Intel's next-gen 'Haswell' chip now shipping to PC makers
by Brooke Crothers
April 5, 2013 1:27 PM PDT
Intel's "Haswell" chip is now shipping to major PC makers, a source close to the company told CNET today.
Intel's fourth-generation core, aka Haswell, is "shipping to customers now and will launch later this quarter," the source said.
Intel is expected to make a statement to this effect at the IDF Beijing conference next week.
Haswell, expected by June, is the next-generation mainstream Intel processor that will power ultrabooks and a variety of hybrids that straddle tablet and laptop designs. Haswell's new microarchitecture will deliver "the single largest generation-to-generation battery life improvement in Intel history," according to a recent statement from Intel CEO Paul Otellini.
Intel is also expected to reiterate that its next-generation Atom chip for smartphones, "Merrifield," will be shipping to customers by the end of the year.
And "Bay Trail," its next-gen Atom chip for tablets, will be in products by the end of the year.
The quad-core Bay Trail chip is Intel's "most powerful Atom processor to date" and "doubles the performance of the current tablet chip, 'Clover Trail+,'" according to recent statements from the company.
Both Bay Trail and Merrifield are based on an overhauled Atom microarchitecture that uses out-of-order execution, not unlike Intel's mainstream Core processors.
Update: Intel sent out the following note to the media Friday afternoon. Note that chipsets with the bug, aka errata, will be "in production" during the initial ramp, which is taking place this month.
4th gen Core is on track for a mid-year launch. Intel issued a PCN documenting a chipset USB errata and stating that chipsets with the errata will be in production during the initial ramp. But Intel has confirmed that there is no chance of data loss or corruption. This issue has only been observed with a small subset of USB SuperSpeed thumb drives
Intel's Core architecture already dominates desktops, Haswell continues that dominance. Haswell makes new ultrabooks, convertibles and hybrids more attractive as a category due to its vastly improved battery life and integral graphics. Integral graphics helps cost reduce these products making them more affordable.
Core architecture already dominated high-end tablets. Haswell continues this but greatly increases the attractiveness of the high-end tablet for the same power efficiency and graphics for the same benefit Haswell gives to ultrabooks.
Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) devices used for mini-servers, development machines, and small form factor appliances will also benefit from Haswell's power efficiency making these 4 inch square-sized computers the darling of product designers and software developers.
Of course, everything above can run Windows and Linux. That's a given with x86.