Intel announced the next generation chips based on Broadwell 14nm architecture last year. However, the product launch got delayed and now Intel has provided a new target date. According to Intel CEO, next-generation Broadwell processors will ship in time to be used in personal computers sold during the holiday season but probably won’t be available for back-to-school shopping. “I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday,” Krzanich said in an interview. “Back to school – that’s a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That’s going to be tough.” These upcoming devices will have more power and even better battery life than Haswell processors. Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft has invited the press for a Surface related event on May 20th. Microsoft is expected to reveal Surface Mini which will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have a full stylus support as well. Bloomberg later reported that Microsoft will also reveal a Intel based Surface at the same event in addition to the rumored Surface Mini. Today, CNET reported that the Intel based Surface will based on a new power-optimized Haswell variant as opposed to the widely believed Intel Atom processor. “There’s definitely a new Intel-based Surface,” a chip industry source told CNET, who added that the media attending the event may “go back” with the Intel-based product. “From what I can assess so far I think it’s going to [have] a new power-optimized Haswell variant,” the source said, not an Atom processor like Intel’s Bay Trail. Microsoft already has a Intel Haswell based product ...

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When Samsung announced 13-inch ATIV Book 9 Plus Ultrabook last year, 15-inch models were left with year old specs such as HD+ display, etc,. Today at CES, Samsung has announced the update for 15-inch ATIV Book 9 Plus Ultrabook. First, the display has been updated to 1080p(300 nits) with touch support. It is disappointing that Samsung didn’t go for QHD+ display, but this full HD resolution has resulted in incredible 14 hours battery life. As you expect, the device is now powered by Intel Haswell processors. You will have options to choose from Intel Core i5 model with a 128GB SSD, or a Intel Core i7 version with 256GB SSD. Samsung has also made some changes to its build quality. The device is now made of Aluminum instead of Magnesium. Also Samsung has modified keyboard for better typing experience. Samsung has added lossless audio support to the device. If you ...

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Intel’s new CEO Brian Krzanich yesterday kicked off Intel Developer Forum by revealing some new details about the upcoming Intel chips. He showed off a laptop running the upcoming Broadwell chip architecture on stage during a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) today. This broadwell chips will offer upto 30 percent improvements in PC power efficiency when it launches by the end of next year. Also this chip will enable fanless powerful Windows based devices. Intel is also launching “Bay Trail,” Intel’s first 22nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) for mobile devices. “Bay Trail” is based on the company’s new low-power, high-performance Silvermont microarchitecture, which will power a range of innovative Android* and Windows* designs, most notably tablets and 2 in 1 devices. Read full press release below. Press Release: INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 10, 2013 – From datacenters to ultra-mobile devices such as tablets, phones and wearables, computing segments ...

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Intel recently previewed its upcoming energy-efficient versions of the Y-series Core processors that will consume as little as 4.5W power. These chips are expected to power fanless tablets and Intel so far has not revealed any upcoming tablet designs that will be using this chip. I expect Microsoft to refresh its Surface Pro device with this new chips for better battery performance. The 4.5W chips will have same 11.5W thermal design power rating as their 6W counter parts. There are obvious implications for the next-generation of Microsoft’s Surface Pro. It’s unclear whether Microsoft will wait until Broadwell to reduce the thickness of Surface Pro, or if it’ll go with a Y-series Haswell ULX part this year and release something that’s much thinner immediately. The challenges Microsoft would face there are similar to those Apple faced with the 2013 MacBook Air, namely Microsoft would have to be accepting of a CPU ...

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Sony has announced two new laptops, the VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo.  Both include Intel’s fourth generation Haswell processor inside (up to Core i7), Triluminous color rendering and X-Reality display engine technologies, Rapid Wake feature to bring the systems back up to speed quickly after sleeping, and USB ports can charge a device when the notebooks are in sleep mode or even powered down. There AC adapter has a USB charging port, too.  These notebooks will connect to any NFC enabled device by simply tapping it to the VAIO to share data and connecting via Bluetooth. The VAIO Pro is available in 11 inch or 13 inch touchscreen, weighing 1.92 lbs or 2.34 lbs respectively.  The VAIO Pro 13 will offer a high-speed PCIe SSD drive.  Both VAIO Pro models can connect the optional sheet battery to double the battery life of either, giving an estimate 11 – 14 hours battery life.   The ...

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At CES 2013 Intel has announced that all laptops which carry the Ultrabook brand and use the 4th generation Intel Core Haswell processor will need to come equipped with a touch screen and WIDI wireless screen technology. WiDi allows PCs to send up to 1080p video and 5.1 sound to compatible systems. Despite these added components Intel expects Ultrabooks to drop in price to around $599, from a typical $999 at present. Intel also expects the next generation ultrabooks to have up to 13 hours battery life, saying users will be able to forget taking the charger with them. Increasing the proportion of PCs with touch screens will likely provide a major boost for Windows 8, and make it clear to buyers why Windows 8 is the preferred OS over Windows 7. Intel also announced their new Bay Trail Quad-core Atom processor with double the performance of current generation Atoms ...

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