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Friday, 24 June 2011 09:11

Intel Haswell to deliver superior graphics, new extensions

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SoC to take on Fusion

Intel has shed a bit more light on its upcoming Haswell system-on-a-chip, scheduled for launch in 2013.

Haswell is supposed to integrate as much as possible on a tiny bit of silicon and it is aimed at ultra-slim notebooks, perhaps even some other form factors such as tablets. One of the main issues with low voltage parts used in thin notebooks today is the prohibitive cost, but Intel hopes to change all that with the new SoC.

Haswell-based notebooks could cost as little as $599, quite a bit less than the latest models based on Sandy Bridge ULV chips. It is still too early to talk about performance, but Intel is apparently planning to place more emphasis on graphics, to better deal with AMD and Nvidia solutions.

Intel is also talking up Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) as the next big thing. Intel claims the new extensions will help boost floating point performance in visual processing, engineering and scientific applications, gaming, physics and other number crunching applications. AVX is said to improve performance in a “wide spectrum of software architectures with varying degrees of threat parallelism”, something that parallel oriented GPUs are good at.

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+18 #1 loadwick 2011-06-24 10:42
Quoting Peter Scott:
Intel Haswell to deliver superior graphics

Well i am glad Intel are not going to reduce the graphics because they thought S.B. and I.B. was just too powerful for customers to handle!

In the actually article Peter read Intel are saying that "Haswell will rival the power of current gen discrete graphics cards".

I am guessing they must mean they will use around 250-300w!!
+19 #2 dan 2011-06-24 10:44
Well it's obvious that Llano destroys SB when it comes to graphics (and therefore the whole system performance). Even Brazos can beat SB for some tasks.

Haswell will be too little, too late. By then AMD will have Trinity, and it will wipe the floor with Haswell.

AVX on a ULV notebook? Yeah, I always use those to do my hardcore scientific and engineering calculations.
+12 #3 hanoking 2011-06-24 10:53
"Intel 2013 Haswell chip to deliver superior graphics to AMDs 2011 Llano APU but still with broken drivers which they dont develop inhouse but outsource to india/bangladesh."

+11 #4 fuadzilla 2011-06-24 11:03
"amd 2015 will deliver superior power and value to intel 2013..."

and intel 2013 will still cost an arm and leg to buy in 2015.

case closed.
+18 #5 chyll2 2011-06-24 12:19
Intel Haswell to deliver superior graphics

i always laugh whenever Intel claims superiority in terms of graphics.

I'll only believe it when they actually deliver it.
+11 #6 muziqaz 2011-06-24 12:56
That's what? 2-3 years from now. take on Fusion of today, or the one which will be in 2-3 years? As always Intel aims at moving target which is moving forward quite nicely ;)
+7 #7 lucas1024 2011-06-24 13:01
beware the threat parallelism!
+5 #8 Orumus 2011-06-24 14:23
I'm def a skeptic whenever Intel mentions graphics and superior in the same sentence. Actually I'm a skeptic whenever Intel and graphics are mentioned in the same sentence.
But I have to wonder in 2 -3 years will Intel have there 3d transistor-resistor tech in production and if so that may give them the leg up in all departments including graphics.
+6 #9 grndzro 2011-06-24 17:55
Llano is only the beginning. by 2013 AMD will have completely merged CPU and GPU, as well as standardized and open interface to both CPU's and GPU's on die. Intel will have fun dealing with quad core arm + Fusion on one die.
+8 #10 roberto.tomas 2011-06-24 22:00
intel is making huge claims talking about reaching todays level discreet gpus in their fraction-of-a-die. Right now SB is running somewhere around 100 GFLOPs when overclocked to the max .. IB is supposed to get 2x improvement... lets call that 200 GFLOPs. 200GFlOPs is almost up to the level of the absolute lowest performing discreet card from nvidia.
Nvidia and AMD's high-end discreet cards push ~2.5TFLOPs. .. 2500/200 =~ 12.5x increase in performance from IB to haswell.

If they doubled the size of the processor with nothing but GPU cores, they'd have trouble meeting their claim.

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