Intel readies first fanless Haswell processor for tablets and convertibles, can we say Surface 2?

An Intel spokesperson has confirmed that Intel is not done with its mobile processor assault, prepping a new Haswell chip for release later this year, that will make mobile device makers drool.

The fourth generation Core iX processor will consume just 4.5 watts of power, compared to the lowest power envelope of 6 watts that the most frugal current member of the Haswell family has, and come without the need for fan cooling, making it the fist Core line CPU to do that.

This will put Intel's CPUs right up the alley of ARM-based processors, offering long battery life and fanless design, but with much more powerful performance, and the ability to run full-blown Windows 8. Needless to say the 4.5 watts fanless Haswell is destined for tablets and convertibles, and something tells us we might see it in the second Microsoft Surface generation, as Intel said it will be available in limited quantities later this year.

Given what Samsung and other are already doing with breathtaking convertibles like the ATIV Q we reviewed recently, which still sports a Haswell with a fan, we can only imagine the thin and light devices with Win 8 that will come out when the fanless Haswell hits the conveyor belts.

via CNET



1. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

good stuff, the i5 3rd gen tablets can run Heroes of Newerth and world of tanks well, the next gen should be even better.

5. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

World of tanks isnt that hard to run its well optimized game

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope Microsoft also release a version with Windows 8 and a Intel Atom Z3770 Bay Trail. I'm looking for a cheap tablet with a keyboard case or a cheap laptop for uni next year.

3. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I wish they make 8" with the fanless haswell windows 8.1 with great battery life

4. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

This won't be coming with the Surface Pro. That or they're making 2 Surface products. One lightweight and fanless, and the other for mobility yet productivity. Lets face it -- a 4.5 watt processor is not going to do much more than an RT tablet. The x86 compatibility won't mean much if it doesn't have the grunt. If they don't drop the Windows RT line, with nVidia hinting that Microsoft wants to keep it around, it looks like there might even be 3 Surfaces. Maybe it'll go in a mini 8" version.

6. accue

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

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