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).