Intel showed demonstrations of systems running on its new Haswell processor, due in 2013, at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco on Sept. 11. The new Haswell chips will also deliver much faster graphics and applications performance when they appear in ultrabook designs starting next year, said Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel Architecture Group, during a keynote speech at IDF.
The Haswell chips have been designed with ultrabooks in mind, so power usage has been cut to the point that the chip can be used in tablets. Some new Haswell chips will consume under 10 watts of power and deliver performance similar to Ivy Bridge chips drawing 17 watts of power. But Haswell can deliver double the performance compared to Ivy Bridge on the same power consumption, Intel said.
Ultrabooks with the Haswell chip will become available in 2013, though Intel executives did not provide a specific date. Analysts expect ultrabooks with Haswell to become available starting mid-2013. Intel optimized Haswell chips for the power management features of Windows 8, and also reduced leakage levels that will help deliver improved battery life. Haswell ultrabooks will deliver 20 times more idle time than ultrabooks with Core processors code-named Sandy Bridge, which is two generations behind Haswell.