Subject: Editorial | October 19, 2011 - 05:29 PM | Josh Walrath
Tagged: sandy bridge, Q3 2011, Intel, earnings, bulldozer, atom, amd
This should come as a shock to no one. Intel made a lot of money this past quarter. We again have seen new records in both gross revenue and net income. GAAP revenue for the quarter came in at an astounding $14.2 billion. Essentially that is the net revenue for AMD during a three year span. Net income is again impressive at $3.5 billion. In AMD terms that would be gross revenue for three quarters. Truly there is a tremendous disparity between the two companies who are very bitter rivals. It is no wonder AMD is starting to really fall behind.
All of the internal groups, except for one, have shown tremendous growth over the past year. Notebooks have really lead the charge as of late, but both desktop and server markets have shown very favorable growth for the company. Even the McAfee and Intel Communications divisions provided upwards of $1 billion to the bottom line. The only area that Intel is lagging in is the Atom line.
When we look at the product offerings of Intel in server, desktop, and notebook markets we see they have a sizeable advantage in both process technology and performance per watt. Intel has been shipping 32 nm chips for well over a year and a half. On the desktop this has translated to modestly priced processors that have a much smaller die size yet comparable (and even superior) performance to the AMD products which are much larger in size and more expensive to produce. On the server side we really have not seen AMD make any inroads since Intel took over that market in a big way once they released the QPI based designs which took away AMD’s last architectural advantages; HyperTransport and integrated memory controllers.
Subject: Processors, Systems | June 12, 2011 - 08:57 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: SFF, Intel, htpc, hd, DIY, atom
Habley has recently shown off a new small, embedded computer dubbed the SOM-6670E6XX. The new computer is the size of a post-it note; however, it sports an Atom E600 processor running at 1.0Gh as well as an integrated GMA600 graphics core. To be more specific, the motherboard in question measures 70mm x 70mm.
The CPU and GPU blend is able to support two displays and pipe two HD video streams to each. Using Media Player Class Home Cinema 1.5, the computer is able to play both a 1080p MPEG4 trailer of the X-Men First Class film and a HD FLV version of SpiderWic simultaneously. While playing both films, the CPU saw around 93% usage and 210 MB of RAM from the Windows Embedded 2009 operating system. Further, while playing an HD FLV film trailer while also watching an HD YouTube clip, the processor was again pegged at 93% usage; however, in this test the RAM usage was much higher, at 422 MB. The test system used, in addition to the SOM-6670, it consisted of a SOMB-073 Carrier board (which provides the various IO including video and audio output, mouse and keyboard input, and SATA ports), 1GB of on-board RAM, and a 5400RPM laptop form factor (2.5”) 120GB hard drive.
Including the two monitors, at 1280x768 (over HDMI) and 1920x1080 (SDVO) respectively, the system drew 18 watts during usage. You can see the test system of the small HD-capable computer in action in the video below. What uses do you have in mind for a micro-sized computer such as this?
Subject: Processors, Mobile, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 02:01 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ultrabook, Medfield, Ivy Bridge, Intel, haswell, computex, atom
With the release of the Intel Z68 chipset behind us by several weeks, Intel spent the opening keynote at Computex 2011 creating quite a buzz in the mobility section of the computing world. Intel’s Executive Vice President Sean Maloney took the stage on Tuesday and announced what Intel is calling a completely new category of mobile computer, the “Ultrabook”. A term coined by Intel directly, the Ultrabook will “marry the performance and capabilities of today’s laptops with tablet-like features and deliver a highly responsive and secure experience, in a thin, light and elegant design.”
If this photo looks familiar...see the similarity?
Intel is so confident in this new segment of the market that will fall between the tablet and notebook that they are predicting that by the time we reach the end of 2012 it will represent 40% of Intel’s processor shipments. That is an incredibly bold claim considering how massive and how dominate Intel is in the processor field. Intel plans to reach this 40% goal by addressing the Ultrabook market in three phases, the first of which will begin with ultra-low-power versions of today’s Sandy Bridge processors. Using this technology Maloney says we will see notebooks less than 0.8 inches thin and for under $1,000.
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Subject: Processors, Chipsets, Mobile | May 9, 2011 - 09:07 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PowerVR, Intel, gpu, atom
In a surprising move, Intel plans to move away from using it's own graphics processors with the next "full fat" Atom processors. Intel has traditionally favored its own graphics chipsets; however, VR-Zone reports that Intel has extended it's licensing agreements with PowerVR to include certain GPU architectures.
These GPU licenses will allow Intel to implement a PowerVR SGX545 equivalent graphics core with its Cedarview Atom chips. While the PowerVR graphics core is no match for dedicated GPUs or likely that found in Intel's own Sandy Bridge "HD 3000" series, the hardware will allow Atom powered systems to play video with ease thanks to hardware accelerated decodding of "MPEG-2, MPEG-4 part 2, VC1, WMV9 and the all-important H.264 codec." VR-Zone details the SGX545 GPU as being capable of "40 million triangles/s and 1Gpixles/s using a 64-bit bus" at the chips original 200mhz.
Intel plans to clock the mobile chips at 400mhz and the desktop graphics cores at 640mhz. The graphics cores will be capable of resolutions up to 1440x900 and supports VGA, HDMI 1.3a and Display Port 1.1 connections for video output. DirectX 10.1 support is also stated by VR-Zone to be supported by the SGX545, which means that the net-top versions of Atom may be capable of running the Aero desktop smoothly.
This integration by Intel of a GPU capable of hardware video acceleration will certainly make Nvidia's ION chipsets harder to justify for HTPC usage. ION chipsets will likely reliquish marketshare to cheaper stock Intel Atom platforms for basic home theater computers, but will still remain viable in the more specific market using ION + Atom chips as light gaming platforms in the living room.
Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2011 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gma 3150, netbook, hp, atom, single core
The demise of netbooks has been greatly exaggerated, with a $400-ish price tag and at least as much power as a tablet but without the added costs or contracts, there is still a large market for these devices. The incredible sales figures we saw when this form factor originally came out will never be reached again but there still are a lot of people buying netbooks. Up for review by Matt is the HP Mini 210 with a Atom N455 and Intel's older GMA 3150 graphics inside. Is it worth saving $100 by choosing a single core netbook instead of a dual core? Read on to find out.
"This praise aside, the HP Mini 210, like most traditional single-core netbooks, sits in a market position that is increasingly awkward. The problem is the lower prices of dual-core netbooks and budget ultraportables. The HP dm1z has now been reduced to an MSRP of $449.99, and the Eee PC 1215B’s initial price of $450 has already been knocked down to about $435 on Amazon. These dual-core AMD Fusion powered netbooks are substantially quicker than the HP Mini 210, but only $100 more."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Samsung Sens R540: First Encounter @ InsideHW
- Sony VAIO Y Series 11.6-inch Notebook Review @ Legit Reviews
- HP Pavilion dv6 (Sandy Bridge) Review @ t-break
- CyberPower Xplorer X6-9100: Gamers Need Not Apply @ AnandTech
- ASUS K53E 15.6-inch Notebook Review @ Legit Reviews
- Toshiba Satellite L655-S5161 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Coolink Lapchilla Super-Quiet Laptop Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master NotePal Infinite Evo Duo Silent Fan Notebook Cooler Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Cooler Master NotePal Infinite EVO Laptop Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- CoolerMaster NotePal LapAir Notebook Cooler Review @ eTeknix
- Arctic C1 Portable Universal Charger @ Overclockers Onlin
- Choiix Power Fort C-2006 Power Backup Review @ BayReviews
- Targus Mini Stand Video Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
- Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 11.3 @ TechARP
- Hands-on with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 @ t-break
- LG Optimus 2X review @ The Inquirer
- Control your BlackBerry from your Jaguar's screen @ t-break
- HTC Droid Incredible 2 (Verizon Wireless) Review @ TechReviewSource
Pairing an Intel Atom processor with an NVIDIA Ion2 GPU has become a popular way to power an inexpensive and low powered PC, often an HTPC. That changed when AMD finally managed to get the Zacate APU into the market and manufacturers like Zotac were suddenly given a choice as to which company they used to build their nettops and HTPCs. Zotac's ZBOX AD02-Plus U is based around the E350 APU and Bjorn3D pits it against the Sapphire Edge HD Intel D510. Check out the performance comparison here.
With computer components being integrated, systems are getting smaller, yet the performance is getting better. Both Intel and AMD integrated memory controllers onto the CPU die, and the latest Intel Sandy Bridge comes with native on-die integrated graphics. The need for a large system with various chips is no longer needed--small and integrated is definitely the trend.
Intel spearheaded the Atom platform where a very small processor is powerful enough compare to a desktop processor from 3-4 years ago, yet consumes only a fraction of the power. AMD’s latest Zacate APU is their answer to the Intel Atom platform. Like the Atom processor, the Zacate APU is designed for low power consumption with decent performance. The Zotac ZBOX retails for $339.99 on Newegg."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- How to build your own computer: Ask Ars DIY Series, Part II
- How to build your own computer: Ask Ars DIY Series, Part III—cases
- ASRock E350M1 @ iXBT Labs
- $599 Gaming PC Built and Tested @ Tweaktown
- Dell Precision T1600: Workstation Class @ AnandTech
- Apple iMac 27-inch (Thunderbolt) Review @ TechReviewSource
Subject: Mobile | April 26, 2011 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: atom, ion, asus
If you hadn't noticed the pink laptop in the carousel, it is Matt Smith's newest review for PC Perspective and is right up the alley of anyone looking for an inexpensive and light mobile PC. With a 1.8GHz Atom D525 and NVIDIA ION 2 graphics it can perform light duties but is not a heavyweight in any sense of the word. Unfortunately for the 1215N, Matt has found another model that does more work for less money, read on to see which competitor beat it.
"Should you buy the Eee PC 1215N? That depends on your priorities. There are much quicker laptops of similar size priced between $100 and $200 more, and in terms of bang-for-your-buck, they make more sense. The 11.6” Acer Timeline X with the Core i3 processor is one great example. However, the ASUS Eee PC 1215N has advantages over many such competitors."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- HP Pavilion dv3 4305se Review @ t-break
- ASUS N53SV Notebook Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Nettop and Mini-ITX Buyer’s Guide @ AnandTech
- Dell XPS 15 L502x: Now with Sandy Bridge @ AnandTech
- HP Pavilion g6x Review @ TechReviewSource
- Enercell Portable Power Bank for iPod and iPhone @ Techware Labs
- Coolermaster Storm SF-19 Strike Force battles high notebook temperatures @ Madshrimps
- Arctic NC Laptop Cooler Review at Overclockers Online
- Out of the box: first look at the BlackBerry Playbook @ Ars Technica
- Creative ZiiO 7" Tablet Review @ t-break
- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer @ AnandTech
- HTC Incredible S review @ The Inquirer
- Blackberry PlayBook Initial Impressions @ t-break
- Samsung Galaxy S II - Thin @ Computing on Demand
Introduction and Design
You don’t hear much about Atom these days. It’s still there, still kicking, still being stuffed inside an endless stream of netbooks. Yet it’s also not very exciting, and hasn’t created much buzz. This isn’t a case of a journalistic blind spot; Atom just hasn't been update. The original was released in 2008, but Intel hasn’t released a major performance upgrade since. By comparison, the performance of mainstream mobile laptop processors has, in some benchmarks, doubled over the same time-span. The processor performance of Atom, measured relative to the power of an average $600 laptop with a Core i3 dual-core, is actually becoming worse over time.
Yet Atom has still dominated the laptop market because of one reason; there was no other alternative. For the first time, however, that’s changing. AMD has released its Fusion APUs, and we recently reviewed two different laptops with two different versions of that technology – the single-core E-240 in the Toshiba Satellite C655D and the dual-core E-350 in the Sony Vaio Y.
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2011 - 04:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: atom, brazos, sandy bridge, energy efficient
On the AMD side there is the Brazos E-350 based platform and on the other is the Intel Core i3-2100T. One other choice would be to compare it to the aging Atom platform, which is missing some of the enhancements the more modern platforms have but is certainly energy efficient. Check out who can score the lowest at X-Bit Labs.
"The variety of components for small energy-efficient systems keeps growing day by day. In this review we are going to talk about energy-efficiency processors: AMD E-350 (Zacate) and Intel Core i3-2100T (Sandy Bridge). We will also discuss new Mini-ITX mainboards: Gigabyte E350N-USB3 (AMD Brazos platform) and Zotac H67-ITX WiFi (for LGA1155 processors)."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- Core i3-2120 and Core i3-2100 Processors @ X-bit Labs
- Intel Sandy Bridge Overclocking Guide @ Benchmark Reviews
- Intel Core i3 2100 @ Bjorn3D
- CPU Performance Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Desktop CPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP
- Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide @ TechARP