Intel divulges details of its new 14nm chip --- Intel Core M
With the 14-nanometer (14nm) Intel Core M chip marking the chip-maker's latest advance in manufacturing technology, Intel has recently divulged a lot of details about the chip.
Intel Core M is Intel's laptop- and tablet-centric chip based on a design called Broadwell. The Intel Core M - the first chip to be based on Intel's new 14nm production process - will mainly be aimed at laptops, tablets and other devices which operate without a cooling fan but are only 8-10 millimeters in thickness.
About the new Intel Core M chip, the company said that it has re-architected almost everything about the chip, so as to ensure that it can achieve its aggressive power and performance targets. The overhauls which Intel has brought to the new chip include substantially enhanced memory controller, L1/L2 caches, I/O, PCI Express interface, and even the packaging of the chip.
According to the details shared by Rani Borkar, a VP in the platform engineering group at Intel, the Core M chip will be capable of offering seven times better performance than that of previous chips on graphics tasks, and two-fold faster speed in conventional computing tasks.
In addition, Borkar also said that hardware manufacturers using Intel Core M chip in their devices can offer two times the battery life while using batteries which are half the size of the existing versions.
Intel said that the first devices powered by the new Intel Core M chip are likely to hit the markets for the 2014 holiday shopping season.
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