Intel Haswell, the new Intel architecture for 2013

 13 Sep 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+

Have you heard about Intel Haswell? No? Well, is not a hot tech topic now, but it will be in months to come. It is the new Intel architecture, or one of the so-called tocks (new microarchitecture) in the Intel Tick Tock Model. Haswell will be the successor of the current Sandy Bridge microarchitecture and will be released after the Ivy Bridge processors; that is to say,  it will be launched sometime in 2013.

Intel Haswell

New Intel processors


According to Intel,  one of the main improvements added by Haswell, compared with the current Bridge family, will be the power efficiency. They are supposed to decrease power consumption in standby mode by up to twenty times, which is a considerable reduction; as a consequence, Intel claims this new microarchitecture will allow our laptops to extend the battery life in order to work all day long or even several days in standby mode.

This information was provided at the IDF (Intel Developer Forum) 2011 that takes places in San Francisco (USA) from September 13 to 15.

However, we have to take that with a grain of salt, since Intel is talking about chips that are in a development stage and whose final features are not yet confirmed. Anyway, it’s  a fact that the Haswell processors will be built at 22nm (like the Ivy Bridge processors), and the following step of the industry will be focused to built 14nm chips… but that will be after the release of the Haswell family and, according to some reports, the codename for the first 14nm family will be Broadwell, which will be released later in 2014.

Yeah, it seems very far away at the moment. We are still waiting for the Ivy Bridge processors that are scheduled to be released to the market in Q4/2011 or early 2012, but anyway, after this important announcement by Intel, certainly we will start to receive more and more information about the Intel Haswell microarchictecture.

More notes from the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2011

The IDF takes place at the Moscone Center, which is the same convention center where usually Google makes its announcements, close to the location from where Apple introduces its wonderful creations, and a couple of blocks from the Twitter headquarters.

This forum is the right place where Intel representatives announce new things related to the advance of the technology in the company.

This time, Paul Otellini -Intel chief executive- participated with a keynote including a lot of important information: He showed some numbers that, without doubt, confirm the important and growing role of the cloud computing in the tech industry, setting a trend with great opportunities in the market. Also, Otellini announced alliances with McAfee -related to devices with Intel chips-, and with Google to develop smartphones that would use Intel architecture and the operating system Android. In addition, he showed off a beautiful ultrabook (produced by Toshiba) in order to showcase a preview of a device using the new generation of 14nm processors.

Intel Developer Forum (IDF)

Otellini started off by noting that the focus of the company is the user with the computational possibilities that people can have thanks to the growing access to mobile devices. To illustrate this point, he showed a set of numbers with interesting information for all of us:

– Today, there are more than 4 billion online mobile devices in the world… which also means a lot of online users.

– And there is around $455 billion in spending on data technology every year.

– The transition to mobile devices has caused a really big and unexpected increase in the number of manufactured transistors. According to the Intel data, during the last five years (2005 – 2010) the production requests have increased by 15 times.

– It’s foreseen that during the next ten years (since 2010) the growth will continue, reaching a production 200 times bigger than the current production.

– To demonstrate the current power of cloud computing, Otellini also shared some data about the number of videos uploaded every day (for example, people upload around 40 hours of new videos to YouTube every minute!), the numbers of tweets are made per day (a shocking number: 100 million!), and the number of bytes used by pictures uploaded to Facebook per day (around 7.5Gb). And all this is also cloud computing, because the data are stored on Internet to be accessed everywhere.

Intel is right. There is a world of big  opportunities in the emerging mobile, local, social era with data in the cloud. And we are not only talking about gadgets,  but also business opportunities for us, not only for big corporations. So, if you are an entrepreneur, are you already thinking about your next move to take advantage of these times?

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