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  • Intel: What The Company Will Show At Mobile World Congress [View article]
    Why would anyone want a Corvette when, for the same money, you could have a dual-motor Tesla. So far, the Tesla has left every muscle car in the dust when drag racing; it goes 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds. These races are documented on YouTube.
    Feb 28, 2015. 10:42 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Look At The Intel Developer's Forum [View article]
    > every time I see "IDF", the first thing I think of is "Israeli Defense Forces".

    Then you probably also think "intelligence" when you see Intel. In the military world, "intel" means intelligence, as in the "I" in C3I.
    Aug 27, 2014. 05:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Free Windows OS Is A Game Changer For Intel [View article]
    > Nadella made another shocking act this April 2. He is giving away free
    > Windows licenses for gadgets that have 9-inches or lower display size.

    Where is this news written? What I found upon Googling the subject is "Touch-Enhanced Microsoft Office for Windows Tablets Appears Nowhere Near Release,"
    There is no mention of free Windows.
    Apr 3, 2014. 09:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In The Pursuit Of Dividends: Intel [View article]
    > The replacement, being quantum computing, is not a field that I can discern that Intel is active in.

    Nasser, what do you know about ANY of Intel's R&D activities? Just because you cannot "discern" that Intel is studying quantum computing, or carbon nanotubes, does not mean that they aren't. Intel is spending $billions on R&D but doesn't talk much about how the money is spent.

    For what it's worth, in one micro/nanotechnology related DARPA R&D program with which I am familiar, an Intel scientist did participate in the program reviews last year.
    Feb 9, 2014. 03:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Thinking Beyond Mobile [View article]
    > According to Cisco, there will be 50.1 billion connected objects by
    > 2020 from 8.7 billion in 2012

    How many of the 8.7 billion or 50.1 billion require Intel processors? Most of the objects today consist of sensors, such as thermometers, pressure sensors, light sensors..., plus simple communications. These require minimal processing power.

    As a Cisco white paper, "The Internet of Things How the Next Evolution of the Internet Is Changing Everything" points out, "A special report in The Economist titled “Augmented Business” described how cows will be monitored... Sparked, a Dutch start-up company, implants sensors in the ears of cattle. This allows farmers to monitor cows’ health and track their movements, ensuring a healthier, more plentiful supply of meat for people to consume. On average, each cow generates about 200 megabytes of
    information a year." The 200 MB/y is 0.02 MB per hour!
    Jan 14, 2014. 09:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Does Intel Spend More Than Qualcomm In Mobile? [View article]
    Another area in which Intel competes with Qualcomm (and others) is in the hiring of the best new graduates. At a meeting early this year, attended by prof's from some of the top engineering schools, one prof mentioned that Qualcomm and Intel are paying new Ph.D. RF engineers starting salaries of $170K to 180K/year.
    Dec 16, 2013. 09:41 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Inside Internet Of Everything And Internet Of Things [View article]
    > For IoT to happen, the chips may need to be <$1.00

    A small number times a large number can be a large number; e.g. 50 billion x $0.25 = $12B. Moreover, nobody wants to change the batteries in 50B devices. Therefore, ultra-low power and energy harvesting will probably be essential for IoT. (My Citizen wrist watch never needs a battery; uses photons from the environment to supply the power, but, the quartz crystal oscillator in it runs at 32 kHz. It's much easier to have low power at 32 kHz than at the frequencies used in communications today.)
    Dec 8, 2013. 01:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Inside Internet Of Everything And Internet Of Things [View article]
    Ashraf, that ain't necessarily so! According to Cisco, for example,, "Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. Yet today, more than 99 percent of things in the physical world remain unconnected. The growth and convergence of processes, data, and things on the Internet will make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before, creating unprecedented opportunities for industries, businesses, and people." The company that will probably make most of the processors for these IoT devices will be the one with the lowest power consumption. If Intel's 14 nm and 10 nm devices have the lowest power, then IoT could be a huge market for Intel. The complexity (size) of Quark is probably far lower than that of, e.g., a Haswell processor.

    Do you have the full story on Quark? If not, then how can you say that it's just a science project?
    Dec 5, 2013. 11:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Bay Trail Systems Selling Out [View article]
    Every time I've called Dell technical support (I own an "all-in-one" desktop), I was helped by a tech in India. The support I've received has been outstanding! The tech calls back the next day, just to be sure that everything is OK and to ask if I have any additional questions.
    Nov 1, 2013. 10:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Bay Trail Systems Selling Out [View article]
    The Wall Street Journal had a positive article early this week, "The Laptops to Buy This Fall."
    "If you care about battery life in a laptop, look for what Intel calls its 4th Generation Core processors....
    Bottom Line
    It's safe to buy a laptop again. Just pay attention to those Intel stickers."
    Oct 26, 2013. 02:38 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel's Total Earnings Are Falling Faster Than Meets The Eye [View article]
    IoT = Internet of Things. IoT is a huge potential new market for INTC. See, for example,

    Some say the IoT started a few years ago, at the point when more "things" (sensors and other devices) than people were connected to the Internet. According to some predictions, like in the referenced document, "there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020." Perhaps these predictions have something to do with Intel building new fabs in spite of having excess capacity now.
    Jul 11, 2013. 09:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel's Total Earnings Are Falling Faster Than Meets The Eye [View article]
    > The masses just need to be educated in what the MSFT ecosystem offers...

    Why are Intel and Microsoft not using some of the huge amounts of cash they are sitting on to educate the masses?
    Jul 9, 2013. 08:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel (INTC) is "engaged in intensive negotiations" with the Israeli government about investing an additional ~$10B in the country, says a government official. $7B would be spent over 10 years to build a new fab in the town of Kiryat Gat, and $3B would be spent to upgrade Intel's existing Kiryat Gat fab. Intel, which continues to spend heavily on capex, has invested $10.5B in Israel over the last 10 years, and has received $1.3B in government grants. The chip giant also wants to take over a local Micron (MU) fab that's due to be shuttered. [View news story]
    Yup! Israel has more engineers and scientists per capita than any other country in the world.
    Jul 2, 2013. 01:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel's Skylake Is A Monster [View article]
    Ashraf, you have discussed just about every performance aspect of Haswell, etc., except one - audio. I recently connected my ~2-yr old Dell Latitude laptop to a stereo system. The audio quality was terrible. A friend connected his laptop, which had an external audio card, to the same stereo. The audio quality was great.

    Along with improved video, has the audio also improved in current vintage Intel processors? Will people who wish to use their laptop as a music player still have to buy an audio card?
    Jul 1, 2013. 02:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel Works To Develop Monolithic Integration Of Wifi And RF, Part II [View article]
    Reference [1] links to the 2012 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference Digest of Technical Papers (ISSCC), 19-23 Feb. 2012. There is a more recent reference in IEEE Xplore, in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Volume: 48, Issue: 1; Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JSSC.2012.2222... Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 91 - 103.
    Abstract—An x86 standard operating system compliant
    System-on-Chip (SoC) with a dual core ATOM processor and a
    custom interconnect fabric to enable modular design is presented.
    The 32 nm SoC includes integrated PCI-e Gen 2, DDR3, legacy
    I/O, voltage regulators, clock generation, power management,
    memory controller and RF portion of a WiFi transceiver in a
    32 nm high-k/metal-gate RF CMOS process with high resistivity
    substrate. The integrated RF transceiver for 2.4 GHz 802.11g
    operation achieves a receive sensitivity of 74 dBm, 8 dBm IIP3
    and a transmit output power of 20.3 dBm ( 25 dB EVM) at 14%
    TX RF efficiency.
    Jun 9, 2013. 09:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment