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

The Split-Dalmatia County has launched a tender aimed at raising the quality of the tourist offer

first_imgEvery natural person who provides catering services in the household, ie registered private renters and natural persons who will provide services in the household, category of accommodation facility “Holiday house”, ie future private renters, are entitled to support. The purpose of the Public Invitation is to award grants from the Budget of the Split-Dalmatia County for financing activities and projects that affect the increase in the number of accommodation capacities and raise the quality of the existing tourist offer. The Split-Dalmatia County has published a public call for applications for grants based on the Program for raising the quality of the tourist offer in the Split-Dalmatia County for 2019. Measures to achieve these goals include increasing standards, quality and additional supply, sustainable development, use of new technologies, development of special forms of tourism through co-financing of existing, registered accommodation facilities in the household, increasing the number of registered accommodation facilities in the household, type of facility – House for vacation, in the hinterland of Split-Dalmatia County. The public call is open for 30 days, ie from February 22 to March 22, 2019. Information on the Public Call and the program and all the necessary forms can be downloaded HERE.last_img read more

Syracuse’s season ends with 4-3 overtime loss to Mercyhurst in CHA championship

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Nicole Renault lay on the ice, her body sprawled out in front of goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan, who sunk her head down. Thirty minutes earlier, the senior duo was as happy as they’d been all year after a game-tying goal forced overtime with 30 seconds to go.But as they skated off the ice, the reality of defeat overthrew the glimmer of promise that was present for Syracuse throughout the game, and the season as a whole.The Orange (19-14-3, 14-4-2 College Hockey America) seemed destined to win its first ever CHA tournament championship. It had the returning senior class, one of the strongest in program history, and the development of its young underclassmen, including reigning CHA Rookie of the Year Stephanie Grossi. But, for the second straight time, the Orange’s season ended with a loss in overtime in the title game, this time to Mercyhurst (19-10-5, 14-3-3), 4-3, on Saturday evening at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York.“That’s what we gotta figure out,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said, his head down, looking at the ground. “Just what it takes, that whole recipe to finish games, finish teams off.”Grossi, the hero of Friday’s triple-overtime thriller against Penn State, pushed the Orange out in front late in the second period.. The routine group hug that Syracuse does after every goal turned into a dog pile and the usually reserved Flanagan jumped up and high-fived assistant coach Brendon Knight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Lakers responded quickly as Jenna Dingeldein and Sarah Hine scored within 29 seconds of each other to end the second period. Then, to start the third, Gilligan tried to grab a puck that skated behind the net but it snuck back toward Rachel Smith who poked it in past a diving Gilligan to open up a 3-1 lead. All of a sudden, the momentum that Syracuse had worked so hard to seize was ripped away.This wasn’t the first time the Orange seemed to jump ahead of its competition only to realize that it wasn’t as far ahead as it thought. SU was chosen to finish first in the CHA in a preseason coach’s poll. But the Orange struggled out of the gate, dropping three of its first five games on the year. Consistency was the issue for Syracuse, as SU couldn’t string together even just a three-game winning streak for most of the season.But things changed against Mercyhurst, which Syracuse beat for the first time in program history just last year. An overtime victory over the Lakers at the end of January sparked the Orange. The inconsistency that plagued the team throughout the whole season melted away just when it looked like Syracuse’s season was going to end as just another average effort. The Orange ended the campaign playing better hockey than it did all year long, and headed into the playoffs on a seven-game winning streak.“I think we started figuring it out as a team,” said freshmen Allie Munroe. “We were kind of late to do that … but I think once we got on that winning streak, everyone was on board.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Courtesy of Ryan Ballinger | College Hockey America The Orange had flipped the script on its season and had a chance to flip the script on the championship game. With just under three minutes left, Munroe found the back of the net to make it a 3-2 game. The same Orange bench players that were shell-shocked earlier nearly had to restrain themselves from falling over the boards.Flanagan looked over, still stoic. He was happy with the score but he knew that his team still needed one more goal to force overtime.That one came with 29.7 seconds left. Alysha Burriss corralled the puck from a Munroe rebound and snuck it past Mercyhurst’s Sarah McDonnell. It looked like Mercyhurst scored 20 seconds later, but it was ruled off after review, to the sound of applause and yells of “Yes!” from the Syracuse side. The Orange had rallied back near the end, just like it did during the regular season.Mercyhurst controlled momentum throughout much of the overtime. Save for a few Orange breakaways, the Lakers were in possession of the puck for most of the frame. As Gilligan made save after save to keep SU alive, the rest of the team grew increasingly frustrated. Renault put her stick over her head after missing a shot, Sibley put her head down in disgust on the bench after doing the same and Flanagan pumped his fists in anger after a blown Orange opportunity.But as the first overtime was winding down, Syracuse still had a chance to extend the game. That chance wouldn’t come. Dingeldein scored a goal with 4:54 to go in the frame. Mercyhurst skated towards the back corner to embrace in victory, and with each other. Many Orange players, including Sibley, put their head down during the postgame ceremony, unable to look on as the Lakers received their championship t-shirts and hats.The back-and-forth championship game mirrored the up-and-down season that Syracuse just finished, leaving the Orange still looking for the way to finish its season on a high, rather than a low.“I don’t know,” senior Melissa Piacentini said when she was asked what the missing piece is for the Orange. “I wish I did know.” Comments Published on March 5, 2016 at 6:08 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more