Intel touts Haswell’s graphics, performance, battery life

Graphics, performance and improved battery life are the big improvements in Intel Corp.’s 4th generation core processors collectively called Haswell.

The new line of chips can deliver 15 per cent better performance, 50 per cent more active battery life  compared to Intel’s current Ivy Bridge processors, according to the company.

The Haswell launch at the Computex 2013 trade show in Taipei focused on architectural changes made on the quad core versions of the chip which positions it for many 2-in-1 ultrabooks, portable all-in-one laptops and desktops as well as mobile devices.

The Haswell design will allow such devices to be made thinner and be able to work longer between charges.

For instance, one version of the new chips central processing unit (CPU) had cores that used just six watts of power during regular use. The company said this low power usage allows Haswell to be cooler, quieter and work on fanless machines. Ivy Bridge chips required two fans to be added to the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet.

The overhauled line also boasts much enhanced graphics capability and security features, which make them ideal not only for computers but a whole slew of other devices.

“Graphics capability on these processors have been bumped up making them able to handle 3D images and up to 4K resolution,” according to Samuel Cravatta, product manager for intelligent systems at Intel. “This means they will be ideal for other machines requiring high resolution images such medical imaging and scanning devices or digital security and surveillance equipment.”

He said versions of Haswell which include an embedded graphics processing unit (GPU) offer two times the performance in handling complex task such generating 3D graphics or encoding high definition video.

“While this will have a positive impact on the development of PCs with higher resolution screens, the graphics and media improvements will also make for compelling visual experiences in digital signage, kiosks and HMI devices that display videos and 2D and 3D graphics,” said Cravatta.

Enhancements in the products data encryption and decryption capabilities have also been made including the incorporation of McAfee’s endpoint encryption and Deep Command and Deep Defender technologies.

“These improvements make the chips ideal for signal and image processing in the medical, avionics, digital security surveillance and weather applications area,” said Cravatta.

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