Intel doesn’t want to be in the low margin motherboard business anymore, and they don’t have to be, the partners do a great job. But this is still a precursor in the direction that was only semi-accurate.
AnandTech wrote an amazing walk through of Intel’s just formally announced architecture. New sleep states, more graphics and a performance bump. What’s not to love?
Remember the SemiAccurate propaganda from last week? Well, here, let me tell you a story.
“Intel remains committed to the growing desktop enthusiast and channel markets, and will continue to offer socketed parts in the LGA package for the foreseeable future for our customers and the Enthusiast DIY market,” Intel spokesman Daniel Snyder told Maximum PC.
Haswell is the architectural minimization tock of Intel’s processor tick-tock cycle.
The new chips, due in the second half of 2013, will be rated initially at 10 watts — that will slash power consumption by about 41 percent. Later chips will be even more power efficient.
Obviously, this chip is presented in the context of a mobile platform age. The MacBook Air alone is mobile, but wider device line includes phones and tablets. Intel hasn’t won there yet and has just barely scratched that surface. Haswell has that opportunity, but they actually have to work — you know out of the box.
(And the second of half of 2013 is just in time for an August refresh of the MacBook Air.)