Haswell 20 percent of market in 2H 13

Autore: Welcome to Fudzilla


Intel has accelerated its plans to transition to the next generation 22nm Haswell core. It is supposed to launch in Q2 2013 from what we know and at this time it won’t storm much of the desktop market.

The current plans for desktop CPU transition state that in the first half of 2013 less than five percent of all Intel desktop processors shipped will have a Haswell core. Sandy Bridge E will remain fixed at its one to two percent, as it always was, while Ivy Bridge is destined to take some 75 percent of total processor shipped.

Atom remains fixed at less than 5 percent, while Sandy Bridge remains at slightly over than 10 percent. These are estimate numbers, of course. This is what Intel hopes and expects and sometimes it doesn’t live to its expectation.

The projection for the desktop mix in 2H 2013 looks rather interesting, as Sandy Bridge will remain with very small market share, well below Atom market share that stands fix at around 5 percent. According to the latest Intel plans Sandy Bridge should stay within one and two percent in 2H 2013 market share.

Ivy Bridge will decline to 60 to 65 percent while Haswell could occupy a massive 20 percent of market share in the second half of 2013. This is definitely a smaller ramp than with Ivy Bridge, that started with some less than five percent in first half of 2012, only to grow to 35 percent in second half of 2012.

Haswell won’t be able to grow that fast, and we remain curious about the cause. It might be that Haswell will have an aggressive role on the mobile front as with its 10 W TDP possibility it might end up quite attractive.

At this time, these are the desktop numbers and the mix that is expected for the latter part of 2013.

Mozilla festeggia l’ottavo compleanno di Firefox

Autore: IlSoftware.it

Esattamente otto anni fa Mozilla lanciava la prima versione stabile di Firefox, un browser web che – innegabilmente – ha contribuito a cambiare la natura del web. Figlio di Phoenix e Firebird, prodotti che apparvero sin dal 2002 (i nomi furono abbandonati in seguito ad una contestazione legale avviata da Phoenix Technolgies, società produttrice dell’omonimo BIOS per personal computer e per la sovrapposizione con il nome del database Firebird, già esistente), Mozilla Firefox è stato il primo browser web a proporsi quale alternativa ad Internet Explorer e Netscape.

Jonathan Nightingale, uno degli ingegneri di punta di Mozilla, ha scritto: “abbiamo avuto l’audacia di credere che potevamo cambiare le cose“. Nightingale si riferisce alla ventata di novità che Firefox ha portato con sé rispetto allo “status quo” allora rappresentato dal browser di casa Microsoft. “Eravamo certi che una comunità di programmatori che ben comprendevano le potenzialità del web, che ponevano e pongono le persone al di sopra del profitto, potessero costruire qualcosa di stupefacente“, ha aggiunto l’ingegnere Mozilla.

Dopo otto anni – prosegue Nightingale – il web è sicuramente mutato in modo profondo mentre non è cambiata la missione di Mozilla e di Firefox: “Firefox rappresenta i valori e la visione di Mozilla“, ha aggiunto l’ingegnere ricordando quel “manifesto” che ancor’oggi funge da stella polare.

Firefox 1.0 è finalmente tra noi. (…) L’evento sarà accompagnato da molto clamore: basti pensare che Mozilla Foundation si è attivata per acquistare (grazie alle sovvenzioni da parte degli utenti di tutto il globo) un’intera pagina pubblicitaria sul prestigioso New York Times“, avevamo scritto nella news pubblicata su IlSoftware.it proprio otto anni fa (vedere l’articolo Firefox 1.0: oggi il gran giorno con l’uscita della versione finale).

Oggi il mercato dei browser web è diventato decisamente molto più affollato che in passato. Sotto la spinta di Google, Chrome avrebbe quasi acciuffato Firefox in termini di quote di mercato. Stando alle statistiche di NetApplications aggiornate al mese di ottobre 2012, Internet Explorer resterebbe in prima posizione con il 54,13%; a seguire Firefox con il 19,99%, Chrome al 18,55%, Safari al 5,21% ed Opera all’1,63%.

Curiosity’s latest discovery probably rules out life on Mars

Autore: ExtremeTech

Curiosity self-portrait, compiled from 55 MAHLI images. Rocknest on the left, Mount Sharp on the rigth.

Far, far away, on the diminutive, 4000-mile-wide Red Planet, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity has unfortunately found no methane in the Martian atmosphere. This puts a fairly large dent in the likelihood of there being life on Mars. In happier news, Curiosity has spent the last few weeks extracting delicious science from rock and soil samples at the Rocknest site, and the one-ton rover also took some time out to snap the coolest interplanetary self-portrait you’ll ever see.

The methane discovery (or lack thereof) comes from the first analysis of Martian atmosphere, taken by the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument aboard Curiosity. SAM took a small gulp of Martian air and analyzed it with the Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer and the Tunable Laser Spectrometer — and in both cases, the sensors failed to detect any methane. This does not mean that there’s no methane at all, but it means that there’s no more than a few parts methane per billion parts of Martian atmosphere.

Results from Curiosity's SAM instrument, analyzing the Mars atmosphere

This is of scientific interest because, on Earth, about 90% of the methane in our atmosphere is produced by living organisms. Methane could also be a precursor for the formation of simple life. The fact that Martian air contains no methane would suggest that there is no life on Mars. Or at least life as we know it…

The self-portrait of Curiosity at the top of this story (see larger) is a mosaic of 55 photos taken by MAHLI, the camera on the end of Curiosity’s robotic arm. On the left side of the frame you can see the Rocknest site that has occupied Curiosity for the last few weeks, and below the rocks you can see the bite marks made by Curiosity’s scoop. On the right side is Mount Sharp, MSL Curiosity’s eventual destination. The photo isn’t a chronic case of interplanetary narcissism: NASA uses self-portraits like these to make sure everything looks all right; that the wheels aren’t wearing down too quickly, that dust isn’t accumulating in the wrong place, and so on.

Finally, here’s a couple more images from Curiosity’s recent scientific endeavors on Mars.

X-ray analysis of Martian soil

This is the first X-ray view of Martian soil, captured by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument about Curiosity. CheMin fires an X-ray beam at a sample, and depending on the constituent minerals the X-rays are scattered in a different pattern — creating the rings that you see above. In this case, the soil contains crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes, and olivine (also called peridot or chrysolite).

Mars Rocknest site, Martian white-balance and Earth white-balance, side by side

This is simply a photo of the Rocknest site (where Curiosity is currently located). You can see how wind has blown the sand/soil into a dune-like formation, and also dusted the rocks. The image on the left hand side is what you would actually see if you were standing on Mars, within the Martian atmosphere; the image on the right has been adjusted (white-balanced) to match the lighting conditions here on Earth. This can make it a lot easier for human eyes to pick out interesting features.

Be sure to check out our extensive Curiosity coverage for more news from Mars, and, of course, lots of beautiful photos.

Rilasciati concept art e video del nuovo Elite

Autore: Hardware Upgrade RSS

Braben e il suo team Frontier Development con sede a Cambridge hanno lanciato una nuova campagna su Kickstarter con l’obiettivo di accumulare 1,2 milioni di sterline traminte il finanziamento del pubblico per produrre una versione moderna dell’avventura spaziale anni ’80 Elite.

Elite: Dangerous

Si parla da oltre dieci anni di un nuovo capitolo della serie Elite, ma nessun progetto si è mai materializzato. D’altronde, creare un Elite che sfrutti le potenzialità dell’hardware dei PC di oggi è sempre stato un sogno per Braben.

“Immaginate cosa si possa creare oggi, spremendo completamente i PC più all’avanguardia per creare un Elite o un Frontier moderno”, Braben stuzzica così i palati dei suoi fan. “Non è solo una questione di prestazioni, anche se siamo in grado di creare delle cose visivamente splendide, ma c’è anche la possibilità di testare il modo in cui funziona oggi la rete. Anche perché internet non esisteva ai tempi di Fontier”.

Per il momento il progetto è chiamato Elite: Dangerous e nei piani sarà un epico gioco ad ambientazione spaziale con grafica all’avanguardia, gameplay profondo e la possibilità di giocare in multiplayer.

“Mi sono divertito moltissimo a creare e giocare l’originale Elite e i suoi seguti. Ricreare quella magia è assolutamente fenomenale e sembra che sia possibile adesso. Grazie mille a coloro che hanno già fatto il loro investimento”.

“Sarò franco: ci sono state un paio di false partenze per questo progetto nel corso degli anni, ma i progressi poi non si sono rivelati positivi come sperato”, ammette Braben. “D’altronde, comprensibilmente, altri progetti hanno richiesto le nostre attenzioni e hanno pertanto acquisito priorità. Nonostante ciò, ci siamo tenuti pronti affinando la nostra tecnologia e ponendo le fondamenta del progetto, in modo da avere a disposizione questi asset quando i tempi fossero stati maturi per iniziare. E quel momento è arrivato”.

Frontier Development, che ultimamente ha lavorato su giochi come Kinectimals per conto di Microsoft, intende usare Kickstarter per misurare il livello di interesse verso il nuovo progetto. Al momento Braben ha raccolto poco meno di 400 mila sterline.

Inside Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (DC3217BY)

Autore: AnandTech



Back at IDF Intel gave us a hands on demo of its Next Unit of Computing (NUC), a custom form factor motherboard that fits into an Intel-supplied 4″ x 4″ x 2″ chassis. The first-generation NUC is built around a dual-core ULV Ivy Bridge CPU, the Core i3 3217U (17W TDP, 1.8GHz frequency, no turbo, HD 4000 graphics running at 350MHz – 1.05GHz).


Intel will be selling two versions of the NUC: the DC3217IYE and the DC3217BY:















Intel NUC Kit Comparison

 

DC3217IYE

DC3217BY

CPU

Intel Core i3-3217U

Intel Core i3-3217U

Chipset

Intel QS77 Express

Intel QS77 Express

RAM

2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM slots

2 x DDR3 SO-DIMM slots

HDMI Output

2

1

USB

3 x USB 2.0

3 x USB 2.0

Gigabit Ethernet

Y

N

Thunderbolt

N

Y

mini PCIe (half-height)

1

1

mini PCIe (full-height, mSATA support)

1

1

Chassis Color

Black

Black with Dark Red Top

Power Supply

External 19V DC

External 19V DC


Intel sent along the DC3217BY which it expects to see on sale via Amazon and Newegg around early December for $ 300 – $ 320. For that price you basically get the motherboard (including CPU) and chassis. Memory, mini PCIe cards and even the power cord all come separately. The power cord you’ll need to buy is a C6 type that plugs into the power adapter’s C5 type connector. The 3-plug C6 connector is also known as a cloverleaf connector. My assumption here is to keep costs down Intel avoided including this part as they’d need to have a different cable depending on what part of the world the NUC was being sold into. The kit also comes with a VESA mounting bracket.


Building the NUC is incredibly simple. There are four screws that hold the chassis together, removing them gives you access to the motherboard:



You don’t actually need to go any further if you just want to get the NUC up and running. From here you can install up to two 8GB DDR3 SO-DIMMs. The bottom mini-PCIe slot accepts a half height card (perfect for WiFi) while the top slot can take a full height card or an mSATA drive. The antenna pigtails for WiFi are already routed to the appropriate spot inside the chassis. This model has an integrated Thunderbolt controller which you can see in the upper right of the machine.



Intel sent along its mSATA SSD 520 (180GB), which is a SandForce based mSATA drive from Intel using 25nm MLC NAND. SandForce controllers work very well in mSATA form factors since they don’t require any external DRAM. There are only four IC packages on the mSATA 520: the controller itself plus 3 x 64GB 25nm MLC NAND devices. Intel’s SSD Toolbox labels the drive as an SSD 525, however the part numbers above indicate 25nm NAND which would make this a 520.



Going further, there are four screws that hold the motherboard in place, remove them and you can pull the board out completely:



On the underside of the motherboard you’ll find the heatsink/fan covering the QS77 chipset and the Core i3 CPU:



Under heavy load the fan will kick in, but it’s barely audible from more than 18″ away from the chassis. The top of the plastic chassis does get quite warm (48.7C) while the CPU is running full tilt. The 65W power adapter will pull around 10W for the full system at idle and peak power consumption for the NUC tops out at 19.3W when running our x264 HD test.



Performance is obviously going to be in line with other 17W mobile Ivy Bridge CPUs. We don’t have a huge library of x264 HD 5.0.1 tests to compare to, but this should give you a bit of an idea of how the NUC would compare to a full blown 65W Core i3 based desktop PC:


Windows 8 - x264 HD 5.0.1 - 1st Pass


Compute bound tasks will obviously be slower, but lighter usage models will be just fine. Remember that this isn’t an Atom based system, you’ll actually get decent performance out of it. I’ll be running some more benchmarks on the machine over the coming weeks, including a look at GPU performance.


The NUC is a nifty little concept and I’m glad Intel is bringing it to market. Obviously I don’t see the NUC replacing everyone’s desktop, but if you’ve got a specific application where form factor matters more than absolute performance (albeit one where you still need good performance) there may be a good fit here. What I’d love to see is for the NUC to be turned into a standard form factor, with a real ecosystem of multiple parts suppliers building components. Intel keeping it all in house, at least for the first revision, makes sense in order to establish a good baseline.