With its latest many-core chips, Intel is looking to take on Nvidia and its GPUs in HPC environments for workloads such as machine learning and AI.
Intel officials for months have been talking about its many-core Xeon Phi "Knights Landing" processor, a chip that the company is positioning to compete with GPU accelerators like Nvidia's Tesla products in high-performance computing environments and such emerging markets as machine learning.
Intel's main Computex announcement was the launch of its high-end (and high-cost) Broadwell-E chips, but the company also made a passing mention of a couple of next-generation architectures for mainstream and low-end systems that will ship in finished systems by the end of the year.
Intel's plans to discontinue its Atom chips for smartphones and some tablets may not have killed the dream of a Microsoft Surface phone -- just the piece of it that made it so enticing.
In the wake of a restructuring that relegated the PC to just another connected device, Intel confirmed today that it has cancelled its upcoming SoFIA and "Broxton" chips, following its decision to cancel its Atom X5 chips, also known as "Cherry Trail." That leaves Intel with just one Atom chip, "Apollo Lake," slated for convertible tablets.
Intel’s Kaby Lake processors will be the 7th iteration of the Core family so we should be expecting some key improvements. The Kaby Lake lineup may not be a significant update over the Skylake family but Intel made things clear by announcing their latest process technology roadmap last month.
When Intel announced that it would lay off 12,000 workers in an effort to restructure itself for the post-PC age, there was one notable word missing from its spin-heavy press release: mobile.