Intel’s new Atom platform brings a significant 50x power reduction for greater battery life and smaller devices while delivering high performance. For handhelds, these low power benefits translate into >10 days standby, up to 2 days audio and 4-5 hours of browsing/video battery life. The Atom chips are designed for a range of consumer devices, including high-end smartphones and tablets, and offer a choice of operating systems and wireless networks. The chips bring a PC-like experience with fast Internet, multi-tasking, full 1080 HD video, 3-D graphics and voice calling capabilities. Get more info here.
New Atom™ Processor Platform Using Significantly Lower Power Readies Intel for Smartphone, Tablet Push
Reader’s Digest has included Intel’s Home Energy Dashboard on their “25 Inventions that Will Improve Your Life” list. The list features ideas, inventions, and gadgets for everyday life including mobile wallets, bionic eyeballs and spray-on solar panels. Check out the article online and in the May 2010 issue of Reader’s Digest.
In a May 3 report, Morgan Stanley Research highlights that the “basis of competition will continue to shift away from basic phone/voice capabilities toward various compute functions, including graphics, video, and audio, requiring increasing wireless internet data bandwidth. Consequently, our view is that the basis of competition will shift increasingly toward ability to handle compute functions – an area of strength for Intel.” The report goes on to highlight Intel’s “Moorestown” platform and says that “with Moorestown, Intel will finally start to meet the power budget for Smartphones.” Read the complete report.
Today, Intel released Intel® Threading Building Blocks (TBB) 3.0, a high-level parallel programming toolkit that helps software developers take advantage of multicore processors. This update includes enhanced support for the recently-released Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and introduces numerous performance and feature improvements that give developers access to cross-platform capabilities. Intel TBB has seen wide industry adoption among independent software vendors, including Adobe Systems which has incorporated it into several of its Creative Suite 5 software applications. The functionalities Intel TBB introduces to Creative Suite 5 help Adobe customers create, deliver and optimize high-impact digital content. Intel TBB is available for open source and commercial operating systems.
At the Screen Media Expo in London, Intel and Microsoft announced the availability of an Intel® Core™ processor and Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7-based evaluation kit for digital signage applications. Designed to help enhance customer engagement in a variety of environments such as retail stores, hotels, banks, airports, the kit is available to developers now via Winmate.com. More information is available in the Embedded Press Kit.
Intel Capital today announced three U.S.-based investments totaling approximately $15 million. The deals include eldercare website Caring.com, real estate investment ratings provider SmartZip Analytics and infrastructure services provider Virtustream. Funding for the investments comes from the $200 million Intel Capital Invest in America Technology Fund. Announced in February, the fund invests in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries to foster economic recovery and growth, and to anchor the nation’s competitiveness on the global stage. For more information on the investments view the press release here.
Austin,Texas-based Waskul Entertainment created a unique solid-state drive (SSD) demo at the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show featuring a Yamaha Disklavier™ recording piano, Intel® X25-M Mainstream SATA SSD and live performance by acclaimed pianist and vocalist Sarah Thiele. The Intel SSD replaced a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) to record double the amount of music in a noise-free environment, critical to studio recording. Because an SSD runs cooler than an HDD, it also helped better protect the wooden sound board contained within the piano.