Low-power processors usher in new interactivity and form factors


Low-power processors usher in new interactivity and form factors

INTEL says low-power processors will be the future of mobile computing innovation, with what it calls “perceptual computing” reshaping interactions with technology.

Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum, David Perlmutter, Intel’s chief product officer pre-empted the 2013 release of the firm’s 4th generation Intel Core processor family based on Haswell microarchitecture, saying new form factors and experiences will arise from the processors.

Haswell microarchitecture will herald systems which are faster, thinner, lighter, cooler and more secure, with built-in graphics. The Ultrabook form factor will converge with convertible and tablet designs.

According to Perlmutter, Intel reduced the platform idle power of its Haswell-based processors by more than 20 times over the 2nd generation while delivering outstanding performance and responsiveness.

The new 22nm processors underscore the company's focus to aggressively drive power consumption down to enable longer battery life and a wave of new, more mobile designs, while delivering ever-increasing processor, graphics and media performance.

To spur even more innovation in mobile computing, Intel says its new low-power chips will initially operate at about 10 watts to enable thinner, lighter Ultrabook, convertible and tablet designs with better performance and battery life.

Perlmutter said the personal computing experience is shifting to one based on perceptual computing where devices will take on human-like senses to perceive the user's intentions.

These include technologies like gesture interaction, facial and voice recognition, augmented reality, and voice recognition on ultra-portable devices, enabled by increased processing power in compact processors.