Intel has released updated drivers for Windows 10 and Windows 11.
The drivers were released at the beginning of this month and have just now begun to be distributed to customers who are using Intel’s helper utility in the background. The latest version emphasizes on wireless network quality.
Updates for Intel drivers are first available through the company’s update tool. The updated drivers aren’t accessible to everyone yet, but once they’ve been tested on newer hardware, the chipmaker will start rolling them out to additional devices and combinations in the coming weeks.
If supported, the following adapters are getting a driver update from Intel:
AX201, AX200, 9560, 9260, 9462, 9461
8265 and 8260.
7265, 3165 and 3168
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Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, announced at WWDC on June 22nd of 2020 that Apple planned on creating an ARM processor for their Macs. This two-year plan would allow time for developers to create a processor that would give Apple computers a boost in performance, along with better battery life, and overall better quality. Thus far, the company has used Intel processors.
Taking a look into ARM processors, it seems as though Intel is the better processor when implementing it in larger PCs. ARM processors focus more on power efficiency while Intel works harder on performance. A forum user on Quorm writes:
“While there are some ARM chips that are faster than low-end Intel chips, no current ARM design matches Intel’s top processor designs in terms of raw processing power (in terms of instructions per second). ARM’s current fastest design is comparable in performance with the Intel i5–7300U (a mid-range, mobile, “Kaby Lake”-generation processor introduced in early 2017), which is obviously slower than Intel’s current best performers.
However, exceeding Intel in performance is not ARM’s goal. They prize power efficiency above everything else, and so are willing to have lower overall performance if they get better performance per watt (which they have achieved).”
So while both Intel and ARM are processors, both have their uses in a PC, it was stated on Forbes that while Apple is currently in the works for a better quality ARM processor, Intel will continue to work with them to make the best possible computer. Apple will include both ARM and Intel processors, but Intel will be the supporting processor by 2022.
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If you have been experiencing the infamous Blue Screen of Death due to mobile hotspot connection, it may possibly be because of Intel.
Intel’s wireless drivers have caused a number of issues when attempting to watch an online video or when the Windows 10 hotspot is turned on. But thankfully, there is a fix for this issue.
According to MSPoweruser, a Microsoft tech blog, Intel has released an update to remove the bug. You can also find a list of adapters on their post.
“The best way to install the driver is to download Intel® Driver & Support Assistant which will make sure you have the right driver for your hardware, but if you are more hands-on you can download the package directly here.”
With technology modernizing, companies are working hard to keep PC and Macs innovative, up-to-date, and useful for everyone. Yesterday, Intel announced their upcoming universal cable, called the Thunderbolt 4.
This new connectivity port will allow a plethora of benefits, capable of amplifying the “minimum performance requirements, expanded capabilities and USB4 specification compliance,” according to the Intel Newsroom. It also features up to four port docks, giving quite the advantage for those requiring multiple ports for work purposes.
Jason Ziller, the general manager of the Client Connectivity Division of Intel, stated that, “the arrival of Thunderbolt 4 underscores how Intel is advancing the PC ecosystem toward truly universal connectivity solutions.”
They also shared the Thunderbolt 4 controller 8000 series, which would add a Thunderbolt 3 PC collaboration. The experience of using Intel’s ports is expected to receive positive feedback due to a rise in productivity.
Apple and Intel partnered together years ago, establishing the Thunderbolt to bring additional perks. So if you have a Mac, there’s a good chance you’ll find an Intel port. According to The Verge, “Apple is moving away from Intel’s chipsets in favor of its new, custom-designed ARM chips — but the company is promising that it’ll still support Intel’s Thunderbolt USB-C connectivity standard on new Apple silicon computers, despite the lack of Intel processors.”
Other benefits of Intel’s Thunderbolt 4 involve:
Thunderbolt Security protection
2X minimum video requirements of Thunderbolt 3
PC charging on one computer port
At this time, the developer kits and testing for certification are accessible. And developers are excited about it.
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Worldwide companies are banding together to help the healthcare professionals with supplies for the pandemic.
Tech companies are pitching in to help with the Coronavirus pandemic. According to Cnet, Intel and Apple have supplied millions of masks for those in the healthcare industry to help the fight against COVID-19.
“We will donate masks, gloves, face shields and other gear that we have sourced from our factory stock and emergency supplies, and we’ll continue to look for additional sources of personal protective equipment that we can source and donate as quickly as possible to meet our commitment of more than a million items,” said the director of Global Public Affairs for Intel in a press release yesterday.
The Trump administration announced Apple’s plans to contribute to the cause as well. 2 million industrial masks were committed by Apple to assist healthcare workers to avoid the spread of this virus. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple also tweeted throughout the week that they were pledging $15 million during this troubling time. This assistance included a large amount of medical supplies to Italy. Facebook has also added to this donation with 750,000 masks.
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