BY EMEKA AGINAM
While personal computing (PC) undergoes considerable innovation and change since first introduced in the technology ecosystem, Intel, one of the key drivers of the generational change in computing recently unveiled the first commercially available 14nm processor , Intel Core M processor which is built on a new architecture known as Broadwell in line with the “Tick Tock” model adopted by the semiconductor chip manufacturer.
This processor was purpose built to deliver the optimal blend of mobility and performance , the best in class performance for thin, fanless 2 in 1s- a computer that can function as a flat tablet, or as a standard clamshell-type laptop with an attached keyboard, laptops, and tablets.
In a recent Interview with Filed Applications Engineer, Intel Semi Conductor West Africa Ltd, Oluwatobi Shada, in this interview assured that the new technology promises new user experience.
What is the Intel 5th Generation Processor -broadwell all about ?
Intel 5th Generation Processor is the latest generation of processor that will be powering Notebooks, Tablets and 2in1s. Broadwell is Intel’s codename for the 14 nanometer nm die shrink of its 4th Generation processor codename Haswell microarchitecture. Intel releases new processor families each year since 2007 while adopting the “Tick Tock” model. Using this model, Intel commits to—and has effectively delivered—continued innovations in manufacturing process technology and processor microarchitecture in alternating “tick” and “tock” cycles. The “tick” processors feature improved performance and energy efficiency on a smaller, more refined silicon chip, while the “tock” processors usually improve the value of the increased number of transistors existing from the “tick” release and also add the latest technology updates available.
How does this new technology benefit the Intel Core M processor?
The Intel Core M processor will be the first commercially available 14nm processor. The 14nm process enables the Intel Core M processor by enabling higher performance at lower power levels through 2nd generation 3D transistors, improved scaling, and a version of the process that is targeted at low power processors. The change to 14nm comes with a decrease in power consumption, and these chips will use 30 percent less power than Haswell processors which already suggest a significant improvement over last year’s Haswell processors.
How did Intel develop this new processor ? And what is the difference between this and other processors?
Intel created the new Intel Core M processor in order to fill a gap in the market place. Before the introduction of the Intel Core M processor, there was not a solution that delivered high performance within a thin, fanless form factor. These new processors provide outstanding performance with greater energy efficiency to enable long battery life in cool, quiet fanless designs. Intel Core M processors are a great choice for consumer whose top priority is mobility whereas Intel® Core™ i-series processors are a great choice for consumers whose top priority is best in class performance.
Is this available for purchase in Nigeria?
We are tracking more than 20 designs based on the Core M processor. We expect systems to be on shelves in retail stores starting in October in early 2015.
How did Intel achieve this feat of making the processor smaller and what is special about the Broadwell microarchitecture?
Enhanced energy efficiency on Broadwell micro architecture means that Intel will be able to offer the same performance at reduced power consumption, or improved performance at the same wattage.