Earlier Today, Intel disclosed details of its newest microarchitecture that is optimized with Intel's industry-leading 14nm manufacturing process. Together these technologies will provide high-performance and low-power capabilities to serve a broad array of computing needs and products from the infrastructure of cloud computing and the Internet of Things to personal and mobile computing. The main focus of Core M was first revealed back in June at Computex where Intel showed their obsession with beating the MacBook Air in thinness. Last month we reported on Intel's intent of launching their 14nm-based Core M series processors specifically for use in fanless notebook/tablet 2-in-1 models in the fourth quarter of 2014, with many models to be exhibited at the Intel Developer Forum to take place in San Francisco September 9-11, 2014. Although variants of the new processor may appear in time for new MacBooks this year, it's still up in the air as Intel states that "broader OEM availability will be made available in the first half of 2015." Today's report presents you with the key points to Intel's new architecture as revealed today by Intel. We also provide you with several key slides from their presentation.
Key Points on Intel's New Processor:
•Intel disclosed details of the microarchitecture of the Intel® Core™ M processor, the first product to be manufactured using 14nm.
•The combination of the new microarchitecture and manufacturing process will usher in a wave of innovation in new form factors, experiences and systems that are thinner and run silent and cool.
•Intel architects and chip designers have achieved greater than two times reduction in the thermal design point when compared to a previous generation of processor while providing similar performance and improved battery life.
•The new microarchitecture was optimized to take advantage of the new capabilities of the 14nm manufacturing process.
•Intel has delivered the world's first 14nm technology in volume production. It uses second-generation Tri-gate (FinFET) transistors with industry-leading performance, power, density and cost per transistor.
•Intel's 14nm technology will be used to manufacture a wide range of high-performance to low-power products including servers, personal computing devices and Internet of Things.
•The first systems based on the Intel® Core™ M processor will be on shelves for the holiday selling season followed by broader OEM availability in the first half of 2015.
•Additional products based on the Broadwell microarchitecture and 14nm process technology will be introduced in the coming months.
Mark Bohr, Intel senior fellow, Technology and Manufacturing Group, and director, Process Architecture and Integration stated that "Intel's 14 nanometer technology uses second-generation Tri-gate transistors to deliver industry-leading performance, power, density and cost per transistor. Intel's investments and commitment to Moore's law is at the heart of what our teams have been able to accomplish with this new process."
Rani Borkar, Intel vice president and general manager of product development added that "Intel's integrated model – the combination of our design expertise with the best manufacturing process – makes it possible to deliver better performance and lower power to our customers and to consumers. This new microarchitecture is more than a remarkable technical achievement. It is a demonstration of the importance of our outside-in design philosophy that matches our design to customer requirements."
Intel's new slide show presentation shows us various aspects of the new Core M processor, with a context and emphasis on the reinvention of the notebook which began in earnest back in April 2013 with their 2-for-1 hybrid notebook push which is starting to catch on. Intel's Kirk Skaugen, GM of their PC Client Group, introduced their next generation mobile processor called the Core M with focus on beating the MacBook Air in respect to thinness, as our cover graphic clearly illustrates.
Intel Presentation Slides August 11, 2014
Whenever Apple's MacBook's get an upgrade to Intel's new 14nm Broadwell processors, they're going to, as always, provide users with more raw power running cooler with yet another leap in graphics that's worth noting.