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Intel announces "Quark" processors to power wearable devices

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Intel fell behind in the mobile race which has been dominated by ARM processors so far, but the company has slowly been pushing its way back in. The company definitely doesn't want the same thing to happen with the upcoming wave of wearable devices; so, today the company unveiled its new line of "Quark" processors, which it plans to be in smartwatches and other wearables.

The Quark processors are going to be incredibly small, and power efficient. According to Intel, they will be one-fifth the size of the smallest Atom processor, and it will use one-tenth of the power. Intel CEO Brian Kraznich said of the applications for the new chip:
Smartphones and tablets are not the end-state. The next wave of computing is still being defined. Wearable computers and sophisticated sensors and robotics are only some of the initial applications.

Intel will have samples of the new chip design ready for the fourth quarter this year, but we shouldn't expect to see Quark in wide use until next year. The first run of the chips will likely find their way into "embedded" technologies, also referred to as "the Internet of things" (a term which recently made it into the dictionary.)

source: WSJ

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:17 10

1. Shatter (Posts: 1985; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Every day intel and AMD get closer to killing arm.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:30 5

3. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


in short they\'re still far

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 22:00 5

5. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Intel is inching closer, and AMD is getting hurt. AMD doesn't exactly offer the most energy efficient processors. They're working on it, but mobile Haswells are threatening Kabini/Temash in efficiency...

For their sake and ours, I hope their APU strategy succeeds -- and that they can also make some strides in improving energy efficiency too...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 07:49

6. Shatter (Posts: 1985; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Their newer APUs are good replacements for low end graphics card. Their Best APU right now the 6800k is between a GT 630 and a GT 640 or the equal of an $70-80 graphics card in short.

AMD will gain ground from people who want cheap gaming windows 8 tablets after they fix their power consumption.

Still 8670D is no where close to a high end graphics card even more like 5 years ago. Doubt it can handle next gen games above low..

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 09:32

7. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Their rumored upcoming Kaveri will have a graphics core next iGPU, so it'll be the strongest yet for an APU -- the problem is that with unified memory, RAM has to be soldered on and is thus unreplaceable. It also means that to not hamstring the iGPU, it needs higher bandwidth ram which costs a lot more (both higher clocked DDR3 and GDDR5) with penalties in latency that could limit CPU performance.

If they use expensive RAM it could offset any pricing advantage they have.

For their Temash successors, that kind of bandwidth RAM isn't needed yet, and so I think it will offer the best quality graphics yet, for tablets/tops anyway...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 15:51

9. livyatan (Posts: 678; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


"ARM IS GOING TO CANNIBALIZE X86, and we plan to be the leader in ARM"

Andrew Feldman, vice president of AMD server business unit.

http://www.zdnet.com/amd-bets-arm-server-chip-experience-means-market-gains-7000016857/

You ignorant idiot!!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:29

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


This really would be great for smart watches. Hadn't thought about that.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 21:32 2

4. goojman (Posts: 45; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I'd love to see where technology will be in 5 or even 10 yrs from now.. Such exciting times were in!!

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 12:47

8. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


x86 FTW!!!

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