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Intel announces its “most energy-efficient Intel Core processor” to date

When it comes to processors used in today’s computers (be they laptops, desktops, or servers), Intel remains the king. However, as consumers find themselves increasingly moving away from being tied down to a desktop towards mobile devices, Intel still wants to be at the forefront of innovation when it comes to processor performance and efficiency.
 
With processors based on ARM architecture clearly dominating in the smartphone and tablet space, Intel is looking to push back heavily starting at the convertible PC level and downward. To show its commitment, Intel is introducing a new Core M processor that is based on the 14nm Broadwell architecture. Intel calls the Core M the “most energy-efficient Intel Core processor” to date, and states that the processor will enable a broad range of thin, lightweight, and more importantly, quiet mobile devices.


Intel's Llama Mountain reference design
 
Compared to the previous generation Core offerings, the Core M will have a 60 percent lower TDP, 20 to 40 percent better performance, and a 50 percent smaller package footprint.
 
At Computex, Intel demoed a 2-in-1 device with Core M, codenamed Llama Mountain, which pairs a 12.5” fanless tablet with a detachable keyboard. The tablet itself is just 7.2mm thin, and weighs 1.48 pounds. For comparison’s sake, the recently announced Surface Pro 3 features a 12” display, is 9.1mm thin, and weighs 1.76 pounds.

 Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is 2.1mm thicker than the Intel reference design

One of the first products to use the new Core M processor is the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi which runs Windows 8.1. This convertible PC features a 12.5” IPS display (2560x1440), detachable keyboard, and integrated LTE connectivity.


ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi
 
There’s no word yet on availability for the Transformer Book T300 Chi, or other devices that will use the Core M.

Sources: Intel, ASUS



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RE: Not much to go on here.
By Argon18 on 6/3/2014 11:17:01 AM , Rating: 0
"This is where Intel starts to matter. They are a full process node ahead of everyone else and will be going to 14nm when everyone else is struggling with 20nm. This and the next generations after it are going to make some really good x86 Windows tablets that will give ARM a serious run for the money."

Funny how folks have been saying this for years, and yet intel can't seem to make a dent in the mobile market. ARM owns mobile, and intel is struggling, unsuccessfully, to play catch-up.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 11:22:16 AM , Rating: 3
There are 2 reasons for that.

1. Intel CPU's have been too hot and power hungry (until now)
2. Derp... Windows RT, Windows8 - enough said. (Win8.2 and 9 look to fix the "Derp"

So... It's a different landscape. I know you dont want to see that being a completely off the rails MS hater, but its at least to a point where the problems and irritating things are gone. Like it or not, this CPU is alot more powerful than anything ARM can do and is x86 compatible, which runs the software that runs the world.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By Mint on 6/3/2014 12:47:19 PM , Rating: 2
Intel and MS were always focused on the long term.

I'm pretty sure Microsoft's "derp" was to kick off Win8 app development. 200M users quasi-forced to use Win8 apps is a better draw for developers than 500M users mostly ignoring them by turning on the original start menu and forgetting about Metro altogether. Now they're converging on a unified OS core (even if UI differs a bit) to attract developers even more.

And Intel has long done everything it can to keep people buying $100-1000+ processors as opposed to embracing the $30 SoC paradigm. They knew they'd get fanless Core processors eventually. The MacBook Air had already shown Haswell achieved consumption parity to ARM in web browsing per kWh of battery.

At 1.48 lbs, weight is no longer a meaningful issue, especially when you get a 12.5" screen. It's beginning to make less and less sense to buy and carry a premium tablet and laptop as opposed to a 2-in-1, especially when we're seeing dual OS systems (Android/Win8) for those who can't wait for Win8 apps to reach parity.

It's not a done deal yet, but in terms of markets Intel and MS actually care about ($300+ devices), I think they predicted well and made the right business moves.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 5:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
"It's not a done deal yet, but in terms of markets Intel and MS actually care about ($300+ devices), I think they predicted well and made the right business moves."

Maybe... Through it all they did both remain incredibly profitable, but I cant help to think about the lost opportunities if they had both been up to the mobile task years earlier... Or even if Intel hadnt sold off thier ARM business a decade ago. I remember having a Tungsten T3 with an Intel StrongARM CPU back int he day, but they sold the whole ARM business unit off to Marvell (If I recall correctly). If Intel had that ARM business we could potentially be on faster ARM chips now.

Meh, maybe its a good thing. This whole mobile boom loosened both MS and Intel's grip on the industry, so we all benefit from the added competition.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By Mint on 6/4/2014 7:27:41 AM , Rating: 2
I think it played out well for everyone.

As you mentioned, we got competition due to MS and Intel letting others win the low end computing market.

Meanwhile, Intel's failure to market BayTrail (especially when running Android) as "good enough" kept Core processor demand mostly intact, and this at least slowed down the oft-predicted "end of PC era". MS also furthered this goal by bringing multitouch to PCs.

Smartphones are a different story, though. Definitely lost opportunities there.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By inighthawki on 6/3/2014 12:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
Really? Because my impression has been that Intel has been making great strides in mobile. Sure there aren't a *lot* of phones yet, but there are quite a large number of Intel Bay Trail tablets.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 12:28:40 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, but this blows bay trail away. This is where you start to get Intel Core CPU performance on a tablet instead of stripped down Atom, so all the better.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By inighthawki on 6/3/2014 1:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yep! My point was more along the fact that Intel does have [actually quite a large] market penetration in mobile, but that is a good point to bring up too. In addition to now being competitive in power consumption, their devices are going to be an order of magnitude faster. I'm looking forward to seeing these devices in use.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By BRB29 on 6/3/2014 1:06:23 PM , Rating: 2
I just celebrated shipping ~40M units. That's not really penetration.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 1:11:03 PM , Rating: 2
There is a lot of fine lines and it depends on how things are counted.

There are laptops, there are convertibles like Surface 2 and Yoga 2 and there are tablets... and 40 million of anything is nothing to sneeze at. Like I said on the other post, today is different. We had power hungry/hot running Intel chips and Windows 8 and RT to deal with. Now we have the major issues on both of those things resolved.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By FITCamaro on 6/3/2014 2:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
But at a far higher price. Bay Trail tablets will still be around in the $200-400 tablet range. These will likely be in tablets much more expensive. Because the performance is much greater.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 2:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... But but just the same tablet with a better CPU, I would expect to see this in higher end tablets and convertibles.

That Asus convertible pictured above looks really sweet.


RE: Not much to go on here.
By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 2:28:51 PM , Rating: 2
derp... "but not" Not "but but" LOL


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