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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 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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