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    Default Support Begins For Intel's New Haswell Audio

    Phoronix: Support Begins For Intel's New Haswell Audio

    For months already Intel has been working on Haswell enablement under Linux. While the Intel Haswell CPUs are still a year out from shipping, the graphics code is already being tackled quite extensively. This morning we're now seeing the first signs of Intel Haswell audio support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTExODc

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    But if Haswell also has a gpu part, isn't the audio part simply the hdmi audio?

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    Whats new in the audio on Haswell?

    Also, what is the point of integrating audio on the CPU?
    Whats next, they going to integrate network on CPU too?

    This makes it more difficult for a new company to enter the CPU business if they need integrate so much many things.

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    Looks like we are moving closer to a SoC...

    Quote Originally Posted by uid313 View Post
    This makes it more difficult for a new company to enter the CPU business if they need integrate so much many things.
    That would just be a benefit to Intel, also if they make sure that they sell a GPU and a sound card each time they sell a CPU they likely will get more revenue and push but GPU and sound card manufactures out of the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uid313 View Post
    Whats new in the audio on Haswell?

    Also, what is the point of integrating audio on the CPU?
    Whats next, they going to integrate network on CPU too?

    This makes it more difficult for a new company to enter the CPU business if they need integrate so much many things.
    Don't know, easier for mobile perhaps?, perhaps and lastly, I don't think so, you can just buy the IP for some part and integrate it into your own design. If AMD can integrate a video card with their cpu's then a "new" company can integrate something as simple as an audio block.

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    With Haswell are they moving the audio controller onto the CPU itself?
    Isn't that the kind of thing a journalist would ask someone in the know before publishing an article? I see comments here already that show confusion about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uid313 View Post
    Whats new in the audio on Haswell?

    Also, what is the point of integrating audio on the CPU?
    Whats next, they going to integrate network on CPU too?

    This makes it more difficult for a new company to enter the CPU business if they need integrate so much many things.
    Moving everything onto the CPU significantly lowers latency. And I wouldn't be shocked if the network chip eventually makes its way on the CPU die itself at some point.

    And please, plenty of companies continue to make CPU's, just not X86 CPU's. And nothing is forcing anyone to move these features onto the CPU die; they are all free to create their own chipsets if they so choose.

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