SAN FRANCISCO: Intel is touting the vastly improved power management and performance capabilities of its Haswell platform to expand the chip's role, from notebooks to servers.
The company has said that Haswell, which is expected to debut in 2013, will first arrive in notebook, tablet and ultrabook models, but could also be taken into the high-end desktop and even certain server applications.
Power saving is expected to be one Haswell's most prominent benefits, Intel claimed. It said that the Haswell chip will be able to perform a number of tasks under its idle power state which had previously required the processor to be fully awake.
Intel Fellow Per Hammarlung said that the company designed the power management features to operate with minimal interference at the software level.
"The cool thing about this is that the OS thinks the platform is active, but we are achieving levels previous associated with the sleep state," he said.
"You have a platform that achieves a completely different level of idle power and have a responsiveness as if it is on."
The company noted a number of other developments, including a new architecture and updates to the chip's micro-architecture and graphics processing capabilities which will allow Haswell to reach similar performance levels to previous models at half the power intake.
That level of efficiency will help Haswell expand into a number of key markets By expanding the controls and various states in which the chip can operate, Intel believes that Haswell will be able to fill a greater number of roles.
"Even for us as developers there are benefits," said Intel senior principal engineer Ronak Singhal.
"The power efficiency that you have in tablets, the power efficiency you need to achieve is similar when you have tens and tens of cores in a server."
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