Intel Is Going To Introduce Haswell Chips: The Energy-efficient, Faster Successor To Ivy Bridge


The 4th generation chips of Intel, code-named as Haswell, will be launched next month in different kind of less power-hungry computing devices. Compared to Intel’s current-generation chips, the Ivy Bridge family, these new chips will enable the devices to increase their battery life by 50 percent. These chips will also consume less power while in standby mode and will make the graphics performance more powerful and effective than its predecessors, according to Intel Executives.

Wonders Of The New Chip

This chip family will be the last supervised product of Paulo Otellini, the outgoing CEO of Intel. Like the other 22 nanometer chips expected to arrive this year, the Haswell chips will be used in tablets, smartphones, laptops and PCs. Additionally, the chip family will influence new concepts like 2-in-1 devices, such as a laptop which could be used as a tablet too. HP already showcased a similar device: the HP Envy Rove 20, an all-in-one desktop which could be used a touchscreen table-top computer. Otellini has been praising Haswell for a long period of time, describing it as Intel’s most significant advancement in improving the battery life.

Intel Architecture Group’s VP and GM, Rani Borkar has stated that the company is not only benefiting from an efficient manufacturing process, but the thorough designing process of the chip has also helped it in providing features like low-power consumption and rapid mobility. New technologies like “power gating” are used in the chip, which allow the chip to use its components more efficiently. Borkar claimed that the Haswell-powered devices will have “instant on” responsiveness, allowing them to provide quick and immediate response. She added that the chip will encourage experimenting with different form factors, while setting up a lot of industry first records.

How The Chip Outperforms Its Predecessors

Intel has informed that the new chip will be to 20 times more power efficient than the Sandy Bridge-powered devices. If that is true, then it will be possible to watch 3 high definition movies in a fully charged laptop. Based on the Haswell microarchitecture, Intel will produce varieties of efficient processors with their distinctive code and final product names. From ultra-portables to high-capacity servers, these products will be publicly available from June 5 and will be rolled out gradually throughout the year. Borkar has confirmed that the vast improvement in power will not affect the chip’s performance at all.

New Technologies Used In The Haswell Family

Intel’s VP of technology and manufacturing group, Kaizad Mistry informed that an enhanced model of Intel’s 22nm Tri-Gate 3D transistor is being used for manufacturing the Haswell chips. This version specializes in consuming low power while keeping the operating frequencies same. In its latest chip family, Intel has introduced some innovative ways of powering down a non-used chip and new systems of quicker data transfer around the chip. According to Borkar, Haswell chips will range from the ones consuming 7 watts to those consuming 75 watts.

Intel’s Atom processors were first introduced in 2008, for netbooks. Though that series failed to dominate the industry, Intel has been enjoying a large share of the mobile processing industry. Intel plans to release the Silvermount family, the future of Atom microprocessors later this year. Intel is expected to provide a clear guideline about its future roadmap at Taiwan’s Compoutx trade show next month.


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