Intel reveals low-power 'Haswell' 4th gen processors at IDF 2012

New processor family should be out mid-2013
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Intel chief product officer David Perimutter has taken to the stage at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco to unveil the firm's fourth generation Intel Core processor family, which is based on 'Haswell' microarchitecture.

He said that the new company's new low-power processors, starting with the fourth gen line-up available next year, will be able to inspire 'more innovative Ultrabook, convertible and tablet designs'.

Perimutter explained that Intel had reduced the platform idle power of its 4th generation Intel Core processor family based on the next-generation 'Haswell' microarchitecture by more than 20 times over the 2nd generation, while delivering outstanding performance and responsiveness.

The firm is also looking to add even lower-power processors based on the same microarchitecture to its roadmap starting in 2013.

This is all part of Intel's focus to drive power consumption down whilst chasing longer battery life and lighter, more mobile designs, without losing out on performance.

"The 4th generation Intel Core processor family and our new line of low-power processors will usher in an era of unprecedented innovation in mobile computing," Perlmutter said. "Our focus to deliver even lower power with the great performance that our processors are known for is as fundamentally significant as when we shifted our development focus beyond sheer processor speed in 2001. As a result, you'll see our customers delivering sleek and cool convertible designs, as well as radical breakthrough experiences across a growing spectrum of mobile devices."

When the company's 22nm 4th generation Intel Core processor family comes to the Ultrabook and other PCs in 2013, it will bring Intel HD graphics support, new instructions for faster encryption and performance, new hardware-based security features and low-power processor sub-states to enable longer battery life.

The new low-power chips will broaden the company's mobile roadmap, initially operating at about 10 watts to enable thinner, lighter Ultrabook, convertible and tablet designs with better performance and battery life.

Perlmutter brought Windows 8 into the mix as well at IDF 2012, noting that Intel Atom- and Intel Core-based tablets and convertibles will deliver a range of new features from enhanced media capabilities, security built for enterprise vertical market solutions, and support for the breadth of applications written for Intel processors, thus retaining the software investment of IT and consumers.

He commented: "We believe Windows 8 on Intel architecture will deliver the best experience, performance and compatibility across computing platforms."

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