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Computex: Intel shows off Core M 2-in-1 reference designs [Video]

Including a fanless 7.3mm thick dockable laptop tablet hybrid
Wed Jun 04 2014, 10:29

TAIPEI: INTEL HAS SHOWN OFF reference designs of devices that will be powered by the firm's latest Core M chip that it announced at Computex on Tuesday.

During a satellite keynote at the Taipei technology conference on Wednesday, Intel PC Client Group GM Kirk Skaugen revealed further details regarding the Core M Broadwell SoC, as well as showing off a range of reference design laptops and tablets running the chip.

Flashing the chip that Intel president Renee James announced during a keynote on Tuesday, Skaugen went on to demo a mysterious Intel 2-in-1 tablet and notebook reference design to demonstrate "what we are doing for the industry", which is fanless, and just 7.2mm thin. It also docks to give it a desktop mode.

He then showed off the Asus Transformer Book Chi that Asus announced on Monday and another reference design powered by the Core M but this time a tablet running Android. The Core M processor line is based on Intel's upcoming 14nm chip architecture, codenamed Broadwell, which is said to take up around 50 percent less space inside devices.

The Core M processor brand will fit snugly between Intel's Atom and Core processors, bridging the gap between less powerful smartphones and tablets running on Merrifield and Moorefield SoCs and Core i3 to Core i7 Haswell CPUs powering higher performing laptops and desktops.

Intel claims that Core M devices will offer 20 to 40 percent performance improvements, while system on chip (SoC) power could be cut by up to 45 percent, producing 60 percent less heat, which allows for fanless design. µ


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