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Intel Haswell leaked power usage details are confirmed

by Mark Tyson on 11 September 2012, 15:04

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Intel has been focussing on reducing power consumption of its chips. Not many years ago only megahertz mattered as Chipzilla and AMD battled each other throwing up ever-higher headline MHz speeds, in what seemed like a race to the moon. That numbers game was sidelined with the arrival of the Pentium M range of processors with their large caches, cool running and with great performance. Since then things have developed further and marketers are emphasising numbers of processor cores in their sales efforts. People, however, are not as blind to these figures as they used to be. Most people know a good balance is required, especially in the ever-more-important portable computing market. Also Intel now has a new foe which dominates the growing smartphone and tablet markets with its superbly energy-efficient processors: ARM.

Back to the point of the article! The new upcoming range of Intel chips codenamed Haswell will be launching sometime in 2013. Understanding that power efficiency is of utmost importance in all computing environments, especially mobile, Haswell processors will reportedly come in at as low as 10 watts TDP. That figure is a great improvement over Intel’s current best Ivy Bridge efforts, which use a 17-watt TDP. The Haswell 10-watt figure is said to include the power consumption by the integrated GPU, too.

Michael Rougeau of TechRadar spoke to Intel about the Haswell rumours and was told by and Intel rep “Last year when we set out to reinvigorate the industry around Ultrabooks, we said we'd cut the mainstream mobile processor design power in half to enable this new category of laptops.” While the rep said he was pleased with the current range of Ultrabooks he said the new processors are “built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind.” The rep confirmed the new chips will be “targeted to operate at about 10 watts initially, while continuing to preserve many of the other benefits of Intel Core processor including leading performance, low idle power, single-chip packaging, and new graphics & security capabilities”.

TechEYE.net has also had some inside info from Intel which details the intended 2013 Haswell Ultrabook configurations. A standard Ultrabook must not have a bill of materials exceeding $699 and for that the following must be supplied “All day battery life at nine hours, voice command, HD video chat with a 720p resolution camera, as well as a wireless display, robust Wi-Fi, bundled anti-virus protection in the consumer model, and a multi touchpad.” Also at least 16GB of NAND storage must be integrated for “while using” functions. No current hybrid drives have that much NAND built-in so perhaps manufacturers will have to include dedicated SSDs if nothing else develops in the meantime. Touchscreens won’t be a baseline requirement of the new Ultrabooks, mind.

That’s all the Haswell info I have for now, folks, but keep your eyes open for more Intel news and views from our own man at the IDF - Tarinder. The show starts today, but US Pacific time is eight hours behind Blighty so he’s probably still scoffing fluffy buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup at the hotel.

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Until these are released we will see if the claims are borne out in reality.
Until these are released we will see if the claims are borne out in reality.

They haven't really failed to deliver since they first came to market with the Core 2 duo's though have they!
They haven't really failed to deliver since they first came to market with the Core 2 duo's though have they!

If you look at how much the media were getting excited about finfets last year(and some big websites even hinted that IB would be out last year too) and people bigging up IB as the next coming, and the IB GPU claims ,yeah,I am going to wait until Haswell is released to retail first! Intel has a very good track record,but it has not been entirely perfect either.

Power reduction really does interest me,being a SFF PC fan,but the proof of the pudding is in the eating!! ;)
The Intel marketing department is as well funded and creative as the research division!

It will be time to upgrade I think late this year/early next year. So quite interested in goings on.