At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) that is currently underway in Beijing, Intel has announced the second-generation Thunderbolt specification. It uses the same plug and pin design as current Thunderbolt devices, but offers double the bandwidth over its predecessor. This will give devices 20 Gb/s of bandwidth, which gives users the ability to transfer uncompressed 4K Ultra-HD video without causing the display to lag.
A source close to Intel has revealed that the company has started shipping their upcoming “Haswell” processors to OEM’s (companies that sell pre-built systems). It looks like Haswell keeps on getting closer and closer and these shipments could be the first PCs created using the new chip. Intel is expected to make a statement about the launch of Haswell at the upcoming IDF Beijing conference next week.
MSI has launched a new Mini PC in their Wind Box DC110. This Mini PC is powered by an Intel Celeron 847 dual core 1.1GHz processor, Intel HD graphics, and 2GB of DDR 1333MHz memory with the option to install up to 4GB. As far as storage and connectivity goes you have a 320GB hard drive, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, HDMI, VGA, 4x USB ports, Ethernet, line out and optical audio out.
As the year goes on we keep expecting a Haswell CPU series release from Intel. Most people expect this to happen around Computex time (June 4-8). With Haswell it is already been speculated that the platform will be called Z87 and will be the mid-range solution. This is old news and something that we have have known for quite some time. According to TweakTown the next generation of performance range CPU’s will be coming by the end of the year and not in 2014 as many people thought.
ASUS today announced a new range of microATX motherboards with onboard HDMI and DVI ports for Intel and AMD processors with integrated graphics, and USB 3.0 ports with performance-enhancing ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology. By removing the need for a discrete graphics card, the new motherboards provide a more affordable option for home entertainment PCs that can fully exploit high-performance USB 3.0 storage. The latest Intel 22nm CPUs feature Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, while AMD Socket FM2Athlon and A-Series APUshave integrated AMD HD 7000 Series discrete-level Radeon GPUs.The processors provide excellent 2D and 3D graphics performance, without the need for a separate graphics card, which in turn results in lower PC build costs.
Intel Corporation announced today the Intel Solid-State Drive 525 Series (Intel SSD 525 Series) in a small mSATA form factor with 6-gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) performance. The Intel SSD 525 Series gives OEM customers, channel and tech enthusiasts an ultra-portable, low-power storage solution in one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) to drive innovative Ultrabook, tablet and embedded applications.
Intel Corporation’s board of directors has declared a 22.5 cents-per-share (90 cents-per-share on an annual basis) quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable on March 1, 2013 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2013.
Intel’s next big launch is their 4th generation Haswell processors. We actually got a demo of the built-in graphics on the chip at CES, but that was it. No firm release date, we were just told, “later in the year”. It seems like DigiTimes has the scoop from an insider that the Haswell CPUs will launch on June 2 to be showcased during Computex (June 4-8).
As always Intel was showing a lot at their booth this year at CES. We had the privilege of getting a private demo of the GT3 graphics on their upcoming Haswell platform. This put the built-in graphics head to head with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M in a Dirt 3 demo. From the video below you can see how they compare. Ultrabooks and tablets were a big thing for Intel at the show and they just announced a new 7W SDP (scenario design power) Ivy Bridge chip. This will allow companies to create smaller and lighter Ultrabooks and tablets that have longer battery life. Finally we took a look at Intel’s wireless display technology. Eventually with a WiDi enabled tablet or Ultrabook you will be able to buy a small dongle, much like a flash drive that will plug into an HDMI port in your display and wirelessly display what you are seeing or use it as a second display.
If you have not fully embraced Intel’s Ultrabooks you really should. They have been what power users like me have been wanting for quite a long time. A sleek and slim laptop that is powerful enough to do all of our daily tasks and still have a good battery life. Today we are taking a look at one of Lenovo’s latest Ultrabooks in their IdeaPad U410. This Ultrabook features a sleek colored aluminum chassis, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and one of the most comfortable keyboards that I’ve ever used! Is this the perfect Ultrabook for you? Read on as we take a look.