Windows 8 bugs miff Intel’s Otellini

Intel chief executive Paul Otellini has poured cold water down the trousers of Microsoft’s Windows 8, saying that the software is somewhat half-baked.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Otellini told employees in Taiwan that the software is being taken out of the oven with a soft and sticky middle and needed improvements. He said that Intel was concerned at the level of bugs and fine tuning that appears necessary to get the beta systems demoed ready for prime time.

Microsoft is keen to get Windows 8,into the shops by next month in time for the holiday shopping season. Otellini said that it was a good idea that Microsoft shipped anyway.

Vole could make improvements afterwards, Otellini told staffers.

Intel is Microsoft’s closest partner, but Otellini is not the only Volish chum to diss the latest operating system.

Analysts such as Michael Cherry at Directions on Microsoft have said that while Windows is fundamentally sound, the operating system lacks a wide range of software and PC makers haven’t had enough time to work out kinks with drivers, which connect software to such hardware as printers.

This is similar to the problems that Vista had when it came on the shelves. It was met with poor adoption as the software didn’t work with many applications and drivers and was much mocked.

SpokesVole Mark Martin said that with 16 million active preview participants, Windows 8 was the most tested, reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft’s history. 


Microsoft to face EC antitrust charges

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Microsoft is set to feel the wrath of the European Commission over its failure to provide browser choice in Windows.

European competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia has indicated that Microsoft will be subject to formal charges after the company appeared to breach a 2009 antitrust agreement with the EC.

In a statement, Almunia claimed that Microsoft had “failed to keep its promise” by allowing a number of products to be shipped without a browser choice screen for customers.

“To meet one of our concerns, the company pledged to let consumers choose which web browser they would use with its Windows operating system,” he said. “By its own admission, Microsoft has failed to keep its promise. I take compliance very seriously and we are now considering the next steps.”

Almunia confirmed that the “next step is to open a formal proceeding” against the company, Reuters reported.

Microsoft has claimed that shipping software without a browser choice was due to a computer glitch.  It is likely that the EC will argue that at the very least, the company should have taken more care to ensure that Microsoft upheld its end of the bargain, struck in 2009.

The EC recently indicated that Microsoft had agreed to comply with antitrust rulings. Competition chief Almunia confirmed he had met with CEO Steve Ballmer, who made assurances that Microsoft would immediately address any concerns.

However, with formal proceedings beginning, the EC could now take stronger action, as Microsoft’s previous offer to extend its antitrust agreement by 15 months is unlikely to carry much weight.   

One legal expert claimed that Microsoft’s negligence could lead to “significant fines” running into the hundreds of millions of euros.

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Dell intros Windows 8 business tablet with swappable battery

As with every other PC maker, Dell is preparing for next month’s Windows 8 launch with a slew of touch-enabled devices, including a new business-oriented tablet. At first glance, the Latitude 10 appears to be just another black rectangle, but Dell has incorporated many enterprise features, including a user-swappable battery, a dock for improved productivity and Dell Data Protection Encryption (DDPE) for drive security.

The 10.1-incher carries an Intel Clover Trail SoC, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of flash storage and a 30WHr battery. Although some folks will be disappointed by the Latitude 10’s 1366×768 display, Dell has at least opted for a Gorilla Glass-protected IPS panel with wide viewing angles as well as a decent brightness, according to some hands-on accounts. The device also supports 10-point multitouch and an optional Wacom stylus.

Other features include a 720p webcam up front, an 8-megapixel camera in back, one full-size USB port, a Micro-USB charging port, a Mini-HDMI port, a headphone/microphone jack, a proprietary docking port, a Micro-SIM slot and a card reader to expand on the integrated storage. The dock/stand provides the Latitude with desktop-like functionality via four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, as well as HDMI and audio outputs.

The device measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs about 1.5 pounds with the stock 30WHr battery, though Dell will also offer a 60WHr unit. As mentioned, the battery is changeable and it seems easy enough to accomplish, requiring users to slide a small latch on the back, much like a laptop. Naturally, Dell plans to ship the Latitude 10 alongside Windows 8 in October, but the company hasn’t disclosed pricing yet.

Samsung: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB memory enter mass production

Samsung has started mass production of what they claim is the first 2GB LPDDR3 DRAM chip for mobile applications just 10 months after mass production started on DDR2 memory. The milestone marks the first time a 2GB LPDDR3 density chip is available as an all-in-one package as it utilizes four LPDDR3 chips stacked together.

The Korean giant says LPDDR3 will be a requirement moving forward as mobile devices ship with faster processors, higher resolution displays and advanced 3D graphics. Samsung highlights the fact that new LPDDR3 features a transfer rate up to 1,600 Mbps per pin (LPDDR2 maxed out at 1,066 Mbps) which equates to transmission rates up to 12.8 GB/s at the package level. This is approximately 50 percent faster than LPDDR2 parts.

Samsung expects the increased throughput to be immediately evident as the new chips exceed support for full HD video playback. This will allow real-time viewing of high-quality video without having to download the content first.

In related news, Samsung has also started mass production of 128GB eMMC for mobile devices. Besides increased storage capacity, these new chips are faster than existing products while still adhering to JEDEC eMMC v4.5 specification. These large capacity chips also use NAND with a toggle DDR 2.0 interface built using a 20nm manufacturing process.

Hopefully we will begin to see smartphones ship with 2GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage capacity in the not-too-distant future. I can’t help but wonder if a phone with 128GB of storage would render SD expansion slots obsolete. I mean, how much data does the average user carry around on their handset anyway?

Boeing Planning To Ramp Up In-Flight Calling, Wi-Fi And Entertainment

Boeing thinks you need even more ways to stay connected while on a plane. Agree? Not that it matters much, because the friendly skies are gradually becoming a place where you can no longer escape your work e-mail, and maybe, your work calls. The airplane maker has this week revealed that systems will soon be installed during production on the 747-8 and 777, enabling these aircraft to provide in-flight use of cellphones and Wi-Fi by the end of 2013. It’s all a bid to bring more wireless waves and more robust in-flight entertainment options to passengers, and in an increasingly competitive airline marketplace, it sure sounds like a good plan.

Additional connectivity systems are being evaluated for the 737 that could be available in the near future. The prime connectivity systems currently in development at Boeing are the Panasonic Global Communication Suite and Thales TopConnect system, and if all goes well, wireless media streaming is expected to be available on all new Boeing airplanes in 2014. Hope you’ve got a few spare batteries!


SEATTLE, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) continues to advance its suite of connectivity offerings on its family of commercial jetliners. Systems to be installed during production on the 747-8 and 777 by the end of 2013 have the capability to provide in-flight use for cell phones, wi-fi connectivity for passengers, internet access using in-flight entertainment (IFE), and live television broadcasts.  Additional connectivity systems are being evaluated for the 737 that could be available in the near future.  The 737 already includes wiring provisions for connectivity systems.

The 787 offers a post-delivery retrofit of systems that provide in-flight use of personal cell phones and wi-fi connectivity for passengers and is working toward a full set of connectivity offerings as part of its standard catalog by the end of this year.

“We’re always working to ensure that our products offer the airlines of the world the most modern and robust technologies available to provide their passengers with an exceptional flying experience,” said Mike Sinnett, senior chief engineer of Airplane Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Passengers want the option of staying connected to e-mail and the internet and other online offerings when flying. We’ve looked across the industry and are partnering with several connectivity system providers across our family of airplanes.”

The prime connectivity systems currently in development at Boeing are the Panasonic Global Communication Suite and Thales TopConnect system.

Wireless media streaming is expected to be available on all new Boeing airplanes in 2014.

Intel Looking Forward Heterogeneous Multi-Core Processors.

ntel Corp. may introduce its own heterogeneous multi-core microprocessors, similar to ARM’s Big.Little approach, provided that operating systems will support efficient operation of such designs.

“The other kind of heterogeneity we have seen on the ARM side is general purpose processors but smaller, slower ones and larger, more powerful ones and moving the workloads around when there is more stuff to do – that is another area of interest [for Intel]. Obviously operating systems must help there. Most operating systems tend to think all the cores are the same, but [they are] not in that case,” said Justin Rattner, chief technology officer of Intel, in a conversation with The Inquirer web-site.

There are a number of heterogeneous multi-core approaches that exist today, the best known two are accelerated processing units (which combine x86 processing engines, stream processors and fixed-function processing hardware) as well as system-on-chips (which include general-purpose processing engines, graphics processing engines, fixed-function hardware, custom hardware and input output capabilities). The main feature about the current heterogeneous chips is that they feature only one type of general-purpose cores; hence, they either offer great performance at the cost of higher power consumption, or they consume little power, but do not perform well in demanding applications.

One of today’s technology most significant challenges is how to create a system-on-chip (SoC) that meets the conflicting consumer demand for devices with both higher-performance and extended battery life. ARM’s Big.Little processing approach achieves this by pairing the best of the high-performance ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore and ultra-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 processors. Big.Little processing combines two different, but compatible processors within the same SoC and allows the power management software to seamlessly select the right processor, or multiple processors, for the right task. The efficient and seamless switching of workloads between the two processors is supported by advanced ARM system IP, such as AMBA 4 ACE coherency extensions, which ensures full cache, I/O and processor-to-processor coherency between the Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7, and across the complete system. Software and applications can therefore continue to run unhindered, and unnoticed by the user, as the tasks are rebalanced to provide the optimum Big.Little user experience.

Unfortunately, mainstream operating systems like Microsoft Windows cannot seamlessly switch tasks from one core to another, which makes nearly impossible to release a chip that would contain Atom-architecture and a Core-architecture processing cores, including because of the fact that both support different instructions. Nonetheless, Intel does not seem to rule out a possibility for such a heterogeneous multi-core solution.