Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012 is going to be held next week, from September 11 to September 13. During the conference Intel is expected to talk about a new series of mainstream chips. These new series of mainstream chips are much more power efficient than today’s processors; the power consumption has been cut down by 41%.
Last Wednesday on Sep. 5, Intel announced that the upcoming fourth generation of its flagship Core chip line, code-named Haswell, will see improvements in graphics, performance and security. The Core chips will be able to reduce power consumption. The Core chips will be able to decrease 41% power consumption for laptops and ultrabooks. On September 11, Intel will announce their new designs at IDF 2012 in San Francisco. There, they will showcase their new Haswell chip performance in the emerging computing category, which Intel is calling ultrabooks. Ultrabooks are thin, convertible laptops which Intel is forecasting will gain in popularity as Microsoft’s Windows 8 enters the market.
Analyst Patrick Moorhead explained, “People don’t buy chips. They buy the systems that the chips drive. And for those systems to capture user wallet-share, they (Intel) need to offer what consumers are demanding in terms of size, battery life, speed, and, of course, price. On their new Haswell architecture, Intel is lowering the power consumption bar from 17 watts to 10 watts, a very sizable decrease. This is very important for Intel in that they can show a major improvement in performance per watt, the holy grail of computing.”
An Intel representative has mentioned that Intel will also display Windows 8 devices at the IDF 2012. Products based on the Haswell architecture are scheduled to be available next year, in the second half of 2013.