Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jun 2013 22:08 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Several Android tablets running on Intel Clover Trail+ Atom processors broke cover at Computex Taiwan. Intel's dual-core, 1.6GHz Atom Z5260 is fueling a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablet, as well as Asus's 6-inch Fonepad Note and 10-inch MemoPad FHD10 tablets, while Asus also unveiled a hybrid 11.6-inch Transformer Book Trio, combining an Android slate based on a 2GHz dual-core Atom Z2580 with a keyboard dock running Windows 8 on an Intel Haswell processor."
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Intel is not all that evil
by _xmv on Thu 6th Jun 2013 05:13 UTC
_xmv
Member since:
2008-12-09

I'm not sure why people hate on intel. Maybe its just because they're big. Maybe its because they beat the crap out of AMD in the past. Cyrix anyone?

I see laughable unformed comments about how an intel CPU isn't fast enough unless you "add a SSD". I'm not sure how that's not even just flagged down to oblivion for inaccuracy.

Intel hardware always has good driver support. It always has fully open source drivers for Linux, ahead of time.
Intel hardware always seems to just work.

Now, tell me the same about various ARM vendors, or even AMD. You can't. They don't provide open source drivers. Even the Mali GPU's open source driver version is not proper.

I don't like big companies more than anybody else, but I , for one, wouldn't be all that unhappy if Intel took a part of the mobile CPU/GPU business. Maybe that'll wake up other vendors so that they provide me with the same level of confidence regarding performance, quality, reliability of both hardware and software. And why not, making the actual proper main Linux drivers open source, all the time.

Edited 2013-06-06 05:14 UTC

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RE: Intel is not all that evil
by Kochise on Thu 6th Jun 2013 06:55 in reply to "Intel is not all that evil"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

The matter is more complicated. In the 80's you had AMD doing faster processors than Intel (40 vs. 33 Mhz) but with the 486 DX Intel took the lead again thanks to its good FPU for 3D intensive games such like Quake.

The Wintel couple made really crappy steps to prevent other chip manufacturer to progress by entering the market. You mention AMD and Cyrix (Centaur bought by VIA) by there was others.

Intel try to push down desktop consumers' throat its own HD Graphic line of "GPU" instead to open this -NOT CORE- business to more legitimate companies. The HD Graphic line is not really 3D capable, while the less powerful ATI chip is.

Intel have a fairly nice R&D (with their amount of cash in bank, they can) but AMD made really impressive steps forward like with the K6-III, the Athlon, the x86-64, HyperTransport, the APU (integrating the CPU and GPU) and deserves some fame as well.

The x86 architecture is probably one of the worst ever made, this whole segmented memory, non orthogonal ISA, register banking between the FPU and MMX, etc... while more robust and elegant design should have win based on a pure technical merit (SH, MIPS).

Sure Intel have opened its specs, they wouldn't have nobody might have used their chips.

Kochise

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17


The x86 architecture is probably one of the worst ever made, this whole segmented memory, non orthogonal ISA, register banking between the FPU and MMX, etc... while more robust and elegant design should have win based on a pure technical merit (SH, MIPS).


Please people, stop confusing ISA with microarchitecture.

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