Intel making PC processors tablet friendly with new Core M chips

Intel's low-power Core M products will be in tablets and hybrids by the end of this year.

Intel President Renee James talks on stage at a Computex keynote

Intel President Renee James talks on stage at a Computex keynote

Intel wants to deliver more performance to tablets while curbing power consumption, and has launched a new Core M line of processors to meet those needs.

The Core M will be based on the architecture used in the popular Core i3, i5 and i7 processors mainly found in laptops and desktops. The Core M line will draw less than 10 watts of power, distinguishing it from other Core chips that draw more than 10 watts of power.

"It's the most energy efficient processor in Intel's history," said Intel President Renee James during a keynote on Tuesday at Computex trade show in Taipei.

The goal is to enhance Core processor performance on mobile products, James said. The chip will be in fanless tablets and thin laptops on sale by the end of the year, she said.

James showed a thin 12.5-inch prototype tablet that was 7.2 millimeters thick and weighed 672 grams. The tablet -- called Llama Mountain -- had a Core M chip based on the upcoming Broadwell microarchitecture. The tablet could be docked to a keyboard to become a laptop.

Asustek Computer will ship Transformer hybrids with Core M later this year, said Jonney Shih, chairman at Asus, during a keynote appearance.

Some tablets like Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 already use Core processors that typically go into laptops. Intel also offers Atom chips for tablets, but the performance doesn't match that of Core chips. PC makers want to offer more tablets and hybrids and are turning to Core chips, especially for business products.

Intel is aggressively pursuing the tablet market, which is dominated by ARM, and is also championing hybrid designs in an effort to rejuvenate the slumping PC market. In the keynote, James said the Core M would allow Intel's partners in Taiwan to create new PC and tablet designs.

It wasn't immediately clear if Core M chips would be available based on the current Haswell architecture in Core processors.

James also said that 130 new Android and Windows tablets based on Intel's Atom chips code-named Merrifield, Moorefield and Bay Trail would become available this year. Intel has set a goal of shipping 40 million tablets in this calendar year, and is on track to meet that number, James said.

An upcoming quad-core Atom chip called Sofia with an integrated 3G radio -- the company's first such chip -- will be available in devices starting early next year. James showed a working unit of Sofia by taking a call on a smartphone with the chip. Intel last week struck a deal with Chinese chipmaker Rockchip to market a custom quad-core Sofia chip to tablet and smartphone makers starting next year.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags computexhardware systemsComponentstabletslaptopsprocessorsintel

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?