Intel's high-speed communications technology is pitted against strong incumbent interfaces -- and the nascent PCI Express Cable could provide more competition.
Nvidia can be seen as being in the mobile sweet spot. It offers graphics chips for higher-end PCs and its Tegra 3 chip for high-performance tablets.
The chipmaker is expected to roll out the first Core i7 processor for laptops on Wednesday. Several major PC makers are also expected to announce new laptops using the chip.
The x86 architecture has been "growing up" for many years. IT has been giving it more and more responsibility as it does. The just-launched "Nehalem-EX" products essentially graduates Intel's Xeon server line into Big Iron adulthood.
In a Tuesday teleconference, Intel says it will ship a chip that contains up to eight processing cores, and IBM shows a server using eight such chips, yielding 64 cores.
Samsung's refreshed 11.6-inch ultraportable offers up some stiff competition for Apple's similarly configured MacBook Air.
Countersuit is in response to a filing by Intel last month alleging that a chipset license agreement does not extend to Intel's future-generation processors.
At Intel Developer Forum, processor chief Dadi Perlmutter also touts a new fiber-optic replacement for video, audio, and network leads.
Chip giant is moving quickly into the tablet and phone segments on the back of profits of its new PC processors, Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith tells CNET in an interview.
Intel announces 32-nanometer Xeon E7 family of high-end server chips, along with a suite of entry-level Xeon E3 processors.