What Does Intel's Haswell Platform Mean for the Future of Computing?

Paul Lilly

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.

Not only will Haswell require less power than Ivy Bridge, they'll be just as powerful, and in fact GPU performance will be up to two times better than Ivy Bridge. That's an impressive leap.

Haswell will play an especially important roll in tomorrow's Ultrabooks. Towards that end, an Intel rep told TechRadar that Haswell will be the first chip "built from the ground up with the Ultrabook in mind, and tomorrow, we're saying that it's going better than expected."

To put the generational leap into perspective, Intel claims that battery life on an Ultrabook next year will be around nine hours for a system that would typically crap out after five hours today. But it's not just Ultrabooks that stand to benefit from Haswell. While plans are still being hashed out, don't be surprised to see a number of tablets sporting Haswell inside, a form factor that's a prime candidate for a low energy processor with strong graphics performance.

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