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  • 14th Gen processors, and (of course) AI

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    ISSUE 20.44 • 2023-10-30


    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    Intel made some impressive announcements, but Qualcomm may get all the good press.

    You know we’ve been following developments in silicon carefully over the past couple of years. Our focus has been largely on Apple because of its bold initiatives with its M-series of chips.

    That coverage has not been to tout Apple, although it’s abundantly clear that the company’s products, especially Macintosh, have shown market share improvements. Our purpose has been to underscore what we perceived as a lag in Intel’s ongoing development. Windows users don’t gain anything from Apple’s proprietary silicon, but they lose something if Intel can’t keep up.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.44.0, 2023-10-30).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • The “Intel Processor”


    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    For two decades, it’s been confusing to figure out what the name of an Intel processor or an Intel processor family meant.

    Now, Intel has thrown a real wrench into the works by announcing the “Intel Processor.”

    Funny — I thought that phrase referred to all Intel processors, not a family or a segment. I thought I could just write, “That PC has an Intel processor inside” and then wait for the inevitable question: “Which one?”

    No longer, apparently.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.39.0, 2022-09-26).