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Haswell CPUs will contain vector processors and a more power on-die GPU. The chips are designed to power the next generation of "Ultrabooks".  (Source: ASUSTek)

An Intel corporate blog post seemed to confirm both the presence of vector coprocessor silicon and a 2013 release date for the 22 nm Haswell.  (Source: Intel)
Company looks to new 22 nm architecture to hold off AMD and ARM Holdings

Intel Corp. (INTC) has dropped a few hints to its upcoming 22 nm Haswell architecture, currently under development by the company's secret Oregon team.  In a post on the Intel Software Network blog titled "Haswell New Instruction Descriptions Now Available!", the company reveals that it plans to launch the new CPU in 2013.

Haswell will utilize the same power-saving tri-gate 3D transistor technology that will first drop with Ivy Bridge in early 2012.  Major changes architecturally reportedly include a totally redesigned cache, fused multiply add (FMA3) instruction support, and an on-chip vector coprocessor.

The vector process, which will work with the on-die GPU, was a major focus of the post.  The company is preparing a series of commands called Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), which will speed up vector math.  It writes:

Intel AVX addresses the continued need for vector floating-point performance in mainstream scientific and engineering numerical applications, visual processing, recognition, data-mining/synthesis, gaming, physics, cryptography and other areas of applications. Intel AVX is designed to facilitate efficient implementation by wide spectrum of software architectures of varying degrees of thread parallelism, and data vector lengths.

According to CNET, Intel's marketing chief Tom Kilroy indicates that Intel hopes for the new chip's integrated graphics to rival today's discrete graphics.  

Intel has a ways to go to meet that objective -- its on-die GPU in Sandy Bridge marked a significant improvement over past designs (which were housed in a separate package, traditionally), however it also fell far short of the GPU found in Advance Micro Devices (AMD) Llano Fusion APUs.

Intel has enjoyed a love/hate relationship with graphics makers AMD and NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA).  While it's been forced to allow their GPUs to live on its motherboards and alongside its CPUs, the company has also fantasized of usurping the graphics veterans.  Those plans culminated in the company's Larrabee project, which aimed to offer discrete Intel graphics cards.

Now that a commercial release of Larrabee has been cancelled, Intel has seized upon on-die integrated graphics as its latest answer to try to push NVIDIA and AMD out of the market.  Intel is promoting heavily the concept of ultrabooks -- slender notebooks like the Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) MacBook Air or ASUTEK Computer Inc.'s (TPE:2357) UX21, which feature low voltage CPUs and -- often -- no discrete GPU.

Mr. Kilroy reportedly wants ultrabook manufacturers using Haswell to shoot for target and MSRP of $599 USD, which would put them roughly in line with this year's Llano notebooks from AMD and partners.  It's about $100 USD less than current Sandy Bridge notebooks run.

Intel faces pressure from a surging ARM Holdings plc's (ARMH) who is looking to unveil notebook processors sometime next year.

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RE: wow no kidding
By Belard on 6/24/2011 4:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
For all we know, and most likely... They'll have an on-die GPU that'll be equal to todays discrete video cards... since they are NOT specific and intel is thankfully - bad at video (just stick to CPUs and SSDs), they could be talking about the ATI 6450, a bottom end video card, which is a bit better than what AMD is offering in their Fusion-C CPU/APUs.

So... in two years from now, AMD will have their 9000 series cards (again) and intel will be 2-4 years behind, as usual. And of course, AMD Fusion chips will be more advanced that what they are today.

intel... sometimes does stupid things. That's nice.

RE: wow no kidding
By fic2 on 6/24/2011 10:41:43 PM , Rating: 3
intel... sometimes does stupid things. That's nice.

Biggest thing I can think of in their resent "GPU competition" mode was ripping out half of the GPU in most of the Sandy Bridge chips sold. Whose stupid idea was it to include the HD3000 in only the 'K' series overclockers parts?

RE: wow no kidding
By fteoath64 on 6/25/2011 3:53:41 AM , Rating: 2
Intel's own stupid idea, of course!. If they had HD3000 in the lower-end chips, they would be competing against themselves which is a bad idea. So crippling the lower-end chip is a "marketing" decision.

I still think they ought to ship variants of the SB chips without any GPU cores in there since they suck and OEMs put in discrete GPU anyway so why part for an energy wasting part which is not used ?.

RE: wow no kidding
By PhatoseAlpha on 6/25/2011 7:38:36 PM , Rating: 2
A quick look over today's PC games shows a very simple reality: Huge numbers of them are console ports, designed to run on hardware that's 6 years old already. The 360 isn't scheduled for replacement until 2015.

You don't need a 2013 graphics card to play a console port. You don't even need a 2011 graphics card unless you're doing something like 6xMultimonitor and Anti-aliasing.

In that light...well, a CPU that can smoothly play WoW and the vast menagerie of console ports without a graphics card doesn't seem quite so stupid.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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