As CPUs transition to more advanced manufacturing processes and architectures, they are bound to gain power efficiency benefits, not just performance boosts over their predecessors, and Intel's Hasswell project appears poised to prove this.Intel, as always, has a more or less clearly cut roadmap, one that extends to several years in the future.
This means that the Santa Clara, California-based company already knows what it can and wants to achieve with not just the upcoming next-generation CPU line, but the other successors down the line as well.
In 2013, the Hasswell architecture is scheduled to take center stage, and though the time is a bit far off, Intel still talked about it.
Apparently, in addition to the expected performance boosts, the chips will have a considerable advantage on the power efficiency front.
Currently, laptops are having trouble lasting for more than a few hours on a single battery charge, especially high-end ones.
Hasswell, based on the 22nm technology, promises to let one enjoy constant computing for a whole day (chips will use 30% less power during operation compared to Sandy Bridge) easily, though it is standby life that really takes the cake.
According to Intel, a laptop should have what it takes to last for 10 days on standby, because idle platform power will be reduced by about 20 times compared to the current offer.
Needless to say, Ultrabooks will benefit most from all this, especially with the implied performance advantages.
Unfortunately, Intel didn't actually say anything about how strong and fast the Hasswell is expected to be.
Then again, this isn't overly surprising, considering that the immediate focus is still on the Ivy Bridge, whose own presence in the media is not lacking in the slightest.
Ivy Bridge ultrabooks have already been mentioned, as were the 60% graphics boost, the configurable TDP and the unfortunate possibility that existing mainboards might not support the CPUs after all.