Intel has plans to launch a new and improved version of its already popular Haswell series of chipsets. Over the previous generation, these new chips will make a considerable amount of the difference in terms of power and performance delivered by tablets.
An Intel spokesperson said that these new Intel Haswell chips would use less energy and wouldn’t need a fan for cooling. The new Haswell processor is expected to have a power rating of 4.5 watts compared to the 6 watts power rating of the current version. It would also be the first member of the Core family of processors to be fanless, he added.
With these chips, manufacturers would able to come up with much better notebooks, tablets and hybrids computers that will be thinner and lighter than the current generation, providing equal or better battery backup at the same time. Intel said that these fanless and power conservative Haswell processor will be available later this year but in limited quantities.
Even though Intel’s new fanless Haswell chips might be able to produce devices with better battery life and performance, it might have a downside when it comes to cost. These new chips might not be able to compete against ARM since manufacturers will have to pay a much higher price for these Intel based chips. Intel’s Atom series costs as high as $120 a piece, but chipsets like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and Nvidia’s Tegra 4 are available at prices as low as $40 a piece.
With these facts in place, and considering that these new Haswell chips might cost as high as $120 each, consumers might prefer to opt for other tablets and smart devices that run on Snapdragon 800, go smoothly and yet help them to save about $100.
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