Intel: Notebooks with Core i 4000 “Haswell” to Feature Touch, Voice and Gesture Controls

Intel Expects New Laptops to Feature Innovative Interfaces

by Anton Shilov
01/08/2013 | 10:14 AM

Intel Corp. held a press conference on Monday to outline a plan to accelerate new mobile device experiences with more personal and intuitive ultrabooks and convertibles powered by the next-generation Core i-series “Haswell” microprocessors. The new chips will not only be faster than predecessors, but thanks to their low power consumption and performance, it will be possible to significantly enhance products on their base.


“The best of Intel is coming to a mobile device near you, We are set to deliver the biggest increase in battery efficiency in Intel's history with 4th generation Intel Core i processors, while adding broad new human interfaces to computing devices through touch, voice, facial recognition, and gesture-based interactions,” Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the PC client group at Intel.

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. Intel executives disclosed that new systems are expected to deliver up to 9 hours of continuous battery life, freeing people from some of the wires and bulky power bricks typically toted around. 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.

"The 4th generation Core i processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the ultrabook in mind. We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls," said Mr. Skaugen.

To demonstrate the impact of the 4th generation Intel Core processor family, Skaugen showed a new form factor ultrabook detachable reference design (code-named "North Cape") that converts into a 10mm tablet and can run on battery for up to 13 hours while docked.

Advancements made in the way consumers will interact with their computing devices were also demonstrated, including natural and more immersive interaction experiences using a 3D depth camera. Intel showed applications running on an ultrabook in which objects can be manipulated naturally with free movements of the hands, fingers, face and voice. One application that was demonstrated can be used for enabling new and immersive video collaboration and blogging experiences. These were all enabled using the Intel perceptual computing SDK Beta. This year, Intel expects more ultrabooks and all-in-one (AIO) systems to offer applications for voice control (Dragon Assistant) and facial recognition (Fast Access) for convenience and freedom from passwords.