Intel Corporation has introduced the 4th generation Intel Core processor family, delivering optimized experiences personalized for end-users' specific needs, packing extended battery life capability, breakthrough graphics and new usages in devices such as 2-in-1s, tablets, robust enthusiast and portable all-in-one systems and secure and manageable business device with Intel vPro.
The new Intel Core processors provide responsive, secure and powerful performance for consumers to create and consume content. The keyword is "mobile lifestyles".
Intel says this is the first chip ever built from the ground up for the Ultrabook and the most significant roadmap change since Intel Centrino technology.
With power levels as low as 6 watts in scenario design power, Intel is enabling thinner, lighter, cooler, quieter and fanless designs. New Intel Core processors also power designs such as all-in-one PCs with great battery life, bringing portability to the growing category. The highest-performing processor family, 4th generation Intel Core processors are capable of delivering up to 15 percent better performance than the previous generation.
"4th generation Intel Core processors offer the most significant gain in battery life enabling ever achieved by Intel, up to double the graphics and significant CPU performance improvements that are delivering exciting new consumer experiences," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and PC Client Group general manager. "Today's announcement accelerates a new category of 2-in-1 computing devices delivering the best of a notebook and a tablet in amazing new form factors. This year is the perfect time for consumers to refresh their old tablet or PC with these new 2-in-1 devices."
Consumer and business systems based on quad-core versions of 4th generation Intel Core processors are now available. Summer availability is planned for 2-in-1s Ultrabooks, portable all-in-ones and traditional laptops and desktops. New mobile business products with 4th generation Intel Core vPro will be available later this year.
Delivering Intel's largest generation-over-generation gain in battery life enablement in company history, 4th generation Intel Core processors can bring an 50 percent improvement in battery life over the previous generation in active workloads when watching movies or surfing the Internet, and two to three times improvement in standby battery life. For some systems coming to market this year, over 9 hours of active use battery life or 10 to 13 days of standby with fresh data on a single charge is expected.
To achieve this, Intel exceeded its expectations on power reduction at the CPU level to as low as 6 watts and also worked across the system for power optimization. These improvements range from System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and platform level technologies to Intel's leading-edge 22nm process technology. Active power is improved as is idle power by architecting new ultra low-power processor states where the CPU consumes a fraction of the power compared to previous idle states.
The 4th generation Intel Core processors also bring the highest performance currently available in mainstream computing with the additional benefit of superior graphics support. People will be able to experience every day computing approximately two times faster; systems can wake up approximately eight times faster and users will have the ability to edit and share HD video about 20 times faster; than a similar 4-year-old computer.
Intel expanded its range of Intel graphics in the highly integrated SoC to deliver even more stunning visuals in thinner and lighter devices. Intel Iris graphics, available on select SKUs of the 4th generation Intel Core processor family, delivers up to double the 3-D performance over today's fastest mobile Intel HD Graphics solutions. Intel Iris graphics bring next-generation mobile computing devices to life with a built-in, visual experience – no extra graphics card required.
The 4th generation Intel Core processor also enables a number of new computing interactions to enhance the overall user experience. All new Ultrabooks will be touch-enabled and have Intel Wireless Display capability built in to bring natural touch and motion interactivity and speed mode for low-latency gaming on the big screen. Ultrabooks will also be hardware-ready for voice command and control, giving the user flexibility to choose the most natural and intuitive way of handling the task at hand. Ultrabooks will wake in less than 3 seconds from deep sleep and in some cases much faster, offering the nearly "instant-on" experience that people want. Ultrabooks will pull email, social media and other updates while in a low-power mode, meaning less waiting for fresh data upon waking.
The 4th generation Intel Core processor family is also ideal for the design of high-performance, low-power intelligent systems for retail, industrial, media servers, medical and digital surveillance environments. The improved 3-D graphics and media performance deliver outstanding HD media playback for highly visual retail and digital signage applications, while new Intel AVX 2.0 instructions enable faster calculations for the rapid collection and interpretation of sound waves in an ultrasound machine. (Additional information on the 4th generation Intel Core processor family for intelligent systems is available in the news fact sheet.)