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Intel unveils 4th generation of Core processors

Mobility

The fourth generation of Core processors was officially unveiled by Intel Corp. on Tuesday, and the vendor said the chips are finding their way into a range of devices, from desktops and laptops to 2-in-1s, tablets, robust enthusiast and portable all-in-one systems.

Touting the new family as the first chip ever built from the ground up for Intel’s Ultrabook formfactor and the most significant roadmap change since Intel Centrino, the vendor is promising PC-like performance more mobile devices, and power levels as low as six watts to enable thinner, lighter, cooler, quieter and fanless designs. It also boasts of up to 15 per cent better performance than the previous generation.

“4th generation Intel Core processors offer the most significant gain in battery life enabling ever achieved by Intel, up to double the graphics and significant CPU performance improvements that are delivering exciting new consumer experiences,” said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice-president and PC client group general manager, in a statement. “Today’s announcement accelerates a new category of 2-in-1 computing devices delivering the best of a notebook and a tablet in amazing new form factors. This year is the perfect time for consumers to refresh their old tablet or PC with these new 2-in-1 devices.”

According to Intel, consumer and business systems based on quad-core versions of 4th generation Intel Core processors are now available. Summer availability is planned for 2-in-1s Ultrabooks, portable all-in-ones and traditional laptops and desktops, and new mobile business products with 4th generation Intel Core vPro will be available later this year.