Intel is still struggling to make 10-nanometer chips, but it might still have a few surprises up its 14nm sleeve. WCCFTech claims to have leaked data revealing that Intel will launch its 9th-generation Core desktop processors on October 1st, starting with unlocked models that could make the company's eight-core performance more accessible. The highlight for many would be the Core i9-9900K, the first mainstream desktop Core i9 chip -- you wouldn't have to pay a fortune for an X-series or Extreme Edition CPU. It would tout a 3.6GHz base clock speed, but could boost to 4.7GHz with all eight cores (5GHz with one or two cores) and support up to 16 code threads. The Core i7-9700K, meanwhile, would be the first mainsteam 8-core i7 part.
It was 15 years ago this week when Steve Jobs announced the switch to Intel processors. According to a new report, Apple will mark the anniversary by doing a switch again. This time, the transition will be away from Intel processors. In what has been one of Apple's worst-kept secrets, the company has been rumored to be working on home-grown ARM-based processors for the Mac for years. Based on the insanely speedy A chips in the iPhone and iPad, the processors could deliver the advantages Apple hasn't received from Intel in recent years: faster speeds, better graphics, and greater power efficiency.
When Intel launched its first Itanium processor in 2001, it had very high hopes: the 64-bit chip was supposed to do nothing less than kill off the x86 architecture that had dominated PCs for over two decades. Things didn't quite pan out that way, however, and Intel is officially calling it quits. The company tells PCWorld that its just-shipping Itanium 9700-series processors will be the last models in the family. HPE, the enterprise company resulting from the split of Itanium co-creator HP, will be the last major customer -- its extra-reliable Integrity i6 servers are getting the upgraded hardware, but you won't hear much from anyone else. The news marks the quiet end to a tumultuous saga.
Apple first unveiled Project Kalamata -- a master plan to replace Intel's Mac chips with in-house processors -- last month. While the operation was initially expected to begin in 2020, The Oregonian reports that work has already commenced in a'secret' engineering lab in Oregon. At the facility, Apple has apparently enlisted the services of "close to two-dozen" former Intel employees and Oregon tech workers. The shift away from third-party suppliers to custom-built CPUs could help reduce internal costs and give Apple more agency over the manufacturing process as a whole. Originally, the company had considered augmenting Intel's processors with a'Power Nap' chip, though it now looks like part of a long-term plan to go it alone.
Intel has unveiled what it says is its most powerful processor built for laptops. The chip giant says the new eighth-generation Core i9 chip is the highest-performance laptop processor it has released to date. Its new Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are manufactured using 14nm process technology and based on the Coffee Lake platform, which the company says offers notably better performance than its predecessor, delivering up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay and editing 4K video up to 59 percent faster. The most powerful chip in this latest series is the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, Intel's first mobile chip with six cores (two more than the previous generation) and 12 threads. It comes fully unlocked for overclocking, which Intel says "provides the opportunity to tweak the platform performance to its fullest potential," especially for content creation, VR and gaming.