At Computex 2014, Intel’s President Renée James has unveiled Intel Next-Gen mobile PC reference design. The prototype is a 12.5” detachable keyboard 2 in 1 PC that looks like a very nice and big 670g, 7.2mm thin tablet without its keyboard. The design allows for additional cooling when the computer is docked to a fixed station, which means increased performance when working on a desk.
The prototype is built to show PC manufacturers and partners what can be done with Intel’s latest 14mn processors based on Intel’s Broadwell architecture. For Intel, such machines also serve as a test bed to push engineers to think outside the box and to challenge established views about how PCs are built. Such concept systems have become products in the past, notably with the Voodoo envy 133 laptop, which was nearly a replica of an Intel concept laptop.
The 14nm Broadwell processor used in this 12.5” laptop will be commercialized under the Intel Core M name. It is designed to power ultralight PCs and tablets which will be passively cooled (no fan).
Broadwell mostly leverages the Architecture work done by Intel on Haswell, but it is produced with a smaller transistor foundation. It was demonstrated in public for the first time during IDF 2013, an Intel event that aims at educating developers about Intel’s chips and development tools. Broadwell for ultrathin laptops and tablets has a thermal design point (TDP) of 3.5W to 4.5W.