The Register Takes A Look Deep Inside Intel’s Next-generation Haswell Processor

The Register’s Rik Myslewski has posted an in-depth report on what was revealed at Intel’s developer conference last week about the company’s forth coming 4th-generation Core microprocessor architecture, code-named “Haswell,” noting that the new CPUs were described by Intel’s Architecture Group headman David Perlmutter as being “designed with mobility in mind.” In pursuit of that goal, he said that Haswell will require just one-twentieth of the idle power that Intel’s second-generation Sandy Bridge core processors did.

Two and four core versions of Haswell, which will be an evolutionary development beyond today’s 22-nanometer, 3rd-generation Ivy Bridge processors, are destined to power “sleek tablets” and Ultrabooks, followed “eventually” by desktops, workstations and data centers, and will be manufactured using a 22-nanometer process that will make them faster, more power-efficient, and more media-friendly than their predecessors and finally move Intel into the tablet and handset market that it thus far has failed to penetrate significantly.

If Intel can successfully execute, having full-powered Intel silicon available for tablets and smartphones would open the door to running full-fledged desktop operating systems on them, as Microsoft is planning to do with desktop Windows 8 in its new Surface tablet PC.

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