Intel Haswell Chips Power Systems From HP, Dell, Lenovo, Others
At Computex, the chip giant unveils the latest Core chips, which will run in new systems from Toshiba and Sony.Intel officials at the Computex 2013 show introduced the much-anticipated next-generation Core "Haswell" chips that they hope will give the PC market a jolt, and a number of OEMs followed with various systems powered by the processors. The 22-nanometer Haswell chips—now called the fourth-generation Core processors—promise greater performance and power efficiency, and significantly improved graphics, than the current Ivy Bridge offerings. The first of the chips are aimed not only at traditional notebooks, but also the growing number of new form factors, including Ultrabooks as well as convertibles and hybrids, which can be used as either laptops or tablets. The processors, part of a larger wave of offerings Intel is planning for this year and early 2014, are designed to give the giant chip maker greater traction in a mobile device space that currently is dominated by ARM and its partners, including Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Intel chips are found in most PCs, but global sales of traditional computers are declining, and the vendor for the past several years has been driving down the power consumption of its chips while increasing the performance, with the goal of getting into the mobile device space. There are more than two dozen mobile devices—smartphones and tablets—that run on Intel chips, though most are sold overseas. Intel got a significant boost this week when Samsung confirmed that it will use Intel's Atom systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for its upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 tablet.
Intel officials have said they expect the new Haswell chips to find their way into a range of designs, including tablets. They have said graphics capabilities and battery life could improve by 50 percent, with performance increasing as much as 15 percent.