Intel has started production of modem chips that will go into Apple's upcoming iPhones later this year, while the US semiconductor company continues to eye markets beyond personal computers and pledges to take the lead in fifth generation, or 5G, wireless communication after 2019.
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Intel wants to compete with AMD's Radeon and Nvidia's GeForce products
Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC), China's top state-backed contract chipmaker, has placed an order for one set of extreme-ultraviolet lithography equipment, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Intel announced the appointment of yet another big-name chip architect and provided more evidence that its multi-year quest to diversify beyond the PC is finally paying dividends. But the company also pushed volume production of 10-nm chips from late this year to next year, saying that progress in improving yields is slower than expected.
Apple is expecting Intel to supply 70% of the modem chips inside the new iPhone models, which will debut this fall, and-if all goes well-plans to rely on the company for 100% of the modems in next year's iPhones, a source with knowledge of Apple's plans says.
Facebook is building a team to design its own semiconductors, adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel and Qualcomm.
Intel has decided to kill the Intel Remote Keyboard app for Android and iOS devices in order to protect user devices from three vulnerabilities - one of which was classified as "critical". The chip maker has also issued a Product Discontinuation notice to recommend users to uninstall the app from their devices. The app was notably launched by the company in 2015 to let users wirelessly control their Intel NUC (next unit of computing) and Intel Compute Stick computers and transform their smartphones or tablets into a virtual keyboard and mouse.
Intel introduced new 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processors, the Intel Core processor family and Intel Xeon E-2100M processors designed for mobile workstations. Engineered to help make digital transformation real, organizations of all sizes can upgrade their fleets with these latest processors to optimize productivity with Windows 10 and help protect company assets, while also managing costs.
At a global event in Beijing, Intel unveiled the first ever Intel Core i9 processor for laptops. Part of the new lineup of high-performance mobile products unveiled, the powerful 8th Gen Intel Core i9 processor is the highest-performance laptop processor Intel has ever built to deliver the best gaming and content creation experience on the go.
For years, PC gamers have needed to pick a poison: Buy a desktop with the most powerful components available, or sacrifice some performance for a laptop they could take on the road. Intel's new six-core mobile Core i9 chip, its fastest notebook CPU ever, paves the way for 5GHz gaming laptops, making that decision even tougher.
These new laptops combine the processing power of Intel's Core processors with AMD's Vega graphics.
Intel is exploring the creation of specialty hardware for mining the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
Move would be major blow to Intel, Apple's Mac chip supplier.
Security researchers at several American universities have collectively discovered another attack that can expose sensitive system data by exploiting modern CPUs. The attack, known as BranchScope, uses some of the same predictive execution vulnerabilities that Spectre did and shows just how problematic they can be.
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After a self-driving Uber crashed and killed a woman walking her bike across a Tempe, Arizona, road last week, the technology behind autonomous vehicles has been questioned and scrutinized. Intel, the company behind the driver-assistance software Mobileye - which is used in certain autonomous cars, like Waymo, but not in Uber - took the footage Tempe police released from the crash and ran their software through the fatal incident.
Looks like Intel is finally addressing AMD's Ryzen mainstream desktop processor threat with eight-core processors of its own later this year. The upcoming "Coffee Lake-S" chips will be based on 14nm process technology, and part of Intel's eighth-generation design refresh slated for the second half of 2018. The chips are now starting to appear in benchmarks although the speeds are merely preliminary, given they won't be finalized until the summer at the earliest.
Intel is revealing today that the company is introducing hardware protections against the Spectre CPU flaw that was discovered last year. While the Meltdown vulnerability will continue to be addressed through software updates, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says the company has "redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning" that will protect against the Spectre variants. Intel's next-generation Xeon processors (Cascade Lake) will include the new partitioning, alongside 8th generation Intel Core processo
Just months after Meltdown and Spectre were disclosed to the public, security researchers have uncovered another set of critical processor vulnerabilities. This time Intel owners can breathe easy, these exploits are unique to AMD's processors, including its latest Ryzen chips.
Microsoft said Tuesday that it has expanded its ongoing efforts to patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in two directions: by providing patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and archiving microcode patches for Intel's Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake chips. To address Meltdown and Spectre, PC owners need patches for both the operating system and the processor on their device.
Intel is considering a range of acquisition alternatives in reaction to Broadcom's hostile pursuit for Qualcomm that could include a bid for Broadcom, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Intel intends to expand its partnership with Beijing-backed Tsinghua Unigroup by providing NAND flash memory chips as soon as this year, according to industry sources.
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Intel plans to invest $5 billion to expand production at its Kiryat Gat plant in southern Israel, Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen said on Wednesday after talks with the US chipmaker.
Intel claimed that it maintained Moore's law scaling with a 10-nm SRAM that it described here at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). However, Samsung followed by describing a smaller 256-Mbit SRAM made with extreme ultraviolet lithography and expressed confidence in EUV.
Ampere, a new chip company run by former Intel president Renee James, came out of stealth today with a brand-new highly efficient Arm-based server chip targeted at hyperscale data centers.
For several years, Apple has been steadily designing more and more of the chips powering its iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches.
The industry this year may see a microprocessor ship from startup Graphcore that uses no DRAM and one from rival Cerebras Systems that pioneers wafer-level integration. The hefty 2.5-D Nervana chip acquired by Intel is already sampling, and a dozen other processors are in the works. Meanwhile, chip companies from ARM to Western Digital are working on cores to accelerate the inference part of deep neural nets.
Intel says devices are rebooting more than usual after being patched with fixes it has issued to the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws in its chips. The company said it had reproduced the problem and was "making progress toward identifying the root cause".
A Democratic U.S. lawmaker asked Intel and two other microchip makers on Tuesday to provide a briefing on the recently detected Spectre and Meltdown security flaws that could allow hackers to steal information from most computers and devices.
When Intel and AMD announced they'd be cooperating on a new CPU with an Intel processor paired with an AMD GPU, it was easy to see who the loser was going to be. Nvidia has a dominant overall position in the GPU market, including the types of all-in-one and small form factor systems that might opt for one of Intel's new CPUs with Radeon RX Vega graphics rather than an Intel CPU with Nvidia GPU. Now, there's hints that Nvidia is planning to respond with a new GPU iteration of its own: The GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.
We're getting a slightly clearer picture of the performance hits on PCs from the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerability patches.
In 1994, Intel faced a public relations crisis over an elusive mathematics glitch that affected the accuracy of calculations made by its popular Pentium computer chips. After insisting that the problem would not affect many people, the company succumbed to public pressure and recalled the chips, costing it $475 million.
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Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) continue to respond to reports today of a chip flaw in Intel's parts that could pose security risks. To recap, an article overnight by The Register said the company has a flaw in its chips that it is working to address. The report pressured Intel shares today, even though Intel refuted what it called "inaccurate media reports."
Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, sold millions of dollars' worth of Intel stock-all he could part with under corporate bylaws-after Intel learned of Meltdown and Spectre, two related families of security flaws in Intel processors.
Following Intel's disclosure that many of its chips have been vulnerable to hackers, the company said Thursday that it's been rolling out updates for most processors introduced in the past five years, with more on the way.
A serious flaw in the design of Intel's chips will require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world. It is believed to affect chips in millions of computers from the last decade.
A serious design flaw and security vulnerability has been discovered in Intel's CPUs that will require an update at the operating system level to fix, reports The Register. All modern computers with Intel chips from the last 10 years appear to be affected, including those running Windows, Linux, and macOS.
AMD has had a fantastic past year. Its desktop-grade Ryzen microprocessors were successful in grabbing some x86 PC market share from Intel, which, in turn, nudged AMD back into profitability. And this might just be the start of the smaller chip-maker's newfound sales momentum. Advanced Micro Devices is readying up to launch a Ryzen Refresh line-up in the first quarter of 2018 on a slightly improved 12nm node.
A giant metal vehicle filled with a dozen or so people can strike fear in pedestrians and even other drivers. About 24,000 people are injured in bus accidents per year. This is due to the fact that most public buses have blind spots that leave pedestrians vulnerable to get hit, had they been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Technology developed by Israel-based Mobileye, which is an Intel subsidiary, is designed to cover these blind spots and save lives in the process.
If you thought this was a busy year for new processor releases, hold onto your knickers, it is about to get a whole lot busier. Looking at the release notes for the latest AIDA64 system diagnostics and benchmarking utility, there are several unannounced Intel processors on tap, including a mobile Core i9 processor and what appears to be a Coffee Lake refresh, due out sometime in 2018.