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Intel Corp. on Thursday said it began production of its future-generation code-named Haswell microprocessors in the fourth quarter of 2012, as planned. The new chips that are made using 22nm process technology promise to revolutionize notebooks and ultrabooks as besides of increased performance they will feature lower power consumption.

“We started production of our next-generation micro-architecture product code-named Haswell, which we expect to qualify for sale this quarter. This production prior to qualification for sale resulted in an increase in [older-generation] inventory write-offs,” said Stacy Smith, chief financial officer of Intel, during quarterly conference call with financial analysts.

The fourth-generation Intel Core i “Haswell” processor family will enable true all-day battery life, representing the most significant battery life capability improvement in Intel history, the company revealed earlier this month. Intel executives disclosed that new systems are expected to deliver up to 9 hours of continuous battery life. Thanks to higher performance and lower power consumption compared to predecessors, Intel Core i “Haswell” will be able to power new breed of laptops that will, among other advantages, feature touch-screens, voice recognition and gesture controls. Intel itself believes that ultrabooks powered by Haswell will revolutionize the market of mobile PCs in a similar way Centrino did a decade ago.

“In the first half of this year, we will launch Haswell, enabling one of the most significant changes to the PC since Centrino in 2003. Haswell was designed from the ground up to enable breakthrough innovation in form factor, battery life and usability. It will deliver the single largest generation-to-generation battery life improvement in Intel's history and it is inspiring a new wave of ultra-sleek, convertible, touch-based designs across our customer base,” said Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel.

Intel pins a lot of hopes onto Haswell- and Broadwell-generations of its central processing units as both should enable new form-factors for client PCs, which should inspire demand from the end-users.

“I have seen the prototypes of the [new PC’s] industrial designs. They are really exciting products. Our customers have not had this level of performance in this kind of form-factor before. […] To some extent, we are branch predicting that [the new products] will generate sufficient excitement to keep the client growth going. […] We see renewed growth around these new form-factors,” said Mr. Smith.

Intel Haswell microprocessors for mainstream desktops and laptops will be structurally similar to existing Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" and "Ivy Bridge" chips and will continue to have two or four cores with Hyper-Threading technology along with graphics adapter that shares last level cache (LLC) with processing cores and works with memory controller via system agent. On the micro-architectural level the Haswell chip is almost completely different compared to available solutions thanks to significantly improved parallelism as well as numerous new instructions to speed up specific workloads. The processors that belong to the Haswell generation will continue to rely on dual-channel DDR3/DDR3L memory controller with DDR power gating support to trim idle power consumption. The chip will have three PCI Express 3.0 controllers, Intel Turbo Boost technology with further improvements and so on.

Intel is expected to formally introduce Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” microprocessors in late May or early June, 2013.

Tags: Intel, Haswell, Broadwell, 22nm


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Discussion started: 01/18/13 07:21:34 AM
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3 9 [Posted by: kingpin  | Date: 01/18/13 07:21:34 AM]
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I hope you're joking. The extra prolonged life expectancy is just marketing BS. If they could really squeeze up 9-12h from ubiquotosly obsolete desktop architecture, when power-performace ratio came into place, then intel would really achieve miracle with its TripleGate tech. But somehow i strongly believe this is once again just intels marketing bs ...

But we must be afraid of the old proverb When money talks bullshit walks. Just remember how craptastic Atom wiped out VIAs ITX form existence to some niche market.
4 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 01/18/13 01:50:02 PM]
I Love to see Intel comes to competition. Don't really care who'll win, but hope no one win with a big margin. More competition = more innovation = less expensive.
3 0 [Posted by: jpunk  | Date: 01/18/13 06:10:30 PM]

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1 6 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 01/18/13 07:56:53 AM]
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actually the usage of the processor isn't that important for the battery life of a tablet the largest user is probably wifi and the screen so. intel should invest en efficient screen technologies and pair it up whit there tablets witch would be better than switching from architecture.

4 0 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 01/18/13 08:05:20 AM]

Benchmarks please. I count for 15% IPC improvement. Tomshardware was able to benchmark Intel's CPU well before sales, but with Haswell they are silent.
6 0 [Posted by: Tristan  | Date: 01/18/13 12:29:33 PM]
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Yea, I'm thinking 15% to 25% depending on workload. According to this article from Anandtech on the architecture improvements it seems plausible in my eyes:
1 0 [Posted by: iLLz  | Date: 01/18/13 02:53:39 PM]
AT estimates IPC increase of 10%, maybe 15%. The clock speeds are rumored to be unchanged from IVB. So 25% increase is wishful thinking unless Haswell overclocks much better than IVB.
1 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 01/19/13 07:14:13 PM]

1 2 [Posted by: Edo1296  | Date: 01/20/13 08:30:56 AM]

Once people have stopped using Windows as their O/S on devices them anything which is dedicated to the Windows walled garden is of no use to the Public. As I see it now with alternatives to the Microsoft eco system being the growth area of the computing nothing either of the chip manufactures does is going to help their cause. Once they embrace a non walled garden O/S then sale will soar. Apple is also has a Walled Garden., and by the looks of the latest figures they are also loosing out
0 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/20/13 03:36:24 PM]

I noticed that only pro intel treads have more "likes" than "dislikes".

How interesting is that. Propaganda on freeweb.
0 1 [Posted by: kingpin  | Date: 01/21/13 08:59:41 AM]

Thanks to higher performance and lower power consumption compared to predecessors, Intel Core i “Haswell” will be able to power new breed of laptops that will, among other advantages, feature touch-screens, voice recognition and gesture controls.

Wishful thinking/market speak/BS............when you take into account power usage as a whole the processor is only a fraction of total usage and any CPU power savings made would be taken up by added features (touch screen on a laptop..........Noooooooo) or smaller battery in the quest for the every lighter chassis
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 01/22/13 09:44:54 PM]

I won't doubt Haswell will match or outperform in perf/watt with the latest and greatest ARM SoCs, but I'm sure it will still flop in the mobile space because Intel has a wrong business model. No one wants to get locked into using expensive chips with an uarch wholly controlled by one single company...What's good for Intel is detrimental to the other players.
0 0 [Posted by: Randomguy  | Date: 02/13/13 05:32:08 AM]


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