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Intel Corp. on Tuesday announced its first microprocessors that belong to the lineup of ultra-low-power chips it has to offer, yet are based on high-performance Haswell micro-architecture. With power consumption of only around 4.5W, the new Intel Core central processing units will serve various hybrid and 2-in-1 devices.

Less than a year after announcing its intention to deliver Intel Core processors operating at less than 10W and two months after delivering Core processors operating at 6W scenario design power (SDP), Intel has confirmed a new 4th generation Core i-series “Haswell” processor will be available operating at as low as 4.5W SDP, in addition to the 6W ersions. These chips, to be available in the second half of 2013, will allow device manufacturers to produce the first fanless 2-in-1 and tablet designs based on the Intel Core “Haswell” processors that are designed with performance in mind.

By introducing chips with 4.5W SDP, Intel in many ways blurs the line between Atom CPUs designed specifically for low-power operation as well as Core microprocessors developed for high-performance applications. Essentially, with new chips Intel blurs the line between tablets and notebooks when it comes to feature-set and performance.

Intel did not announce other specifications of the forthcoming Intel Core I-series "Haswell" chip with 4.5W scenario design power.

Many of Intel executives believe that the 10” media tablet form-factor will rapidly erode this year in favor of more compact 7” to 8”tablets while larger 10” tablets will be assimilated by notebook-tablet hybrids with convertible displays and detachable screens. Intel has already demonstrated hybrid tablets with detachable keyboards code-named North Cape. Besides, the company plans to make touchscreens compulsory on ultrabooks featuring Core i-series “Haswell” central processing units. Besides, those laptops will come with facial recognition and voice recognition software, which is supposed to make them more consumer friendly.

Tags: Intel, Core, Haswell, 22nm

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Wait until a few independent tests show these chips actually draw 15+ watts... similar to the "9w" models Intel was hawking that actually use 15+ watts.
9 8 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 07/23/13 07:50:03 PM]
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You need to read these articles first before flaming. Intel created a new technical term name Scenario Design Point or SDP. It is different than TDP or Thermal Demand Power. The cooling system of a product can be design based on SDP. If a product is design to cool a 4.5 watt processor, Haswell or an Core i-series processor could be used. Also if it can be used, Intel could actually phase out the Atom processor. Atom processors suck.
7 6 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 07/23/13 09:34:23 PM]
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The Intel marketing department created the SDP terminology to obfuscate the true specifications of its products. Intel 1 : Consumers 0.
9 8 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 07/24/13 12:42:23 AM]
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4 8 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 07/24/13 01:04:41 AM]
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The cooling system of a product can be designed based on a drunk monkey, but you're still going to have problems if it cannot handle the TDP. Or Intel might go the Apple way and say the you don't use it properly...
4 6 [Posted by: Remus Cursaru  | Date: 07/24/13 02:01:14 AM]
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0 7 [Posted by: cosminmcm  | Date: 07/24/13 03:38:45 AM]
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SDP is a marketing term, not a technical term. Intel's SDP is, in fact, a programmable TDP.

Also TDP stands for Thermal Design Power, not Thermal Demand Power.

TDP practically tells the system manufacturer that it needs to provide THIS level (TDP) of cooling ability, to ensure proper functionality.
1 1 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 07/24/13 02:24:28 PM]
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+15W, AMD can do better than that, let bring it in. AMD go.
6 6 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 07/23/13 11:59:27 PM]
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These chips will intersect the Atom ValleyView and the Bay Trail platform that includes models with a 10W TDP.

It will be interesting how performance and energy efficiency will compare.
1 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 07/24/13 02:27:12 PM]
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Actually 10w Bay Trail is for desktop and laptops. The tablet and smartphone version (Z series) should have much lower TDP
0 2 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 07/24/13 02:44:39 PM]
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You should check your facts before posting.

There ARE 10W TDP SoCs in the tablet processor list that was recently leaked.

I'm surprised like anybody else that Intel plans such chips, but those actually ARE in the list as part of the Bay Trail-T platform and yes they seem to consume more than many Bay Trail-M solutions.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 07/25/13 03:47:30 AM]
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What happened to their software partner when they tried for the Tablet market? $900 mil write-down in value? Are Intel trying to repeat Microsoft's mistake?
1 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 07/24/13 03:40:27 PM]
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Ah, Microsoft believed that it can overcharge for a half-assed product as they do with their x86 Windows but it did't work because they are no monopoly in this market segment. They didn't lose anything, instead they simply couldn't fool anyone to pay them for their bonuses.
I actually hoped and believed that they would create a real Windows for ARM, instead theycreated a Smartphone like OS. That's why they don't deserve the customers money.
1 0 [Posted by: Zingam  | Date: 07/25/13 02:45:11 AM]
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one day intel or amd will make a cpu that is 15w and a quad core the has the performance of a core i7 desktop cpu.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 07/25/13 04:37:28 AM]
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Just as I expected... Intel LIED AGAIN about their power consumption.

http://semiaccurate.com/2...scam-with-new-4-5w-parts/
2 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 07/25/13 05:45:46 AM]
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How is this a market scam? From where I see it SDP is just underclock. AMD and Intel both sell chips that were clocked lower than designed, whether due to failed QC (chip harvesting) or the need to fulfill a segment of market.

And Semiaccurate is just a rumor/opinion site, not a factual news site.
0 1 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 07/25/13 07:59:29 AM]
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And Semiaccurate is just a rumor/opinion site, not a factual news site.


Yeah, just like intels PR machine is a factual source......sarcasm.jpg
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 08/21/13 12:13:52 AM]
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