Next on stage was Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group to discuss the future of the company’s Core processor lineup. The near future, said Skaugen, would see Core processors become much lower power for “thinner, lighter, touch-based Ultrabook convertibles, detachables and tablets.”
Skaugen promised that the 4th generation of Intel processors – formerly known as “Haswell”—would show the biggest battery life gains over a previous generation in Intel’s history.
Skaugen had another surprise announcement to make regarding Intel’s exceeding of expectations, noting that despite having announced back in September 2012 that its 4th generation Core processor family would target 10 watts of design power, the firm had managed to wrangle that down to 7 watts, while delivering 5 times the performance of an Nvidia Tegra 3.
“We’ve literally gone from inches to millimeters on this ultra book journey,” said Skaugen noting that the entire market was looking towards thinner products.
Skaugen said there were currently over a dozen designs in development based on that philosophy, with the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S and a future ultrabook detachable from Acer to be among the first to market this spring.
"The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind," Skaugen said, adding that the improvements would result in very thin, light machines still capable of performance intensive features like touch, voice and gesture controls.
To demonstrate the impact of the 4th generation Intel Core processor family, Skaugen showed off a new form factor ultrabook detachable reference design (codenamed "North Cape") which converted into a 10mm tablet and which, he claimed, could run on battery for up to 13 hours while docked.
Intel’s press conference also centered strongly on the new ways the firm believes consumers will interact with their computing devices, from free movements of their hands, fingers, face and voice as well as multi-user touch mode for surface tablet like devices.
Skaugen also demonstrated new adaptive AIO systems with batteries built into the screen which can be picked up and moved around the home or office as needed.
Finally, Intel announced a deal with cable companies Comcast and Bouygues Telecom (based in France) for on-demand pay TV content, with a home box containing an Intel Puma 6MG-based XG5 multi-screen video gateway. The firm said the collaboration with Comcast’s Xfinity service would allow content to be streamed to multiple screens in the home including Intel ultrabook devices, and Intel-based AIO PCs and tablets.
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