Made-in-Vietnam: The mark of first Intel Haswell
Intel is forging the future of its Haswell CPU in Vietnam with the successful launch of the first of such processor manufactured at Intel Products Vietnam's facility in the Saigon Hi-tech Park on Tuesday, according to a VietNamNet Bridge report.
Haswell is the fourth generation of Intel core processors built using the 22nm technology. The chip giant was said to have spent more than $450 million on it.
VNN also mentioned that the chip giant targets to establish the Vietnam facility as its CPU hub in the next six months, supporting the manufacture of 80 per cent of its desktop processors supplied worldwide.
Covering 46,000m2, Intel opened the assembly and test facility in 2010, starting with chipsets for laptops and mobile devices. The facility was responsible for $2 billion of Ho Chi Minh City's export turnover in 2013, the same year Atom SoC was launched.
First announced in 2006, the facility is the seventh and largest assembly test facility producing chipsets in Intel's global network—embodying the firm's $1 billion investment commitment to Vietnam. Source: Intel
The debut of the made-in-Vietnam Haswell illustrates Ho Chi Minh City as a destination that offers a conducive environment for the world's hi-tech companies, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Le Manh Ha told VNN.
The Haswell edge
Intel introduced the Haswell microarchitecture in 2013 with a promise to deliver significant performance advancements over previous architectures, including improved graphics, battery life, and security.
"4th generation Intel Core processors offer the most significant gain in battery life enabling ever achieved by Intel, up to double the graphics and significant CPU performance improvements that are delivering exciting new consumer experiences," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel SVP and PC Client Group GM, in a press release.
The processors claim a 50 per cent improvement in battery life over the previous generation in active workloads when watching movies or surfing the Internet, and two to three times improvement in standby battery life. It reduces the power at the CPU level to as low as 6W.
This advantage was achieved in part through the multi-chip package integration. Some of the chips integrate two dies in a package, with the CPU and graphics on one die connected via a low-power, on-package interconnect. This facilitates fast access to shared data in the last-level cache by cores and graphics to accelerate graphics processing.
To further boost graphics performance, a high-bandwidth memory is embedded in the GPU. Finally, the display engine is repartition into the CPU, resulting in lower latency and higher resolutions.
Recently, the industry has been abuzz with rumours that Apple may be leveraging Haswell processors to release updated 15-inch MacBook Pro models, featuring heftier specs with no extra cost. But whether or not this it is true, with all things considered, Haswell indeed promises superb visuals and graphics performance without the need for a separate graphics card.
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