Intel revealed upcoming processors such as the low power versions of the company’s “Haswell” fourth generation Core series CPUs. These processors are rumoured to be used for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air refreshes for 2013.
The 4th gen Core family of processors are the first to be designed specifically for the Ultrabook and it will bring the most significant battery life improvement boasting 9 to 13 hours of continuous on-the-go use.
Intel is also rolling out a new Atom-based SoC designed for smartphones in emerging markets. The processor is a single-core solution, like Medfield, but with the clock speed topping out at 1.2GHz. Despite being single-core, the Z2420 support Intel hyper-threading, and it will still be able to execute two threads simultaneously.
At the Intel Developers Forum, Intel Corporation executives Eric Kim and Justin Rattner revealed the Intel Atom processor CE 4100 chip which will bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players, and advanced set-top boxes.
Kim said, At the center of the TV evolution is more processing power, which we deliver with the CE4100 media processor, built on the Intel Atom core and optimized for IPTV digital set-tops, connected media players and digital TVs. With its performance and high-resolution graphics capabilities, CE manufacturers and software developers now have a platform for real innovation.
Rattner said, By the year 2015, you can expect 15 billion consumer devices capable of delivering TV content with billions of hours of video available. We’ll need much more sophisticated ways to organize content and provide it on demand. Intel Labs researchers are working on evolving technology so people can get the TV content they want, when they want it and wherever they want it.
Tom’s Hardware industry sources put Atom into the range of “$6-$8″, which would be the production/packaging/shipping cost for the CPU. The CPU will likely sell at $30 at the low end.
Intel has officially given a new brand name for Silverthorn and Diamondville chips “Atom” and the Menlow chips is now “Centrino Atom”. Intel Atom is a low-power mobile processor destined for the next generation of mobile Internet devices. Diamondville, is a single-core processor for ultra-low-cost laptops. And Intel Centrino Atom, is a low-power companion chip with integrated graphics, a wireless radio, as well as thinner and lighter designs.