Intel launches the Intel Core M Processor at IFA 2014

The new Core M enables razor-thin, energy-efficient, fanless designs and will be available in the holiday season of 2014.

Broadwell die for the Intel Core M processor.

Broadwell die for the Intel Core M processor.

The new Intel Core M processor will power a slew of new 2-in-1 devices from manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba.

Offering a combination of mobility and performance, Intel’s new processor aims to provide performance in thin, fanless mobile devices.

Intel boasts that the Core M processor can power razor-thin devices with Intel Core level performance and deliver up to double the battery life when compared to a four-year old system.

Additional Intel Core M platform features include support for high-quality audio, Intel Wireless Display 5.0, Intel’s second generation 802.11ac products and will evolve to support wireless docking with WiGig from Intel.

Faster performance and greater battery Life

Intel claims that the Core M enables up to 50 percent faster compute performance and 40 percent faster graphics performance versus the comparable, previous 4th generation Core processor.

“We’ve been on a multi-year mission to address end-user requirements and transform mobile computing. The introduction of Core M marks a significant milestone in that journey. Core M is the first of a new product family designed to deliver the promise of one of the world’s thinnest laptops and highest performance tablets in a single 2 in 1 device,” said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of personal computing at Intel Corporation.

Consumers with older PCs can expect to notice a more significant performance improvement.

Intel Core M promises up to two times the compute performance and up to seven times better graphics compared to a four year old PC, for example.

In 2013, Intel delivered the biggest generation over generation battery life improvement in the company’s history.

Intel Core M processor and platform power reductions has raised the bar on battery life.

The Intel Core M processor can handle more than eight hours of video play; which is up to 20 percent (1.7 hours) longer battery life versus the previous generation Intel Core processor and double the battery life of the average four-year-old PC.

Thin, fanless 2-in-1s available for Holiday 2014

The Intel Core M processor package is 50 percent smaller and, at 4.5 watts, has sixty percent lower thermal power than the previous generation.4

This lets OEMs design sleek, fanless systems less than 9mm thin – thinner than an AAA battery and today’s sleekest laptops.

There are already more than twenty Intel Core M processor-based OEM products in the development pipeline.

The first systems based on the Intel Core M processor will be on shelves for the holiday selling season.

At IFA, manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo unveiled new, coming-soon Intel Core M processor-based devices across a range of sizes, styles and price points.

  • In Q4, Acer will expand its popular 2-in-1 series of notebooks with the Aspire Switch 12, featuring a 12.5” FHD display with unique kickstand and magnet keyboard to move smoothly between 5 modes.
  • ASUS introduced the ASUS Zenbook UX305, a light and thin Ultrabook with a 13” QHD display and the ASUS Transformer Book T300FA 2 in 1, which was unveiled during the Intel keynote. The Transformer Book T300FA is a high-performance 2-in-1; expected to be on sale in Europe this fall for an estimated €599. Looking ahead, ASUS plans to go even thinner with the ASUS Transformer T300 Chi.
  • Dell has announced its first commercial 2-in-1, the Latitude 13 7000 Series., which combines a lightweight business Ultrabook and a detachable tablet in one powerful, no-compromise device.
  • HP further extends its award-winning ENVY portfolio with the addition of two new HP ENVY x2 detachable PCs, available in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch form factors.
  • The new Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, available in October, is 12 percent lighter and measures 15 percent thinner than its predecessor.
  • Intel also previewed a forthcoming Intel Core M processor-based design from Toshiba, and said broader availability of Intel Core M processor-based devices is expected in the first half of 2015.

To further widen choice and availability, Intel said it is working with ODMs including Wistron and others. Wistron plans an Intel Core M processor-based design inspired by the Intel “Llama Mountain” reference device.

Intel first unveiled the stunning, fanless Llama Mountain reference device, which measures 7.2mm thin and weighs a mere 670 grams, at Computex in Taiwan earlier this year.

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4 Responses to “Intel launches the Intel Core M Processor at IFA 2014”

  1. Stephen Forshaw says:

    What’s Intel’s specs for a “four year old PC”?

    • tech4tea says:

      Intel® Core™ M-5Y70 Processor (up to 2.60GHz, 4T/2C, 4M Cache) vs. Normalized to a 4 year old PC with Intel® Core™ i5-520UM. Performance based on SYSmark* 2014. Intel® Core™ M 5Y70 compared to Intel® Core™ i5-520UM. Weight based on Intel® Core™ M processor based 2 in1 based on Intel® FFRD Llama Mountain. Old PC is OEM laptop with Intel® Core™ i5-520UM and 62WHr battery, 3lbs weight, 1.1 inch thick.

  2. Stephen Forshaw says:

    Also would like to know what is “previous generation”.

    • tech4tea says:

      Up to 50 percent faster vs. 4th generation Intel Core processors based on: Specfp_rate_base 2006 comparing Intel® Core™ M-5Y70 Processor compared to Previous Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4302Y @ 4.5W. Up to 40 percent faster graphics vs. 4th generation Intel Core processors based on: 3D Mark Ice Storm comparing Intel® Core™ M-5Y70 Processor w/Intel HD graphics 5300 vs. Previous Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4302Y @ 4.5W
      HD Graphics 4200.

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