Why Apple is breaking a 15-year partnership with Intel on its Macs

first_img“Apple Silicon is totally in keeping with the strategic goal of Apple to really control an entire stack,” CCS Insight analyst Wayne Lam said. “Now computing, they own everything from silicon to the software to how the user moves the mouse around, so it’s tremendously integrated.”Controlling its own technologies helps Apple integrate its products more deeply. It also means that it controls its own schedule — chips take 3 years to develop, Apple senior vice president Johny Srouji said last year — and has more control over costs.“Apple thinks they can innovate faster than the standard business model of Intel or Qualcomm doing the development on chips and then they build on top of it,” Lam said.Intel is falling behind in manufacturing. Apple proudly said on Tuesday that the M1 chip in the new Macs uses 5-nanometer transistors.“Five-nanometer is the leading edge of process technology right now and there are only a few products out at this point,” Gartner analyst Jon Erensen said. Currently, Intel is shipping chips with 10-nanometer transistors.In general, the more transistors a chipmaker can fit into the same space, the more efficient the chip is. Currently, Intel ships chips only with 10-nanometer transistors.Intel famously controls its own factories, called “fabs,” around the world, compared to Apple, which contracts with companies in Asia to manufacture chips to its own specifications. But Apple’s chip manufacturing partner, TSMC, can make 5-nanometer chips while Intel can’t.“Intel’s had some challenges over the last couple of years on the manufacturing side. And I think those challenges have opened a window or opportunity for ARM-based designs for come in. Apple is one of the the best ARM-based processor designers out there,” Gartner analyst Jon Erensen said.Earlier this year, Intel CEO Bob Swan said that it was considering outsourcing its manufacturing, like what Apple does.“With the challenges that Intel has had moving to 10-nanometer and 7-nanometer while foundries like TSMC and Samsung have pushed more aggressively, it’s taken one of Intel’s key advantages and leveled the playing field a bit,” Erensen said.More battery life, potentially better performance, and laptops that work like phones. Apple says that the M1 Macs are better products than the older models, mainly because Apple claims its chips enbable better performance and longer battery life than it could achieve using Intel’s chips.It’s clear that the new Macs will have improved battery life. Apple’s previous chips have been used in smartphones and tablets, which have significantly smaller batteries.During Apple’s launch event on Tuesday, the company emphasized how it mainly evaluates chips on performance per watt, not raw performance.On the entry-level MacBook Air, Apple says that it can manage 15 hours of web browsing on one charge, nearly 30% more than the advertised 10 to 11 hour battery life of the previous Intel-based model.The new Macs also work more like phones or tablets, Apple said, with features like the ability to wake up from sleep instantly. The new M1 Macs can even run iPhone apps, if the developer takes a few steps to make them available on Apple’s App Store.However, analysts warn that Apple’s performance claims, like that it is faster than comparable PCs, will need to be tested once the computers hit shelves next week.“Performance of the new M1 chip is nearly impossible to gauge as the company didn’t provide any detailed substantiation around any of the performance claims made,” Moor Insights founder Patrick Moorhead said.Apple did not stop selling Intel laptops on Tuesday, and its highest-end laptops are still Intel-based, suggesting that there are still performance advantages to some Intel chips. Apple is the fourth-largest PC maker measured by shipments, according to a Gartner estimate, so its plan to use its own chips in its entire lineup of laptops and desktops, first announced in June, is a blow for Intel.Apple’s chips are based on ARM technology, as opposed to the x86 architecture that Intel’s chips use. ARM was originally designed for mobile devices, and chips built with ARM designs are consistently more efficient, leading to longer battery life. On a laptop, that could mean several extra hours away from the plug.But that’s only one reason why Apple is switching out the brains of its laptops. Here’s a rundown of why Apple made the move:- Advertisement – Apple announced three new Mac computers on Tuesday: a MacBook Air, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a Mac Mini. They essentially look the same as their predecessors.What’s new this time is the chip that runs them. Now they’re powered by Apple’s M1 chip instead of Intel processors. Tuesday’s announcement marks the end of a 15-year run where Intel processors powered Apple’s laptops and desktops, and a big shift for the semiconductor industry.- Advertisement – Apple’s strategy of owning core technologies. Apple CEO Tim Cook has frequently said that the company has a “long-term strategy of owning and controlling the primary technologies behind the products we make.”For a computer hardware company, there are few technologies less essential than the silicon processors that the machines run on.Apple has invested heavily in its silicon department, including major purchases, starting with a $278 million purchase of P. A. Semi in 2008, which started the department, and most recently, $1 billion for part of Intel’s modem business in 2019. It’s been building its own A-series chips for iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches since 2010. Now it’s essentially bringing the same technology to laptops and desktops, meaning that all Apple computers basically run on the same framework.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen blows big lead in loss to Chicago Cubs

first_img“It’s one of those fluke games.”Howell wasn’t as quick to dismiss the loss, which temporarily reduced the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West to three games. The San Francisco Giants played the San Diego Padres later Saturday.Howell pointed out that the Dodgers’ bullpen ranks among the bottom half of major-league teams in earned-run average (3.67).“When you’re 19th (actually 18th) that’s down in the pack,” he said. “For the most part we’ve been OK. Nothing special, that’s for sure, but we’ve been OK. You don’t want that number.”However you want to spin it — isolated incident, sign of a bigger problem — the bullpen meltdown undid what had become a reliable formula for victory: Pile on runs until the lead looks safe. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run homer in the third. That gave the Dodgers a fairly comfortable 5-1 lead, and gave Gonzalez a major-league leading 111 RBIs to go with 25 home runs.“It’s tough because you have Adrian Gonzalez who did a remarkable job today,” Wilson said. “This whole series, the offense has come alive.”Scott Van Slyke drove in Matt Kemp with a double in the third inning and a sacrifice fly in the seventh, pushing the Dodgers’ lead to 7-2. Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Dee Gordon and Van Slyke each had two hits. Puig also made a spectacular diving catch in the fifth inning, running down a Jorge Soler line drive in the left-center field gap. He then threw to second base to complete a double play — his National League-leading 12th outfield assist this season.In 18 September games, the Dodgers are averaging 11 hits and more than six runs a game. Gordon has at least one hit in his last 13 games, and at least two hits in each of his last seven.Paco Rodriguez and Pedro Baez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief of starter Roberto Hernandez (four innings, two earned runs) before the Cubs began their comeback.Howell allowed three hits and four runs — three on a home run by Arismendy Alcantara — in two-thirds of an inning. The veteran left-hander also allowed two runs the day before and is likely unavailable for the series finale today.Saturday’s appearance was his 66th of the season, three shy of his career high.“I feel great,” Howell said. “I didn’t get ahead (in the count) and they took advantage. I was bad and they were good.”Brandon League retired the only batter he faced to end the seventh inning.Wilson allowed a single, a sacrifice bunt and the home run to Coghlan to begin the eighth inning. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly allowed the right-hander to face three more batters. Javier Baez popped out, Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch and Junior Lake singled before Mattingly pulled Wilson. Carlos Frias struck out Luis Valbuena to end the inning.Wilson said he has more speed in his right arm than the 84- to 88-mph sliders and cutters he showed Saturday, but he’s chosen to dial it back since the beginning of the season.“You can write what you want,” Wilson said in a response to a question about his velocity, “but as far as me being hurt, that’s not the case.”Mattingly better hope not.Frias (.224 opponents’ batting average) and Baez (.183) have generally excelled out of the bullpen as rookies. Rodriguez hasn’t allowed a run since April and appears to be healthy again. But beyond closer Kenley Jansen, those might be the only set-up men who will not enter October with some kind of question mark on their record.“We got the ball to the guys we wanted to have the ball today,” Mattingly said. “It didn’t work out. They’ve gotten us to here, so that’s where we’re at.” CHICAGO — The only thing more unpredictable at Wrigley Field than the rain Saturday was the Dodgers’ bullpen.J.P. Howell allowed four runs in the seventh inning, and Brian Wilson allowed two in the eighth, as the Chicago Cubs came from five runs behind to beat the Dodgers 8-7.Chris Coghlan’s two-run home run off Wilson was the final dagger, erasing a 7-6 Dodgers lead. The unheralded outfielder went 4 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances.“It’s all my fault,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t able to locate the pitch I wanted. The guy put a good swing on it.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Social media got a kick out of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s head-butt of Wizards player

first_imgWhile passionate on the floor, Antetokounmpo is not known for having a hot temper. To see him go after a role player was surprising.Giannis just did his best Zinedine Zidane impression.He got ejected.pic.twitter.com/legBlPR0iF— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 12, 2020MORE: 5 stats behind Damian Lillard’s incredible runSocial media, however, got a kick out of the unexpected incident:Giannis thinking he’s a Buck-Buck pic.twitter.com/f7LBRxjHdC— Jayson Blackhair ☀️🏹 (@N8veJay) August 12, 2020Giannis trying to take the first round off pic.twitter.com/GVmlze4Zrh— Kevin Thang (@Skip2MyJays) August 12, 2020Giannis reminding me that the greatest failure of Zidane’s career was not getting his money’s worth for that red card— Micah Peters (@micahpeters_) August 12, 2020Khris Middleton on the bench watching Giannis head to the locker room early: pic.twitter.com/t7OzC0tXUe— Kane Pitman (@KanePitman) August 12, 2020This is every parents wait till we get home face pic.twitter.com/UMBj7RWiEX— Sarah (@SmilinContender) August 12, 2020Giannis going full John Starks?! https://t.co/nW7tebv2Ya pic.twitter.com/X9GHkv0Ft1— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) August 12, 2020if Giannis gets suspended for Thursday’s game against Memphis pic.twitter.com/9CYoonw6t8— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) August 12, 2020 Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo inexplicably head-butted Wizards center Moritz Wagner on Tuesday and was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul that sent him to the locker room early.Replays seemed to show intent behind the head-butt, and the MVP candidate could be suspended by the NBA following his ejection.last_img read more