Thinner than the iPad Air: Intel unveils first Broadwell-powered tablet at Computex

June 3, 2014

Intel President Renée James used the opportunity of her keynote at the Computex show in Taipei to introduce a “reference design” 2-in-1 based on the new Core M processor. Core M is part of the new Broadwell generation of processors, which are actually similar to the 22 nanometer Haswell chips but are shrunk to  just 14 nanometers.

Code named “Llama Mountain”, the 12.5 inch screened prototype is just 7.2-millimeter thin with keyboard detached, making it 0.3 mm thinner than the iPad Air. This thinness is mostly due to the absence of a fan — a milestone for a performance-oriented Core processor.

The prototype’s weight of 670 grams still compares unfavourably to the seemingly unbeatable 469g of the Apple high-end tablet, though.

The Windows device is the first to include a Broadwell Y chip which is custom built for 2-in-1 hybrids and will be branded as “Core M”. Intel touts it as “the most energy-efficient Intel Core processor in the company’s history”.

The Broadwell generation of processors has faced delays. Devices using them will miss the back-to-school season and won’t be in stores before year end, according to Intel.

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