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Intel Hardware

Intel Supercharges Atom Chips With 16 Cores and Pro Level Features (pcworld.com) 77

Agam Shah, writing for PCWorld: Intel's Atom was mostly known as a low-end chip for mobile devices that underperformed. That may not be the case anymore. The latest Atom C3000 chips announced on Tuesday have up to 16 cores and are more sophisticated than ever. The chips are made for storage arrays, networking equipment, and internet of things devices. The new chips have features found mostly in server chips, including networking, virtualization, and error correction features. [...] A surprising feature in C3000 is RAS (reliability, availability, and serviceability) capabilities, which is mostly found on high-end Xeon chips. The feature corrects data errors on the fly and prevents networking and storage equipment from crashing.
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Intel Supercharges Atom Chips With 16 Cores and Pro Level Features

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  • Apple switching to 16-cores A16M ARM processors for their new Macs.

    • More like Apple switching to the "Brand new" i3 processor for their newest generation of outdated powerbooks.

    • Apple switching to 16-cores A16M ARM processors for their new Macs.

      This would make a lot of sense. Is the A16M from their A line of CPUs? They might as well use the same CPU in their Macs as they use in iPhones, so that their Macs can leverage iPhone apps. There is no compelling reason for Macs to be x64 (the way there is for Windows)

      • AFAIK they're up to "A10" now, I just imagined a new model number that was "16" as in sixteen cores and I added M at the end for Mac.

        But yes, increasing their profits (Tim Cook would never lower Mac prices, even though he doesn't seem to care about Macs at all) could be done by using their own ARM CPUs instead of paying Intel for their overpriced CPUs.

        Tim Cook seems to think an iPad Pro can replace a computer, so the next logical step is to replace the computer hardware with iPad hardware.

        Bonus points if th

        • Profits would be one - and the main - thing definitely, but it would also give Apple a simpler ecosystem to maintain. It would be them doing what Microsoft tried in Windows 8, but better: merge the OS X and iOS code bases to the binary level, and eliminate the need for fat binaries. It would also make available to the Mac just about every app that's available for iOS. While some of them - such as Vonage or Lyft - maybe unsuitable for Macs, others, such as WhatsApp, could be very useful - enablin

          • Apple could get most of those benefits by "simply" requiring submissions to the App Store be universal binaries compiled for Intel.

            For me, the availability of Windows in virtualization trumps the ability to run iOS apps outside of virtualization. Frankly, most of them would be bizarre on a huge laptop screen - like viewing a mobile website on a desktop computer. The only thing keeping me on Mac is its "universal" status. I can run Windows, Mac, various unixes. I can compile X11 apps, develop for iOS or Andr

  • These chips sound great.

    I have just finished building a pfSense firewall/proxy/router etc based on a PC Engines APU SOC. This has 4 AMD cores and 4 GB of RAM and is plenty powerful enough for what I need.

    I guess 16 cores with all those extra bells and whistles would be nice for bigger customers than mine, but to be honest, the box I put together is plenty good enough, and the price was right.

    Maybe the SME type market is not where Intel wants to play.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Can we have this in desktop processors too now, please? Bit errors in RAM are an underestimated source of data corruption and crashes.

    • I'd like if the voltage sensors worked under linux. I wanted to blame libsensors but I was told to blame desktop motherboards. You can run memtest once in a while as a weak alternative to ECC on a desktop but you can't diagnose the power supply without Windows.

      • by l20502 ( 4813775 )
        Sometimes is just a matter of downloading sensors-detect from git and running that instead of the packaged version.
        Also on my current motherboard both the manufacturers windows utility and lm-sensors show mostly bogus values because they read raw values, only the bios setup screen shows the correct values.
        • Wow, running "vanilla" sensors-detect did work, I think I had not tried that for a looong time. (Motherboard is old). You have to understand what the hell it displays and prompts you. It gave me the name of a kernel module for the Super I/O chip, you load it and everything is there albeit the voltage are almost all wrong, like they think they're measuring 3.3 volts voltages. One is at "0.10 volt", maybe that's the mysterious -12V. First one seems to be an accurate vcore, second one maybe memory controller v

  • They'll just fill up more cores with @#&$% McAfee scans; they own half the company. It's like a dog breeding company also selling pooper-scoopers.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 21, 2017 @03:49PM (#53907479)

    They'd like a spot at the table of the massive amount of chips that will be needed in autonomous cars and other AI driven machines. Parrelization works very well in processing data from lots of sensors. I suspect this is just the beginning.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Will these last longer than 18 months?

  • hope they fixed the clock issues plaguing the C2000 !

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