Have you had your eyes on a computer upgrade with Intel's forthcoming X38 Chipset? Over the course of the next week we will be looking at Intel's new X38 Chipset under Linux and Solaris as we look at the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe and the Gigabyte X38-DQ6 (this motherboard isn't even being announced until the 10th). Among the Intel X38 features include PCI Express 2.0, dual PCI Express x16 slots, Intel Core 2 Quad 1333MHz 45nm CPU support, and removing the overclocking protection from the motherboard. We'll tell you in these first two articles how Intel's X38 works with Linux and whether it's worth the upgrade over Intel's P35 Chipset.
In addition to the PCI Express 3.0 details, information on the next generation USB standard -- USB 3.0 -- were also shared by Intel in San Francisco. The USB 3.0 specifications will be finalized in the first half of 2008, but it will offer backward compatibility with existing USB 1.1/2.0 devices, ten times the performance of USB 2.0, energy efficiency improvements, and support for copper and optical interconnects. A USB 3.0 Promoters Group was also announced by Intel, which includes names like Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Microsoft, and Texas Instruments. The first USB 3.0 adapter was also showcased at IDF Fall 2007.
While running through the information we recorded from the Intel Developer Forum this past week in San Francisco, we didn't comment really on PCI Express 3.0 but wanted to share some additional details from IDF. While native PCI Express 2.0 graphics cards aren't even available yet, PCI Express 3.0 will over twice the bandwidth of PCI Express 2.0, which makes PCI-E 3.0 four times the bandwidth of PCI-E 1.0. PCI Express 3.0 also supports data re-usage, dynamic power management, backwards compatibility, and atomic operations. The release specifications for PCI Express 3.0 will be available in 2009 while PCI-E 3.0 products aren't expected until 2010. Meanwhile, Intel's Xeon 5400 Chipsets and Intel's X38 Express Desktop Chipset will support PCI Express 2.0 this year.
Next week Phoronix will be providing live coverage from the Fall 2007 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) taking place at the Moscone Center. We'll be covering everything from Harpertown / Stoakley benchmarks to Intel's Moblin project and Ian Murdock's speech on Solaris (Project Indiana). There will also be a technology showcase. However, we'd like to hear from you what else you would like covered at the Intel IDF this fall. Check out the Fall 2007 IDF website and then let us know in the Phoronix Forums what you would like to see covered.
On Wednesday we reported on Intel driver fixes for graphics tiling on the 965 chipset (GMA 3000/X3000). Today another batch of commits hit the xf86-video-intel driver (there were 10 commits in the past 6 hours) that should finally fix tiling on the 965 and enabling it by default on this video chipset. Other fixes and code cleaning had also went into this latest round of open-source work. See all of the latest details at FreeDesktop.org.
Two commits to the Intel X.Org driver address previous issues with this open-source driver and the Intel 965 (GMA 3000/X3000) Chipsets. Copying of memory blocks of the sf_kernel when a mask is needed has been corrected by David Airlie. Intel 965 Chipsets with the latest Intel X.Org git code can now handle composite acceleration to A8 destinations. There is, however, high overhead with the Intel compositing setup that results in a text-rendering slowdown. All of the latest Intel X.Org information is available from the xf86-video-intel git.
On the Phoronix Forums we have now created a forum dedicated to the discussion and support for Intel's X.Org driver and their other Linux software projects (such as PowerTOP). This is similar to our AMD (Open and Closed) and NVIDIA forums. Previously discussion had taken place in our other sub-forums. We have started moving the appropriate posts into this new Intel Linux forum and you can check out the new forum here. Contact us with any comments or suggestions you may have.
Yesterday we told you about the latest work with the Intel X.Org driver and today there is another batch of commits to the xf86-video-intel driver. INTEL_VERSION_MAJOR / MINOR / PATCH has been defined using PACKAGE_VERSION_*, fixing pitch in Prepare* functions, fix EXA rendering with tiled front buffer on pre-965 GPUs, and merging branch "origin".
Committed to Intel's X.Org driver git tree (xf86-video-intel) has been four updates in recent days. Ending off July was a commit that added back-light support for the 965GM and also a check to make sure legacy-enabled systems don't reduce the range of user-presented back-light values. Improvements made to the Intel open-source graphics driver earlier today include tiled rendering and fbc fixes, merging the master branch, and limiting solid and copy offsets to 4k when rendering to tiled targets. The latest code and summary of changes are available through the FreeDesktop.org gitweb.
There's been the GNOME Mobile and Embedded Initiative and the Ubuntu Mobile Initiative, but now Intel has started their own mobile Linux initiative. This initiative is to develop open-source software for the Intel Mobile Internet Device and other consumer electronic devices. Intel's Moblin project is currently made up of the Linux kernel, UI framework, browser, multimedia framework, and embedded Linux image creation tools. The Moblin project is of course geared towards devices with Intel's architecture, but it will be open to competing architectures as well. Additional information can be found at the Moblin project site.
Aside from introducing the Core 2 Duo E6550, E6750, and E6850 processors and the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 quad-core processor, Intel has today announced the first-ever Core 2 Extreme processor that is targeted for mobile laptops. This new mobile processor is dual-core, but next year Intel hopes to introduce quad-core processors for consumer notebooks that will be battery friendly. The mobile Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 processor is clocked at 2.6GHz, but Intel has even unlocked the over-speed protection so that OEM manufacturers have the ability to overclock this mobile processor.
It appears that later this month Intel will be announcing a new technology that will be open-source. Phoronix has been invited to an Intel party where this technology will be unveiled. This party and dinner consists of an insider group of bloggers and journalists in Portland, Oregon during Ubuntu Live and OSCON 2007.
Over at Kernel Trap is an article on how Intel's Core 2 processor series has a number of serious bugs. Some of these Intel Core 2 bugs will even be exploitable by user-land code. While BIOS updates can address some of these problems, BIOS vendors are usually late in issuing these updates and Intel Corporation isn't so quick to help out Linux and the alternative operating systems.
Today Intel has released the Intel C++ Compiler and Fortran Professional Editions that are designed to simplify and speed software development for multi-core processors. These two software products combine the use of vectors and threads and uses loop transformation to accelerate your software on multi-core processors. The Intel C++ Professional Edition and Fortran Compiler Professional Edition is available for Linux as well as Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The press release is available here. Intel today also announced its new Chipsets at Computex, the press release for the Intel Express G33, Q33, P35, Q35, and X38 is available in the Phoronix Forums.
PowerTOP is a new open-source Linux utility available from Intel, which analyzes how well your laptop computer stacks up for power savings. In fact, PowerTOP will even provide which applications are consuming the most power and thus draining your battery. This tool will hopefully allow developers to optimize their applications for maximum power savings. Intel's PowerTOP works best using the Linux 2.6.21 kernel or later due to the tickless kernel feature. More information is available from this Intel website.
This morning Intel has finally rolled out its upgraded Centrino platform, which for months has been known by enthusiasts as "Santa Rosa". Some of the benefits for Intel's Santa Rosa include a faster bus, draft 802.11n WiFi, and new Core 2 Duo processors. Phoronix will be looking at an Intel Santa Rosa notebook under Linux and Solaris very shortly.
ZDNET and APCMAG are reporting some interesting details today from the Intel camp. One of the details surfacing is Intel Enhanced Dynamic Acceleration Technology (or EDAT for short), which will increase the clock speed of a single Intel Core 2 Duo core depending upon the load. If you are running a single threaded application, the new Intel Core 2 Duo will be able to clock down the core not being utilize while increasing the speed of the active core (like overclocking, but Intel says it's all part of their specification). Enhanced Dynamic Acceleration Technology will appear on Intel's Santa Rosa platform. Santa Rosa will also include draft 802.11n connectivity along with Intel Turbo Memory. This new mobile platform is expected by the end of June. On the other hand, ZDNET's report details a new mobile Internet device being manufactured by Intel that runs Linux. Intel calls this UMPC-like creation a MID, or Mobile Internet Device, and will have a small screen along with a dual-core processor running between 600MHz and 800MHz.
Today Intel has extended its quad-core family with the introduction of the Core 2 Quad Extreme QX6800. This quad-core desktop processor will set you back $1,200 USD but runs at 2.93GHz and has a total of 8MB of L2 cache. We are working on providing Linux coverage of the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 shortly, but in the mean time you may be interested in our Intel Penryn and Nehalem information.
Intel has today announced new quad-core Xeon processors that are a miracle at 50 Watts! These new energy efficient processors dramatically reduce the power consumption of the original Xeon 5300 Clovertown processors. These new Xeon processors are the Intel L5320 and L5310. The press release is available here. Our original Xeon 5300 Clovertown preview is also available.
This morning we posted our second look at the Intel GMA 3000 integrated graphics performance under Linux as it compares to the open-source Radeon drivers. This article can be read here. Discuss here. Digg here.
A new Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG driver is now available for Linux users. This new driver (iwlwifi) is based upon the d80211 subsystem. The driver also requires no user-space regulatory daemon, which has been replaced by a new microcode image. However, the iwlwifi driver will likely not be merged into the mainline Linux kernel until the 2.6.22 kernel. More information on this new driver is available at Intel Linux Wireless as well as KernelTrap.
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.
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