On the final day of the Intel Developer Forum, CTO Justin Rattner made the case for more powerful PCs and servers with tens or even hundreds of processing cores.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
At IDF this week Intel gave an update on its Atom roadmap and talked about how the upcoming Cedar Trail SOC will work in hybrid devices that blur the lines between laptops and tablets.
Mooly Eden, head of Intel's PC division, aims to convince developers that Intel can reinvent the PC for a world of tablets and smartphones.
It's been rumored that Intel would offer a liquid-cooling solution instead of a stock cooler with its new Sandy Bridge-E "extreme" processors, and multiple enthusiast sites have indeed snapped photos of the new cooler on the IDF exhibition floor.From the photos, we can determine that the RTS2011LC cooler has been created in conjunction with Asetek, which had previously announced it was working on a Sandy Bridge-E liquid-cooling solution.
It looks like Intel may have a two-pronged approach to combating the imminent debut of AMD's new Bulldozer desktop processors. Not only does the company plan to release its new Sandy Bridge-E "extreme" chips a few weeks after Bulldozer's launch, but it also appears to have another CPU up its sleeve to send out against AMD's new FX series.
As AMD works to ready its new Bulldozer desktop processors for release next month, it may be planning to price them even lower than initially thought. While the top FX series chip was once expected at around $320, CPU World reports that the eight-core FX-8150 was priced for pre-order at one online retailer for just $266.
While AMD's new Bulldozer desktop chips are getting their roll-out delayed to next month, Intel may be firming up the release date for its new Sandy Bridge-E processors. According to a report from DonanimHaber, Intel will drop the new "extreme processors" on November 15, potentially just a few weeks after Bulldozer attempts to swing enthusiast attention back to AMD.
Next week is shaping up to be a blockbuster with the Intel Developer Forum and Microsoft's Build conference, plus DEMO and TechCrunch's Disrupt. I'll be at IDF in San Francisco where Intel will be talking Ivy Bridge, Ultrabooks and tablets, Windows 8 and more.
At the same time it is shipping out its first Bulldozer server chips (the 16-core Interlagos), AMD appears to be delaying its roll-out of Bulldozers for the desktop. Previously thought to be due in the next couple of weeks, the Bulldozer desktop chips, code-named Zambezi, have been pushed back at least another month, according to Fudzilla.
Its fate still somewhat uncertain as it appears less likely that it will find a suitor, the HP PC business continues to pump out new products. Today it unleashes a slew of new all-in-one desktops at varying price points and for both home and business customers.