On the occasion of 2013 edition of Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel has offered several surprises including the first 14nm Core processors (Broadwell chips) and a low-power Quark chip family.
These new processors are designed for mobile devices, PCs and wearable products. In fact, several low-cost Android tablet are expected on the market later this year.
“Our strategy is very simple,” Bryan Krzanich, Intel CEO said. “Our plan is to lead in every segment of computing–servers, PCs, tablets, phones and beyond. Segments that are still being developed such as the Internet of Things.”
The house of Santa Clara is promoting the new processors dedicated to mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, and one of these is called “Broadwell” based on a 14nm process provides unmatched performance, as Intel notes.
Broadwell processors will be produced by the fourth quarter of the year and will continue throughout 2014. The company will also offer a new generation of Atom chips based on this architecture currently known under the codename “Airmont.” This chip will be available from the next year and will be optimized for the new generation of netbooks and high-end tablet. Airmont will be five times smaller than the current solution and be able to guarantee energy savings of up to 10 times.
Apart from Broadwell chips, Intel has also introduced a new Quark chip family that is designed for wearable devices for everyday objects. For now, we don’t know many details of this SoC, but in all probability, Quark will be customizable – as well as the ARM platform – and enable hardware manufacturers to create cutting-edge, smaller devices than ever. Quark is born for wearable, a new market segment that will see shortly the arrival of more and more products such as smart watches, glasses, rings and so on.
Bryan promises, “The arrival of new low-cost tablet by the holiday season, which will be purchased at a price lower than $100.” The goal is to push these solutions to consumers for the same cost as a simple eBook reader, which could help Intel to increase its position in that market segment.