Intel Clocks 4k GHz in New Core i7, Also Intros New Core M

Intel has laid out its focus for the rest of 2014 during presentations at the Computex 2014 trade show in Taiwan this week. The company has introduced its fastest-ever desktop CPU, the Core i7-4790K, and it also is working on other product lines like its Core M chips, featuring fifth-generation Broadwell processors, that will be used in tablets, TVs and other devices.

The chipmaker's "Devil's Canyon" Core i7 processor had been featured in many rumors leading up to Computex, and now the existence of the 4790K has been confirmed. The company's latest chip will serve as its flagship when marketing to gamers and individuals who need a lot of processing power for other tasks.

First Broadwell Device

Intel's biggest announcement at Computex 2014 was its introduction of a reference Broadwell tablet. Though it will not be released to the public, the tablet showcases the capabilities of the new Broadwell technology. One OEM already confirmed it was developing retail devices with the chipset.

The new Core M line with Broadwell chips is built using a 14-nanometer process. That means smaller, more energy-efficient chips that use as much as 45 percent less energy and that generate as much as 60 percent less heat. The Haswell processors inside most current PCs and Windows hybrids are manufactured with 22-nanometer technology.

Core M will enable OEMs to pack the power of a PC into a limited form factor such as a tablet or TV without the need for a fan to cool it down. The Windows 8.1 tablet demoed by Intel at Computex was just 0.28-inch thick, thinner than an iPad Air. The device also weighed 1.5 pounds without a keyboard, showing that manufacturers will truly be able to create on-the-go PCs in the tablet form factor because of Broadwell.

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