New Intel Chips Give Thin Tablets a Big Power Boost

Ultra-thin tablets available for the coming holiday season promise to boost PC-level performance, thanks to the deployment of IntelEUs new Core M processors in a number of models.

The new chips will initially be in a number of upcoming Windows 8.1 tablets, Intel announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin on Friday. However, it seems the chips wonEUt be used in Android devices anytime soon.

The chips will be in five to seven detachable tablets and hybrids by the end of the year, and that number could increase to 20 by this time next year, Intel said.

The Core M chips are the first based on the new Broadwell architecture. They will power a new class of thin, large-screen tablets that have long battery life, and the chips will also help beef up performance to run full PC applications.

"We've been on a multi-year mission to address end-user requirements and transform mobile computing," said Kirk Skaugen, IntelEUs senior vice president and general manager of personal computing. "The introduction of Core M marks a significant milestone in that journey. Core M is the first of a new product family designed to deliver the promise of one of the world's thinnest laptops and highest performance tablets in a single 2-in-1 device."

Core M Products in the Pipeline

Several detachable tablets running Core M were introduced at the IFA conference, including LenovoEUs 11.6-inch ThinkPad Helix 2, DellEUs 13.3-inch Latitude 13 7000, and Hewlett-PackardEUs 13.3-inch Envy X2. Those tablets are expected to ship in September or October.

Using Core M, OEM partners will be able to design and build sleek, fan-free systems measuring less than 9mm in thickness. There are currently more than 20 Intel Core M processor-based OEM products in various stages of development, according to Intel.

There are three Core M processors available to tablet makers: the Core M...

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