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Intel's new processors: $300 touchscreen gear coming, LTE SoC and fanless Core CPU design demoed

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Intel's new processors: $300 touchscreen gear coming, LTE SoC and fanless Core CPU design demoed
Intel took the stage at Computex today to announce its new frugal Core family with the Haswell build, as well as the new Silvermont architecture in the Bay Trail and Merrifield family that are "not your mother's Atom", meant for powering phones and tablets/convertibles.

Of course the big jump here for the 4th generation Core processors is not in the modest increase in performance, or even the record-breaking (for Intel) integrated graphics prowess, but rather the extended battery life of devices with them, which will be nearing current tablet territory, that hovers between 8-10 hours on average. Intel put up this chart to explain things with endurance:

Intel's new processors: $300 touchscreen gear coming, LTE SoC and fanless Core CPU design demoed

As for the mobile Bay Trail architecture for tablets and convertibles, Intel said it can scale the functionality in slices, and allow $300-$400 devices with touchscreen and all. Smartphones? The Merrifield chips with Silvermont architecture are a bit further down the road, shipping to OEMs the end of this year, but they should finally put to rest the claim that Intel can never figure things out with the battery life/performance ratio as well. As Intel's spokesman Bill Calder puts it:

The myth that Intel will never be able to get power down low enough to get into phones is gone. That debate is over. Not that Intel has accomplished all of its low-power goals. You can argue with me about whether we have the full SoC integration, we don't have LTE yet – but we're getting close there. I'm fine with that conversation. But the myth of not being able to get into phones or to get power down low enough is done.

Even the LTE part of his statement was debunked by Intel showing off a mobile SoC with integrated broadband LTE radio with global reach, that is slated for release later this year. Intel's VP commented on their lack of US mobile presence: "Absence of LTE is the reason. We can't get ranged by US carriers without LTE, so once we have multi-mode LTE coming to market later this year, we have an opportunity to compete in that business."

The other sign of things to come they demoed for a brief second is a fanless tablet with a new Core processor inside, which will allow some slim and light designs running the full Windows 8 experience, for instance. All in all, Intel is seemingly getting its mobile ducks in a row, landing in a lot of tablet gear running Android yesterday, even by the juggernaut Samsung, which resulted in ARM's stock prices nosediving in that session, and Intel rising up.

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posted on 04 Jun 2013, 03:37 12

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 316; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


They didn't say Intel inside for nothing... Keep up the good work... Lets see some Benchmarking scores.. Waiting for the Baytrail to get inside the market... Should be a good match for ARM's A15...

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 04:16 6

5. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


I believe Intel will make significant progress in the mobile space. Asus and Samsung's tabs even using Intel processors are already an early sign of their success.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:16

12. juandante (Posts: 298; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


You can't compare an A15 processor with an Intel x86, the Intel it will simply blow away any A15 processor on the market, because of the many instructions of the x86.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:39

14. a_merryman (Posts: 666; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Considering last years Clover trail was a match for the A15, Bay trail should blow it out of the water.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 00:03

16. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


low power good for me ...

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 03:57 3

2. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)


no intel, samsung invented their own processors. Samsung FTW!

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 10:36 1

13. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


i can't see no Exynos in PCs, laptops, ultrabooks or any other form of computers. stfu. samsung is no where near intel in processing.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 12:41 1

15. a_merryman (Posts: 666; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Wait, samsung invented their own processors? I thought they were licensing their processor designs from ARM, and Intel was the one designing and building their own processors. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 04:23 2

6. iamfoolhehe (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Intel is rocking...

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 04:27 1

7. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


yes.this is ultimate

posted on 04 Jun 2013, 08:56

11. desijatt (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


thats the U version with 15W power consumption....Y version with 6W-7W power consumption is really great

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