Intel bringing Core M PC chips to tablet devices

Intel has launched  new line of Core M processors in the company’s attempt to deliver more performance to tablet devices. Intel is striving to release a powerful CPU line that doesn’t completely compromise battery life, aiming to release these CPU chips by the end of the year.

The Core M is to be based on the architecture used in the popular i3, i5 and i7 processors dominant in desktops and laptops. The Core M line will use less than 10 watts of power. Other Core chips from Intel use more than 10 watts of power, which are not ideal for tablet devices.

Intel President Renee James discussed the new Core M line of CPU’s during the company’s keynote at the Computex Trade Show in Taipei, stating “It’s the most energy efficient processor in Intel’s history.” Intel’s plan is to integrate these CPU sets into fanless tablets and ultra thin laptops. These devices are set to begin shipping by the end of this year.

The company revealed a prototype of a 12.5 inch tablet titled the Llama Mountain. The device was 7.2 millimetres thick and weighed 672 grams. This device was running on a Core M chip based on the upcoming Broadwell microarchitecture. Like many tablet devices, this prototype is able to dock with a keyboard to become a laptop.

A number of Windows 8 based tablet devices do indeed operate on Intel chip sets. The Microsoft Surface 3 is an example of a high end tablet running off the Core line of CPU’s. However, it is very clear what compromises were made to accommodate a Core processor, seen in the size of the device. Similarly, many Windows 8 tablet and hybrid devices are only able to operate on Intel Atom chips which are very anemic.

A large number of PC manufacturers wish to develop tablets and hybrids with the processing power of a Core chip, particularly in business and enterprise markets. Currently, ARM dominates the tablet market in terms of CPUs. It is clear however that Intel wishes to change this with their rather aggressive push into the tablet market due to decreasing PC sales. There is no doubt that the Core M chips will likely strengthen Intel as a whole.

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