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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 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.


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