Intel Shows Off Fanless Broadwell Tablet, Promises 130 New Models

Boy, Intel was really not joking when they announced the goal of seeing 40 million tablets hit the store shelves, powered by several of its processors. And the way things are going, it could be a reality.

At its keynote presentation at Computex, Intel showed a glimpse of its mobile future.

The company plans to launch the next generation Core processors sometimes later this year, codenamed Broadwell. But these will not just be deployed on notebooks and desktops — instead, Intel is preparing a brand new architecture for exclusively for tablets.

According to this report, Intel showed off a tablet powered by a 14nm Broadwell chip, which represents a brand new category that goes by the name of Intel Core M.

The chip giant promises that this will be the most energy efficient member of the processor family.

So what exactly can we expect?

For starters, plenty of Broadwell powered tablets could make their way to the store shelves later this year. Intel expects some 130 models in 2014 alone — some of which have been unveiled, while others will be soon. Most running Windows, and some, Android.

If Intel can get the pricing right, Microsoft’s modern operating platform could be in for quite a ride.

Let’s end it with some numbers, though.

Intel is targeting 60% lower TDP, 20-40% enhancement in performance, 10-45% dip in SoC power requirements, and a footprint that is around 50% smaller. Noble goals, indeed.

The reference table shown, by the way, was 0.28 inches (7.11 mm) thin, weighed just 1.5 pounds (0.6 kg), and could be used as a 2-in-1. Display? A glorious 12.5-inch.

All that crammed into a form factor that is thinner than the Apple iPad Air.

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  • Phil2

    Intel has come to play this year. Another sign of their dedication and seriousness of reaching their goals. I love it.

  • Ray C

    Well, I hope they do sell millions of Windows tablets

  • Bart

    I am sure Microsoft wanted the Broadwell chip in the Surface Pro 3 but needed it out sooner rather than later. This is also along with the other modifications needed. I read in another article this was about 10W and fan less.