Winners of Intel’s Million Dollar PC Design Challenge

Intel PC Design ChallengeIntel has announced the winners of their 1 million dollar PC design challenge, and they are pretty good looking computers, but I believe I like the runner up the best.

Saying “goodbye” to the traditional big, beige box, TriGem Computer Inc. from Korea was awarded the grand prize for creating the best mix of style, acoustics, functionality and features for digital home entertainment with the company’s Home Theater Lluon “Black Crystal” design. Mesiro from Norway garnered the first runner-up nod for its “Asono Merium” system. Source: Intel Names Winners Of Million-Dollar PC Design Challenge

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Sun Welcomes Intel Back In

Intel had made processors for Sun in the past, but they moved to AMD processors because they felt that the Intel chips consumed too much energy. To be able to get back in with Sun is seen as a big move, because they had been AMD only, and should help Intel in 2007 and could possible persuade others to purchase Sun hardware, a win for both.

Sun Microsystems Inc. will begin building a line of servers based on chips from Intel Corp. and will receive Intel’s endorsement of Sun’s Solaris operating system, executives from both companies said Monday.

The long-term technology development alliance, announced by Sun Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schwartz and Intel CEO Paul Otellini, was seen as a sizable victory for both companies as they fend off threats from competitors in the high-margin server market. Source: Yahoo

They will begin shipping the new servers in the first half of 2007. Both companies have steadily lost money since the FIRST dotcom crash and are hoping they can turn things around before the second crash comes later next year. (You read it here first.)

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Core 2 Extreme Quad Processor Performance

Earlier in the week, Intel announced a single-socket processor built with two Core 2 CPU dies, the Core 2 Extreme Quad processor (code-named Kentsfield). The two dies connect via a 1066MHz (effective) front-side-bus (FSB). Intel claims that the FSB will have more than enough bandwidth to feed both cores, even if it is in heavy operation. Well, extremetech has got a hold of one and is comparing it to a Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, both of which are in identical machines, with the same motherboard, memory, video card and storage running Windows XP Prefessional Edition with service pack 2, running these performance tests, POV-Ray 3.70 beta 15, 3ds Max 8, DivX 6.25, and the 3DMark06 and PCMark05.

The full product name, as we noted earlier, is the Core 2 Extreme Quad QX6700. This is in line with Intel’s current naming scheme for CPUs, although they never called the previous Core 2 Extreme a “Duo.”

The CPU will clock at 2.66GHz with a 1066MHz effective FSB and may require a new motherboard. Intel noted that their new motherboard is an updated version of the D975XBX, which has been re-engineered to support the quad-core processor as well as DDR2/800 support. (Previous versions of the board would only support DDR2/667). It’s likely that some Intel 965P-based boards will also support the QX6700, but we haven’t received confirmation of that yet.

It’s likely that motherboards using the Intel 975X chipset and currently advertised as “Quad Core Ready” will work fine with the QX6700.

The QX6700 is rated for at 125 TDP (thermal design power), which is slightly less than the old Pentium Extreme Edition 965 CPU. However, unless you’re running four copies of Prime 95, it’s unlikely that all four cores will be running full-out all the time. Some of the boutique PC vendors have clocked the CPU up to 3.2GHz on air and 3.73GHz with liquid cooling. Source: ExtremeTech

Unfortunately, most of today’s PC games still tend to be single-threaded, so you won’t see much of a benefit initailly, maybe it it is a newer game, but that is changing rapidly, especially among game developers who are creating titles for pcs and the newer gaming consoles. Today’s game consoles require multi-threaded games, which mean PC games will be headed in this direction as well. But, while a gamer might not see as much improvement right now, 3d animation artists and video creators need to put back some money for it now, they will want one when they are available. Windows Vista will definately work well with a system containing one of these processors, a fast graphics card and high bandwidth memory, I can’t wait. Click here for the full detailed review with some great comparisons.

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Intel Core Processor Challenge

Intel is looking for smaller and stylish multimedia computers, and here’s your chance to show them what you can do, and a shot at the grand prize, $300,000 to enable mass production and $400,000 to co-market the design with Intel. Sounds like this will be won by someone who already has the abilities to design a system pretty fast and looking to get some extra marketing.

Intel is offering $1m in prizes to designers and manufacturers who can come up with sexier alternatives to the “big, beige box”.

The only condition is that entries must be powered by Intel Viiv technology, using the chip giant’s Core 2 Duo processors.

Beyond that, Intel urges potential applicants to “think outside the box”. Source: BBC

The panel of judges will include Intel president Paul Otellini and Kevin Sintumuang, associate editor of GQ, they will judge it on some of the following criteria: style, functionality and features. The winners will be announced at the Intel Developer Forum being held in March 2007, so you only have less than six months to make it. I would like to see some pics, so if anyone is entering, please send me some pics at webmaster at and I will post them on this site with links to your site, etc.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 28, 2006 at 11:36 am

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Intel: a Teraflop on a Single Chip

Intel has built a prototype processor that has 80 cores that can perform a teraflop! They hope to have these chips in production and ready for commercial use in five years. Sounds good to me, hooty hooo!

System power consumption is only one part of the equation. During the next few years, Intel wants to improve the performance per watt of power consumption of its transistors by 300 percent through new manufacturing technologies and designs, Otellini said. The next step on that road, Intel’s 45-nanometer manufacturing technology, will enable the company to build chips that deliver a 20 percent improvement in performance with five times less current leakage, he said.

But the ultimate goal, as envisioned by Intel’s terascale research prototype, is to enable a trillion floating-point operations per second–a teraflop–on a single chip. Ten years ago, the ASCI Red supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories became the first supercomputer to deliver 1 teraflop using 4,510 computing nodes.

Intel’s prototype uses 80 floating-point cores, each running at 3.16GHz, Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer, said in a speech following Otellini’s address. In order to move data in between individual cores and into memory, the company plans to use an on-chip interconnect fabric and stacked SRAM (static RAM) chips attached directly to the bottom of the chip, he said. Source:

They first mentioned this in 2001, when Intel began to warn about the dangers of heat dissipation in processors, they said at the time one of the solutions was to use multiple cores. Can’t wait to get hold of one of these puppies.

And, the new Quad core processors have 70 percent faster integer performance than the Core 2 Duos, so they once again regain the lead in performance over AMD.

If we get a processor this fast, it will have to be very expensive, unless Microsoft and future developers push the envelope in software, and we get hard drives that don’t slow us down, such as some huge hybrid drives, one would think these pc’s would be powerful enough to last a long time, and we wouldn’t need new computers as often.


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Four On The Floor: Intel’s Core 2 Quadro

If you are familiar with Toms Hardware Guide, then you already know how detailed their reviews can be. Well, here are 15 pages on The new Core 2 Quadro processors and how they are out to beat the pants off everyone else in the x86 field and to extend Intel’s lead over the competition. Lot of information.

There is a fascinating element to this combination of multiple processing cores, a fast architecture and even more performance: The new Core 2 Quadro processors are out to beat the pants off everyone else in the x86 field and to extend Intel’s lead over the competition. Check out the summit of the processor elite as we compare the upcoming Core 2 Quadro CPUs with Core 2 Duo/Extreme, Pentium Extreme Edition and the AMD Athlon 64 FX.

Are there any limits to the performance frenzy? Even expert opinions are deeply divided, ranging from “more cores are absolutely necessary” to “why do I need something more than my five-year-old PC system?” Although the Core 2 quad-core processors are not expected to hit retail channels before October, Tom’s Hardware Guide had the opportunity to examine several Core 2 Quadro models in the test labs. We would like to make it clear that these samples were not provided by Intel.

Basically, Intel packs two Core 2 Duo processors into one package. This poses several questions: How fast are four cores versus the not-exactly-a-weakling dual-core version? What will the heat dissipation and power consumption figures be like in a PC system with a quad core processor? Which applications can truly benefit from the increased core count? Is the current platform still sufficient? And finally, the question real enthusiasts are sure to pose: What can be expected in terms of maximum clock speed?

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