The new line of core CPU’s from Intel is codenamed as Haswell. The new core processors will be able to extend the battery life of laptops by 50% as compared to the previous “Ivy Bridge” processors. Haswell chips are being developed by Intel for laptops and tablets only.
According to Rani Borkar who is the corporate president and general manager of Intel Corporation Architectural Group stated that the whole idea behind developing Haswell was to decrease power usage. She also added that the extended life of the battery will not hamper the performance of the battery.
Haswell chips are known to deliver good performance when the system is kept in standby mode or is in idle state. Since several months Intel has been talking about the performance of Haswell chips. Intel claims that it is capable of improving graphics by two times on laptops and by three times on desktops.
At present, the sales of PCs have gone down considerably. Users are switching to portable devices like tablets and smartphones. Through Haswell, Intel aims to revive the PC market. The previous Ivy Bridge chips reduced the usage of power to about 10 watts. The new Haswell chips will be able to reduce power consumption by 7 watts. Rani Borkar claimed that a tablet powered with Haswell core CPU will deliver similar battery life as compared to non-Intel tablet.
The new Haswell chips will be unveiled at the Computer trade show that will be held in Taipei in June. Haswell chips will be able to make both laptops and tablets to deliver similar battery life and also offer features like detachable touchscreen and keyboards. At the event, PC manufacturers will showcase how Haswell helped in powering their systems like hybrid devices
There is an on-chip power management unit present on each Haswell chip which will provide you detailed information on power consumption. It will also come with voltage regulator which will further contribute in bringing down the power consumption. Also, interconnectivity will also help in reducing power consumption.
Even though everything sounds good from Intel, we will have to wait and watch whether what is claimed by them on low power consumption with new Haswell chips is really possible or not. The reason behind is that power consumption varies from one system to the other. Real improvement in battery life should be quite evident.