Intel's booth at the 2013 Computex Taipei expo where they formally launched their Haswell family of processors today

Intel formally launches 4th generation processors

Intel has officially announced the launch of its 4th generation Haswell processors at the Computex Tape expo in Taiwan.

The firm hopes the 4th generation Intel Core processor family will “reinvent the laptop” by powering a wave of new 2-in-1 devices, which can act as both a PC and a tablet, as studies continue to show a decline in the PC market due to competition from smartphones and tablets.

The processors are based on the company’s  22nm Haswell microarchitecture and have been designed primarily to power the firm’s flagship Ultrabook specification.

The firm claims they will deliver a 50 per cent increase in battery life over the previous generation – the largest generation-over-generation gain in the company's history.

Speaking at Computex, executive vice president Tom Kilroy said Intel has more than 50 different 2-in-1 designs in the pipeline at a range of prices, including premium Ultrabook 2-in-1s powered by the new Intel Core processors, and other designs powered by forthcoming processors based on the company's 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture.

"Today we deliver on the vision set forth 2 years ago to reinvent the laptop with the introduction of our 4th generation Intel Core processors that were designed from the ground up for the Ultrabook and serve as the foundation for a new era of 2-in-1 computing," he said.

"We made one of the most seismic changes to our roadmap ever to build these new Core processors that deliver the stunning performance of the PC and the mobility of a tablet in one device. The new processors power the most exciting 2-in-1 designs to-date."

The new processors also have built-in graphics that deliver up to twice the performance of Intel's prior generation.

Kilroy also showcased progress in bringing human-like senses to 2-in-1 and other Intel-based devices through the addition of touch, voice and facial recognition and other technologies.

He demonstrated immersive, short-range gesture and voice-based interaction by giving new Intel Core-based Ultrabook 2-in-1 devices "eyes" with the Creative Senz3D peripheral camera.

Looking to the future, he said Intel is working on an integrated solution to build 3-D depth camera technology directly into future Intel-based devices targeted for the second half of 2014.

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