Intel is hoping to revive the fortunes of the desktop PC with new form factors such as mini PCs and portable all-in-one systems. These will be powered by updated chips with Intel's Iris Pro graphics and will include features such as Ready Mode Technology that allows a PC to stay connected even when in a power-saving state.
Despite the decline of the traditional desktop PC system compared with laptops and other devices, Intel is hoping to inject new life into the category by adding capabilities designed to appeal to both businesses and consumers.
"The desktop business is a large and important segment for Intel, and we are investing in it – reinventing form factors, experiences and products for our customers," said Lisa Graff, vice president of Intel's Desktop Client Platform Group.
As well as small form-factor PCs such as Intel's own NUC (Next Unit of Computing), the chipmaker showcased an all-in-one reference design called Black Brook, which features a touchscreen for Windows 8, display sizes up to 27in, and an internal battery so it can be used without being tethered to a wall socket.
Black Brook includes an integrated Intel RealSense 3D camera, a quad microphone array, premium audio and a full HD display, the firm said.
Intel also detailed new 4th generation Core processors coming later this year, including a chip, codenamed Devil's Canyon with improved thermal interface and CPU packaging to allow for overclocking, and a Core i7 Extreme Edition supporting up to eight cores and 16 threads with DDR4 memory support.
Intel also said it will have desktop versions of its upcoming 5th generation Core chips code-named Broadwell, which will bring its Iris Pro graphics to the desktop for the first time to deliver a boost in graphics performance.
Intel also detailed its Ready Mode Technology, which will be available on select OEM systems in 2014. This is described as a capability that takes advantage of power-saving states in Intel's 4th generation Core chips, to enable PCs to be ready and always connected even when in a power-saving state. It could be used to ensure that the PC is always ready to stream media to other devices in the home, according to the firm.
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