Intel Announces Fanless Core M Processor

Intel on Monday officially took the wraps off its new processor — the Core M, also known as Broadwell — that will let PC makers build much thinner and lighter devices.

Moving to 14 nanometers from Intel’s prior 22-nanometer chip, dubbed Haswell, allows PC makers to build devices that are thinner, lighter, more power efficient, and don’t need a fan.

The chips are targeting tablets and laptops that can convert into tablets. Chips based on ARM’s processors already allow for fanless designs.

The first systems using Core M will hit store shelf for the holiday season, but the bulk of new devices will be available in the first half of 2015.

The Core M helps PC makers create tablets and devices that can convert between tablets and laptops. The Core M has a 60 percent lower idle power level, and is about 50 percent smaller and 30 percent thinner than Haswell, which makes it better suited for smaller PCs (and perhaps a new OSX-compatible Apple iPad).

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