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- MarketWatch (8/21/17) - Intel, once a sleeping giant, readies for battle with AMD and Qualcomm
- MarketWatch (8/16/17) - This technology shift opens up new possibilities for iPhones, Androids and virtual reality
- Tech.pinions (8/16/17) - AMD Reenters High-end Markets with Threadripper and Vega
- MarketWatch (8/2/17) - Apple might be a money maker, but it’s behind the curve on almost all of its products
- Tech.pinions (8/2/17) - NVIDIA Uses AI to Bolster Professional Graphics
- MarketWatch (8/1/17) - AMD finally re-enters high-end markets, taking aim at Intel and Nvidia
- MarketWatch (7/27/17) - Virtual reality is about to go mainstream, as HTC beats Facebook and Lenovo to market
- MarketWatch (7/20/17) - AMD puts Intel in the crosshairs with fast-and-cheap Threadripper chip
- Tech.pinions (7/14/17) - AMD Puts More Pressure on Intel with Threadripper and Ryzen 3
- EETimes (7/8/17) - Ryzen Rising Slower Than Reports
- MarketWatch (6/30/17) - AMD, Nvidia pivot to bet that the coin-mining craze continues
- Tech.pinions (6/30/17) - AMD and NVIDIA Target Miners with Specific Hardware, Longer Production Times
- MarketWatch (6/22/17) - Wall Street is missing how the bubble in cryptocurrencies can quickly backfire for AMD and Nvidia
- Tech.pinions (6/22/17) - How the Cryptocurrency Gold Rush Could Backfire on NVIDIA and AMD
- Tech.pinions (6/12/17) - AMD and Intel Race Towards High Core Count CPU Future
- EETimes (6/9/17) - Intel May Sue M’soft over Emulation
- Semiconductor Engineering (6/8/17) - Large-Screen Compute Transformation Is Here
- Chrome Unboxed (6/2/17) - Chromebook Battle: ARM vs. Intel And The Android Factor
- EETimes (5/31/17) - Intel to Strike Thunderbolt in CPUs
- Liliputing (5/29/17) - Samsung Chromebook Pro launches for $550
- Tech.pinions (5/12/17) - The Windows Opportunity for Qualcomm
- Tech.pinions (4/21/17) - AMD Ryzen 5 Launch Signals Competition in Mainstream Market
- Android Headlines (2/24/17) - Report: Huawei’s Kirin is Manipulating Benchmarks
Intel is taking an aggressive stance with this release, doubling the processor core count from two to four, essentially doubling the amount of computing that each processor will be able to perform in the power restraints of the laptop segment. Because a notebook has to operate with limited power consumption and heat creation to stay inside a standard form factor, balancing performance and power draw is of critical importance. Intel is placing a bet with the 8th Generation Core products that the added processing capability will be used more effectively by software going forward, and that it can offer that capability without sacrificing the vital performance of higher clock rates needed by today’s applications and operating systems.
Today however, the Apple that sells phones, tablets, notebooks, desktop PCs, software, and services often times takes a back seat to competitors when it comes to hardware integration. When a company has the market share and audience of this scope it can be difficult to make sweeping changes in as it risks alienating a subset of consumers. The side effect is a product line that is further behind competing solutions than ever before.
New technology and integration programs at Qualcomm are working to improve the performance, capability, and availability of true depth sensing technology for Android-based smartphones and VR headsets this year.
The weekend before one of the largest graphics and development conferences starts, AMD CEO Lisa Su stood on stage at LA Live to announce the official release of two new product families that reinsert AMD into the world of high-end consumer, prosumer, and content creation markets. Both the Ryzen Threadripper processor and the Radeon RX Vega graphics chip offer significant performance increases over the previous AMD product portfolio for markets that are high margin and high ASP. With these new offerings shipping in August, AMD is poised to have a significant increase in product movement late this summer and into the fall.
During the ChinaJoy 2017 event in Shanghai, VR pioneer HTC announced its standalone VR headset aimed at the China market. This marks the first major player in the virtual reality space to officially reveal a standalone product intended for the broad consumer market that requires a more affordable, portable VR solution.
hough reviews aren’t launching for another couple of weeks, on July 13th AMD showed all of its cards for the summer’s hottest CPU launch, Ryzen Threadripper. With the hyper-aggressive naming scheme to go along with it, Threadripper will be a high-core-count processor and platform, based on the EPYC socket and design, targeting the high-end desktop market (HEDT) that Intel has had to itself for nearly that same 10-year window.
Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it would begin ramping up production of its 8GB HBM2 technology in order to address the rapidly expanding need for high-bandwidth memory in the market. HBM2 is used in high performance processors used for artificial intelligence, HPC (high performance compute), graphics, gaming, networking, and enterprise servers because of its low power, high throughput capability. HBM technology uses stacked memory dies that are vertically connected by TSVs (through silicon vias) to improve density and capacity, while also preventing overheating to guarantee higher reliability.
Qualcomm has put forward steady work on creating the vibrant hardware ecosystem for mobile VR to facilitate broad adoption of wireless, dedicated head mounted displays. Though the value of Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream View cannot but overstated in moving the perception of consumer VR forward, the need to utilize your smart phone in a slot-in style design has its limitations. It consumes battery that you may require for other purposes, it limits the kinds of sensors that the VR system can utilize, and creates a sub-optimal form factor in order to allow for simple user installation.
As we prepare for a surprisingly robust summer season of new hardware technologies to be released to the consumer, both Intel and AMD have moved in a direction that both seems inevitable and wildly premature. The announcement and pending introduction of high core count processors, those with many cores that share each company’s most modern architecture and design, brings with it an interesting combination of opportunity and discussion. First and foremost, is there a legitimate need for this type of computing horsepower, in this form factor, and secondly, is this something that consumers will want to purchase?
Thunderbolt is finally on the path to mass adoption thanks to Intel's move to integrate it in future processors and make licensing it easier.