Intel shows Haswell, details Bay Trail, Lexington chips
Intel has demonstrated its fourth generation of Core processors at the company's CES press event. The demonstration also gave the chip maker a chance to demonstrate a new quad-core 22nm Atom System-on-Chip processor it calls "Bay Trail," as well as <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/276838==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/12/03/intel.said.working.on.special.ultra.low.voltage.ve rsion.of.ivy.bridge.die/" rel='nofollow'>low-powered versions</a> of existing architectures and processors aimed towards developing nations. <br />
The fourth-generation chips, codenamed "Haswell" and formally announced <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/276837==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/09/11/latest.low.power.design.in.the.core.family.of.proc essors/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">in September</a>, uses the same 22nm process that the third generation Ivy Bridge chips to create the processors. The Haswell chips will operate using as little as 10-watts of power, and was demonstrated on-stage in the form of an Ultrabook with a 13-hour battery life and a new detachable-keyboard reference design codenamed "North Cape." Intel will be promoting touch-enabled Ultrabooks with its processors in the future, with devices starting from $600 for standard Ultrabooks and $800 for tablets that can convert into a tablet by removing the keyboard.
A new, lower-power version of Ivy Bridge will also be put onto the market, which will allow the existing 3rd generation of Intel Core processor to operate using as low as 7 watts of power. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoha 11S Ultrabook and an unannounced Ultrabook detachable from Acer will be the first to get this low-powered processor, and should be on the market by the spring.
Mobile computing seemed to be a major focus for Intel, leading the company to detail its Bay Trail Atom Micro architecture that it will push out by the end of 2013. The quad-core 22nm SoC will apparently be Intel's most powerful Atom processor to date, and will offer double the computing performance of current tablet processors, and a higher level of on-chip security.
Another Atom-based platform called "Lexington" is also being created, aimed at the low-power smartphone and tablet market. It is said to be able to reach a speed of 1.2GHz and will be able to perform hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding of 1080p video. Support for two cameras is underlined by it's burst mode that will capture seven 5-megapixel images in less than a second. The inclusion of an Intel HSPA+ modem with dual-sim and dual-standby capability is hoped to be attractive to phone manufacturers, especially those interested in producing low-cost devices.
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