Open-source users, rejoice! Intel will be diving into the world of manufacturing discrete graphics cards! With Intel's open-source Linux graphics drivers, this is a beautiful move for getting more users into using open-source graphics. More information and discussion is at the Phoronix Forums.
The PCI Express 2.0 specification has been ratified by the PCI Express Special Interest Group. The most notable benefit of PCI-E v2.0 is doubling the interconnect bit-rate to 5Gbps. With the PCI Express 2.0 standard, the bandwidth for a PCI Express x16 slot is now at 16Gbps! Other improvements in this latest standard include dynamic link speed management, link bandwidth notification, capability structure expansion, access control services, completion timeout control, function-level reset, and power limit redefinition. More on the PCI-E 2.0 specification can be read at PCI-SIG.
Intel is today launching the Xeon 5300 series (codename: Clovertown). These are some beautiful processors that can certainly boast a competitive edge in the server/workstation environment. We have already had our hands on these processors for a while and our performance preview can be found here. We had compared the Intel E5320 up against the Intel Woodcrest 5150 and Intel Dempsey 5060. You can join in on the discussion over at the Phoronix Forums. Intel will be having some web-casts and other information on these quad-core server processors going on from November 14 to 17 -- see here.
Intel's NDA on the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 lifts this morning. Look for Linux performance metrics to hopefully come soon from Phoronix, as well as additional details. These Intel Core 2 quad core processors will be shipping around November 14, along with the quad-core Xeons, which we will be also covering. Discuss Intel's latest Kentsfield and Clovertown processors over at the Phoronix Forums.
Intel has started an official blog named IT@Intel blog. The bloggers include several of Intel's top IT leaders. At this time there are five bloggers -- Martin Curley, Marty Menard, Jeff Moriarty, David Sward, and Nathan Zeldes. More on the Intel blog can be found here.
Intel has offered up $1 million USD in order to drive PC designers and manufacturers to offer up more small, sexy, and stylish PCs. Of course, the PCs for this competition need to be backed by Intel's Core 2 Duo processor. This competition is being dubbed the "Intel Core Processor Challenge". For determining the winner of this challenge, Intel is basing their decisions on style, acoustics, functionality, and features. More on this effort can be found here.
Intel Corporation has announced Serial Flash Memory (S33). The key benefit from Intel's Serial Flash Memory is the increased speed. Offered are 66MHz read performance capabilities, security features, and efficient system management. Memory densities range from 16MB to 64MB.
Intel has unveiled eight new Xeon 7100 series "Tulsa" processors. The Xeon 7100 series is based on the NetBurst architecture, support LGA-771 socket, and use a 65nm manufacturing process. The transistor count on these processors are more than 1.3 billion, and up to 16MB of shared cache. These processors range from the Xeon 7110N (2.50GHz; 4MB; 667MHz) at $856.00 USD to the Xeon 7140M (3.40GHz; 16MB; 800MHz) at $1,980.00 USD.
Intel has today finally delivered their Core 2 Duo mobile processors, which were formerly dubbed "Merom". The Intel Core 2 Duo mobile components currently consist of the T7600, T7400, T7200, T5600, and T5500 models. This Merom press release can be found here.
Intel has launched a new site today with a big open-source driver project for all of their integrated graphics from the i810 to i965 Express. The project's website is IntelLinuxGraphics.org. A thread has been opened on the Phoronix Forums for discussing this matter.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 8, 2006 -- The Inte Core2 Duo processor is the new brand for Intel Corporation's upcoming powerful and more energy-efficient processor families for desktop and laptop computers that will arrive in the third quarter, the company announced today. Formerly codenamed Conroe and Merom, the Intel Core2 Duo processors for desktop and notebooks PCs respectively are based on the newly designed Intel Core2 microarchitecture and will include two processing cores -- or brains -- per chip, hence the "Duo" addition. Intel will also call its highest performing processor for enthusiast and gamers the Intel Core2 Extreme processor. These ground-breaking processors will be built on Intel's advanced 65-nanometer design and manufacturing process technology that shrinks a processo's circuitry and transistors. This combination will deliver higher-performing, yet more energy-efficient processors that will spur more capable, stylish, silent and smaller mobile and desktop PCs while saving on electricity usage. "With this unified PC and notebook brand and microarchitecture, everyone will have a simple way to choose the most powerful and energy-efficient processors in the world, and developers will be able to more easily write optimized software just once for a variety of computing segments," said Eric Kim, Intel senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "We want these processors to be the heart and soul of computers that are increasingly bringing magic to our digital lifestyles." Having a common microarchitecture for the consumer, gaming, notebook and business desktop market segments makes it easier for computer developers to create more efficient software applications and can share capabilities across all categories if necessary. The dual-core processors will include the industry's largest integrated cache or memory reservoir called Intel Advanced Smart Cache that includes a unique design for faster performance on memory intensive applications. The products will also support such features as enhanced security, virtualization and manageability built right into the processors. Consumers and businesses will also be able to purchase these processors as part of Intel's market-focused platforms, a collection of Intel hardware and software technology innovation designed and tested together and tailored to specific computing needs. Intel offers wireless computing, in-home entertainment or business productivity platforms through the company's Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, Intel Viiv technology and Intel vPro technology brands respectively, all of which are powered by versions of these new processors. Starting with these new brands, the "2" will signal the arrival of a new generation of technology to the Intel Core2 processor line. In order to be consistent with current Intel Core processor naming, Intel will continue to use such terms as "Duo" to creatively and effectively indicate the number of processing cores per product. More at Intel.
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