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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: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
By Argon18 on 6/3/2014 11:19:42 AM , Rating: 0
"Tell that to Microsoft and everyone else with Core-based tablets ;)"

Oh, you mean those tablets that nobody is buying? Lol.


RE: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/3/2014 11:21:39 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
By Cypherdude1 on 6/3/2014 5:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
The Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi does NOT have a USB 3.0 port like the Surface Pro 3. Also, the T300 only supports 4GB of RAM. The PC makers are still not getting it right. I don't care if the tablet is ultra-thin or not:
http://www.cnet.com/products/asus-transformer-book...
https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_Tra...

What I want is an affordable 13-14" tablet which can replace a laptop on the road. Something which won't break our wallets like the $2000 Surface Pro 3. Here are the specs the PC makers need to have with their top-of-the-line tablet:
0. Supports Windows 8.1 (Pro)
1. Broadwell Core M (an i7 would be nice)
2. 8(16 would be nice) GB RAM
3. 512 GB SSD
4. USB 3.0
5. Dual speakers would be nice
6. Stereo out for ear buds and perhaps for 2.1 speakers

What we need is something practical which is not fancy, we can use on a daily basis and not overly expensive. Being able to replace the battery, the RAM and SSD yourself would be a plus. Where is Lenovo in all this? Of course, Broadwell isn't arriving for about 9 months so we must be patient.


By jimbo2779 on 6/3/2014 6:18:30 PM , Rating: 2
My Asus T100 has USB 3.0 so I doubt this T300 won't come with it.

What you mention would be a great spec but it wouldn't be as portable as most users seem to want. Most manufacturers are targeting something as close to the iPad in dimensions with at least usable battery life, 8GB+ ram, 512GB SSD would add bulk and battery drain.

With that said I am sure someone will bring one out at some point but it just won't be as light or portable as the current crop of tablets, at least not in the foreseeable future, though Broadwell may help with this somewhat.


By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 6:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
Who is making a device with all that at that price right now?

Convertible, touch screen, greater than 1080p dpisplay 8GB and 512gb SSD?

Sort of a Yoga 2 pro, but its not really thin when in tablet mode because of the bent over KB. It would be nice though.


RE: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
By BRB29 on 6/3/2014 12:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
At the prices they want for it, I doubt people are really interested. Seriously for $700-1000, I would just buy the Lenovo Yoga 2. It does most things better.


RE: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 12:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
True, but this is also next gen. There will be a Yoga 3 and Yoga 3 pro running 14nm Intel chips as well. Drool.


RE: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
By BRB29 on 6/3/2014 1:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
the Yogas have serious problems with software refinement and battery life. Seriously, at this moment looking at the Surface 3 and Yoga 2, I would just wait for the Macbook Air with the 12" Retina screen.

Not to be an Apple fanboy but the Macbook Air construction is solid, battery life is amazing and it's very portable. It doesn't need fans or some flap out the back to stand up either. I can run bootcamp for any Windows software.


By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 1:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
The Macbook air has great battery life for what it is, but it inst what the Surface pro3 and Yoga2 pro are.

You are comparing a thin laptop to convertible's with touchscreens. The Yoga 2 has a higher end range on the CPU's as well. Not really in the same ballpark.


By Wolfpup on 6/4/2014 2:25:28 PM , Rating: 2
The Air has fans...gets louder than my Alienware 17" notebook does.

And as others noted...it's not a tablet.

I barely use my Air for anything...wish it WAS a tablet running real OS X.


RE: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
By wordsworm on 6/3/2014 4:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
The only compelling thing that Android has going for it is its Google apps: Google Earth, Google Maps... but these things also run in Windows. Windows has more great productivity software available: MS Office, Adobe's suite, programming software, etc., etc. So, I had my stint with Android, but I just don't find it as useful as Windows/Linux. And yes, I know Android is based on Linux, but I don't find it as useful as many of the other varieties. I would like to see more real Linux tablets out there.


RE: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
By Shadowmaster625 on 6/4/2014 8:40:13 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but windows doesnt work. I own a windows tablet, I should know. It is horrible to use, every single thing is broken by design. Yes, even the start button doesnt work half the time.


By wordsworm on 6/4/2014 5:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
My girlfriend has one. The only issue(s) I have with it are weight, I don't like corner-to-corner glass (too easily broken), but otherwise it's a nifty little thing. It would be even better if it ran off of a real Intel processor rather than that thing they call the Atom.

I've learned to live without the start button.


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