Intel has been a leader in the processor game for a very long time, they’ve even made their way into Macs bumping the PowerPC out of the picture. Now the Intel Core M processor is set to debut in around twenty different notebooks just in time for Christmas. There have also been reports of the Core M making its way into tablets, no word if that would include Android tablets or just Windows based tablets. The word is with the Core M could make a tablet thinner than 9mm.
With the new Core M chips, Intel claims you’ll see CPU performance up to 50 percent faster, graphics performance up to 40 percent faster, and battery life up to 1.7 hours longer. In addition, an upgraded “platform” will include such features as improved wireless display and wireless docking, and “smart sound” technology. A spinoff of the Broadwell chips for desktop PCs, known as the “Broadwell U,” will begin production before year’s end, shipping as part of Intel’s Core brand early in 2015.
Intel’s research showed that thinner, lighter devices like tablets were desirable, and customers would buy them, according to Andy Cummins, a marketing manager at Intel. So Intel pushed the thermal design power of the Core M down to the 4.5W range—where OEMs could eliminate the fan and slide it into a tablet or a 2-in-1 hybrid, which is almost the same thing.
Sometimes there is talk of planned obsolescence when it comes to technology and there could be some truth to that. But I like to think we release tech and continue to improve as we go. If we simply made the best thing we could and then quit trying to improve we would still be driving Model T Fords. We have to become comfortable with the fact that our tech won’t last forever and it will always need to be upgraded. Thinner, faster and fanless processors are a welcome sight to me. What do you think of the Intel Core M? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.