Intel Unveils 4th Generation – Haswell, Bay Trail and Merrifield Processors
Intel has unveiled its fourth-generation – Haswell, Bay Trail and Merrifield processors at Computex in Taipei. These 4th generation processors are built on Intel’s 22nm process technology and will offer better battery life and graphics performance than its predecessor.
Intel Haswell processor is designed for Ultrabooks and is the first system-on-a-chip (SoC) for desktops and laptops. With the advent of 2-in-1 convertible devices that combines the performance of a PC and mobility of a tablet, power saving becomes a key issue. The new 4th Generation processors deliver up to 50% improvement in battery life, equating to 9 hours of active use battery life or 10 to 13 days of standby. With the Intel Iris graphics, the graphics performance is almost doubled. The quad-core version of the Haswell processors is available at present, other versions to follow.
Intel’s next-generation, 22nm quad-core Atom SoC, code-named “Bay Trail-T” is designed exclusively for tablets and supports both Android and Windows 8.1 OS. Bay Trail chips come with an integrated 4G LTE support. Tablets based on quad-core Bay Trail processor will be available this fall. The Bay Trail platform can also be used in entry level computers and in other form factors.
For Smartphones, Intel pins high hopes on its 22nm Atom SoC, codenamed “Merrifield”. Intel’s “Merrifield” will feature an integrated sensor hub technology for personalized services and built-in data, device and privacy protection. Intel promises increased performance and battery life for Smartphones running Merrifield chip. The Merrifield is expected to ship by the end of this year.