processors

Thu
06
Jun
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Intel, Samsung Reveal TV, Tablet Partnerships

Hardware producer Samsung and chip maker Intel have announced a new partnership that will see the release of TVs specially built for streaming video from a computer. The technology is based around Intel's new fourth-generation 'Haswell' processor . ... Samsung and Intel say the plan is based on the integration of Intel's Wireless Display technology into Samsung high-definition television sets. The firms say this will eliminate any need for a separate receiver to play content from a PC on a TV. Haswell Processors Built to Stream Video Wireless Display technology is a new feature of Intel's Haswell ... (view more)

Wed
05
Jun
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Intel, ARM Go to War Over Mobile Market

The rivalry between processor makers Intel and ARM is heating up and that may mean cheaper prices on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Historically, both firms have been dominant in very different markets. Most laptop PCs use Intel ... processors that are very powerful but drain a battery in just a few hours. Meanwhile, cellphones and smartphones most commonly run processors based on ARM technology. These processors are less powerful, thereby restricting the range of functions available on the device. However, they also place less pressure on a device's battery. The line between these ... (view more)

Mon
27
Apr
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Virtual Machines and x86 Virtualization

In computer science, a virtual machine (VM) is a software implementation of a machine (computer) that executes programs like a real machine. System Virtual Machine vs Process Virtual Machine A virtual machine was originally defined by Popek and ... Goldberg as "an efficient, isolated duplicate of a real machine". Current use includes virtual machines which have no direct correspondence to any real hardware. Virtual machines are separated into two major categories, based on their use and degree of correspondence to any real machine: a System Virtual Machine and a Process Virtual Machine. A system ... (view more)

Fri
21
Sep
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Quad-Core Power from Intel on the Way

There are few tech battles as heated as that between chipmakers AMD and Intel. Granted, video game fans getting pretty hot under the collar when defending their Xbox, Wii, or PS3, but just about everyone needs a computer, and these days that means ... just about everyone has to choose between AMD and Intel. Now, Intel is stepping things up with the introduction of a whole new generation of processors that will significantly boost performance without demanding inordinate amounts of power. The company is expected to finish the new family of chips by this time next year, a plan that's all a part of ... (view more)

Wed
15
Nov
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Quad-Core Processors: Coming Soon from Intel

Just when you thought Dual Core was all the rage -- leading chip producer, Intel Corporation, has recently launched a new series of chips that boasts four computing engines inside a single microprocessor. Labelled the "quad-core" processors, Intel ... promises that this innovative line of processors will undoubtedly be able to handle much more complex jobs at once over models that have only one or two ("dual") processing cores. This is great news for Intel, who is currently on the losing end of an ongoing battle with smaller, but (recently) much more effective competitor Advanced Micro Devices ... (view more)

Wed
02
Feb
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Comparing Processor performance (desktop and laptop PCs)?

Infopackets Reader Len M. writes: " Dear Dennis, Can you tell me what AMD mobile processor compares to the mobile Celeron 2.8, or where I can find a comparison chart? I am not used to working with Celerons and have just bought a used Toshiba ... Satellite Laptop-SA35-S1593 and it seems slow. It was new in January of 2004 from CompUSA. My online searches show AMD Athlon 3200 running at 2400, the Celeron runs at 2800? The Celeron laptop should be quite quick then?! " My response: First, note that some notebooks will run at 1/2 their speed (also called "speed stepping") if you ... (view more)

Wed
04
Dec
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AMD vs Intel -- a comparison between Celeron, Pentium and Athlon Processors

Almost exactly a year ago this day I wrote an article which compared differences between AMD and Intel Processors. Oddly enough, today I received a question from Ali N. which asked, "What is the difference between the Pentium 2, Pentium 3 and ... Pentium 4?" To shed some light on Ali's question, I've decided to re-print and rewrite portions of last year's article to give it a more modern taste. The article begins with a brief processor history , starting with Intel's Pentium 1 processor. The end of the article is followed by a comparison-overview chart to better explain ... (view more)

Sat
01
Dec
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Processor History

This week I received a question from one of our visitors which asked, "What is the difference between the Pentium, Celeron, and Athlon processors?" To best answer this question, we must first understand a bit of processor history, starting with ... Intel's flagship processor, the Pentium. In 1993, Intel brought the PC to a new level with the Pentium processor. The first Pentium processor ran at an astounding 60 Mhz, had 3.3 million transistors, and performed 100 Million Instructions Per Second (MIPS). Although no one today refers to the first Pentium processor as a Pentium 1, it is the ... (view more)

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