FROM ZDNET, SEPTEMBER 11,2012 REPORTING ON THE INTEL IDF
Intel gave two Haswell demonstrations. In the first, he compared a Haswell-based Ultrabook to a reference system using an Ivy Bridge processor that consumes about the same power. The Haswell system delivered a 2x increase in graphics performance in the same power, he said. The difference in the graphics performance was obvious. This is especially significant because the current 3rd-generation Core processors, or Ivy Bridge, already delivered a significant increase in graphics. Perlmutter joked that this is something people expect from Intel but it is no "small exercise." In the second demonstration, Intel compared a current 17-watt Ivy Bridge systems to a 4th-generation Core processor running at half the power (about 7.8 watts in the demo). The Haswell system delivered the same level of performance, he said.
Perlmutter said that Haswell was designed with "mobility in mind" and is meant to work with everything from "sleek tablets" to Ultrabooks to "eventually" high-performance desktops and workstations. The first systems based on Haswell CPUs are expected to ship in the first half of next year.