Intel, the world's largest semiconductor player, wasted no time in talking about its energy-efficient Haswell microarchitecture at Tuesday's Intel Developer's Forum (IDF). Haswell is positioned to be Intel's Ivy Bridge successor, and it will bring significant power savings to the PC party, with some chips sipping a mere 10 watts of power. With Haswell, PC makers will continue to push the envelope with thinner and increasingly powerful notebooks and tablet PCs.
Having debuted late last year with 2nd generation Intel Core processors, ultrabooks moved to 22nm Ivy Bridge chips back in June. But all along, it has been said that ultrabooks will truly come into their own when Intel launches Haswell, its first true system-on-a-chip (SoC). The launch of Ivy Bridge’s successor is still far off, but we will soon have a fair idea of what Intel has in store for us.