Feeds

Intel reinvents the PC as giant 'Black Brook' fondleslab

'All-in-one' reference platform and 20th anniversary Pentium revealed

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

GDC Intel has shown off its vision for the next generation of PCs, in the form of “Black Brook”, a reference design for a “desktop all-in-one” computer.

The new class of device is a PC built into a touch-screen that appears to be up to about 20 inches on its diagonal dimension, packs a battery and nestles into a docking station.

The video below shows off a prototype machine. Intel says it expects such machines to reach the market during 2014 and 2015. Chipzilla's Ready Mode technology, which helps devices to operate in a light nap mode in which they require very little power but still resume operations swiftly, is expected to be a big deal in the new all-in-ones.

Chipzilla's also talked up three new pieces of silicon, namely:

  • A fourth-generation, eight-core, 16-thread, Extreme Edition Core processor;
  • A 20th anniversary Pentium featuring “unlocked multipliers that allow the ability to increase the core and memory frequencies independently from the rest of the system”
  • A "Devil's Canyon" CPU said to offer "improved thermal interface and CPU packaging materials that are expected to enable significant enhancements to performance and overclocking capabilities."

Outlined at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco yesterday, the new all-in-one reference and the new chips are part of an effort Intel says is aimed at revitalising the desktop. Chipzilla's plans to do so will focus on accelerating development of the all-in-one market, satisfying enthusiasts, finding new things for its Next Unit of Computing small form factor PC to do and then finding other growth markets.

The company thinks the first of those goals can be achieved by making sure all-in-ones are a lot of fun out of the box. To that end it's helped bring new touch-enabled applications to market, in the form of a Wheel of Fortune game, a Crayola app and ten others aimed straight at the lounge room.

The company has also pointed out that while the PC market is a mess, 2013's fourth quarter saw year-over-year desktop volume rise seven per cent. That's an isolated number, but one that in concert with the Black Brook design shows there may be life in the old dog yet. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY
Apple, er, couldn’t get parts for HDD models
Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2
New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US
Wearable will deliver 'actionable insights for healthier living'
Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness
We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois
Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring
Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.