Intel has laid out its focus for the rest of 2014 during presentations at the Computex 2014 trade show in Taiwan this week. The company has introduced its fastest-ever desktop CPU, the Core i7-4790K, and it also is working on other product lines like its Core M chips, featuring fifth-generation Broadwell processors, that will be used in tablets, TVs and other devices.
The chipmaker's "Devil's Canyon" Core i7 processor had been featured in many rumors leading up to Computex, and now the existence of the 4790K has been confirmed. The company's latest chip will serve as its flagship when marketing to gamers and individuals who need a lot of processing power for other tasks.
First Broadwell Device
Intel's biggest announcement at Computex 2014 was its introduction of a reference Broadwell tablet. Though it will not be released to the public, the tablet showcases the capabilities of the new Broadwell technology. One OEM already confirmed it was developing retail devices with the chipset.
The new Core M line with Broadwell chips is built using a 14-nanometer process. That means smaller, more energy-efficient chips that use as much as 45 percent less energy and that generate as much as 60 percent less heat. The Haswell processors inside most current PCs and Windows hybrids are manufactured with 22-nanometer technology.
Core M will enable OEMs to pack the power of a PC into a limited form factor such as a tablet or TV without the need for a fan to cool it down. The Windows 8.1 tablet demoed by Intel at Computex was just 0.28-inch thick, thinner than an iPad Air. The device also weighed 1.5 pounds without a keyboard, showing that manufacturers will truly be able to create on-the-go PCs in the tablet form factor because of Broadwell.
Decreasing the amount of space used up by Intel's Broadwell processor and motherboard allowed the company to boost the tablet's battery. Between the additional battery size and Broadwell's efficiency, Intel says that tablet can reach up to 32 hours of battery life.
Extending Current Lines
Intel is involved in a range of product categories but it is best known for its processor lines. One part of Intel's presentation at Computex was dedicated to the extension of current product lines including its Pentium and Haswell chips.
Haswell, like Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge before it, is Intel's main line of processors for desktops and laptops. Intel's primary competitor in the desktop market is AMD and since that company has focused on 4 GHz and 5 GHz processors for a long time, Intel is heading in the same direction. The Core i7-4790K will be able to reach speeds of 4.4 GHz and potentially faster if consumers decide to push the processor further through overclocking.
An additional update has also been made to the Haswell lineup with the 4690K. The 4690K will cost less than Intel's high-end chip but it will not be as fast either. On the other hand, Intel's new 3.2GHz Pentium chip will be very cheap in comparison with the aforementioned products, allowing it to be installed in more traditional computers for businesses and individuals.