Israel helped design Intel's new Haswell processor

Intel says 4th generation microarchitecture-based Intel Core processor boosts battery life 50%, allows 9 hours of battery.

June 4, 2013 13:04
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Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) has unveiled its fourth-generation microarchitecture-based Intel Core processor, codenamed Haswell, at the Computers expo in Taiwan. The new processors, designed for ultrabooks and tablets, were partly developed in Israel. The Haswell is manufactured by 22-nanometer process. Intel says that it extends work station's battery life by 50% compared with the third generation processors, which will give ultrabooks more than nine hours working time.

The Haswell processor has Intel Iris Graphics, which provides twice the graphics performance of Intel's third generation processor. The Haswell processor opens an ultrabook from sleep mode in three seconds, compared with nine seconds for third generation processors. Intel also allows tighter integration of the video camera which identifies gestures for operating the computer, a capability which is due to be available from the next generation. Intel said that it was developing an embedded solution, which will offer 3D technology directly to future Intel-based computers, which are scheduled for launch in mid-2014.

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The Haswell also supports connected standby capability, in which the computer is always online, like a smartphone. In other words, the company periodically checks whether there are emails when it is in sleep mode, saving battery power, and is always synchronized.

"Intel's fourth-generation core processors can embed the core processor in an ultrabook via a system-on-a-chip; in other words, all the systems are found in a single package," said Intel Israel VP Architecture Group Shlomit Weiss. "This better utilizes electrical power, provides better performance, and creates thinner computers."

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