Intel shows off fourth-gen Core processor lineup at CES

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Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2013, 08:48
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The cool stuff’s en route for this year.

Per AppleInsider, Intel on Monday demoed a number of upcoming processors set to hit market later this year, including low power versions of the company’s “Haswell” fourth-generation Core series CPUs slated to roll out in Apple’s inevitable 2013 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air refreshes.

While Apple wasn’t specifically mentioned in Intel’s keynote, which focused mainly on the chip maker’s push into smartphones and Ultrabooks, the processors outlined on Monday will likely be powering the MacBook lineup later this year.

According to the head of Intel’s PC client group, Kirk Skaugen, the fourth-gen Core family of processors are the first to be designed specifically for the Ultrabook initiative. The new silicon is said to bring the most significant battery life improvement in Intel history, with laptops using the CPUs boasting 9 to 13 hours of continuous on-the-go use.

“The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind,” Skaugen said. “We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls.”

Intel is making a strong push for touch capabilities in this year’s thin-and-light lineup, requiring OEMs to include the functionality in return for “Ultrabook” branding. The company is also mandating that Ultrabook manufacturers incorporate Intel Wireless Display technology into 2013 machines, allowing users to view digital content on an HDTV.

As Apple does not participate in the Ultrabook initiative, a category believed to be a response to the MacBook Air, the Cupertino, Calif., company is not required to incorporate touchscreen tech into its laptop products. There have been no reports pointing toward multitouch capable MacBooks and industry sources claim Apple will merely debut refreshed units in June with existing designs.

Stay tuned for additional details

Apple EFI Update Fries Vista Installs

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 22:25
Category: Intel

If you have an Intel Mac with Vista on Boot Camp… prepare to reinstall Vista after applying the latest EFI update. The Apple CSM (Boot Camp) runtimes have changed, and because Vista is semi-EFI and GPT sensitive… changing those runtimes fries the install. The good news is that Apple made these changes now so that when Vista comes out users won’t have to reinstall.

Update: Running Windows Startup Repair does try to fix the problem, but does not fix it fully. Windows will still not boot.

Apple EFI Update Fries Vista Installs – PCS Intel Forums

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Apple Begins Production of Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 08:03
Category: Intel

Apple Computer this month has begun to slow production of its existing Core Duo MacBook Pro professional notebooks ahead of refreshed models that will sport Intel Corp’s higher-performance Core 2 Duo microprocessors, AppleInsider has learned.

While Apple’s online store continues to list immediate availability of Core Duo MacBook Pro models, the company this week is quoting some of its distribution and reseller partners wait times of 2 to 3 weeks for new custom-configured orders.

These reports are joined by tips from insiders who say the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is preparing to begin — if it has not done so already — manufacturing ramp of its holiday line of MacBook Pro notebooks.

AppleInsider :: Apple prepares for Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro ramp

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Intel: Let Apple Be Apple

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006, 09:25
Category: Intel

Intel is cool with Apple keeping its entire user experience to a closed platform despite its underlying complexities, at least according to Eric Kim of Intel’s Digital Home Group. He told reporters at the CEATEC exhibition in Japan that “Clearly, Apple’s orientation is to deliver the best possible user experience from end to end by being closed. That’s what they do, and they are very, very good at it.” He went on to say: “We have a little motto inside Intel: ‘Let Apple, be Apple.’ We are happy to serve them,” he said.

Infinite Loop: Intel says “Let Apple be Apple”

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PC World: Notebook Core 2 Duo Only 7 Percent Faster; Same Battery Life

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2006, 11:32
Category: Intel

PC World tests indicate that you shouldn’t sweat it too much. Whereas Core 2 Duo desktops racked up dramatically higher test scores than their Pentium D-based counterparts, notebooks got only a small performance boost from the mobile Core 2 Duo… The biggest performance increase over laptops with same-speed Core Duo CPUs was 7 percent — enough to shave a few seconds off day-to-day business operations, but nothing more. PC World didn’t find any boost in battery life either. So, maybe Apple’s saving all those early adopters from a healthy does of holiday grief.

Spymac.com :: Waiting for Pro: This one goes past ‘2’

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Intel’s 80 Core Processor

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Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 21:10
Category: Intel

Intel’s CEO (pictured at right) told the audience that the chipmaker has already built a prototype with 80 processing cores on a single chip that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second — that’s a teraflop to the layman — and is aiming to ready commercial versions within five years.

Otellini also teased everyone with announcements of the new 45nm-based architecture, code-named “Nehalem”, which will ship in 2008, and the new “Gesher” 32nm chips by 2010, which would allow for a 310 percent increase in Intel processors’ performance-per-Watt by that time…

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Merom MacBooks Delayed/Not Delayed?

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2006, 23:40
Category: Intel

The Inquirer.net originally reported that Apple’s Core 2 Duo notebooks would be delayed until 2007, but then updated their post claiming that MeromBooks would indeed arrive in 2006. Maybe they’ll arrive… tomorrow?

Unless you have had your head buried in the sand, you know that Woodcrest is getting the lion’s share of production, over 70% of Xeons will be new. Conroe is next in line with 20+%, followed by a syphilitic trickle of Meroms. The keen among you will notice that these proportions are in relation to the pain Intel feels from AMD.

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Core 2 Duo Notebooks Available From Dell, Toshiba, Samsung and Alienware

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:35
Category: Intel

Intel yesterday announced their new Core 2 Duo mobile processor (a.k.a. Merom) and PC notebook manufacturers are already out of the gate with models utilizing the new chip. Suspiciously absent from the list is Apple, who may rev the MacBook and MBP as soon as 12 September (at Apple-Expo in Paris) or in the October/November time frame.

Now that Intel has officially launched its Core 2 Duo processors for mobile platforms, notebook manufacturers are scrambling to release new products based on the chip. Core 2 Duo processors bring 64-bit functionality to Intel’s mobile platform and all Core 2 Duo processors will feature virtualization technology.

Dell announced today that it is adding Core 2 Duo processor options to all of its mobile XPS systems and Precision mobile workstations. Dell will also make Core 2 Duo processors available on select Inspiron and Latitude models. The Core 2 Duo processors will be available in the low-end starting with the Inspiron E1705 at $1,124 going on up to the XPS M2010 which will start at $3,500 when configured with a Core 2 Duo processor.

DailyTech – Core 2 Notebooks on the Way

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Rumor of a Merom Refresh at WWDC

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 06:25
Category: Intel

They’re not sure if it’s going to be a new iMac or MacBook Pro but MacRumors has a page 2 story indicating that we could see a Merom refreshed Mac as soon as next week’s WWDC:

Also mentioned was a slight design update and Merom (Core 2 Duo Mobile) upgrade for one of Apple’s products. Currently, MacRumors believes this to be in reference to the MacBook Pro, however with iMac supplies dwindling at many retail locations, the possibility exists that it could also be the target of an upgrade.

Mac Rumors: WWDC Keynote Info? XServe, Mac Pro, Displays?

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Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2006, 22:31
Category: Intel

I missed this when it made the rounds about a month ago, but if you’re considering a MacBook this video is a good example of how Windows Vista Beta 2 performs on the MacBook’s shared GMA 950 graphics. (Spoiler: it runs pretty darned good!)

In previous articles, I said that Vista should run fine on the MacBook, even with its poor GMA 950 graphics. The Vista Beta 2 download was made public last week, and I finally got around to installing it on my MacBook. The full Aero Glass indeed does work fine on my 2.0 GHz Core Duo MacBook. Below is an H.264 Quicktime video (in two sizes) demonstating what Aero Glass looks like:

Everything Apple: Video: MacBook running Windows Vista with Aero Glass

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