Intel's Haswell Chip for Notebooks, Tablets Launching in June

The quad-core, 22nm chips will offer better energy efficiency and improved graphics capabilities than current Intel Core processors, officials say.

Intel's much-talked-about Core "Haswell" processors will debut at the Comdex 2013 show in Taiwan in June.

According to a short blog post April 26 on the Intel Website, the next-generation chips—which company officials have said will feature significantly improved energy efficiency and greater graphics capabilities than current Intel chips—will be unveiled June 3, when the show kicks off.

"In approximately 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds, Intel will reveal all there is to know about the highly anticipated 4th-generation Intel Core processor family," the company said in the blog post. "The new family of processors will surpass old technology expectations and usher in a host of striking new designs with incredible performance and extraordinarily long battery life."

Intel has been driving down the power consumption as it looks to expand its reach beyond traditional PCs and into devices like tablets, hybrids and convertibles, systems that are rapidly growing in popularity. Company officials have boasted that the 22-nanometer Haswell systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) will offer the greatest leap in power efficiency from one generation to another.

During an April 16 conference call with analysts and journalists to talk about the company's first-quarter financial numbers, outgoing CEO Paul Otellini and Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith said that with Haswell, systems makers and end users will see improvements in overall performance (by as much as 10 percent), graphics capabilities (by up to 50 percent) and power efficiency. OEMs will embrace the quad-core SoCs as they develop a range of new form factors, which will help boost revenue for Intel's PC Client Group, which saw sales fall by 6 percent in the first quarter, to $8 billion, according to Smith.

"We believe the combination of an improving macroeconomic environment, Haswell coming to the market, ultramobile form factors like Ultrabooks, convertibles and tablets, and touch-enabled devices leads to a return to growth in the second half of the year," he said.

Intel and other tech vendors—including Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Advanced Micro Devices—have seen their financial numbers battered by the continued shrinking of the global PC market as consumers and business users have focused their attention and tech dollars on such devices as smartphones and tablets. The bulk of those products are powered by chips designed by ARM and sold by Samsung, Qualcomm and others.

Intel has been aggressive in driving down the power consumption of their x86 chips—in both the Core and Atom platforms—to gain a foothold in the mobile device space. Along with Haswell, Intel later this year will launch the "Bay Trail" Atom chips. Intel will have chips for every mobile device, from smartphones to notebooks. It also will enable lower-cost systems in designs as thin as 10mm.