Sunday, August 5, 2012

Intel's New Haswell Architecture

Ultrabooks and Ivy Bridge have taken the spotlight from Intel's latest CPU revision. Following Intel's "Tick- Tock" strategy meaning a "Tick" represents a minor revision where as a "Tock" represents a major revision. Currently we're still on the tick phase, but what's coming up next will totally revamp the entire experience for any laptop. For now Intel has been quiet about their new architecture (which is why you won't here about it anytime soon), but what we do know is that Intel is really bringing a lot to the table. First off lets start with the confirmed features.

Only a few have been named, but are still enough to impress. Bringing support to a new instruction set, meaning future compatibility for programs and for enterprise customers. Plus a new socket will be used, meaning no backwards compatibility, instead it will use LGA 1150 instead of 1155 that Sandy and Ivy Bridge both used. Plus support for DirectX 11 and Open GL 3.2, meaning that it may finally be up to par with AMD's inetrgrated GPU solution. Plus DDR4 support for enterprise systems, or PC enthusiasts. Plus the release will be around 2013. 

What's Expected
This list is much longer, but seems to be correct. First of all when you look at this list you'll notice that many improvements are directed toward mobile devices. Using a 22nm process is sure to improve power efficiency meaning battery will improve. Plus according to AnandTech three versions of the GPU intergrated. GT1, GT2, and GT3. GT3 having 40 execution units and an accompanying 64MB cache meaning that graphics memory won't be shared with the RAM. These specs are similar to a low end graphics card. Just don't expect it to replace a discrete graphics card anytime. A new power saving system is also in the works (possibly Turbo Boost 3.0?). A fully integrated voltage regulator removing a component from the mother board which also improves battery life as well. Plus a 15W TDP which is a huge drop from the 35W ULV found on current gen CPUs. Of course transistors are getting smaller and smaller soon we will have 14nm and then 10nm (that's 10 atoms wide). But we can dream right?

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