Chip maker Intel has launched the new Intel Core M processor which will power new 2-in-1 devices from a variety of manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba.
The processor - announced at trade show IFA 2014 in Berlin - was purpose-built for "amazing performance in the thinnest, fanless ultra-mobile devices". The Intel Core M processor can power razor-thin devices with Intel Core processor-level performance and deliver up to double the battery life when compared to a four-year-old system.
The Intel Core M processor enables up to 50 per cent faster compute performance and 40 per cent faster graphics performance versus the comparable, previous 4th generation Intel Core processor. Consumers with older PCs will notice a more significant performance improvement.
The Intel Core M processor package is 50 percent smaller and, at 4.5 watts, has 60 percent lower thermal power than the previous generation. This lets OEMs design fanless systems less than 9 mm thin.
There are already more than 20 Intel Core M processor-based OEM products in the development pipeline. The first systems based on the Intel Core M processor will be on shelves as early as October in time for the holiday selling season, including the Acer Aspire Switch 12, Asus Zenbook UX305, Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series, Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, HP Envy x2 and more.
"We've been on a multi-year mission to address end-user requirements and transform mobile computing," said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of personal computing at Intel Corporation.
"The introduction of Core M marks a significant milestone in that journey. Core M is the first of a new product family designed to deliver the promise of one of the world's thinnest laptops and highest performance tablets in a single 2 in 1 device."
Intel also showcased its portfolio of Intel RealSense Technology at IFA 2014, which aims to 'make computing more natural, intuitive and immersive', plus it announced a partnership with fashion design firm Fossil Group to work on emerging trends in the wearable technology space.