Intel Launches Slim, Fanless 2-in-1 Processor ...

Intel Launches Slim, Fanless 2-in-1 Processor …

September 5, 2014

The new Core M enables fanless and super slim designs with an optimal mix of beauty, performance and battery life, available for the holidays of 2014

At IFA, the world’s trade fair for consumer electronics and home appliances, Intel launched the new Intel Core M processor, which will equip new 2-in-1 devices from various manufacturers including: Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba.

Offering an optimal mix of mobility and performance, Intel’s new processor has been specifically designed for incredible performance in the thinnest, fanless ultra-mobile devices. The Intel Core M processor can be part of ultra-thin PCs with the Intel Core performance level and offer up to twice the battery life compared to a system from four years ago1.

“We have been on a multi-year mission to address end-user requirements and transform mobile computing. The introduction of the Core M marks an important milestone on this journey, ”said Kirk Skaugen, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager of Personal Computing. “Core M is the first in a new family of products designed to deliver the promise of one of the world’s thinnest laptops and the high performance of a tablet in a single 2-in-1 device.

Faster performance and longer battery life

The Intel Core M enables up to 50% faster computing speed performance and up to 40% faster graphics performance versus the previous similar 4th generation Core processor. Consumers with an older PC will see a greater and significant improvement. The Intel Core M offers up to twice the computing performance and up to seven times better graphics compared to a 4-year-old PC, for example1.

In 2013, Intel delivered the largest advance in battery life from generation to generation in company history. Reducing the power on the processor and on the Intel Core M platform increases battery life even more. The Intel Core M processor can handle more than 8 hours of video playback; which means up to 20% (1.7 hours) longer battery life compared to the previous generation Intel Core processor, and doubles the battery life of most four-year PCs1.

Slim, Fanless 2-in-1s Available for the Holidays 2014… And More

The whole Intel Core M processor is 50% smaller and, at 4.5 Watts, it has 60% lower thermal power than the previous generation4. This allows OEMs to design sleek, fanless systems less than 9mm thick – thinner than an AAA battery and sleeker than today’s laptops. There are already more than 20 OEM products in the pipeline based on the Intel Core M processor. The first systems with the Intel Core M processor will be available in stores in the holiday sales season.

At IFA, manufacturers such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo unveiled upcoming new devices based on the Intel Core M processor in a range of sizes, styles and prices.

  • In the fourth quarter, Acer will expand its popular 2-in-1 notebook series with the Aspire Switch 12, equipped with an FHD display with a unique stand and a magnet keyboard to move smoothly between 5 modes.
  • ASUS introduced the ASUS Zenbook UX305, an incredibly light and thin Ultrabook with a 13 ”QHD screen and the 2-in-1 device ASUS Transformer Book T300FA, which was unveiled during the Intel opening. The Transformer Book T300FA is a high-performance 2-in-1 device; which is expected to go on sale in Europe in the fall, for an approximate value of € 599. Later, ASUS plans even thinner devices with the ASUS Transformer T300 Chi.
  • Dell announced its first commercial 2-in-1, the Latitude 13 7000 Series, combining a lightweight business Ultrabook ™ and detachable tablet into one powerful and uncompromising device.
  • HP Expands Its Award-Winning ENVY Portfolio With The Addition Of Two New Separable PCs HP ENVY x2, available in 13.3 and 15.6 inch formats.
  • The new one Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, available in October, is 12% lighter and 15% thinner than its predecessor, while packing even more power thanks to the Intel Core M.

Intel also previewed Toshiba’s upcoming Intel Core M processor-based design, stating that wider availability of Intel Core M processor-based devices is expected in the first half of 2015. To promote availability and choice of the system, Intel said it is working with the ODMs, such as Wistron and others. Wistron plans a design based on the Intel Core M processor, inspired by the Intel “Llama Mountain” reference design.

Intel first unveiled the impressive Llama Mountain fanless reference design, which measures 7.2mm thick and weighs a mere 670 grams, at the Computex show in Taiwan earlier this year.

A “conflict free” processor; additional characteristics

The Intel Core M is a “conflict-free” product, which means that this product does not contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and / or gold) that directly or indirectly finance, or benefit armed groups in the Republic. Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), or in neighboring countries.

The Intel Core M processor is available in several versions: the Intel Core M-5Y10 / 5Y10a processors up to 2.0 GHz and the Intel Core M-5Y70 processor up to 2.6GHz. The Core M-5Y70 is the highest performing Core M processor and is also available with Intel vPro technology for enterprise 2-in-1 devices, with built-in security features to protect data, user identity, and network access5.

Additional Intel Core M platform features include support for high-quality audio, Intel Wireless Display 5.0, second-generation Intel 802.11ac products, and will develop for Intel WiGig wireless docking support.

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