Intel has announced that its professional-grade Xeon processors will be coming to notebook PCs for the first time this autumn.
The new CPU family, Intel Xeon Processor E3-1500M v5, aims to offer "high precision computing horsepower in notebook form factors", according to Intel.
It will be based on Intel's 6th-gen Skylake architecture, following on from the Broadwell generation, and, like existing Xeon processors, will feature error-correcting memory as well as remote management and hardware-based authentication via Intel vPro.
Xeon chips are usually found in servers and top-spec workstation PCs, but Intel said that the E3-1500M v5 family answers a growing demand for similar high-end performance, suitable for tasks like video production, digital design and software engineering, in portable devices.
The firm cited an IDC study which found that the quarter ending in June 2015 was the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year mobile workstation unit growth.
In addition, the "mobile workstations" that include an E3-1500M v5 processor will include Intel's high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connector. Based on USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 claims enough bandwidth to simultaneously run two 4K displays, data transfer over USB 3.1 and power charging though a single port.
Intel has yet to detail the E3-1500M v5 family's actual specs, or whether they will benefit from the chip firm's recent partnership with eASIC to produce chips with customisable logic. At the time, Intel said only that eASIC would integrate its technology "with future Intel Xeon processors".
Intel said that it will announce further plans for this technology for laptops in the near future.
"We’re not quite ready to unveil all the details, but as you can see there is a lot for content creators, designers and engineers to get excited about. Stay tuned for more and the rest of the 6th Gen Intel Core family based on Skylake architecture," the firm added.
This is the second time in 2015 that Intel has announced a new product aimed at increasing professional mobility, following the unveiling of the 5th-Generation Core vPro platform in January which introduced support for wireless displays, docking and charging.
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