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.
With rivals Nvidia and AMD both offering graphics processors, Intel is now deploying screaming co-processors of its own in the form of FPGAs.
FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) are extremely fast chips that can be reprogrammed to do specific tasks. Intel last year acquired Altera for $16.7 billion as it started thinking beyond CPUs and stressing co-processors for demanding computing tasks.
Since the release of Intel's Skylake-based processors, we have been working tirelessly to learn everything there is to know about the architecture and its associated platform. The information we have accumulated over a number of months, but it seems to be constantly changing, creating confusion among tech enthusiasts. And so we're aiming to clear up conflicting information and condense everything we know about the Skylake platform down into a single resource.