Intel Core M was announced today and details are thin but at a round table after Intel’s Computex 2014 Keynote. Mobile Geeks took a long look at Intel’s new processor which fits in right below the core series and right above BayTrail.
Intel Core M is based on Broadwell and at today Renee James showed off the “world’s first 14nm fanless mobile PC reference design”. Llama Mountain sports a 12.5-inch screen and is 7.2mm thick (0.28 inches) with a detachable keyboard weighing in at 670 grams (1.47 pounds).
Broadwell is a 14 nanometer “shrink” which means that transistor sizes have simply been reduced, if you’re seen Honey I Shrunk the Kids, then you have a pretty good idea of what I’m taking about. Since Haswell was based on a 22nm process Broadwell devices are going to enjoy a smaller footprint and we will be seeing more compact devices.
Johnney Shih took the stage today and he wasn’t in his usually charming self, luckily the device didn’t really need much of an introduction. The ASUS Transformer Book Chi is stunning, we got to have eye’s on yesterday.
We understand that Intel has launched Core M to create a specific market for tablets with keyboards, specifically around it’s adaptive performance. What this means is that the processor will detect when the tablet is docked and it will crank up the performance because it knows that it can rely on the keyboard dock for additional cooling.
Adaptive Performance is one of the main reasons why BayTrail will remained focused on Tablets and Core M will cover the 2 in 1 category.
But if you like scandal, I have a thought, Nico over at Golem.de was reminded me of an AMD platform that just never took off, it was called AMDs Turbo Dock. How it works is air is pushed up from the dock through the connector and it is used to cool the tablet. Passive cooling is now a thing a of the past for all 2 in 1 devices.
We don’t know enough about Core M to know if we’re even close to being right, but what is a fact is that AMD and Intel do have a cross licencing agreement. AMD also never turned it into a product and only showed off prototype devices. There is also no way for us to know what types of licences they are using.
The final question is when will we be seeing this new processor hit the street? Well it should be in time for holiday season.