Intel next-gen Ivy Bridge chips to support core Mac OS X tech OpenCL; more powerful MacBook Air

“Intel’s next-generation processor is expected to add support for a key OS X technology that accelerates gaming and financial applications,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET. “That potentially means a more powerful MacBook Air in the future.”

“Listed as a ‘core’ OS X technology, OpenCL ‘dramatically accelerates’ applications by tapping into the special processing power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), according to Apple,” Crothers reports. “To be fair, Nvidia’s and Advanced Micro Devices’ GPUs already support OpenCL but since neither of those GPUs are in the third-generation MacBook Air, the popular Apple MacBook would likely need an updated Intel processor to get that support.”

Crothers reports, “That’s where Ivy Bridge comes in.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jax44” for the heads up.]


    1. Even comparably weak Intel’s GPU co-processor is dramatically faster in FP calculations than FP blocks of even high-end CPU that might cost more than thousand dollars (though, of course, proper FPU in CPU is more universal than the use of GPU).

      Thus OpenCL support for build-in GPU in Intel’s APU is great deal for many multimedia, game and science applications.

  1. I look forward to the day when Mac’s future aren’t so reliant upon a single vendor like Intel. Easier said than done, maybe; Intel has the patents, and AMD by the balls with a crippling contract. Google is desperate to find alliances to sideline Apple on multiple fronts.

    Apple has the money, know-hows, loyal base and hopefully intents to disrupt everything all over again, and soon. Let’s make CPUs, as we know it, obsolete. C’mon!

    1. Intel has more than Patents, they also have the talent and the technology.

      With the recent announcements they have made I fully expect that Intel is gearing up to disrupt the mobile space in a big way.

      It would be a massive wall to outdo Intel on CPUs, the 3d processor technology they recently demoed took them 10 years to develop in the lab. Its going to take more than money to beat them at the cpu game, it would likely be a major capital investment of money and time (assuming Intel delivers and makes few to no mistakes in the next 3-5 years).

  2. Just like Apple designs its own chips, A4/A5 and farms out the fab, what is stopping Apple from telling Intel what CPU design to use and build it? It seems backward that Apple waits on Intel based on ‘their’ roadmap. Any ideas?

    1. I think they could do that, but if Intel would listen or not would be a totally different story!

      I think for Intel it would come down to how big of a customer Apple is, with Mac sales going up and PC sales falling I would think that Apple becomes a more important customer to Intel with each passing quarter.

    1. The difference between intel, amd and others is that intel actually delivers … on time on top of it.
      There is no reason to doubt intel announcement.

      One of Steve Jobs greatest descisions was to align with intel for Mac CPU.

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