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IFA: Intel launches 14nm fanless Core M processor for 2-in-1 devices

Promises to 'reinvent the notebook'
Fri Sep 05 2014, 16:30

BERLIN: INTEL LAUNCHED its first fanless chip family based on 14nm architecture, named Intel Core M, at the IFA German trade show on Friday.

Previously codenamed Broadwell-Y, the dual-core 14nm Intel Core M chip boasts 1.3 billion transistors on a die size of 82mm and promises to "reinvent the notebook".

Intel previewed the chip at Computex in Taiwan in June, unveiled on stage by Intel president Renee James, who called it "the most energy efficient Core processor in Intel's history". However, Intel didn't announce specifications at the time.

Aimed at increasing the performance of 2-in-1 convertible and detachable laptops and tablets due to their increasingly popularity and rapid growth in the market, Core M looks to revolutionise the notebook segment. Its fanless design will help achieve this, allowing for slimmer and thus more portable device designs between 7-10mm thick, depending on screen size, at much lower thermal design power (TDP) levels of "well under" 10W, therefore offering much longer battery life than previous generations.

Intel Core M die map

For example, Intel said that the Core M 5Y70 chip will offer up to 1.7 hours more time than Haswell chips when watching HD videos, from 6.9 to 8.6 hours on average. Core M devices will also offer 50 percent faster CPU and 40 percent better graphics performance than Intel's previous generation chips, with TDP draw as low as 4.5W depending on the device configuration.

The Core M processor brand will fit snugly in 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 said that Core M is better than Bay Trail, which is focused more on tablets and phones, for 2-in-1 designs, because it is able to offer more processing power while retaining the same TDP.

The Core M line will consist of the 5Y70, the 5Y10a and the 5Y10 processors. Check the table below for more detailed specifications.

Intel Core M tech specs

Users can expect to see Intel's Core M in five OEMs' convertible and detachable devices from the fourth quarter onwards, with additional systems hitting the market in early 2015.

For more on mobility, visit the Intel IT Center. µ


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