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Intel Details Power Management Advancements in Haswell 113

MojoKid writes "Intel's next-generation CPU architecture, codenamed Haswell, puts heavy emphasis on reducing power consumption. Pushing Haswell down to a 10W TDP is an achievement, but hitting these targets requires collaboration. Haswell will offer finer-grained control over areas of logic that were previously either on or off, up to and including specific execution units. These optimizations are impressive, particularly the fact that idle CPU power is approaching tablet levels, but they're only part of the story. Operating system changes matter as well, and Intel has teamed up with Microsoft to ensure that Windows 8 takes advantage of current and future hardware. Haswell's 10W target will allow the chip to squeeze into many of the convertible laptop/tablet form factors on display at IDF, while Bay Trail, the 22nm, out-of-order successor to Clover Trail, arrives in 2013 as well. Not to mention the company's demonstration of the first integrated digital WiFi radio. Folks have been trading blows over whether Intel could compete with ARM's core power consumption. Meanwhile, Santa Clara has been busy designing many other aspects of the full system solution for low power consumption and saving a lot of wattage in the process." It's mildly amusing that Windows 8 is the first version to gain dynamic ticks, something Linux has had working since around 2007.
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Intel Details Power Management Advancements in Haswell

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  • by cheesybagel ( 670288 ) on Monday September 17, 2012 @08:06PM (#41369519)
    Contrary to other markets the mobile devices market is basically computer architecture agnostic. Since Intel cannot or do not want to manufacture CPUs cheaper than ARM licensees plus they still have lousy performance/watt their only remaining market is something which takes advantage of the vast catalog of pre-existing software for the x86 architecture namely Windows. I have little doubts Intel will eventually succeed to build a cheaper x86 CPU with better performance/watt than ARM given their manufacturing prowess and increasingly high amounts of integration they are providing. But it may take another processor generation or two.
  • by thesupraman ( 179040 ) on Monday September 17, 2012 @08:17PM (#41369603)

    I think you will find the point is that Intel/Microsoft are int he middle of making big things about the power efficiency of Windows 8, whereas they are playing catchup in a lot of areas with Linux, for which Intel currently say they will not release the same information on Haswell that they have given Microsoft.

    Smells a lot of Intel teaming up with Microsoft specifically against ARM (which has very good Linux support..), and I am guessing means Windows on Arm is going to get pretty damn poor support.

    The obvious (possible) trade here is Intel gives Msoft the advantage on Haswell in return for MSoft not taking their Win8 ARM 'commitment' quite as seriously as some thought they would.

    Time will tell.

  • Funny (Score:5, Interesting)

    by viperidaenz ( 2515578 ) on Monday September 17, 2012 @09:31PM (#41370143)

    It's mildly amusing that Windows 8 is the first version to gain dynamic ticks, something Linux has had working since around 2007.

    Its also mildly amusing that Windows has always trumped Linux in battery life, despite not implementing this power saving feature.

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