Intel's chief product officer described how its low-power processors, starting with the company's fourth generation Intel Core processor family available next year, will affect mobile computing experiences and Ultrabook, convertible and tablet designs.
David (Dadi) Perlmutter indicates that the company reduced the platform idle power of its fourth generation Core processor family based on the next-generation "Haswell" microarchitecture by more than 20 times over the second generation while delivering high performance and responsiveness. The company will add a new line of lower power processors based on the same microarchitecture to its offerings starting in 2013.
Both products highlight the company's effort to drive power consumption down to enable longer battery life and a wave of new mobile designs while delivering increasing processor, graphics and media performance.
Perlmutter says, "Our focus to deliver even lower power with the great performance that our processors are known for is as fundamentally significant as when we shifted our development focus beyond sheer processor speed in 2001."
Convertible and Tablet PCs Part of the Equation
More than 140 different Ultrabook designs are in development, a number of which are convertible tablet PCs, and more than 70 are powered by third generation Intel Core processors.
When the company's 22nm fourth generation Core processor family comes to the Ultrabook and other PCs in 2013, it will bring HD graphics support, new instructions for faster encryption and performance, new hardware-based security features and low-power processor sub-states to enable longer battery life.
Additionally, the company's new low-power chips based on "Haswell" will broaden its mobile repertoire, initially operating at about 10 watts to enable thinner, lighter Ultrabook, convertible and tablet designs with better performance and battery life.
An Enhanced Processor for Tablets
The next-generation Intel Atom processor, codenamed "Clover Trail," is a new system-on-chip (SoC) created specifically for Windows 8. Based on Intel's 32nm processor technology, it powers lightweight tablets and convertible PCs and includes long battery life.
Perlmutter also notes the advantages of Intel’s Windows 8 devices, noting that Atom and Core based tablets and convertibles will deliver a range of new features like enhanced media capabilities, security built for enterprise vertical market solutions, and support for applications written for the company’s processors to retain the software investment of IT and consumers.
Intuitive Computing Experiences
The personal computing experience is shifting to one based on perceptual computing where devices will take on human-like senses to perceive the user's intentions, according to Perlmutter, who adds that Intel has plans to continue to drive these capabilities across its platforms.
Perlmutter invites the developer community to work with the company to further establish these capabilities on Core-based platforms with the release of the company's first perceptual computing software development kit (SDK) beta. The SDK, targeted for release early in 4Q 2012, will enable hardware and software developers to bring gesture interaction, facial and voice recognition, and augmented reality to Core-based Ultrabook systems and PCs.