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Flaw in Intel processors

Security experts at the Invisible Things lab have found a new vulnerability in certain Intel processors.

The SINIT feature of SMM (System Management Mode) can interfere with TXT (Trusted eXecution Technology), allowing it to elevate privileges, trick the SENTER instruction into not protecting a newly-loaded hypervisor or kernel. The upshot of one acronym influencing another is that rootkits can be developed which run at the most basic, privileged level of the processor.

Intel confirms mass CPU launch at CES

Chipmaker Intel has confirmed that it will launch 17 new desktop and mobile processors which are based on its 32-nanometer process technology in the first week of January.

The launch will take place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The outfit will also release three new chipsets and seven wireless modules on January 7 which means that there will be a total of 27 new products associated with its next-generation 32nm technology, codenamed Westmere.

AMD receives $1.25 billion settlement from Intel

We've already written about the ongoing settlement between Intel and AMD plenty of times with everyone, particularly Nvidia, taking notice. AMD recently made it official and confirmed that Intel and AMD have settled their dispute in an amicable, although a bit pricey manner, where both parties agreed on certain terms.

Nvidia comments on Larrabee cancellation

We asked Nvidia to comment on Intel's recent Larrabee cancellation and we received an interesting answer, although it's close to what we expected.

Nvidia’s PR spinner who likes to be quoted Mr. Igor Stanek - Nvidia Product PR Manager, stated the following.

"The fact that a company with Intel's technical prowess and financial resources has struggled so hard to succeed with parallel computing shows just how exceptionally difficult a challenge this is."

Core i3 listed in all its glory

A Canadian retailer is listing Intel's upcoming Core i3 530 for $152.

The processor is clocked at 2993MHz, has 2 x 256Kb of L2 cache and 4MB of L3, 733MHz graphics and a 22x multiplier. Of course, it's an LGA 1156 part, but at 73W its TDP is rather high for a 32nm processor.

Bear in mind that this is the slowest Core i3 Intel plans to launch. The rest of the series will feature higher clocks in both the CPU and graphics department, as well as hyperthreading and Turbo features.

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Monitor

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology Monitor is a Windows Sidebar gadget which provides simple display of increase in processor frequency when applications request and Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers more performance.

Supported Processors
Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Intel® Core™ i7 processor extreme edition
Intel® Core™i7 mobile processor
Intel® Core™i7 mobile processor extreme edition
Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Supported Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows Vista* 32bit & 64-bit editions with Service Pack 1 & 2.
Microsoft Windows 7* 32bit & 64bit editions.

Intel: Initial Larrabee graphics chip canceled

Intel said Friday that its Larrabee graphics processor will initially appear as a software development platform only.

This is a blow to the world's largest chipmaker, which was looking to launch its first discrete (standalone) graphics chip in more than a decade.

"Larrabee silicon and software development are behind where we hoped to be at this point in the project," Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer said Friday. "As a result, our first Larrabee product will not be launched as a standalone discrete graphics product," he said.

Intel's x57 chipset generation priced up

Intel PM55 is the only chipset supporting Lynnfield processors, which include the current Core i5 and Nehalem-based Core i7 notebook chips. As of now, it is selling for $40 in quantities of 1,000.

Beginning in Q1 2010, Intel plans to launch an additional chipset within the x55 mainstream series (currently just P55) as well we three new x57 chipsets. The HM55 will match the PM55 in regards to price and it will sell for $40 in quantities of 1,000. Overall, this implies that there is not much difference between the two.

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