Last Monday, Intel demoed a number of their upcoming processors, which are set to hit the markets later this year. The forthcoming chips are said to be the low-power versions of “Haswell” fourth-generation Core series. Moreover, the processors are set to be available in Apple’s 2013 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air refreshes.
Intel Core Processors: Pushing the Ultrabook Initiative
According to Intel’s Head of PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen, their fourth-generation of Core processors is the first to be designed for the Ultrabook initiative. The new silicon is said to bring the most significant improvement in battery life, delivering laptops 9-13 hours of time span for continuous on-the-go use.
The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind. We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls.
With the announcement of the fourth-generation Core processors, it is obvious that Intel is making a strong push for touch capabilities in this year’s thin-and-light lineup. Thus, OEMs are required to include the functionality to have the “Ultrabook” branding.
Aside from that, Intel is also mandating manufacturers to incorporate Intel Wireless Display technology into their 2013 machines. This would allow users to view digital content on an HDTV.
Other than the fourth-generation Core processors, Intel also announced a new Intel Atom for “value segment of smartphone market,” a wide range of Intel-based tablets that will feature Windows 8, the first 22nm quad-core Atom SoC for tablets that will be available later this year, and the lower-power Intel Core processor line up that will allow for thinner, lighter and touch-based Ultrabooks.
The Future with Apple Devices
Although Apple was not specifically mentioned during Intel’s keynote, the processors that were announced last Monday are more likely to power the upcoming MacBook lineup. As to whether the company will release MacBooks with multi-touch capabilities or not, that remains to be seen.
Moreover, the Cupertino-based company is not required to incorporate touchscreen technology into their laptop products, as they do not participate in the Ultrabook initiative. There is also a big chance that Apple will just release a refreshed version of their MacBooks in June.