Intel is making a big hairy deal with the South Korean film market!

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The Intel Corporation has a new business venture in South Korea and it doesn’t have to do with supplying Samsung Electronics with more hardware.  Intel has starting to assist the country in making three-dimensional movies.

Korean Animation technology is a little behind from their western counterparts.  This helps to explain why science fiction movies are not as popular in the big Korean film market.

Intel is testing that market by providing some of their high-end chips and cloud computing technologies to Dexter Studios for their upcoming film Mr. Go,  A new Korean movie that features a three-dimensional gorilla named Ling Ling.

President of Intel Korea, H. S. Lee, said at a news conference in Seoul last week, “For the depiction of a realistic move of a big wave, each and every drop of water is drawn through detailed and  complicated calculations of an equation.  The same goes for the movement of an (animal) fur.”

The film studio’s CG department, Dexter Digital, says that Ling Ling for Mr. Go comes with somewhere between two to 3 million strands of fur.

The planning and marketing director at Dexter, Lee Yoon-suk, had this to say, “Without the right hardware performance, it would have been impossible to make the movie.”

Dexter used supercomputers that ran the Intel’s Xeon E5 processors to make the film.

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$200 notebooks are on their way; however, which operating system will they feature?

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Are computer and tablet prices a little too high for you?  Don’t worry, Notebooks prices should soon be down to $200, but the majority of these devices will be powered with Google‘s Android Operating System and not Microsoft‘s Windows 8, according to one Intel executive.

Paul Otellini, Intel CEO,  last week stated that touchscreen PCs could debut at prices as low as $200 in the coming months.  When this statement was made, he didn’t mention which operating system these devices would run.

Intel executive vice president and chief product officer, Dadi Perlmutter, said to CNET on Wednesday that notebooks priced at around $200 will predominantly be Android products running on Intel’s Atom mobile processor.  Whether or not Windows 8 PCs hit that price is really up to Microsoft.

Perlmutter said, “We have a good technology that enables a very cost-effective price point,” and “[The price of Windows 8 laptops] depends on how Microsoft prices Windows 8.  It may be a slightly higher price point.”

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Intel’s next generation processor has been announced!

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Yesterday, at its annual conference in Beijing, Intel talked about their next-gen “Bay Trail” tablet’s processor.  We are expecting to see some faster yet still energy efficient Windows 8, and even possibly some Windows 8.1, tablets later this year.

Vice president and general manager of the Mobile Communications Group of Intel China, Tan Weng Kuan, said, “[An] entirely new Atom microarchitecture…will [enable] the most powerful Atom processor to-date, doubling the computing performance of Intel’s current-generation tablet offering.”

Tan also stated that the bay Trail will allow designs, “as thin as 8mm (0.3 inches) that have all-day battery life and weeks of standby”.

Bay Trail will be packed with four redesigned Atom processor cores that are closer to mainstream Intel processors when it comes to performance.  A portion of the extra horsepower is brought on by the out of order design, just like the current Core processors,  and Intel HD 4000 graphics.

Bay Trail, and the Avoton server chip, are the first redesign of the Atom microarchitecture since they were launched back in 2008.  Just like today’s laptop’s Ivy Bridge processors, Bay Trail will use Intel’s 22-nanometer manufacturing process and 3D transistor tech.

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Graphene being dubbed the “Miracle Substance”, but what is it?

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Lately, the talk of the town has been graphene.  Experts are saying its going to be huge, but you may be asking yourself what is it and how can it be helpful?

Well, let’s just start with explaining what graphene is.  Graphene was first discovered at the University of Manchester in Great Britain by two scientists, who actually won a Nobel prize for the discover.  This means that no publicly traded company is going to have a lock on graphene; however, that is not stopping them from patenting how it can be used.  From Samsung and IBM to Nokia and Intel, all of these companies are trying to tap into its outstanding properties.

What is graphene?

Graphene is a carbon-based substance that is harder than diamonds yet is light than down fluff.   It  can conduct electricity better than copper, and even when it is as thin as just one atom it can work as a lattice for powering chips while being both transparent and flexible.  Graphene is being hailed as a “miracle substance”.

Experts are already saying the it could charge your cell phone in 30 seconds or even your electric car’s batteries in an hour.

Combining speed and size

Just to give an example, a battery stores a lot of energy, but it slowly charges and discharges.  On the other hand, a camera’s flash bulb charges and discharges rather quickly, but doesn’t have much storage.  Graphine has the ability to combine both of these features into a “supercapacitor” because it can charge and discharge very quickly while still holding lots of energy storage.  One of the best features of graphene is the fact that it is carbon-based, meaning it does absolutely no harm to the environment.

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