SAN FRANCISCO: Intel has unveiled its new 22nm Haswell chip technology, as was widely expected, and outlined a vision that it will be the bedrock for its efforts to boost the use of digital technology.
The company said at its annual IDF developer conference that the processors, which are slated to arrive next year, will first help to power a new line of ultrabooks and hybrid tablet devices.
But Intel chief product officer and architecture group executive vice president and general manager Dadi Perlmutter said Haswell would have far-wider reaching implications.
The platforms would combine with embedded systems and cloud and server hardware to form the basis of a push by Intel to have digital technology reach every person on the planet by the end of the decade, he said.
"It is not just about Intel, it is about Intel connecting here with you developers and around the world," Perlmutter said.
"It is all about working together any way from the cloud to mobile to intelligent systems, anywhere you go."
In addition to tablet and ultrabook hardware designs, the company showcased the work of development partners for programmes such as voice recognition and retail payment and financial security services.
Intel also wants developers to work with new interfaces and experiment with methods such as touch and gesture recognition. In order to spur development in the new fields, the company is offering developers a Perceptual Computing SDK package to help connect with the new input hardware.
The company will also sponsor a developer conference in which a $1m cash prize will be given to the team who provides the best use of gesture recognition for software.
"We would love to get more applications, more usage, more capabilities," Perlmutter told developers.
"Everything is going to get better and better as time evolves."
Haswell represents a "tock" in Intel's "tick-tock" development model, meaning that it introduces a new microarchitecture onto the existing 22nm manufacturing process used in Ivy Bridge.
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