"Intel has not offered support for the new USB 3.0 interface in its chipsets and the few machines on the market with USB 3.0 support are doing so using third-party chipsets. On-chip support for USB 3.0 from Intel is thought to be as far out as 2012. Intel is talking up its own much faster competing standard to USB 3.0 known as Light Peak. Light Peak first surfaced earlier this year and was thought to be coming in late 2010." | more
"In a blog post that went up earlier today, Intel's Bill Kircos flagged an announcement by Achronix that the latter company would be making its field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) on Intel's upcoming 22nm process. Kircos was very careful to emphasize the small size of this deal: "With Achronix," Kircos writes, "we are selectively offering access to our 22nm fabs.
"Intel is still tweaking its roadmap and it appears that it is planning to launch the fastest Pentium to date. Intel currently sells Pentium 6950 for around €70 and for this price you can get a dual-core "Clarkdale" 32nm with integrated graphics and 2.8GHz clock speed. In the US the same CPU sells at $99.99, which seems quite high." | more
"Intel has formed an alliance of Fortune 500 companies to set the standards for cloud interoperability. The Open Data Center Alliance is made up of 70 international companies with a combined annual IT spend of $50 billion, Intel said in a statement. It will be steered by 10 multi-nationals including BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, and Shell. Other companies may join the group at the lowest "adopter" level." | more
"Hot on the heels of Intel's record-breaking quarter, the chipmaker has announced the specifics of its 22nm transition plans. Intel will spend between $6 billion and $8 billion upgrading its fabs for 22nm, with part of the money going to a brand new fab in Oregon.
"We thought we were going to build a 10GHz chip. It was only when we discovered that they would get so hot it would melt through the Earth, that we decided not to do that," Newell said, jokingly, in an interview with IDG. Now it's about who has more cores, but Newell doesn't see that continuing indefinitely. "There will come an end to the core-count wars. I won't put an exact date on it, but I don't myself expect to see 128 cores on a full-sized server die by the end of this decade," said Newell.
"Intel reported that third-quarter revenue exceeded $11 billion for the first time, up 18 percent year-over-year to $11.1 billion. The company reported operating income of $4.1 billion, net income of $3.0 billion and earnings per share of 52 cents." | more
"Apple and Google will soon have more than just each other to worry about in the race to provide the software for smart phones and tablets. Later this month, Intel will announce that its MeeGo operating system is ready to run devices including touch screen tablets and phones. MeeGo is a Linux-based, open source project created by merging Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo operating system projects early this year." | more
"In fact, the next-generation of CPUs, including Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge processor, have to contend with multiple walls--a memory bottleneck (the bandwidth of the channel between the CPU and a computer's memory); the instruction level parallelism (ILP) wall (the availability of enough discrete parallel instructions for a multi-core chip) and the power wall (the chip's overall temperature and power consumption)..." | more
Jensen continues to work hard at alienating Nvidia from the rest of the world.
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