INTEL IS BRINGING its Xeon server processor technology to notebook computers.
The Xeon notebook chip is designed for "professionals who needs workstation-class capabilities in a portable device", Intel said, and will launch in the form of the E3-1500M v5 processor family based on the recently-launched Skylake architecture.
The chipmaker's decision to bring server chips to notebooks is down to the increasing number of creative professionals and engineers needing a more portable machine for power-hungry applications.
"This family of processors ... will deliver high precision computing horsepower in notebook form factors, delivering the right balance of power and mobility," said the firm.
"[The] Xeon-based mobile workstations will have key features such as error-correcting code memory that automatically detects and repairs errors on-the-fly that cause data corruption and system crashes for peace-of-mind reliability."
The new systems, dubbed "mobile workstations", will also have the benefits of the unique hardware-assisted security, manageability and productivity capabilities of Intel vPro Technology, Intel said. They will feature Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C connectivity for faster and simpler I/O.
Intel said that it is "not quite ready to unveil all the details" regarding the new processor, but promised that the announcement is something that a large number of content creators, designers and engineers "can get excited about".
Intel announced the first wave of processors based on the 14nm Skylake architecture last week, naming them the '6th-generation Core' family.
The chipset is the first mainstream Intel desktop platform to support DDR4 memory, and is claimed to deliver 30 percent better performance than a three-year-old PC based on Ivy Bridge architecture, 20 percent better performance than a two-year-old PC (Haswell), and 10 percent better performance than a one-year-old PC (Broadwell).
Skylake is the successor to the chipmaker's Broadwell architecture, and was first put on the radar at Intel's Developer Forum last year when the firm previewed the chip, touted to deliver significant increases in performance, battery life and power efficiency.
Processors based on the Skylake architecture have a new chip design, despite being fabbed on the same 14nm process as Broadwell, making Skylake a 'tock' iteration in Intel's 'tick-tock' chip architecture cadence. µ
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