Intel's Core M chips will make Windows tablets lighter and thinner than ever, while its "Devil's Canyon" chips bring the speed.
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Whether you're a desktop power user or an on-the-go pro who wants the thinnest laptop available, Intel's new chips might be just what you've been waiting for. Built using a cutting-edge 14-nanometer fabrication process, the power-efficient Core M family will soon fuel a range of tablets and 2-in-1 PCs slimmer and lighter than any currently on the market. The Core K processors, meanwhile, are the first to offer a base frequency of 4.0 GHz on all four cores. Intel president Renee James unveiled the pair of processor lines during a keynote at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan.
The Core M line plays an important role in Intel's goal to be a bigger mobile player. The most popular tablets traditionally run on ARM chips, which have allowed for thinner designs and better battery life than Intel offerings. But Intel has fought back with not only improved versions of its mobile-oriented Atom line, but also the Core M, which boasts much of the Atom's mobile-friendliness but maintains PC-level performance.
The Core M line ushers in Intel's fifth-generation Broadwell processors. The new family, as mentioned, is built using a 14-nanometer process, which enables Intel to create smaller, more energy-efficient chips. The Haswell processors inside most today's new PCs and Windows hybrids rely on older 22-nanometer technology. Intel claims Core M devices will offer better performance even though the chips consume up to 45% less energy and generate up to 60% less heat. Intel declined, however, to estimate how much Core M might improve battery life.
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