Trade Shows

At IDF in San Francisco last week, Intel provided us with lots of insights into Skylake, the microarchitecture behind the 6th generation Core series processors. Skylake marks the introduction of the Gen9 Intel HD Graphics technology. In advance of our full Skylake architecture analysis (coming soon), I wanted to get a head start and explain the media side (including Quick Sync and the image processing pipeline) of Skylake in a separate piece. Media Capabilities and Quick Sync in Intel HD Graphics - A Brief History Quick Sync has evolved through the last five years, starting with limited hardware acceleration and usage of the programmable EU array in Sandy Bridge. The second generation engine in Ivy Bridge moved to a hybrid hardware / software solution with rate...

Counting Transistors: Why 1.16B and 995M Are Both Correct

Yesterday we published Ivy Bridge's transistor count as 1.48 billion. It turns out that was wrong as Intel's Mooly Eden accidentally read the B in billion as an 8...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

LaCie's Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Chassis at IDF

I met with LaCie this morning to talk about its upcoming Little Big Disk Thunderbolt storage solution. Unlike the Promise Pegasus R4/R6, the Little Big Disk only accommodates two...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

A look at Windows 8 Tablets running on TI, Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD and Intel silicon

This afternoon (and yesterday) we had a chance to meet with a number of SoC vendors who have partnered with Microsoft for Windows 8. Each of them has their...

94 by Brian Klug on 9/14/2011

AMD's 28nm GPU Demoed, Release Later This Year

In another demonstration of silicon health AMD was showing working 28nm mobile GPU silicon running Dirt 3. It's too early to talk about performance or specifications, but AMD is...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Look Out Bulldozer, Here Comes Trinity: AMD's 2012 Demo on Video at IDF

AMD's Bulldozer CPU is on the verge of being released. Sever markets will see the CPU soon, while desktop customers will have to wait until Q4 (which is only...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Intel Discloses Cherryville & Hawley Creek SSDs: Intel's Fastest SSD in Q4

In addition to the SSD 710 series, Intel also disclosed two more SSDs codenamed: Cherryville and Hawley Creek. Cherryville is Intel's next 6Gbps SATA drive, replacing the SSD 510...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

First Look at Gigabyte's UEFI Setup on X79

As we mentioned in our X79 coverage yesterday, none of the motherboard manufacturers were allowed to show BIOS/UEFI screenshots out of fear of accidentally disclosing clock speeds. Gigabyte's X79...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

LG's Shuriken Self Refreshing Panel Aims to Improve Notebook Battery Life by Up to an Hour

We've been hearing about self refreshing panels for years now and today Intel demonstrated one such panel using LG's Shuriken panel. The premise is simple: there's a small amount...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Ultrabooks on Video: Rapid Start & Smart Connect

Ultrabooks are a three year play for the industry and it's clear that software & features are going to be a major part of the evolution. Intel showed off...

1 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

First Shot of Haswell, Working Demo at IDF

What you're looking at above is the first shot of Haswell, Intel's 2013 Core microarchitecture that replaces Ivy Bridge. Haswell is designed for a 10 - 20W range of...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

New Server Manager Shown Off for Windows Server 8

Ryan and I are on the floor at Microsoft BUILD for day two, where Windows Server 8 is the subject. There's still more for the keynote, but Microsoft briefly...

5 by Brian Klug on 9/14/2011

Ivy Bridge: 1.4B Transistors

Intel's Mooly Eden just disclosed Ivy Bridge's transistor count to a captive audience at IDF this morning: 1.4 billion transistors. That's presumably for the quad-core version compared to 1.16B...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

IDF 2011: Lucid Announces Virtu Universal MVP Featuring HyperFormance Technology (Update)

At the start of 2011 Lucid announced their Virtu software to go with Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPUs. With Virtu users would be able to use a discrete GPU and...

14 by Ryan Smith on 9/14/2011

Kingston Shows off Business SF-2281 SSD & 64GB Sandy Bridge E

I dropped by Kingston's booth at the IDF tech showcase to check out two things this evening: Kingston's SSDNow KC100 and another Sandy Bridge E demo. The KC100 is...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

X79 Motherboards from Gigabyte & MSI at IDF 2011

IDF isn't a traditional trade show in the sense that the majority of the show isn't built around a wide open show floor with tons of booths and product...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

And Now: Ivy Bridge GPU Architectures Detailed

We just finished going over the GPU portion of Ivy Bridge in Intel's IVB tech session. If you're interested, the slides are below.

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Ivy Bridge CPU Architecture Details Revealed

We're still working on our deep dive on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture but for those who are interested the slide deck that Intel just presented is in the gallery...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Ivy Bridge Overclocking: Ratio Changes Without Reboot, More Ratios and DDR3-2800

Ivy Bridge has three new features for overclocking: The max CPU ratio is now 63x up from 57x You can now adjust CPU ratios without a reboot, just via a register...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Intel's Medfield Gingerbread Smartphone Reference Platform

Earlier this morning Paul Otellini showed off Intel's Android smartphone reference platform running a version of Gingerbread. We just got up close and personal with the device as you...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

Updated: Intel's Honeycomb Reference Tablet: 8.9mm Thick, Medfield Inside

Paul Otellini showed this tablet off earlier today but we got a little more detail on it just moments ago. Intel has put together a 32nm Atom (Medfield) based...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

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