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Intel aims to reinvent desktop computing

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Intel unveiled developments at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco that it says will help drive the reinvention of desktop computing.

Intel is planning an Intel Pentium processor Anniversary Edition commemorating more than 20 years of the Pentium brand. (AFP)

Intel has announced enhancements especially for enthusiast users, regarded as among the most important proponents of desktop computing. Intel's desktop business was particularly strong in the fourth quarter of last year compared with a year earlier, with desktop platform volumes up by 7%.

"The desktop business is a large and important segment for Intel, and we are investing in it – reinventing form factors, experiences and products for our customers," said Lisa Graff, vice-president and general manager for Intel's Desktop Client Platform Group. "Enthusiasts are the heart and soul of the desktop and they asked us to give them more. We are delivering – more cores, better overclocking, faster speeds."

Intel previewed a special unlocked 4th Generation Intel Core processor, code-named Devil's Canyon, at a media event hosted at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 17 to 21. Due for release in mid-2014, it includes improved thermal interface and CPU packaging materials that are expected to enable significant enhancements to performance and overclocking capabilities.

DDR4 memory standard 
For those who demand the highest processor core count and memory bandwidth on the desktop, Intel will deliver an 8-core, 16-thread Intel Core processor Extreme Edition in the second half of this year. This product will support the new DDR4 memory standard and provide "blazing performance" for gaming, video editing, 3D content and other high-end uses.

Intel announced plans for an Intel Pentium processor Anniversary Edition commemorating more than 20 years of the Pentium brand, featuring unlocked multipliers that allow the ability to increase the core and memory frequencies independently from the rest of the system. Additionally, the company confirmed plans for unlocked desktop versions of the upcoming 5th Generation Intel Core Processor with Iris Pro graphics, code-named Broadwell.

The breadth of new desktop form factors has driven growth in the market and shows that people desire creative designs that use the full range of processor performance and features available from Intel. From mini or tiny PCs in unexpected places such as boats or kiosks to a full line-up of new small form factor desktop Steambox gaming systems or portable all-in-one (AIO) PCs in the kitchen – these platforms are delivering real value.

Building on the new designs, Intel has partnered with numerous software developers to deliver compelling consumer multi-user, multi-touch (MU/MT) applications such as board games and educational titles suited to the size and touch capabilities of AIO PCs.

New titles
There are 12 new software titles for more than 170 MU/MT applications now available. Sony's Wheel of Fortune, Legacy's Crayola's Colour, Draw and Sing and Tarzan Unleashed, Sesame Street's Prankster Planet: Banana Blast Off!, Ubisoft's Chubby Kings Penguins Black Mana's Home Interior Design, Nuiteq's Snowflake ABC and Entertainment Suites, Omnivision's Halli Clack and Halli Galli, Konnect's Parking Friendzy* and Playtales's Interactive Storybook are now available in the ecosystem.

"By working very closely with Intel to bring the Wheel of Fortune game franchise to the all-in-one PC, we look forward to delivering a rich game experience that encourages both interaction and sharing, and further establishes this new segment of PC gaming," said Philip Lynch, senior vice-president of Digital Networks and Games for Sony Pictures Television.

Intel demonstrated a portable AIO PC reference design called Black Brook, a thin and light system incorporating new capabilities that enable compelling new user experiences anywhere in the home. Built for the purpose of enabling new technologies in the industry, Black Brook includes an integrated Intel RealSense 3D camera, a quad microphone array, premium audio and a full HD display.

Intel Ready Mode Technology, available on select original equipment manufacturer (OEM) systems now with more coming throughout 2014, is a capability that takes advantage of power-saving states in Intel's 4th Generation Core Processor.

Combined with software and board level optimisations, this technology enables OEM desktop computers that are instantly ready and always connected while sipping power.

With an Intel Ready Mode Technology-enabled system combined with new and existing third-party software titles, your desktop PC can be instantly ready with your favourite apps updated or enable you to automatically sync and store your photos when you walk into your home. – gadget.co.za

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