Intel's next-gen 'Haswell' chip now shipping to PC makers
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.
[Ah, seems that I missed IDF Beijing next week. That's great news. We should get some nice updates and an excellent lead-in to earnings. Now I see why analysts were pulling out all the stops to try to hammer Intel before IDF starts...]
[IDF Beijing starts next Wednesday which would be Tuesday night in the US. And then earnings will be the following Tuesday. And then not long after that Haswell will arrive. And then Bay Trail. And then Airmont. The end of the ARM era is upon us....]
Haswell marks the beginning of a era that delivers full powered desktop-like performance to ultrabooks, tablets and other portable devices. Haswell based ultrabooks and tablets will easily command the high-end of the portable market and Baytrail is likely to achieve the same performance lead over ARM in the entry to mid performance of the tablet space. Both Haswell and Baytrail can run native Windows, Tizen, Ubuntu Touch and any Linux flavor ever developed.
Between Intel's performance advantage and software versatility there will be a very distinct difference between Intel-based tablets and anything made by ARM and these differences will be easily distinguishable by consumers.