Intel has now officially unveiled its new hybrid processors in the Lakefield series, expected to emerge in the very slimmest laptops in the future. The word “hybrid” in this context means that they combine a large kernel (Sunny Cove) with four smaller Tremont cores, most focused on managing background processes. This gives the new processors flexibility over performance versus battery life.
To make this possible, Intel uses a kind of hardware-based scheduler, which communicates directly with the operating system (both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 10) to constantly ensure that the correct cores are used with regard to what you are working on your computer.
So far, two computers using the new hybrid processors are official: Recently launched Samsung Galaxy Book S and Lenovo’s groundbreaking, foldable Thinkpad X1 Fold. To bring down the form factor, Intel has “stacked” the cores and memory (see image below) using a 3D technology called Foveros. The size will then end up at neat 12 x 12 x 1 millimeters.
Intel has officially released an i5 and an i3 with the press release, and both are thus five-core. The cache memory is 4 MB for both, the base frequency of 0.8 and 1.4 GHz respectively and 7 TDP of 7 W. Since they are intended to be sold directly to computer manufacturers, no price is charged on the new processors.
The launch is important for Intel, which definitely wants to keep up with the race as computer makers take liberties with the form factor. Foldable screens and spring weight we will definitely see more of in the future, so just keep an eye out for more exciting computer launches in the ultra portable segment.