Ahead of Intel’s developer conference in San Francisco, new details have emerged surrounding the companies next line of Ultrabook specific processors.
If you have been pretty impressed at this years’ Ivy Bridge totting Ultrabooks for their battery life you haven’t seen anything yet, as new details have emerged surrounding Intel’s next chips as part of the companies tick tock cycle.
Haswell, as you may have already guessed, is a new tock within Intel’s processor roadmap aimed specifically at Ultrabooks. As Intel have already noted, this tock marks the first time the company has designed a product just for Ultrabooks, and as such the new processors could increase the battery run times of Ultrabooks by a fairly significant amount.
By just how much, however, remains to be seen although new details have come to light across the news sphere ahead of next week’s Intel Developer Conference in San Francisco. These new details suggest that the new processors from Intel will have power envelopes of just 10W, a massive leap from the current count of 17W as seen in Ivy Bridge processors as of late. To put that in to comparative terms, Netbooks (may they rest in peace, almost) got down to 8.5w at their peak with the Atom processor.
This news comes just as AMD, Intel’s main processor competitor within the desktop space, got its chips down to 17W for use within alternatively branded books’.
It isn’t just power efficiency that will come with these chips either, as performance is said to have been boosted at the same time according to an analyst over at Gabriel Consulting Group:
“This is a very large step in the evolution of Intel’s 22 nanometer, tri-gate transistor-based chip line,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with the Gabriel Consulting Group. “The vastly improved energy consumption numbers are quite an eye opener. If they can significantly up the ante on performance at the same time, then they’ve hit a home run.”
We’ll have to wait out and see exactly what is in store from Intel upon the official date for their developer conference all the way over in San Francisco. If all reports are to be believed however, we could be in for a rather glorious Ultrabook rich 2013 where battery life will improve significantly.