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4th Generation Processor from Intel: Next Tock CPU

Intel has come up with its new Intel 4th Generation Processor. Intel corporation uses Tick Tock model to adapt to every microarchitectural change and die shrink. Continuing with Tick-Tock Model of Intel Corporation, after shrinking the die size in Ivy Bridge (3rd Generation Processor) Intel Corporation now introduces its next Tock Processor- 4th Generation Processors. The 4th generation processors uses the Haswell Microarchitecture. It is the successor of its 3rd generation version- Ivy Bridge.

Using 22nm process technology, Intel is expected to launch CPU based on Haswell architecture 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds from the date of posting ( April 26, 2013 8:00:37 AM) the following:

haswell countdown


After doing a little bit of math and you can get that the processor is expected to launch at 2PM local time on 4th June in Taipei. The date and time are so nicely synchronised with the first day of Computex,2013, a major technology showcase to be held in Taipei.

This new family of processors will surpass old technology and it will lead with striking new designs with high end performance and extraordinarily long battery life.

What does this 4th generation processor offers?

4th Generation processor offers around 10-15% increased performance than Ivy Bridge (3rd Generation). This architecture uses 22nm process technology (also used in 3rd Generation) and till date no benchmark tests are available.

Intel has been focusing in Ultrabook market thus the first priority would be longer battery life.

It comes with better graphics support. It supports the 2x graphics than Ivy bridge. You can play a lot of games with that much performance. But for high end games you may need a dedicated graphics card.


Design of Intel 4th Generation Processor:

The Haswell Microarchitecture is purposefully designed to optimize power saving and to offer high end performance. The architecture uses the revolutionary invention of Intel’s 3D Tri Gate transistor in 22nm process.

4th Generation Processor is expected to be released in three versions:

  1.  Desktop version  with LGA1150 socket codenamed Haswell-DT
  2.  Mobile and Laptop version with PGA socket codenamed Haswell-MB
  3.  BGA version

Technology expected in Intel 4th Generation Processor:

  1. As expected 4th Generation Processors to carry the 22nm process technology from Ivy Bridge.
  2. The revolutionary invented transistor: 3D Tri gate Transistor.
  3. 14 staged pipeline
  4. Quad core
  5. Support for DDR3 dual channel
  6. 64 KB L1 latch and 256 KB L2 latch
  7. Haswell uses new instructions that includes HNI, includes Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2), gather, bit manipulation, and FMA3 support
  8. New sockets: LGA 1150 for desktops and rPGA947 & BGA1364 for the mobile devices.
  1. Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX)
  2. Graphics support in hardware for Direct3D 11.1 and OpenGL 4.0
  3. DDR4 for the enterprise/server variant
  4. Variable Base clock (BClk) like LGA 2011
  5. Supervisor mode access prevention (SMAP)

Its time to upgrade your system but still its not easy one as Intel changes its socket support. Upgrading your current system to Haswell will cost you a bit more than just upgrading to Haswell.

For new buyers, if you want to buy a really good stuff with high performance and long battery life its better to wait till 4th quarter of 2013.