The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple today that revealed plans for a next generation Hybrid Drive utilizing both a hard-disk drive (HDD) and a flash drive.
Intel will be releasing a hybrid drive system in 2012, called Smart Response; but Apple’s application indicates they have plans to make their own. Where Intel’s hybrid will focus on putting mass storage on an HHD but keeping the OS, favorite apps, and essential services on a Solid State Drive (SSD), Cupertino seems to be focusing more on handling issues that cause HDD failures.
On November 15, pause to raise a pint to the 40th birthday of the original microprocessor. On that day in 1971, Electronic News carried an ad for the Intel 4004, the precursor of all processors, including the ones running your Mac and your iPhone -- and, for that matter, your car and your coffeemaker.
It’s tough being an early adopter, such as those of us who jumped on board the Thunderbolt train earlier this year with a new Mac, only to discover there was so very little to plug into that I/O port. Among the many promises of Thunderbolt is a docking station, and Belkin appears poised to please on that front.
Oh, Google. It's not that we don't admire your tenacity, it's that it's definitely keeping things interesting in this game of technology thrones. In this instance, Google's teaming up with Intel for the mobile throne.
The search engine giant is collaborating with the processor maker to help them get their hand at the smartphone game. "We want to make Intel archtecture the platform of choice for smartphones," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini onstage at the Intel Developer's Forum. "Every time we have collaborated with Google, good things have come out of it."
If you’re Apple Inc. and you’re unhappy with how much power your notebook processors are using, what can you do about it? Apparently, threaten to cut off your supplier and move on, which is exactly what Cupertino did with Intel -- but don’t worry, they’re not going anywhere (for now).
Two revolutions are now underway that will change computing forever -- if programmers can figure out how best to take advantage of them. The first is an explosion in the number of cores on a single chip, and the second is such a radical transformation of the microprocessor landscape that the geekerati can’t even agree on what to call it.
Earlier this year Apple moved past Sony to become Samsung's biggest customer. However, the relationship status moved to "it's complicated" when Apple began a series of accusations and lawsuits against Samsung for allegedly copying the iPhone and iPad. Now it appears Apple has started seeing other people, and is actively sourcing a new manufacturer to produce the A6 processor beginning in 2012.
Here’s a neat trick: Intel’s next-generation chips will require half the power of their current top-of-the-line microprocessors when providing the same performance—or they will boost performance by around 37 percent when running at the same power levels. Intel achieved this by redesigning the transistor, that infinitesimal on-off switch that makes chips tick. Today’s microprocessors have a slew of those li’l switches -- the Xeon X5670 in a fully loaded Mac Pro, for example, has over a billion crowded onto its 240 square millimeters
Remember when everyone kept saying that Apple was circling the drain? Remember Gil Amelio? Remember the beige boxes of yesteryear? No one could possibly have predicted that one day Steve Jobs would return to the company he helped found and bring it to a place of surpassing prominence. However, the numbers don't lie: Apple's stock closed today at $317.60 billion dollars, which is a hair over the $316.80 billion that results if you combine the shares of Microsoft and Intel. That's right: combined, Intel and Microsoft still come up short.
This year’s Computex trade show isn’t all about tablets, as Intel proved overnight with an update on its processor plans for the future. They include Ivy Bridge, a next-generation architecture that will power a new class of “no compromise” laptops that look strangely familiar to Apple MacBook Air fans.