Intel has scheduled a news conference for Monday to announce the "Silvermont" micro-architecture for its line of low-power Atom processors. The redesigned chip will be implemented into smartphones and tablet computers, as well as microservers and data-center gear, Brooke Crothers writes. This is the first redesign of the processor since 2008.
Intel said it will officially roll out its fourth-generation "Haswell" processors on June 3. The more energy-efficient chips are expected to be quad-core processors for laptops and other applications, Brooke Crothers writes.
Intel has declined to join in the establishment of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation, and a source says Intel prefers to support the OpenCL initiative, Brooke Crothers writes. HSA is a graphics-chip architecture originally created by Advanced Micro Devices, and the foundation aims to make it easier for software developers to take advantage of central processing unit and graphics processing unit co-processors.
To give small Web design companies a boost when it comes to business development, Microsoft is offering thousands of dollars' worth of software and services for only $100, Brier Dudley writes, noting that the gesture comes just prior to rival Adobe's annual design conference.
Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. are set to unveil a strategic relationship today involving the production of Atom chips, according to reports citing an e-mailed Intel statement. The outsourcing move, which is not typical for Intel, is viewed as a boost for TSMC.