resolution screen.
13.3-inch display, 16GB SSD in first Toshiba Chromebook
Toshiba has launched its first foray in Chrome OS notebooks, by showing a Haswell-based Chromebook at CES. Offering a 13.3-inch, 1366x768-resolution display, the Toshiba Chromebook follows the same pattern as other Chromebooks, in offering a 3.3-pound, 0.8-inch thick notebook with relatively low specifications that are adequate enough for light Internet work, along with a fairly cheap price tag.
Hinge enables four different modes
Acer's Aspire R7 convertible 15-inch notebook has been overhauled just in time for holiday shoppers. The refresh brings a Core i5 or i7 Haswell processor, more RAM, improved battery life and an optional active stylus, among other upgrades. The company has given us a chance to spend some hands-on time with the new build before it arrives on the market next month.
Chip executive hints at holiday pricing
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has reportedly hinted that the company's OEM partners are preparing to embrace aggressive pricing strategies ahead of the holiday shopping season. Speaking during a conference related to the company's quarterly earnings disclosure, the executive is said to have referenced Intel-powered tablets for as little as $99, Haswell notebooks starting at $299, and convertible hybrid tablets with prices as low as $349.
Control Zone trackpad geared for Windows 8
HP has introduced several new consumer devices, including the Spectre 13 x2 convertible, a new Envy 17 notebook and five tablets under the Slate and Omni brands. The new Spectre notebook is powered by Intel's Haswell processors, integrated behind the display for fanless operation in standard notebook mode or as a tablet when the keyboard base is detached.
New offerings include budget models
Lenovo has introduced several new ThinkPad notebooks equipped with Intel's latest Haswell-series processors, adding to the T-, W-, L-, and E-series offerings. The W540 is the company's latest mobile workstation, featuring a 15.5-inch IPS panel with 2880x1620 resolution, Nvidia's discrete Quadro graphics and an integrated color calibrator.
Haswell iMac expected first
Apple is allegedly experiencing production delays for its rumored iPhone 5S, according to a KGI Securities investor note posted by AppleInsider. The next-generation handset is said to be delayed due to hiccups with assembly and availability of "numerous components," pushing the expected shipment time-frame back to late September.
Six, eight-core processor culls integrated GPU, adds 20MB L3 Cache
Intel is planning to release a version of Haswell processors for enthusiasts in the second half of 2014, according to details inside a leaked presentation. The enthusiast model, dubbed Haswell-E, will launch with options for six and eight-core processors and up to 20MB of L3 cache, and with continued support for Hyper Threading, will have as many as 16 logical cores.
Intel pushing for Haswell chips in two-in-one tablet systems
Intel has revealed more of its future plans for mobile computing, as part of its keynote address at Computex. A new smartphone reference platform using the chip producer's new Merrifield processors has been unveiled, along with the company's first ever LTE modem, and new fourth-generation Intel Core processors for two-in-one convertible notebooks.
NEC LaVie first to tout Intel 'Haswell' CPUs, beats Intel to the punch
The NEC LaVie L has surfaced on the NEC Japan website and is one of the first notebooks to feature Intel’s next-generation ‘Haswell’ processors. The new chips will carry the ‘Core’ branding and will be available in Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 variants as it has in its previous three generations. NEC has ‘jumped the gun’ somewhat in revealing the specs of the new notebook with Intel not expected to formally launch the chips until Computex Taipei in early June.
Early Haswell devices will use the flawed chips despite problem
Following some earlier reports, Intel has confirmed a bug exists in the silicon of its next-generation Core processor dubbed "Haswell." The bug can cause USB 3.0 devices to vanish after entering a low power state, with the device generally having to be disconnected and reconnected for the file structure to reappear.
Mobile, low-power processors focus of Intel event
Intel has demonstrated its fourth generation of Core processors at the company's CES press event. The demonstration also gave the chip maker a chance to demonstrate a new quad-core 22nm Atom System-on-Chip processor it calls "Bay Trail," as well as low-powered versions of existing architectures and processors aimed towards developing nations.
Chart shows plans for Haswell architecture in 2013
Details on Intel's Haswell processor family have been relatively scarce since the company formally announced the line in September, but now a document has emerged that appears to reveal Intel's plans for the processor line next year. The next year should see the release of at least 14 new desktop CPUs, topping out at a 3.5GHz Core i7 with the potential for 400MHz more in Boost Mode. That model would be operating across four cores and eight threads.
Latest low-power design in the 'Core' family of processors
Opening the 15th Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel Chief Product Officer Dadi Perlmutter unveiled the new "Haswell" processor family. The keynote speech demonstrated test systems running the fourth-generation Core processor, based on the same 22nm process used in the third-generation Ivy Bridge family of processors.
Intel Haswell to lower ultrabook power, up others
First details of Intel's Has well architecture has emerged through presentation slides leaked [reg. required] through ChipHell. The 22-nanometer design will focus most on Intel's promises of more advanced ultrabooks and will lower the peak power of a dual-core, low-voltage chip to 15W, helping battery life in systems like the MacBook Air. It should also support low-power DDR3 memory and get integrated GT3 graphics that, like on Sandy Bridge, are faster than on the desktop.
Intel Haswell to make huge strides in battery life
Intel at its Developer Forum provided more details about its Haswell processor foundation for 2013. Although 22 nanometers like the Ivy Bridge design due early next year, it will be much more power efficient than an existing chip. The company plans for a 30 percent reduction in active power use over a modern Core i5 and that notebooks could last a complete 24 hours on a charge without needing extended cells, competing with ARM tablets.
Intel ultrabook idea based on MacBook Air concept
Intel's Sean Maloney opened Computex in earnest with a keynote hoping to redefine the ultraportable notebook class. Now calling them "ultrabooks," Intel saw them as systems that were under 0.8 inches thick but could still start under $1,000. The category included systems like the ASUS UX21 and, by extension, the MacBook Air.
Intel 2009-1010 Leaked Map
Intel's upcoming processor generations will double the number of cores per chip and add a brand new language for specialized code, according to leaked slides obtained by CanardPlus. Although the semiconductor company's Core i7 will just receive a manufacturing process shrink down from 45 nanometers to 32 during 2009, reducing its power use and allowing more complex parts, a replacement architecture codenamed Sandy Bridge will replace it by 2010 and double the number of cores per die to eight. Hyperthreading support will let it handle as many as 16 code threads at once, while a large 16MB pool of Level 3 cache will be shared to make best use of the cores.