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4th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Mobile Processor – Haswell/Crystal Well specification

Innovative new processor micro-architecture delivers substantial improvements in performance, graphics, security, and other features. The new die

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An entirely new platform
Processor integration and manufacturing take huge leaps forward in the latest Intel microarchitecture (codename Haswell). As the first new microarchitecture on the 22nm manufacturing process, it marks the arrival of a new 4th gen Intel® Core™ platform, which comprises 4th gen Intel Core processors and the Intel® 8 Series chipset family (codename Lynx Point). This new platform delivers significant performance advancements including vastly improved graphics, battery life, and security for a zerocompromise computing experience.

New enhancements include:

  • A new multichip package integrates the chipset on one die with the CPU and graphics on one die connected via a lowpower, on-package interface
  • A new multichip package that embeds high-bandwidth memory on high-performance graphics quadcore processors to deliver better performance
  • The new lower-power processor is optimized for Ultrabook™ devices to enable thinner, lighter clamshell, detachable, and convertible models
  • New low-power processor states for orders of magnitude reduction on power consumption, yielding one of the biggest improvements in battery life (compared to previous generations) in Intel company history
  • Support for Windows 8
    New sensor interfaces and rich I/O

Tighter integration conserves power
and expands possibilities

  • Lower power and faster access to I/O
  • Fast access by cores and graphics to shared data in the last-level cache, which accelerates graphics processing
  • A display engine that’s repartitioned into the CPU, resulting in lower latency and higher resolutions
  • Embedded high-bandwidth memory integrated in quad-core Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics 5200 processors to boost graphics performance
  • Low-power (LP) DDR3 controller on chip processor die
  • Fully integrated voltage regulator for finer processor power control
  • New configurable power levels for optimized design and performance

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Amazing graphics and media processing

The new platform takes Intel® Built-In Visuals to a new level to provide superb visual performance to mainstream desktop and mobile PC users. Experience HD movies, stunning photos, and immersive 3D games with a suite of visual enhancements built into new Intel Core processors, no discrete graphics card required.

  • A much more powerful graphics engine than previous Intel® microarchitectures delivers ultimate 3D, video processing, and visual  enhancements.
  • New hardware-based media accelerators and added graphics execution units deliver superior performance for gaming, HD video content, and 3D graphics.
  • The latest Intel® Iris™ and HD Graphics provide support for DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.0, OpenCL 1.2.

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Better, more responsive performance

Intelligent power management with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 dynamically controls performance and power for cores and graphics boosting performance exactly where and when it is needed, and saving energy when it counts. 4th gen Intel Core processors support two to eight or more cores and up to sixteen or more threads with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT Technology).

Deeper, hardware-based security protection

With new processor microarchitecture, Intel helps deliver the most secure online experiences to date. Multiple safeguards are embedded deep into processor hardware, providing multiple defenses below the operating system, including:

  • New Instructions for faster encryption and performance Vulnerability-resistant BIOS/firmware protection
  • Malware detection
  • Enhanced security services such as Intel Identity Protection Technology and Intel Anti-Theft Technology

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Features Benefits

  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 – Dynamically increases the processor’s frequency, as needed, by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits.
  • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology – Delivers two processing threads per physical core. Highly threaded applications can get more work done in parallel, completing tasks sooner.
  • Intel® Built-In Visuals
  • Intel® Iris™Graphics —Delivers stunning 3D visuals and faster, more advanced video and photo editing and high-speed game performance on the go and in your home. *Available on select SKUs only.
  • Intel® Quick Sync Video – Delivers fast conversion of video for portable media players, online sharing, and video editing and authoring.
  • Intel® Clear Video HD – Visual quality and color fidelity enhancements for HD playback and immersive web browsing.
  • Intel® InTRU™ 3D – Enjoy the ultimate 3D visual experiences and your favorite 3D Blu-ray* movies, all delivered in stereo 3D and full 1080p resolution on your PC.
  • Intel® HD Graphics—Allows playing of HD videos with exceptional clarity, viewing and editing of even the smallest details of photos, and playing today’s modern games.
  • Intel® Wireless Display—Lets you beam your apps and personal and online content such as movies, photos, and music to an HDTV with a simple wireless connection.
  • Intel® Insider – Stream or download 1080p HD premium movies on your PC through participating distributor sites across the world. Purchase content and view it later across multiple platforms using Ultraviolet support.
  • Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions—A set of new instructions to improve software performance for floating point-intensive applications such as audio processing, audio codecs, and image and video editing applications.
  • Integrated Memory Controller – An integrated memory controller offers stunning memory read/write performance through efficient prefetching algorithms, lower latency, and higher memory bandwidth.
  •  Intel® Smart Cache – The shared cache is dynamically allocated to each processor core, based on workload. This significantly reduces latency, improving performance.
  • Intel® Virtualization Technology – Allows one hardware platform to function as multiple “virtual” platforms. Offers improved manageability by limiting downtime and maintaining productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.
  •  Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES–NI) – A faster, more secure AES engine for a variety of encryption apps, including whole disk encryption, file storage encryption, conditional access of HD content, internet security, and VoIP. Consumers benefit from protected internet and email content, plus faster, more responsive disk encryption.
  •  Intel® Power Optimizer and Processor C-States –  Intel® Power Optimizer increases periods of silicon sleep state across the platform ingredients, including the CPU, chipset, and third-party system components, reducing power and increasing battery life for Ultra and SV platforms. New Processor C-states (C8-C10) on Ultra platforms provide dramatically low idle power.
  • Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator (FIVR) – The voltage regulator is now integrated into 4th generation Intel® Core™processors, improving battery life and providing design-cost and space savings for OEMs. This integration also allows finer power control for efficiency.
  • Configurable TDP –  With Configurable TDP, the processor is now capable of modulating the maximum sustained power vs. performance. Configurable TDP thus provides design and performance flexibility to control system performance based on the cooling capability and usage scenarios. For example, a detachable Ultrabook™ may need more performance when used in a full clamshell mode (vs. tablet mode), or when balanced performance is needed in a quiet conference room setting.
  •  On-Package Cache Memory – Delivers higher bandwidth for graphics and memory-intensive applications for Intel’s highest-performance processor graphics products, resulting in big performance boosts on 4th gen Intel® Core™Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 products, with up to 128MB of capacity supported.
  •  CPU/Memory/Graphics Overclocking – On select products, CPU/graphics and memory can be run at frequencies above the rated frequency of the part, resulting in higher performance.
  •  Intel® Secure Key – (formerly Digital Random Number Generator [DRNG]) – Security hardware-based random number generator that can be used for generating high-quality keys for cryptographic (encryption and decryption) protocols. Provides quality entropy that is highly sought after in the cryptography world for added security.
  • LINS – A set of new instructions that works in conjunction with AVX 2.0 instructions to accelerate CPU performance during certain operations that include high-definition content decoding, encryption during compression/decompression, and cryptographic security protocols.
  • TSX-NI – TSX-NI is a set of new instructions focused on enterprise-level multi-threaded performance scaling, making parallel operations more efficient via improved control of software threads and locks. This offers performance benefits for enterprise-level big data analytics/business intelligence and visualization apps, which involve multi-user collaboration.
  •  Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) 2.0 – AVX 2.0 is an extension of AVX 1.0 with new optimized instructions to deliver enhanced performance on floating point–intensive apps. AVX 2.0 adds 256bit integer instructions and new instructions for FMA (Fused Multiply Add). FMA delivers better performance on media and floating point computations, including face recognition; professional imaging; high-performance computing; consumer video and imaging; compression; and encryption.
  • Collaborative Processor Performance Control (CPPC) – A new technology based on the ACPI 5.0 specification that dynamically modulates performance vs. active application power. It reduces active power to deliver better battery life and allows deeper lower power states to be reached (compared to prior generations of Intel Core processor products).
  •  Intel® BIOS Guard (Codename Platform Flash Armoring Technology [PFAT]) – Platform Flash Armoring Technology is an augmentation of existing chipset-based BIOS flash protection capabilities targeted to address the increasing malware threat to BIOS flash storage. It protects the BIOS flash from modification without platform manufacturer authorization, helps defend the platform against low-level DOS (denial of service) attacks, and restores BIOS to a known good state after an attack.
  • Intel® Boot Guard – Hardware based boot integrity protection that prevents unauthorized software and malware takeover of boot blocks critical to a system’s function, thus providing added level of platform security based on hardware. Configurable boot types include:
  • Measured Boot—Measures the initial boot block into the platform storage device such as trusted platform module (TPM) or Intel® Platform Trust Technology (PTT).
  • Verified Boot—Cryptographically verifies the platform initial boot block using the boot policy key.
  • Intel® OS Guard (Formerly Supervisor Mode Execution Protections [SMEP]) – An enhanced hardware-based security feature that protects the OS (operating system) kernel. OS Guard protects areas of memory marked as user mode pages and prevents attack code, which is in a user mode page or a code page, to take over the OS kernel. OS Guard is not application-specific and protects the kernel from any application.
  • Intel® Platform Trust Technology – A trusted element of the platform execution that provides enhanced security by verifying the boot portion of the boot sequence.
  • VMCS shadowing – VMCS shadowing allows a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) running in a guest (nested virtualization) to access a shadow VMCS memory area using the normal VMRead/VMWrite instructions. This new technology reduces overhead for a more natural and responsive user experience. It also allows users to take control of their personal and professional data and apps while being protected by game-changing security.
  • Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) – Using built-in platform capabilities and popular third-party management and security applications, Intel AMT allows IT to better discover, heal, and protect networked computing assets.
  • Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA) – Helps small businesses enhance the security and productivity of their small business with a range of out of the box features, including software monitor, data backup and restore, USB port blocker, health center, and wireless display.
  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology – With additional hard drives added, provides quicker access to digital photo, video, and data files with RAID 0, 5, and 10, and greater data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 1, 5, and 10. Dynamic Storage Accelerator unleashes the maximum performance of Solid State Drives (SSD) when multitasking.
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology – Spend less time waiting, with faster access to the files and applications you use the most.
  • Intel® Smart Connect Technology – Stay current with automatic, no-wait updates to your email and social networks, even when your device is asleep. Combine with Intel® WiFi HotSpot Assistant to automatically connect to free and paid WiFihotspots and refresh content in more locations worldwide.

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4th Gen Intel Core i3 Mobile Processors

  1. Intel® Core™ i3-4100M Processor (3M Cache, 2.50 GHz)
  2. Intel® Core™ i3-4000M Processor (3M Cache, 2.40 GHz)
  3. Intel® Core™ i3-4158U Processor (3M Cache, 2.00 GHz)
  4. Intel® Core™ i3-4100U Processor (3M Cache, 1.80 GHz)
  5. Intel® Core™ i3-4010U Processor (3M Cache, 1.70 GHz)
  6. Intel® Core™ i3-4005U Processor (3M Cache, 1.70 GHz)
  7. Intel® Core™ i3-4020Y Processor (3M Cache, 1.50 GHz)
  8. Intel® Core™ i3-4012Y Processor (3M Cache, 1.50 GHz)
  9. Intel® Core™ i3-4010Y Processor (3M Cache, 1.30 GHz)

Detailed i3 specifications

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4th Gen Intel Core i5 Mobile Processors

  1. Intel® Core™ i5-4350U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.90 GHz)
  2. Intel® Core™ i5-4300U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.90 GHz)
  3. Intel® Core™ i5-4288U Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
  4. Intel® Core™ i5-4258U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.90 GHz)
  5. Intel® Core™ i5-4250U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.60 GHz)
  6. Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.60 GHz)
  7. Intel® Core™ i5-4302Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.30 GHz)
  8. Intel® Core™ i5-4300Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.30 GHz)
  9. Intel® Core™ i5-4210Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 1.90 GHz)
  10. Intel® Core™ i5-4202Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.00 GHz)
  11. Intel® Core™ i5-4200Y Processor (3M Cache, up to 1.90 GHz)

Detailed specification & cost

4TH GEN INTEL i5 MOBILE PROCESSOR

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4th Gen Intel Core i7 Mobile Processors

  1. Intel® Core™ i7-4960HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
  2. Intel® Core™ i7-4950HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
  3. Intel® Core™ i7-4850HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
  4. Intel® Core™ i7-4750HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
  5. Intel® Core™ i7-4702HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
  6. Intel® Core™ i7-4700HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz)
  7. Intel® Core™ i7-4900MQ Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
  8. Intel® Core™ i7-4800MQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
  9. Intel® Core™ i7-4702MQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
  10. Intel® Core™ i7-4600M Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
  11. Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz)
  12. Intel® Core™ i7-4650U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
  13. Intel® Core™ i7-4600U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
  14. Intel® Core™ i7-4558U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
  15. Intel® Core™ i7-4550U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz)
  16. Intel® Core™ i7-4500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz)
  17. Intel® Core™ i7-4610Y Processor (4M Cache, up to 2.90 GHz)

Detailed specification & cost

4TH GEN INTEL i7 MOBILE PROCESSOR

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4th Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Desktop Processors – Haswell/Crystall Well Specification

4th GENERATION CORE DESKTOP PROCESSORS

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Want a system that can not only rock the latest game but also rip through your media? Then combining a 4th gen Intel Core processor in the LGA1150 socket with the latest Intel® 8 Series Z chipset will get you the results you want. The built-in visuals of the 4th gen Intel Core processors

deliver everything you need to enjoy a stunning and seamless graphic experience when viewing and interacting with pictures and media on your PC without the need for a discrete graphics card, thanks to Intel® HD Graphics 4600—the new baseline for all 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 and Intel® Core™ i7 processors.

Intel® Quick Sync Video allows the conversion of media from one device to another and prepares your media to share it online at incredible speeds. And when the need to frag a zombie arises, the Intel 8 Series Z chipset, paired with Lucidlogix* Virtu* software, allows you to switch over to a discrete graphics card for high-end 3-D gaming.

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Unlock Your Full Potential

Unlocked Intel Core processors enable system tuning for the processor cores, memory, and power. Adjusting these settings provides extra performance and flexibility for more complex multimedia applications and immersive gaming. Whether you are a novice overclocker or a seasoned veteran, these processors will have you singing their praises in no time. Boost Your Performance The Intel Core processor family delivers a great PC experience. Whether you are looking for improved performance, greater adaptability, or differentiated visual features, Intel has the processor to fit your needs. If you are using your PC for creativity, playing games, or everyday tasks such as homework and e-mail, these new processors make it easier to design, render, edit, play, and share. Intel Core processors feature Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 4 2.0, which delivers a burst of processor speed automatically when the workload demands additional performance

 And for Intel® Core™ i7 processors, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology allows each processor core to work on two tasks at the same time, improving multitasking, speeding up the workflow, and

accomplishing more in less time. With 4th gen Intel® Core™ processors, you can boot your PC, load applications, and resume from sleep faster thanks to Intel’s responsiveness technologies such as Intel® Smart Response Technology, and Intel® Rapid Start Technology.

Increased Security

The 4th gen Intel Core processor family offers hardware-level security that helps protect your devices, your data, and your online transactions.

Better Connectivity

The 4th gen Intel Core processor family automatically connects to wireless hotspots. Your e-mail, social media, and apps are always updated thanks to Intel® Smart Connect Technology. Finally, wirelessly stream your HD / 3-D video and games to your TV or projector for presentations and entertainment using Intel® Wireless Display Technology.

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FEATURE & BENEFITS

  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 – Dynamically increases the processor’s frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits.
  • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology 4 – Delivers two processing threads per physical core. Highly threaded applications can get more work done in parallel, completing tasks sooner.
  • Built-In Visuals
  • Intel® HD graphics – Enhanced 3-D performance for immersive mainstream and casual gaming. Can support up to three UltraHD* (4k) displays and collage display.
  • Intel® Wireless Display – Wirelessly stream HD / 3-D video and games to your TV or projector for presentations and entertainment.
  • Intel® Quick Sync Video – Delivers fast conversion of video for portable media players, online sharing, and video editing and authoring.
  • Intel® Clear Video HD – Visual quality and color fidelity enhancements for HD playback and immersive Web browsing.
  • Intel® InTru™ 3D – Stereoscopic 3-D Blu-ray* playback in full 1080p resolution over HDmI* 1.4 and premium audio.
  • Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions – A set of new instructions to improve software performance for floating point-intensive applications such as audio processing, audio codecs, and image and video editing applications.
  • Integrated Memory Controller – An integrated memory controller offers stunning memory read/write performance through efficient prefetching algorithms, lower latency, and higher memory bandwidth.
  • Intel® Smart Cache – The shared cache is dynamically allocated to each processor core, based on workload. This significantly reduces latency, improving performance.
  • Intel® Virtualization Technology – Allows one hardware platform to function as multiple “virtual” platforms. Offers improved manageability by limiting downtime and maintaining productivity by isolating computing activities into separate partitions.
  • Advanced Encryption Standard – New Instructions new AES instructions add hardware acceleration to AES algorithms and speeds up the execution of AES applications.
  • Thermal Solution for Boxed Processors – Includes a four-pin connector for fan speed control to help minimize the acoustic noise levels generated from running the fan at higher speeds for thermal performance.

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INTEL 4TH GEN CORE i3 DESKTOP PROCESSORS

  1. Intel® Core™ i3-4340 Processor (4M Cache, 3.60 GHz)
  2. Intel® Core™ i3-4330 Processor (4M Cache, 3.50 GHz)
  3. Intel® Core™ i3-4130 Processor (3M Cache, 3.40 GHz)
  4. Intel® Core™ i3-4330T Processor (4M Cache, 3.00 GHz)
  5. Intel® Core™ i3-4130T Processor (3M Cache, 2.90 GHz)

Detailed i3 specification

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INTEL 4TH GEN CORE i5 DESKTOP PROCESSORS

  1. Intel® Core™ i5-4670K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
  2. Intel® Core™ i5-4670 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
  3. Intel® Core™ i5-4570 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
  4. Intel® Core™ i5-4440 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
  5. Intel® Core™ i5-4430 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
  6. Intel® Core™ i5-4670S Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
  7. Intel® Core™ i5-4570S Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
  8. Intel® Core™ i5-4440S Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
  9. Intel® Core™ i5-4430S Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
  10. Intel® Core™ i5-4670T Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
  11. Intel® Core™ i5-4570T Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
  12. Intel® Core™ i5-4670R Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
  13. Intel® Core™ i5-4570R Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)

Detailed i5 specification

HASWELL 4TH GEN i5 DESKTOP PROCESSOR

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INTEL 4TH GEN CORE i7 DESKTOP PROCESSORS

  1. Intel® Core™ i7-4770K Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
  2. Intel® Core™ i7-4771 Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
  3. Intel® Core™ i7-4770 Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
  4. Intel® Core™ i7-4765T Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz)
  5. Intel® Core™ i7-4770T Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
  6. Intel® Core™ i7-4770S Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
  7. Intel® Core™ i7-4770R Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)

Detailed i7 specification

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Intel migrates to desktop Multi-Chip Modules (MCMs) with 14nm Broadwell

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Say goodbye to the Platform Controller Hub (PCH)

Back in November 2008, with the introduction of its significantly redesigned 45nm Nehalem architecture (see: first-gen Core i7 Series), Intel took its traditional three-part northbridge / CPU / southbridge architecture and transferred some of its northbridge directly into the CPU die, beginning with the memory controller. Ultimately, the new memory-less “northbridge” still on the motherboard was renamed and fused with the southbridge as a new multi-functional architecture called the Platform Controller Hub(PCH). In short, the new PCH-oriented design was built specifically to address the eventual problems of significant throughput bottlenecks between Intel’s processors and the chipset logic on its motherboards. As the processing speeds of Intel’s CPUs kept increasing, the bandwidth of the front-side bus (FSB) connection between the CPU and the motherboard did not, thus resulting in throughput bottlenecks.

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Intel Clarkdale CPU + GPU architecture (January 2010)

Fast forward to September 2009, and we observe Intel transferring the rest of its PCH-based “northbridge” functions into the CPU die, beginning with 45nm Lynnfield. Fast forward again to January 2010, and we observe some new dedicated GPU logic in Intel’s chip packages as multi-chip modules (MCMs) with separate CPU and GPU dies, beginning with Clarkdale (32nm CPU + 45nm GPU). Fast forward to January 2011, and we now observe a complete integration of GPU logic and CPU logic on the same die, beginning with 32nm Sandy Bridge.

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Intel Sandy Bridge integrated CPU / GPU architecture (January 2011)

Beginning with its 22nm Haswell notebook platform in 2013, Intel will take a further step towards full integration of the Platform Controller Hub (PCH) with the CPU for its third-generation lineup of Ultrabooks. The platform is called “Shark Bay” for notebooks and ultrabooks, and it will consist of a single Multi-Chip Module (MCM) package fully integrating the PCH from previous generation 22nm Ivy Bridge (2012) directly into the same die as the 22nm Haswell (2013) CPU. Of course, there will be limitations to this first-generation MCM mobile platform, and that is that mobile Haswell chips will be limited to dual-core models only as there isn’t enough room to fit PCH logic and more than two CPU cores in the same package at just 22 nanometers.

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This is where 14nm Broadwell comes to play. In 2014, Intel will be ready to mass produce on the 14 nanometer process node and we will see full integration of the PCH with quad-core and higher CPU dies. Interestingly enough, for some reason Intel calls its 14nm Broadwell architecture a “true System-on-a-Chip (SoC) platform,” and we can’t help but disagree with this naming convention.

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By the textbook definition, a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) is an integrated circuit that integrates all components of a computer’s architectural framework into a single chip substrate. However, most desktop / server / enterprise systems are much too complex to fit on a single chip substrate without having to be stacked on top of each other first. There is another word for this type of “stacking” substrate architecture, and it’s called a chip-stack Multi-Chip Module (MCM). In other words, it is very likely that Intel is designing a carefully-engineered 14nm Broadwell substrate that allows multiple dies (see: PCH, CPU) to be stacked in a vertical configuration on top of one another, resulting in an MCM footprint much different than that of an SoC.

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ChipHell: Intel 22nm Haswell single-chip (MCM) mobile architecture overview (right)

So, for Intel to call its third-generation Ultrabook platform based on 22nm Haswell architecture a “true System on a Chip” platform is entirely beyond us. Simply put, the architecture more closely resembles that of a Multi-Chip Module package, possibly a stacked one at that. Nevertheless, we remain hopeful that the company will better address the semantics of its architectural designs in future marketing presentations announcing 14nm Broadwell desktop chips and its fourth-generation Ultrabook platform beginning in 2014.