Intel to Broaden Market for Fanless Tablets, Ultrabooks with 14nm Intel Core M
June 3, 2014 10:42 AM
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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
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
. 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
, 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.
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RE: Broaden market with fanless tablets?
6/3/2014 6:18:30 PM
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.
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