Intel today launched their latest attack on the mobile processor market with the announcement of the Intel Core-M platform, and we are very pleased to get some hands on time with the reference design used by Renee James during the Intel Computex 2014 Keynote. Want a sneak peek at the latest Intel mobile platform? Check out our exclusive hands on video of the Llama Mountain 2 in 1 reference design.
The reference design we got hold of today is an example of what Intel hopes manufacturers will be able to achieve when the new Core M platform comes to market. The device is a known as the ‘Llama Mountain’ and is essentially a 2 in 1 tablet prototype with a very impressive 12.5 inch display sporting a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440. What is equally impressive is the fact that it is indeed fanless while also being incredibly thin at a mere 7.5mm.
We were also shown two unique docking systems that integrate with the tablet part of the device; first we have a very thin and sleek looking keyboard that connects to the tablet using only magnets, allowing users to use the device as a traditional clam shell or notebook. We were also shown a second larger dock which offered not only some impressive surround sound speakers, but also a additional cooling that would allow the tablets’ Intel Core M processor to ramp up its cores clock upper speeds, making it even more adept at gaming or serious workloads – Intel calls this feature ‘Adaptive Performance’.
The new Intel Core M processor will sit between current Intel Atom and Intel Core processor platform offerings and will be fabricated using the company’s leading 14nm technology which promises to offer improved performance and lower power consumption. Of course lower power also equals improved thermals, allowing Intel and the new Core M chips to power fanless devices – a major boon to manufacturers wanting to keep costs down when developing really thin tablet devices that don’t pump out hot air.