Intel shows off 4th-gen Core processors bound for Apple's MacBook lineup
Intel Vice President and Manager of Intel's PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen introduces the new Core series lineup at CES
Intel on Monday demoed a number of upcoming processors set to hit market later this year, including low power versions of the company's "Haswell" fourth-generation Core series CPUs slated to roll out in Apple's inevitable 2013 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air refreshes.
While Apple wasn't specifically mentioned in Intel's keynote, which focused mainly on the chip maker's push into smartphones and Ultrabooks, the processors outlined on Monday will likely be powering the MacBook lineup later this year.
According to the head of Intel's PC client group, Kirk Skaugen, the fourth-gen Core family of processors are the first to be designed specifically for the Ultrabook initiative. The new silicon is said to bring the most significant battery life improvement in Intel history, with laptops using the CPUs boasting 9 to 13 hours of continuous on-the-go use.
"The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind," Skaugen said. "We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls."
Intel is making a strong push for touch capabilities in this year's thin-and-light lineup, requiring OEMs to include the functionality in return for "Ultrabook" branding. The company is also mandating that Ultrabook manufacturers incorporate Intel Wireless Display technology into 2013 machines, allowing users to view digital content on an HDTV.
As Apple does not participate in the Ultrabook initiative, a category believed to be a response to the MacBook Air, the Cupertino, Calif., company is not required to incorporate touchscreen tech into its laptop products. There have been no reports pointing toward multitouch capable MacBooks and industry sources claim Apple will merely debut refreshed units in June with existing designs.
01-08-2013 12:14 AM
Rumor: 2013 Intel Processors Leaked
The details and specs for the next generation of processors from Intel have apparently leaked on to the web, stimulating a little speculation as to whether these chips will be seen in Macs released in 2013 (VR-Zone via Engadget). The processors, coded ‘Haswell’, are the successors to the Ivy Bridge processors released by Intel this year. The Ivy Bridge processors are the chips that power the latest models of the iMac, the Mac mini as well as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
The processor line-up looks pretty sweet, starting with a Core i5 clocked at 2.7GHz (overclocking up to 3.2 with Intel TurboBoost), and running all the way up to a Core i7 clocked at 3.5GHz (or up to 3.9 GHz with TurboBoost). There’s no timescale as to when these chips would be released to manufacturers, but with the Mac Pro desperate for a major upgrade in 2013, many users will no doubt be hoping for a release sooner rather than later.
Code names for Mac Processors
Code names for Mac Processors???
Just speculation from what I seen around the internet...
Haswell - 2013
Broadwell - 2014 (was known as Rockwell before)
Sky Lake - 2015
Skymont - 2016
Intel’s Haswell Chips to Bring Battery Life, GPU Improvements
The next generation of Intel Core series processors will bring “the most significant” battery life capability improvement in Intel’s history, the company revealed during a demonstration of the technology at this week’s CES. The processor line, codenamed Haswell, will likely power the next round of Mac laptops and consumer desktops when it is released later this year.
The Haswell lineup will represent the fourth generation of Core series processors, dating back to the Nehalem microarchitecture launched in late 2008. Based on a 22 nanometer design, which is the same as the current generation Ivy Bridge series that powers all Macs except the Mac Pro, the line will bring improved integrated Intel HD graphics in addition to the claimed power efficiency improvements.
Since 2008, the Core series of CPUs have given Intel a considerable edge over the struggling AMD in both overall performance and efficiency. Now under threat from the more power-focused ARM architecture, variants of which power Apple’s iDevices and numerous other ultra-portable devices and computers, Intel has chosen to make power efficiency a key factor in Haswell’s development. Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel summarized the company’s intentions:
The 4th generation Core processors are the first Intel chips built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind. We expect the tremendous advancements in lower-power Core processors, and the significant ramp of touch-based systems will lead to a significant new wave of convertible Ultrabooks and tablets that are thinner, lighter and, at the same time, have the performance required for more human-like interaction such as touch, voice and gesture controls.
Intel used the announcement to demonstrate a next generation tablet and Ultrabook combination device with a detachable keyboard dock. When connected to the dock, Intel claims the unit can achieve up to 13-hours of battery life.
Apple’s MacBook Air lineup does not fall within the “Ultrabook” category, which is primarily a Windows-based PC market. But the Cupertino-designed ultra-thin laptop will be able to take advantage of the power efficiency that Haswell offers. That is, of course, if the rumors that Apple is planning a switch to ARM-based chips for its MacBook line are not true.
Rumors thus far indicate that the MacBook line will receive updated components during a refresh this year, but will not see any drastic change in form factor. Apple is expected to refresh the lineup in June.
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