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Intel’s Haswell chip will use a new socket

Gets a major component shuffle
Thu Nov 10 2011, 14:22

CHIPMAKER Intel hasn't released its Ivy Bridge chips yet but already we're getting details leaked about the even further off chip called Haswell.

Haswell will use a new LGA1150 socket instead of the LGA1155 socket that Sandy Bridge uses and Ivy Bridge will also use when it tips up next year. This means that to upgrade to Haswell, you will need a new motherboard featuring the LGA1150 socket.

Intel Haswell Chip Socket

The reason for this is a major rearrangement of the components on the chip resulting in a changed pin map. The chip initially will be fabbed at the 22nm process node and, as you can see in the image, a lot has been moved around.

Tweaktown said the rejig is partly due to "Haswell's higher bandwidth chipset bus" and, "It also throws away the separate power domain for the integrated graphics controller."

One leaked slide touts a boot time of two seconds due to hardware and software optimisations. It also mentions enhanced battery life, which we heard about at this year's Intel Developer Forum (IDF).

At IDF, Intel CEO Paul Otellini spoke about Ultrabooks running on Haswell, which will tip up in 2013. He said that Haswell could use 20 times less power than Intel's present chips and give laptops all day use and 10 days of connected standby.

Intel Haswell Chip Varients

There will be support for DDR3 memory, PCI-Express 3.0, Intel Turbo Boost technology, Hyper-Threading and power management. Haswell will also feature near field communications (NFC) and Thunderbolt technology.

Intel will offer the 'Shark Bay' platform in single and dual chip variants, with a low power Lynx chipset integrated into a dual-core Haswell chip. One of the chipmaker's other platform variants will push the Lynx chipset off-die. The two quad-core chips will be available in either BGA or rPGA packages.

With almost two years left until Intel's Haswell chips are due to tip up, Chipzilla will surely expand upon and further explain many of the platform details in these slides at future IDF sessions. µ



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