Sunday, September 9, 2012

New processors from Intel

On its annual conference - IDF (Intel Developer Forum), which will be held next week, Intel intends to present the fourth generation of Intel Core processors, also known under the name Haswell.

The new generation of processors, the successor to Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, will use 3D tri-gate transistors made with 22-nano-metric process, and the first computers with such processors will be available in the second half of 2013.

Although the production process of Haswell will be identical with that of Ivy Bridge, the new processors will bring significant improvements, such as AVX2 graphics, Direct3D 11.1, OpenGL 3.2, and support for DDR4 memory, and for its work it will use almost half the energy of the latest Intel's generation of processors.

Аt least one version of the Haswell processors will have a TDP (Thermal Design Point) of 10 W. Ivy Bridge processors, which can be found in various ultrabooks, have 17, and processors in laptops 35-watt TDP. The significant reduction in TDP at Haswell processors will save space for the cooling elements and at the same time will maintain the performance and appearance of thinner devices with higher capacity batteries.

The new computers with Haswell processors will introduce a new technology called "Connected Standby", ideal for use on new Windows 8 PCs. In this mode the computer does not idle, the screen is switched off and with reduced energy use it refreshes the e-mail, social networks and synchronize the data with those in the cloud. It can stay in this mode for up to ten days with a single battery charge .

People at Intel are aware of the fact that the time period until the appearance of Haswell is too long, so they renewed their i3 and i5 series. New models have two to four cores and clock speed from 2.7 to 3.4 GHz, and also a lower price offer, lower power consumption and higher efficiency.

In addition to the presentation of new Windows 8 devices, including several tablets with Microsoft's new operating system, at the IDF a new concept, called Perceptual Computing, will be presented. This concept will bring developments in speech processing and recognition of gestures, by shifting the boundaries of human-computer interaction. The network of sensors with which it will be equipped (GPS, gyroscope, acceleration-meter, camera, voice recognition, interfaces and interpretation of gestures) will enable to the computer more 'awareness' of their environment and the user's intentions.