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.
Apple is reportedly taking steps to replace Intel chip by integrating a powerful version of their A6 chip used in the iPhone and iPad devices. Apple is trying to create new chip design technology for their desktops, laptops, and other computers. The hurdle Apple face from moving away from Intel is making sure all the software running on current systems will still continue to work.
The first Microsoft Surface tablets, due by October 26, will run NVidia RT chipset which does not run old Windows software that businesses rely on. Now you can with Intel’s new Clover Trail system-on-chip (SoC). It is a dual-core 1.8GHz processor also known as Atom Z2760 and will help tablets to achieve 9 hours battery life for HD video playback, 10 hours of “active use” and three weeks when in standby.
Intel adds that tablets running this chipset will support 3G and 4G cellular connectivity as well as near-field communication (NFC), support an “advanced” camera (up to 8MP) and a secondary snapper (up to 2.1MP).
Apple will allegedly switch from Intel processors for ARM CPUs by 2013. Apple is moving the laptop line, and presumably desktops too, to ARM based chips as soon as possible. Apple now uses ARM architecture in its A5 chip, which powers the iPad 2, and is reportedly going to be used for iPhone 5.
Apple will soon release the next iteration of MacBook Pro and this could come as early as next week. One of the new feature rumoured Apple will include in the new MBP is Intel’s new high-speed optical connector technology, dubbed Light Peak.
Intel’s Moorestown chip, available in the new few months, will allow multitasking capabilites on mobile devices such as Apple’s iPad. Currently Apple is using the 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed chip for their iPad.
Pankaj Kedia, director of Intel’s Global Ecosystems Program for Mobile Internet Devices and Smart Phones said, Consumers want to do multiple things at the same time: listen to music while browsing the Web, look for directions while looking at your calendar and talking with your friends, and so on. Multitasking is one of the key differentiators for the LG GW990 smartphone, based on the Intel Moorestown platform.
Intel revealed its next-generation Pine Trail Atom N450 netbook processor, which features longer battery life, 60% smaller than current atom and improved system performance to low-cost laptops. The Atom N450 will run at a clock speed of 1.66GHz. Due to the size of the chip, laptops and tablets using this can be thinner.
For low cost desktop, Intel release the dual-core Atom D510 and the single-core Atom D410.
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.
Intel has thrown out the Centrino brand and welcomed in upcoming Core series of processors. The core series will be branded entry-level (Intel Core i3), mid-level (Intel Core i5), and high-level (Intel Core i7).
The reason from Intel blog: …we have a complex structure with too many platform brands, product names, and product brands, and we’ve made things confusing for consumers and IT buyers in the process.
Intel has dramatically reduces prices for on select quad-core and dual-core microprocessors with prices starting at $163. Intel’s Core 2 Quad central processing unit model Q9650 was reduced up to 40% selling at $316. Intel also cut prices of Intel Core 2 Duo as well as Intel Pentium Dual-Core chips.